On the social dance floor and in workshops, it has become increasingly common for ladies to act as leaders – but usually only in some dances. Not unlike jitterbug in the 1950′s and 1960′s, one can see women leading west coast swing, east coast swing, hustle and sometimes even some of the Latin dances.
Occasionally – and often limited to dance competition events and workshops – there are male followers, but even this is usually limited to west coast swing and hustle.
Even today, for the smooth dances, it is less common to see female leaders and pretty much non-existent to see male followers.
And, for all of the above, I am referring to same-sex partners. We are now 18 years into the “new” millennium – why can’t leaders simply be leaders and followers simply be followers, without gender distinctions?
S-o-o-o. . .why not trying switching roles in lessons and on the social dance floor? This can only improve your dancing!