Don’t let the word (or the idea of) “technique” scare you. I also understand that being taught technique is potentially overwhelming.
It’s important to remember, therefore, that the whole point of technique is to help you and your dancing – either overall and/or with the move that you are doing or the move that immediately follows it.
Learning steps/moves is really the easy part of taking lessons. Learning how to dance is the result of technique.
And, once you get through learning the basic techniques, everything else will start to come together and you are much farther along on the path to having fun!