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The Vocabulary Trap is part of the Lead Mindset believe that most Leads fall into when they first start dancing.

The Vocabulary Trap, sometimes referred to as the Pattern Fallacy, is the belief that a Lead must learn more and more and more vocabulary…steps, patterns, and figures in order to be ‘good’ Lead.

This is not true.

Really the only thing that a Lead must learn is how to walk, how to embrace well, and most importantly how to listen to the music, so that they may interpret the music properly. And they must learn the Six Ways of Walking so that they do something with that musical interpretation. Leading Ochos, Turns, Crosses, and Cortados is spice by comparison but those things are not necessary in order to be a ‘good’ Lead.

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