2) As a follower, when I dance with an inexperienced partner who gets off beat, I first try to keep my own footwork correct to help him feel the rhythm. Often, I end of acting like a sort of dancing metronome which can really help a beginner who is *aware* that he has a tendency to get off beat. However some men have no clue about keeping the beat or knowing on which foot to turn the follower, and you can tell that "helpful backleading" would be useless. Whenever I dance with this kind of partner, I simply do my best to protect myself from physical injury -- with these men, you have to literally run during most of their maneuvers to keep from either falling or getting your shoulder thrown out of whack.
3) Followers, it's OK to bend at the waist in some styles of dance. In fact it's required to do a duck out from a west coast swing basket whip. The technique for duckouts/tunnels; Ladies, instead of allowing your head to look down while ducking out, you must bend at the waist while keeping your head looking forward.
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