Well, I've been gone and missed out on some good discussion about ganchos. I think ganchos are important because, when taught correctly, it opens a new awareness of shared space and movement for both dancers, and can be a nice introduction to the follow of recognizing an opportunity for taking a movement or simply letting it pass. For me, a gancho is lead by giving opportunity - Basically, make the space and give the time. It sounds so easy, but there are just so many endless and creative ways to screw it up, for leads and follows both. It takes a while to master these things. We are all going to have a dance here and there with somebody who is just learning gancho, so things are going to be rough, but it's just to be expected, IMO. We are always adjusting to each person's different style, or to their skill level. Sometimes this means showing them that things don't work. If the lead expects gancho and doesn't give me the space to do it, he figures this out quickly - It's pretty obvious when there simply isn't a place to go. I don't have to say a word. Depending on the positioning, sometimes I will take a small boleo around my supporting leg. Sometimes he'll be confused by my boleo instead of gancho, so he'll "try again" and depending on the positioning or timing, I'll humor him - a slow attempt at a gancho makes his mistake pretty clear - oh look, no space. Maybe he'll keep trying, but I don't mind. It's the only way to make it work - Keep trying. We've all been there. I don't want to blame the gancho, necessarily, nor do I want to write gancho off as a completely unacceptable element for social dance.