Hmm. I think that, since the dance teacher is most likely the one with most experience in the dance world, that, as fasc said earlier, it's up to the teacher to unambiguously create the sort of environment that works for them professionally and personally. That said, when I joined DF, I was almost 100% against teacher/student relationships (because I'd been burned by developing genuine affection for a stereotypically, off-the-charts, user of a teacher. Not romance; he was over-the-top, fabulously gay. Not my cuppa, romance-wise. I felt real caring and affection. I cared about him. (He, btw, no longer teaches dance. ) But, in my years in DF, I've read posts by SO MANY people who report having comfortable social relationships with their teachers/students, that it's led me to believe that my experience isn't the only valid one. Would I seek friendship or romance with a dance teacher? No. Do I dismiss the possibility that that scenario could work for someone else? No. I'm with Peaches on this one.