My partner and I are need of some learned opinions. The issue is the most reliable way to make Bronze-level cuts, getting into the final heat but not necessarily winning it (yet). We have not been making cuts consistently, and if this keeps up we'll not be long for the world of competitive dancing. It's just no fun. We are of course working hard on style and technique (posture, frame, and so forth) but the issue now is choreography. Let me throw out the theory of an approach we'd like to take: -- "The most reliable, fail-safe way to make preliminary cuts is to do a few, perhaps basic, figures but do them with great style and technique. For example, in Standard Waltz: Natural & Reverse Turns, Whisk & Chasse (for at least a modicum of variety), and Spin Turns in the corners. Period. End of story. Adding more figures gains nothing in making these cuts, and only runs the risk of impacting our style or even screwing them up." Of course, we know this won't reliably win the finals. To do so you need a more impressive variety of figures (although not a huge number), and, more important, figures where you can demonstrate certain techniques, like heel pulls, heel turns, and pivots. But for us, this comes later. Is this a sound strategy?