I fully agree that this is not the thread to get into a detailed discussion, but I'd like to be clear: I did not suggest that there was no benefit to group classes or that one couldn't learn to dance from them. I said that privates were quicker and more efficient, if they're something that are a practical option for a student (and assuming equal quality of instructors, I suppose I ought to add). That was not intended as a slight to group classes or to suggest that they were deficient - just that they had different strengths, and there might be very good reasons for someone to put more weight in those particular strengths. I'm sure there's another thread where we can get into a discussion on the point - my point here is just to make sure it didn't sound like I was saying something that I did not intend to say. Well, yes. And I explicitly noted that in my post. The point of that post was simply that people are complicated and that motivations aren't necessarily straightforward.