I have taken East Coast Swing lessons for around ten months. I still have trouble following the beat. I don't find it easy to count the steps in my head and listen to the music at the same time. If I count the whole time, it is tiring and I don't really enjoy it. If I just listen to the music, I think I do somewhat well with the basic step; but once I start doing turns and things I lose count of the steps. I only recently mentioned this problem to my teacher. She hasn't been able to help too much. I haven’t been to a ton of actual dances, but I figure I’ve probably danced at least 40 times (not counting classes). I would think I would be somewhat competent by now. I wonder if my teacher could have helped me more, or if I don't have much talent for dancing. I don't know if private lessons would help. Maybe with a different teacher. I'm not anxious to keep spending money on lessons though.