TL;DR: As I dance (lead), how do I choose next figure to execute? So far my approach is - pick one at random, that fits (position, hand-hold) and works with available space (e.g. need to travel or change direction). I think help I'm looking for is with understanding of "dancing to the music" concept. Is it real? I don't see how one figure would be better aligned with (better expression symbol of) musical theme than another figure. And how do I develop this translation skill efficiently? I was lead to believe that executing a preconceived routine is bad, one reason being that it makes it less exciting for the partner, because she starts to dance the routine, and stops following, which makes it less enjoyable for me). Another reason is that a routine might not always fit spacial constraints of a particular situation. As usual, "do what feels right" and "do what looks good" although correct answers, lack specifics to be practically applicable at my level.