When you take an entry level group lesson, they pretty much begin with giving you few patterns and a routine and lead you through executing it. My (private lesson) teacher, takes a diametrically opposite approach - she "evades" giving me patterns at all. She gives me backstory of the dance, dance character, general idea of the rhythm, and then tells me to dance to the music, doing whatever ("as long as you can lead it" she says). My feeling is that this approach is "better", and more efficient in a long run (which is not always a luxury in a 1-hr group lesson). I don't question that approach. My question is specifically about any potential drawbacks of learning patterns too soon, or learning too many of them. Let me rephrase: Can I hinder my progress or hurt my ability if I learn too many patterns? Just like everybody else (I assume), I like learning new patterns and perfecting them. I figured that 15 is a good number to shoot for (84 bars song, 30% spent in basic leaves 4 repeats per figure). So, I figured, I'll try 30 - pick 15 I like, and emphasize those. Does that sound reasonable? But now I am worried, that if I learn too many of them - that might hinder my progress or compromise my dancing. Is that a substantiated worry? InB4: I realize that it is better to know few patterns and execute them well, than to know many and execute them poorly. I also understand that _equally well_ executed routines of 5-patterns and 15-patterns will not significantly differ qualitatively (as defined by existential reasons of dance). So my desire to learn more patterns is not to make dance more impressive by including more figures in, but rather to improve my dance by having a larger repertoire, and (more importantly) I enjoy learning, perfecting and knowing patterns - even if I never use them. This is an open ended question pretty much, so don't hold back.