I certainly didn't advocate a follower going off doing things that aren't led and the reason a follower should be pressing forward while walking backwards is so that she DOESN"T break the connection. I don't see how you can say that a follower who walks backwards on her own thus breaking the connection is "understanding of the lead". That's a complete distortion of my point. Sounds to me like she is anticipating the lead or else she is not maintaining her forward pressure while moving back. Many people practice their tango dancing by themselves. You can argue the semantics of whether or not it is "tango" if you have no partner (If a tree falls in the forest, and there's no one around to hear it....) but it won't change the fact that practicing alone is common and beneficial to many people. As far as how AD's post could be interpreted... I've found that its pretty easy for people to misinterpret almost anything (as so many threads on this forum, including this one, have proven) so I see no reason why clarification is a bad thing. Except that it seems to be useless today. I was actually AGREEING with you about needing movement/pressure/pushing from the leader in order to be led to walk back. FOr some reason, you are arguing with me even though I agreed with you I'm tired of going in circles on this... so, whatever.