"Being aware is more important than being smart."
Knowing how to lead a bunch of turns is a great skill, but knowing when (and when not) to lead them is an even better one.
Knowing how to style when following is a great skill, but knowing when (and when not) to do it while maintaining your connection with your partner is an even better one.
Leaders- Awareness of your and your partner's abilities, who and what is around you, and the mood the music is conveying is very important. Adapting to these factors (among others) will help make you even better than you already are.
Followers- To quote someone famous (bonus points for whoever can figure out who it is):
[You are] not tense, but ready. Not thinking, yet not dreaming; ready for whatever may come.
Just for fun, check out the link below to test your general awareness.
I'll be honest: I got fooled by the first two videos.
Oh... and watch out for cyclists!
Let's look at "Unthinking" from yet another angle.
"Automaticity" is used to describe how those who've mastered their craft- from athletes to pilots and everyone in between- have
mastered their respective art's fundamentals to where they execute those fundamentals instinctively, freeing them to focus on higher-level concepts and/or strategy.
While giving textbooks and lectures their proper credit, making learning an interesting game instead of a sleep-inducing chore to get K through 12 curriculum to "automaticity" is what this article focuses on.
In the context of Casino, "Automaticity" is required of your ability to lead and/or follow the fundamentals:
The philosophy behind good social dancing, leading, following, and topics that discuss more than just Salsa Cubana.