Being a perpetual student of dance is comprised of many components – dance partners, coaches, mentors and now very recently again, dance troupes. It was not until I came back from my first CSC (Canadian Swing Championship), that I really fully appreciated the benefits of being part of a really dedicated team.
The people you you spend countless hours in the studio with sort of becomes your extended family. You might mess and up and fall (sometimes literally), but the quality of the learning and personal experience is so much richer in the end.
What an amazing hobby we all have.