In another thread we discussed teaching and suggestions for your dance partners. As a rule most say they avoid saying anything negative and I agree. Some people will offer suggestions for improvement or worse, try to teach on the floor and offer a series of corrections. I tend to reverse the process... I'm looking for the things my partners are doing well, and I tell them about it. Unless they are paying me, I avoid any teaching or tuning suggestions on the dance floor. (If they are paying me, I save most refinements/tuning for time away from the floor, with some minor exceptions.) If something doesn't work, I generally grin or laugh it off and work to both cover for my partner and reduce the stress if they appear concerned. (For me it's a dance, not a test, and I hope it's fun for them.) If you find the best in your partners and let them know about, I'd be curious how that's worked for you. It's worked extremely well for me. If I notice an improvement from a previous dance, I will tell them. I'm extremely careful not to make up compliments, but rather find something that is worth pointing out and honest, so it's obvious it's not just a line from me. What about you? What happens when you find the best in your partners and point it out?