Ten stupid things beginners do to mess up their contradance experience/Getting Too Fancy Too Quickly
6. Getting Too Fancy Too Quickly. edit
There are many different ways to dance the basic figures of a contradance. Some folks like to do them with lots of extra spins, twirls, bounces and other fancy stuff; they feel these flourishes make the figures more fun and more challenging. Other folks like to do them in a more straightforward fashion. Either way works, so long as both parties to the fancier version want to do it the fancier way, and both of them are up to getting the fancier version done safely and correctly in the available time. Learning how to count (discussed further below) will help make clear what that available time is.