I'm new to dancing. For the sake of the discussion let's assume nightclub two step. I am comfortable with 10 patterns. Are there any guidelines for a "good" amount of basics? Should I try to minimize number of basic steps in a routine, and use those mostly to bridge patterns or as a fallback while I'm thinking of a next pattern to execute? If you take a large number of good social dancers (couples), and have them dance to a variety of reasonably sited songs, with average song duration of 80 bars. What do you guess a distribution of basics count proportion would be? Is it every other move is basic, or is it more like 1 out of 10? I'm trying to set myself up in a right direction as I learn to string patterns together. So far, I think that a dance looks better if it has fewer basic steps (although sometimes a basic is exactly what song is calling for). Would you agree that a better dancer, in general, uses fewer basics than a novice dancer?