Let me insert a non-pregnant, but bewildered, confused, somewhat helpless silence here. . .. ? . ??? .... . ? . It says something very different *laugh*. I don't think leaders at milongas should avoid expressive pauses, but this was aimed more at the stops that occur when a beginning dancer feels that something bad happened, and to fix it they stop dancing, go out of the embrace, reset to the beginning of the dance, and start over again. Or when they are just lost, and freeze because they have no good idea how to get out of the situation they are in. I still think the rockstep is a great emergency move - it gets you out of almost anything, and offers a way to get back into almost anything, and it turns, so you can adjust your orientation before getting back into it.