This is not the first time I have noticed this. As I watch people dance, I notice that I often see people offbeat, and seem to enjoy themselves. There is a whole range of this offbeatness - on beat, but on half-phrase (dancing on 5); on beat, but off phrase; or just off beat; to a different tempo entirely. What's even more confusing, I see people who obviously know there stuff - very well executed moves, great style, posture, control. But off phrase or even offbeat. I understand that music as metronome is the lowest form of musicality, but I would expect the dance to be aligned with music, beat and phrase; I understand there is syncopation, and fake steps - but you still should be in some form of alignment with the music. It seems that people are literally deaf. Am I overestimating the importance of the music in the dance? Is it common to see people who manage to master moves and forms, but clueless about musicality? What's concerns me practically, is that it seems most women (have to mention that I've been only dancing for couple of months, so I stay within my league) are ignorant-incompetent about beat and phrase (I will post a separate question on this). Am I completely off the track with my approach to dance?