I think it is time that we remind people of some of the rules of a practica. Practicas are an important part of the tango learning experience, but there are rules here, too. Help me to list some! 1. A practica is not a cheap substitute for classes. They are an opportunity to work on things from classes. If you don't go to classes, you will wear out the patience of those who do. 2. Don't teach. Keep your opinions to yourself unless specifically asked, or an agreement has been made up front. Especially if you are a leader who doesn't follow trying to tell a follower what to do, or vice versa. (OK, this one is hard. But try.) 3. Don't bug people for dances directly. Just because a practica has fewer rules doesn't mean you can force people into dances or uncomfortable refusals. Make sure that someone wants to dance with you beforehand. I was at a practica recently and heard a follower (who doesn't go to classes) complain to some guys that there were lots of followers sitting, and they should get busy. There are often more followers at this practica, which is not the case in local classes. No one owes anyone dances, do they? Any other thought, or better ways to phrase some of these concerns?