This is especially difficult for some women to grasp but the gentleman is definitely the leader in ballroom dance. Even though the lady may be the more experienced dancer, on the ballroom floor she will always dance to the gentleman's level of expertize.
The gentleman has the greater responsibility of the partnership as he is constantly keeping an eye out to avoid a collision with aggressive dancers. He alone, decides the amalgamation of steps and if any couple zooms into his chosen path, he has to make a snap decision and choose another set of steps.
Gentlemen are usually dancing facing forward with the line of dance as he keeps an ever watchful eye while performing excellent technique.
One note to the Ladies...... Please, if you want a winning dance partnership, honor the gentleman's lead. We ladies used to jokingly say, we can do it better than the man and in high heels and backwards. But when it comes time for the real competition, ladies have to hand the lead over to their partner.
Below is an "eh-so-so" video of a guy telling other guys why they should learn ballroom dance