“Why should I bother to learn difficult footwork, just show my some nice partner-figures!” I have heard so many learners say. It is true: learning footwork requires perseverance and dedication. But this is exactly why footwork is the most important part in becoming a truly good dancer. After all: if becoming a good dancer would not require at least a little bit of hard work, you would miss out on that rewarding feeling of having achieved something great at the end.
Take a look at the dancefloor and you will see many guys spinning their partner around in sophisticated salsa figures but at the same time barely moving their own feet. That is why footwork is indispensable: it enables you to move with the rhythm and improvise along with whatever dance figure you are performing. The more footwork patterns you learn, the more you will learn to feel, love and play with the rhythm. Also, learning new and complicated patterns with your partner will be so much easier, since you will not have to think so much about your feet anymore.