(Copyright 2016, Simona Z.)
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Every time one of the male dancers disappears from classes and milongas for a while, I can almost be certain that the reason is that the dancer in question has been struck by a sudden drop-of-confidence-level syndrome (=DCLS)...
From experience, I know this is quite common among male dancers regardless of whether they are beginners or experienced. It seems to part of their learning journey. Of course, it is more likely to occur among beginner dancers. And while the experienced dancer tends to easily (and quickly) recover from a DCLS, this may be be fatal for somebody who has just started dancing... to the point that you may never see them again on the dance floor!
Below is an essential guide to beginner dancers on how to handle DCLS and get to the other side unscathed and with better dance skills.