A typical dance classification is one that distinguishes between different types of dances:
1) Dancers who perform a movement on their feet
2) The kind of dance that’s often called “latin style” or “Latin dance”, in its most general sense. Some dance movements or dances are sometimes compared to “Latin dance” but I call them “latin dance” because a dance is always a mixture of two or more forms or traditions.
What do the dancer’s feet look like?
This is a common question and I’d be very happy to answer it! The foot is usually divided into two parts, the metatarsals and the phalanges. The metatarsals are the outer part of the foot which are attached to the muscle and skin (called arches) and provide strength and stability. The phalanges are the more flexible part of the foot which are attached to the joints and provide flexibility in both direction and direction.
For a dance to belong to the Latin tradition it must have both metatarsals and phalanges. This doesn’t mean that Latin dances have to have a lot of twists or turns, nor in that direction; it would be much more accurate to say that dance is considered a Latin tradition if it includes all its roots and has metatarsals and phalanges in at least some form (whether a lot of twists or a little of them). A good example of this is the African dance called “Jamba”. If you look closely you might notice that during parts where the dancer is bending backwards to reach the end of a long slide, he/she is facing backwards to bend the knee, and this was the correct behavior of that movement since the dancer was facing backwards to perform the motion that he/she wanted to reach the end of, but this is not the practice or tradition that the dance is considered to belong to.
I would suggest that dancers practice Latin dancing to learn the techniques of the specific dance; they should be studying something, at least in one way, that they can be proud of. They should also practice with specific moves and choreographies to learn how different moves or actions in a dance are made (see “What’s important in a dance?”).
Dancing with a partner that’s also trying a dance doesn’t qualify you as a Latin dancer. You’d have to practice Latin dancing with your partner until they become comfortable dancing with you and you should be studying how you both dance so you know how to balance