"...a description of your favorite partner (and why they're your favorite)...."
i don't think i have an actual favorite partner although usually the people i most enjoy dancing with have a few things in common - in no particular order:
* they're teachers who have heavily inspired groove era dancers (hey, what can i say - i'm a creature of groove habit), they are groove era dancers or they have learned from and elaborate on their roots from groove era dance teachers.
* they are avid interpreters of music - one of the things i love most about partner dancing is the conversation you have with your partner. i'm always curious about creative process and fascinated by what a lead hears in music and am instantly inspired to respond creatively - hoping to reciprocate the spark...
* they ask me to dance because they genuinely want to dance with me - not as a test to see if i can keep up with them. i'm always humbled and excited when i'm asked to dance - but there's nothing that deflates my outlook more than that realization... and it's so easy to tell the difference between a genuine dance request and a fake one within the first few bars/swingouts, etc... so take note, leads & follows - you're only with your partner for 4 minutesish - make. it. count.
* they're f*cking hilarious. they're the butt of their own jokes. they go above and beyond the call of duty to encourage you to forget your troubles... and smile. :)