“It’s just traditionally done that way, and that’s just part of the sport.”
“It takes years to master each role, and alternating doesn’t work, she said. Men are typically taller and used to leading, she said.”
I personally find these the arguments against role-reversal invalid and kind of insulting. I lead ballroom about as much as I follow in my class and often my partners say I’m one of the better leads in the class. I’m 5’1” and easily among the smallest in this class, but that doesn’t mean much if you know what it really takes to lead (hint, it’s not physical strength). Not to mention, knowing how to dance both roles really does improve your overall dancing, especially in your primary role. I sure hope people’s attitudes change soon.