I often hear this phrase at the lessons: "I was taught this way". Of course, it is not necessarily an excuse, and those skills which were acquired first, really stay firmly in your body and mind. It is not easy to change habits.
Usually I answer that I was taught like this, too. And it was right. Almost all the words that we were told at some point were appropriate and right. It is that the same phrases for those people who are at different levels of understanding have completely different meanings and evoke different images in the minds.
Variety of interpretations is inevitable, that is why sometimes it takes quiet a long time to find "your" teacher and find a way to your consciousness. Do not underestimate the importance of your own efforts in seeking answers to your questions. Listen carefully to yourself: are you happy with everything? Is it comfortable to dance? How do you feel during classes and when dancing? If something is wrong — keep searching. Searching for a teacher, for different partners for practice, for books and other information that might help you make the changes you like.