You are among the minority. “Dressage” is still viewed by many riders, even among “English” riders as being overly sissy and Show-off for the sake of show-off instead of basic dressage being the foundation of correct communication with the horse and riding with finesse, as opposed to brute force. What first caught my attention was that good dressage instructors never say “Do this because I am telling to do this”. Good dressage instructors can always explain exactly why it works, and usually in great detail. However, even the best need to see exactly what the rider is doing so they can find the right place to start introducing changes.