As a dancer I like to hear the 'name' tune at the end. It gives a feeling of
completeness. It also helps me to know, that we have reached the last rep.
This is especially helpful when teaching, and while making comments,
teaching points etc... you haven't been paying too much attention to the
number of times the dance has been done. I have trained my ear (okay...it
is a work in progress!!!!) to listen for the name tune. I am usually
caught by surprise whan it doesn't happen, and you usually don't get that
burst of energy that frequently comes with the return to the name tune for
the last rep! I am also somewhat 'confused' on the first rep of a dance
with a well known tune, when I don't get the tune I expect. It never ceases
to disappoint me and usually throws me off for a few bars, til I realize, I
am doing the correct dance.
As David Mostardi (hi David!) said, there are a few exceptions......where
the name tune is so bad it barely worth playing once. But imaginative
bands (like Fiddlesticks) can usually think of something to do, to make a bad
tune bareable.......even if it is blowing bubbles! I actually looked forward
to the return to the name tune (which shall remain nameless!) to see the band
dance and blow bubbles as they played.