I have sandy soil, have successfully grown a lot of cauliflower for many years, and have never “danced on the bed”.
The most important factor in success here is cool and even temperatures over at least three months. Cauliflower is the most temperature sensitive of all the brassicas I grow and getting the right temp profile for three months can be most difficult. Cauliflower is unforgiving and Nature often highly variable which in combination can make success problematic. It does not tolerate frosts nearly as well as other brassicas and completely rejects high temps.
The next most important factor in successful cauliflower growing is the soil. Cauliflower are heavy feeders. Continuous, uninterrupted availability of N2 over the three months is mandatory as well as adequate amounts of boron in the soil. Soil tests showed my soil lacking in boron, so I treat the Cauliflower area with borax.
It also needs full sun all day. It is more susceptible to insect damage than most all other brassicas I have grown, so to be successful prevention is needed.
When the above conditions are met, its actually fairly easy to grow and be successful at it...but temperatures are most important.