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Dance Etiquette

 We want everyone to have great time dancing!

To help be sure that everyone does, please remember the following rules of dance etiquette:

  • Lessons and dances work best if dancers rotate partners so that everyone gets a chance to dance. Dancing with one partner the entire evening should be avoided.
  • For many people, particularly beginners, being declined for a dance can be difficult, therefore, declining a dance should be avoided under most circumstances. The only acceptable ways of declining a dance are (a) you are sitting out the dance for a rest, (b) you do not know the dance, or (c) you have promised the dance to someone else. Remember your manners.
  • It is perfectly acceptable for a woman to ask a man to dance. We are all here to dance.
  • There is no smoking in the building.
  • Attire:  Bringing an extra shirt is advisable. Avoid any accessories that may snag or injure a partner such as belt buckles, long necklaces, big rings, or brooches.  Please be aware of hygiene and bad breath.
  • We welcome dancers of all levels, from beginners to experienced. We ask experienced dancers to welcome newcomers and help them learn. Foremost, be kind and do not criticize.
  • Food and beverages should be kept off the dance floor.
  • On the dance floor, the line of dance is counterclockwise around the perimeter of the floor (Waltz, Foxtrot), with stationary dances ( East Coast, Jitterbug) towards the center of the circle. For slotted dances (West Coast Swing. Cha-Cha) slots should be parallel. Be aware of other peoples’ lines of dance.
  • It is the leader’s responsibility to avoid mishaps and to make his partner look good on the dance floor.
  • Aerials and choreography should be avoided on the social dance floor, particularly when the floor is crowded. Aerials require training by a qualified instructor and should only be attempted by individuals who have had proper training.
  • Never blame a partner for missed executions or other mishaps. The better dancer bears a greater responsibility and accepting the blame is always welcome. Better dancers should always dance at the level of their partners.
  • Make sure your partner enjoys the dance, escort them off the floor, and thank them.
  • Please wear soft soled shoes on the dance floor.
  • Introduce yourself to new people, dance, smile and have a terrific time.
  • If you have any comments or suggestions, please tell the dance manager(s). We welcome hearing from you.


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