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Social Dance Etiquette

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Etiquette is here to ensure everyone has a good time in a social dance setting, so it is important, to pay attention to it. While I am sure that there are always exceptions to these "rules", these are the rules that pertain to dance clubs everywhere, be it a small town gathering or a large dance convention. So, if you will be dancing at a new dance club, maybe in a new area, if you follow these rules, you cannot go wrong.

* Your outfit and accessories should be comfortable, safe, and also reflect the culture and level of formality of the dance group. Most importantly, do not forget your dance shoes.

*Ask everyone to dance. Do not monopolize one partner for the whole time.

* Today's beginners will be the good dancers of tomorrow, so be nice to them and dance with them. Remember when you were a beginner, and beginners' remember all of those great dancers' started out as beginners, too!

* Do not decline a dance unless you absolutely have to. Having declined a dance, you cannot/should not, dance the same song with someone else.

* Be considerate of other couples on the floor. Exercise good floor craft. Do not cut other couples off. No aerials or choreographed steps on the social dance floor! We all hope to avoid collisions!

* Stationary dancers (e.g. Swing dancers) stay in the middle, traveling dancers move on the boundary along the line of dance.

* Dance to the level of your partner.

* Never blame your partner for missteps.

* No unsolicited teaching on the floor!

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