Social Dance Etiquette
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
* 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
* 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!