DANCE FLOOR ETIQUETTE

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Gee, It's getting rough on the dance floor these days, folks!

Do you get annoyed coming down the fast outside lane, only to run into a knot of people standing and talking?  Remember this when you are not dancing.  Don't loiter on the dance floor.  The dance floor is for dancing, not for pedestrians socializing.  Take your socializing to the area reserved for seating.  This is especially important when dance conditions are more crowded.  Also, don't move chairs into the dance floor at the ends of tables.   The dance floor is small enough as it is without taking away more dancing space.

Dancers! Enjoy dancing to the fullest! LET'S ALL PRACTICE DANCE FLOOR ETIQUETTE.  Many dancers and many styles of dancing can be accomplished on the dance floor at the same time if dance floor etiquette is followed. Let's always be courteous, and we'll all have a great time dancing!  (Here's an extensive article on many more facets of dance etiquette.)

Click on the diagram for more explanation.

Dance Floor

line-of-dance

  The line-of-dance is counter-clockwise around the room.
Dance in a continuous forward movement.

  • When dancing in the outside lanes, do not back up without looking, do not dance across the flow, and keep a lookout for other dancers to avoid collisions!
  •  If you wish to swing or dance non "line-of-dance" steps go to the center!
  • Progressive dances are Quickstep, Foxtrot, Waltz, Two-Step, Polka and "Pattern dances".   These dancers have the right of way, but should not cut thru the center!

 

Outside (Fast) Lane

outside
(fast)
lane

Inside (Slow) Lane
 counter-clockwise
(line of dance)

stop & go forward movement in the line of dance

inside
(slow)
lane

Floor Center
Spot Dances

Cha-Cha
Rumba
Jitterbug
East Coast Swing
Rock
West Coast Swing
Slow Dancing
Line Dances

 Do not do these dances in the outside lanes unless
everyone else is doing them at the same time.

When dancing the cha cha or rumba, dance in your own small area and ignore the diagram.

inside
(slow)
lane

Inside (Slow) Lane

outside
(fast)
lane

Outside (Fast) Lane

DANCE FLOOR


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