Etiquette

What to Wear: Type of Dance

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General Guidelines: Country/Western:  Country western attire has variations across the country, but generally you will find blue or black jeans (not stone-washed) and cowboy boots.  If you wear a cowboy hat, it may be a good idea to take it off when going on the floor.  Note that people can be very sensitive about their […]

Dance Related Tips

What to Wear: Formality

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What you wear to a dance (or other event) depends upon the type and formality of the event.  Usually this information can be found on the invitation, website or other places with information about the dance.  If all else fails, you can always ask the dance organizers about the dress code. Here are some general […]

Song Style

SONG STYLE Which style of dance works with Scream by Usher

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SONG STYLE is an ongoing column that provides information about some suggested dance styles that work with some of your favorite songs.  To request which ballroom or latin dance style will work with a particular song, just comment our website with the name of the song and the artist, and I will post suggested dance […]

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Etiquette on the Dance Floor, Part 4

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After the dance finishes: Once the music stops, but before you and your partner go your separate ways, a simple thanks to your partner is a must after dancing.  This is not to thank your partner for doing you a favor by dancing with you, but to be polite.  And while usually a “thank you” […]

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Etiquette on the Dance Floor, Part 3

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Sharing the floor: While social dancing, responsible usage of the dance floor requires that couples stay out of the way of others. Some dance steps require a brief movement against line of dance. These steps should be executed with caution on a social dance floor, and only when there is no danger of collision. Avoid […]

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Etiquette on the Dance Floor, Part 2

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Getting on and off the dance floor The first thing you should be aware of is that some dance venues have limited access to the dance floor.  This is often the case in country/western dance spots, where most of the floor is encircled with wooden railings – which can bottleneck the entrance to the dance […]

Etiquette

Etiquette on the Dance Floor, Part 1

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Line of Dance There are traveling dances, and stationary dances.  Traveling dances would be those such as Foxtrot, Tango, Waltz, and Country/Western Two Step.  These dances move down the dance floor along what is know as the “line of dance”.  This moves around the room in a counter-clockwise direction.  Latin and Swing dances are mostly […]