EtiquetteTechnique and Skill

Etiquette on the Dance Floor, Part 2

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 floor and cause a quick crowd.  In these cases, you need to be sure that you aren’t blocking the limited entrance areas.  You don’t want to block  from either side of the dance floor, so be cognizant of where you are in relation to the entrances if you are stopping to thank your partner, chat, or watch other dancers.

Also pay attention when you are entering the dance floor, which is even more important if the dancing has already started.  It is the responsibility of incoming couples to make sure they stay out of the way of couples already dancing.  When entering, be sure to look opposite the line of dance so that you don’t mistakenly get in another dancing couple’s way.  Collisions on the dance floor can happen, but you don’t want to be the cause of one if it can be avoided.

When the song is over, leave the dance floor as gracefully and as quickly as possible.  Traditionally, the man gives the lady his arm and takes her back to her seat.  Although now outdated, it is still a nice touch but may be impractical on crowded dance floors.  Of course you want to thank your partner, but remember they may have someone to get back to, or be looking for their next dance partner, so don’t keep them too long chatting, and definitely be sure that you aren’t blocking traffic either on the dance floor or entering/exiting the dance floor.


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