Dance Floor Courtesy

Dance etiquette has developed over time to allow freedom of movement and expression while comfortably sharing a relatively limited dance floor area. Common sense and common courtesy are in many ways related to safety on the dance floor as dancers often move very quickly and not always with the greatest degree of control. Following dance floor etiquette helps everyone to have fun. The rules are simple enough, but it helps if everyone is aware of them. The underlying foundation of the rules of social dancing is consideration for the safety and convenience of one’s fellow dancers. Therefore, if in doubt about a specific point of etiquette, it is often enough to invoke the following rule: be kind, generous, and courteous. One can hardly go wrong with that formula. Dance courtesy is even more important than a social dancer’s physical technique. It is not always intuitive but it can be learned.