Do You Know These Rules For Successful Dancing?
Although most of this list seems commensensical, your dance instructors is often too busy helping you coordinate your feet and arms to be picky about dance floor etiquette. Plus, they want you to come back for more lessons and newbie dancers have either very fragile or very huge egos. So take a moment to heed this advice and you will be a successful and pleasant dancer who continues to be sought after on and off the dance floor.
2. Do NOT do Back (Shadow) Charleston on a crowded dance floor. “Hey bigfoot, your heel hurts when it connects with my shin.” It’s very inconsiderate and follows will shy away from you for fear of guilt by association.
3. Don’t go into a bar and not buy a drink! I’m not saying you have to drink alcohol, but buy a soda or bottled water, at least. You must support the bar or club who is hosting the music you can dance to.
4. Avoid leading the Charleston to “Fever” by Peggy Lee. It’s too slow…and so are the other songs at the same tempo, plus you look ridiculous.
5. Never do air-steps (aerials) on a social dance floor unless there’s a jam or cat’s corner. If you think you can hurt someone doing Charleston, think of the damage you could inflict doing air-steps, not to mention the safety of your partner.
6. Don’t dip the girl to your right. It throws her off her natural balance and feels weird, (exception: suicide dip).
7.It’s inconsiderate to stand around or run off looking for your next partner when the song ends, APPLAUD the band! They are on the stage sweating their asses off to provide killer diller dance music and you look like an ingrate when you don’t acknowledge the band. There’s a reason many bands don’t like to play for dancers.
8. Don’t walk across a dancing dance floor to get to the other side of the room. Walk around the perimeter, please. It’s hard enough for leads to look out for other dancers, but you darting between them is rude.
9. Please fellas, don’t dance with other “guys” all night and ignore the girls. Sure we get it, it’s different than dancing with a girl, you can be rougher, stronger, do some crazy Judo flips, but as you know there are two to three girls standing around waiting for a guy to dance with. Try not to be selfish.
10. Don’t be an annoying over-achiever in dance class and workshops. Keep your mouth shut and let the “teachers” teach, that’s what they’re there for and that’s what you paid them to do. Plus your rotation partner doesn’t want to hear “your” take on the move or how “so-in-so taught it another way in another town.”
11. Don’t forget to smile. We all have room for improvement and can learn something new from one another. Keep it humble, keep it fun and be generous on the dance floor.
Did I miss something? Do you agree? Disagree? Anything you want to add, please let me. I love to hear dance stories. Feel free to share here. Keep swinging!
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