Dance etiquette

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Dance etiquette are the conventional rules which govern the social behavior of dance by its participants. Such rules include the way in which the participants should look and the way in which they approach, dance with and leave their partner. Etiquette can vary in its specification and stringency between different styles of dance.

Western social dance rules[edit]

  • The dancers move counter clockwise (from above) around the floor.
  • When things go wrong on the dance floor always apologize. Generally it does not matter who is at fault.
  • If you are moving more slowly than other dancers keep to the center of the floor.
  • If you are engaged in conversation move off the dance floor.
  • To cross the room either dance across the floor or walk around the perimeter.
  • Carry food and beverages around the perimeter. Wipe up your own spills.

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