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Do’s And Don’ts Of Social Dancing

  • Don’t teach, correct or critique your partner’s dancing. Social dancing is not a time to teach someone how to dance or teach them something new with their dancing.
  • Don’t dance above your partner’s skill level. Dancing above your partner can make them feel uncomfortable and lose confidence in how they dance.
  • Smile and look happy.
  • Make eye contact, but don’t forget to blink!
  • Apologize if you bump into or step on someone. The floor can get crowded during social dancing so bumping into or stepping on someone may happen. Just apologize and continue dancing.
  • Don’t do crazy moves. It is important to keep your partner on the floor and avoid doing dips. We want to make sure we are creating a safe environment for yourself, whom you are dancing with and other couples on the floor.
  • Escort your partner on and off the dance floor.
  • Thank your partner for the dance.
  • Plan to dance the whole dance.
  • Do ask someone if they would like to dance by using the phrases such as “Care to dance?” or “May I have this dance?” It is okay to say no if you are tired or do not know the dance currently being danced. If you say no to someone you cannot say yes to someone for the same dance.
  • Do be considerate of others on the floor. Be sure to be aware of your surroundings so that you don’t experience run ins.
  • Don’t blame your partner. Social dancing is meant to be fun, a chance to practice what you have been working on, and to meet and dance with new people.

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