Useful Information:
Dance Etiquette Tips

1. It is highly recommended to brush your teeth and either chew some gum or pop a breath mint before hitting the dance floor.

2. Deodorant and cologne are a very positive thing in the dance arena.

3. Those who tend to perspire, should bring a hand towel to dry themselves with. Also, sometimes men will bring another shirt to change into if their original one gets saturated with perspiration.

4. It's always been the tradition that men asked women to dance. But this custom has changed. Today, women should feel equally comfortable asking a partner for a dance, even in a formal setting.

5. When declining a dance, it is good form to offer another dance instead. Also, declining a dance means sitting out the whole song. It is considered rude to dance a song with anyone after you have declined to dance it with someone else, unless you explain to the person that you had previously offered that dance to someone else.

6. On the floor, be considerate. Utilize good floor-craft. Men protect your not use them as battering rams. If you run into another couple on the floor it is appropriate to apologize. Aerials and large sweeping dance steps should not be used socially where other dancers may get injured.

7. Stationary dancers should stay in the middle of the floor, while traveling dancers move on the boundary along the line of dance (circling counter-clockwise). The faster dancers stay in the "outside lane," while the slower dancers should stay in the "inside lane."

8. Dance to the level of your partner. Avoid patterns that your partner can't do.

9. Today's beginners will be the good dancers of tomorrow, so be courteous, respectful and dance with them.

10. Smile, be courteous, and try not to offend anyone.

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