Line Dance Etiquette

The polite way to share and enjoy the dance floor.

  • Never step onto the dance floor carrying drink, glasses or cans.
  • Always walk around the edge of the dance floor.
  • Never walk though lines of moving dancers.
  • Never stay on the floor to talk - if music is playing go off the dance floor to chat.
  • When dancing near beginners - be mindful and courteous and don't show off.
  • Try to be helpful and welcoming to newcomers, visitors and guests.
  • Only start a different dance, if there is room and you sense it is acceptable to do so.
  • If the floor is crowded, take small steps, enjoy the company, but watch for collisions.
  • If you should bump into someone, it is nice to apologise whether it is your fault or not.
  • Be polite and respectful to DJ's especially when making requests.
  • Don't get grumpy and moan if your request is not played - its spoils it for others.
  • Please and thank you go a long way.
  • Remember to give applause when dancing to live acts. Don't just walk off the floor.
  • Should you accidentally knock over someone's drink replace it immediately.
  • If possible start another line rather than join one that will block the outside lanes.
  • Don't be tempted to stop dancing to teach. Go off the floor to teach.
  • When starting off the dance, go to the front so that others can fall in behind you.
  • If appropriate try to leave the outside edge clear for couple dancers.
  • Those dancing around the outside have the right of way. Don't block their progress.
  • Say thank you at the end of an enjoyable session
  • When dancing around the floor, the line of dance 'LOD' is always anti-clockwise.
  • And finally, keep your head up , keep smiling and enjoy yourselves.

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DAP May 14