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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