For newer dancers, the social dance experience, especially asking strangers to dance can be intimidating. While most experienced dancers learn these “on the floor,” we included a few reminders for them. We hope these tips on social etiquette will increase everyone’s enjoyment of dancing!
Social Tips (getting onto the dance floor):
Inappropriate Behavior / Injury / Emergency Tips:
Teaching (while social dancing):
Personal Hygiene Tips:
Managing Your Property Tips:
Last, but not least, enjoy yourself! Stay open to all possibilities and pay attention. Every dance is an opportunity to learn and improve. If you are dancing with a beginner, make them feel good about themselves. If you are dancing with a partner who is off-time, work on your own timing. If you are following a leader who likes to just stand there, work on your own footwork; if you are leading a follower that likes to influence where a pattern goes, see if you can learn a new exit for an old pattern. Remember, the people you dance with will most likely be in your life for as long as you continue to dance.
I hope these suggestions help keep your dance relationships healthy and fun!
The WSDC wishes to thank Kelly Casanova for this selection of content from her Social Etiquette for Swing Dancers, updated in 2019.