By: Anthony S. Natale, Ph. D.
Originally submitted by Vi Gasparini
If all dancers were to observe dance floor etiquette and technique, the dance floor would accommodate
its maximum capacity and still permit movement and enjoyment.
When the floor is overcrowded, all dancers should sit out some numbers – to ease the situation.
Ballroom dances are classified as either progressive or spot dances. In progressive dance, Foxtrot,
Waltz, Quickstep, and Tango, the rule is to move around the floor in a counter-clockwise direction.
This, of course, includes the figures which take the man backwards.
In spot dances, Jive and Latin, the couple should try to keep in-and-around the area where they began dancing
– other dancers’ space should be respected.
When the music is such that it permits more than one dance, eg. Quickstep and / or Jive,
the Jivers should move towards the center of the dance floor, thereby making it possible for
the Quickstep dancers to progress freely around the outside of the dance floor.
Those not dancing should stay off the floor or walk around the outside perimeter to their destination.
Dancers wishing to get off the floor during a number should not cut across the floor.
Instead dance around until you reach your exit. Couples should not stop on the floor to make conversation,
or discuss dance patterns.
The way one dances, and the selection of patterns should be governed by the size and shape of the
dance floor and the traffic. Be alert and watch out for others when changing “lanes” or executing “maneuvers”.
Like car drivers, dancers should use good judgment.
Go with the flow ! Be courteous !