Dance Floor Etiquette


Never come onto the dance floor carrying drinks, glasses, cans or lighted cigarettes.

Never stay on the floor to talk - if the music has started go off the dance floor to chat

When dancing near beginners - be mindful and courteous don't show off. Too many variations can put people off.

Don't start a different dance of your own, unless there is plenty of room on the dance floor and you sense it is acceptable.

Remember the floor is for everyone. If you are dancing in lines, leave the outside lane clear for couple and partner dancers.

Those dancing around the outside have the right of way. Don't block their progress.

When dancing around the floor the line of dance "LOD" is always anti-clockwise. Never dance against the LOD.

If the floor is crowded take small steps. Enjoy the company, but always watch out for collisions.

If you should bump into someone it is customary to apologise whether it is your fault or not.

Should you accidentally knock over someone's drink, replace it immediately.

Don't be tempted to stop dancing to teach, especially if there is no room. Try to teach off the floor if you can find space.

Never walk through a line of dancers to cross the floor- always walk around the floor or wait.

Remember everyone was a beginner, if you can dance do try to be helpful to newcomers.

If the dance floor is empty and you are starting off the dance, go to the front so that others can fall in behind you.

Finally keep your head up, keep smiling and enjoy yourselves

With appreciation and thanks to Johnny Two Left feet - Firing Line -