Dance With co
Dance with Ease
Dance with Comfort
Dance in shoes with smooth soles that stay on your feet as
you raise your leg (avoid excessively high heels,
or flip flops).
Dancing can offer a chance to show off glamorous clothes, so
advantage if you enjoy dressing to impress.
comfortable clothes are also appropriate, so we all fit in.
on an outfit, check for movement (I personally stand in the
on the spot, then raise each arm just to check mobility). If
dancing to faster tempos, or to many songs, then dress to sweat.
Dance with Leading
Beginners can make leading
by counting in
the rhythm, choosing
routines, and describing
to your partner.
When a couple stand up to dance, one person leads while the other dances to this lead.
must assume one of two roles, either "Leader"
Leaders synchronise changes in step to changes in music by
communicating advanced warning to their partner. Signals
verbal, body posture and gentle pressure applied through the
lead must be confident, but never forceful. Dancers must
for their lead and avoid anticipating moves before receiving
arts of leading and following are best taught by experienced
accomplished dancers may alternate these roles during a
couples should agree before starting who is the Leader and
who is the
Traditionally ladies follow
gentleman's lead, however, same sex couples must
agree the leader-dancer relationship, and many modern women
Dance with Etiquette
Couple dancing has three basic rules:
When dancing as a couple, you should be a supportive
only for the length of a song). So, only
- enjoy the music
- enjoy each other's company
- enjoy dancing
Social dancers also help other couples by minimising
Try to avoid obstructing other couples but when the
collisions occur, no matter whose fault it was, please apologise.
Many people enjoy dancing with a friend or lover, but men or
free to request a dance from anyone they like who is not in
Try phrases like, "May I have the pleasure of this dance?"
or "Shall we
dance?". If you find a polite request denied, then simply
is a valid reason such as waiting for a regular partner, or
feet, or exhaustion.
If you turn down a request to dance, please avoid dancing to
song with some else.
etiquette no longer applies. In the
modern world, an inclusive atmosphere welcomes same sex
tolerates diverse dance styles on the same floor. Indeed,
foxtrotting couples and disco dancers simultaneously
enjoying the same
ballroom. However, tolerating different styles brings a
Where the music (such as
encourages both spot dances and travelling dances
progressing round the
room, spot dancing (disco, rhumba, salsa,
jive, etc.) occupies the centre of the floor
leaving the outside track open for travelling dancers to
foxtrot around the
NB Travelling dances
imaginary circle going counter-clockwise
around the dance hall, known as the Line
Remember, you qualify as competent social dancers by dancing till the
end of a song with you and your partner enjoying