The following tips are intended to provide you with a more enjoyable dance experience.
End of the Evening
The executive would like to remind everyone that we have a commitment to depart from the premises by midnight. Please be aware that we will be coming around to begin clean up at around 11:30, but this should not be taken as a signal to leave early. We encourage you to stay and dance until midnight if you choose to do so.
Follow the "line of dance", which is counter-clockwise around the floor.
Some music may suggest more than one style of dance. When dancing a more stationary dance such as, cha cha, jive, or rumba, stay in the middle area of the floor so that others who are dancing a travelling dance such as, fox trot, waltz, or tango, can travel around you on the outside of the dance floor.
More experienced dancers tend to use the outer-most area of the floor.
It is courteous to dance with those who ask you. If you decline, it is appropriate to not dance until the next selection.
If you accidentally collide with, or hurt someone on the dance floor, do apologize.
On a crowded dance floor, try to avoid doing moves such as, lifts, throws, and wide sweeping arm and leg extensions. Use common sense and avoid accidents. You wouldn't want to trip or ram into other dancers on the floor.
Remember, you can do a variety of dances to some songs. It is never "wrong" if people are doing different dances to the same song. Let the music move you in the way you want it to!
When possible, wear proper and properly fitted ballroom dance shoes. They typically have a suede leather sole to help with floor craft, and a steel shank to support the arch and ankle.
When purchasing shoes, comfort should be the foremost criteria.
A snug fit is a necessity. It is okay for toes to hang slightly beyond the front of open-toed shoes.
An insert may be added to the toe part of the shoe, or at the heel, to maintain a good fit. This is most likely necessary in the case of an extremely narrow foot part, or when shoes have been well "broken-in".