LINEDANCE FLOOR ETIQUETTE
not intended as a complete guide on dance floor etiquette, but more of as an
sense and courtesy.
the dance floor is divided into three areas for the comfort and enjoyment of
(HUB): for the line dancers.
LANE: (around edge of floor) for two steppers and couple dancers
For East Coast / West Coast Swing & Jive (Rock ‘n’ Roll) dancers
· Never carry food or drinks (glasses, bottles or cans) onto or across
the dance floor.
· Never stand on the floor to talk - if the music has started and
you’re not dancing – please vacate
· When dancing near beginners - be mindful, courteous and
encouraging and remember -
was a beginner once.
Give your fellow dancers room to move. Don't
hog floor space
at their expense and don't accidently dance on top of them.
· Be helpful to visitors and newcomers.
· Remember the floor is for everyone. If you are dancing in lines,
try to leave room around the
of the dance floor as a circle lane, available for the couple dancers.
· Those dancing around the outside lane have the right of way.
Please don’t block their progress.
· When dancing around the floor as a circle or partner dance, the
line of dance (LOD) is always
· If the floor is crowded, take small steps, enjoy the company and
be wary for collisions.
· Should you bump into someone, it is courteous to apologize whether
it is your fault or not.
· If possible, start another line rather than join one which may
block the outside circle lane.
· Don’t stop dancing on the floor (while others are dancing) to
teach another dancer, move off the
a quieter area.
· Never walk through a line of dancers (when a dance is in progress)
to cross the floor – wait or
around the floor.
· If the dance floor is empty and you are starting off the dance, go
to the front so that others can
line behind you.
Beginners are advised to stick to the center
of the dance
floor - that way, no matter what wall you may be facing, there will be someone
in front of you who (hopefully) knows the dance and whom you can follow. The
reverse of this is that advanced dancer's should try to stick to the sides.
· Where permission has been given to do so, you can start a split
floor dance other than what has
called, by going to the back and ensuring there is adequate space between the
· Join a dance that is already started, at the same point and on the
end of the row.
· And finally, keep your head up, keep smiling and enjoy yourselves.