Dance Floor Etiquette, Part 1

Oh, yes, one other thing I observed at February’s dance was that perhaps it’s time for a refresher on dance floor etiquette!

Proper etiquette on a dance floor is basically an extension of the Golden Rule – treat others as you want to be treated. What does this mean, practically speaking?

  • Try not to run into others. Leaders, be sure that you keep an eye on your surroundings as you lead your partner, and try not to toss her into other couples.
  • If you do run into someone else, just apologize. You can make eye contact and mouth “sorry,” you can kind of holler it over your shoulder, or you can even find the person you ran into after the song is over and just say “hey, sorry about running into you there!” Most people are super nice about the occasional dance-floor collision.
  • If you are enjoying a dance that progresses around the floor at Jive Junction, where the vast majority of dancers are swing dancing (in one spot), please be aware that you will need to maneuver around numerous couples who won’t be looking out for you. If you do happen to collide with another couple, be sure to apologize (see above).
  • And, if you happen to be enjoying a swing dance among a mostly ballroom crowd (such as at Lake Robbins), please stay in the center of the floor and be aware that you will need to avoid getting in the way of the couples progressing around the perimeter of the floor. Again, apologize if you do collide.

See? Easy.

The next installment will be about respectfully dealing with your dance partner – do you need to apologize? what if you don’t want to dance with someone who asks you? and help! my partner just broke my arm!

I would like to conclude by saying that if anyone at a Swing Des Moines event acts inappropriately or makes you uncomfortable with their actions or words, please seek out a board member and let us know. Not sure who the board members are? Ask the DJ.


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