We would like for all to have a good time dancing !
To help your fellow dancers have a good time, please keep the following in mind. Some refer to it as guides to dance etiquette:
- Lessons and dances work best if dancers rotate partners so that everyone gets a chance to dance. Dancing with one partner the entire evening it not the best way to learn social dancing.
- For many people, particularly beginners, being declined for a dance can be difficult, therefore, declining a dance should be avoided under most circumstances. The only acceptable ways of declining a dance are (a) you are sitting out the dance for a rest, (b) you do not know the dance, or (c) you have promised the dance to someone else. If while sitting the dance out, someone comes along and ask you, just be dance with them after the song you are sitting out is done.
- It is perfectly acceptable for a woman to ask a man to dance. We are all here to dance.
- There is no smoking in the building.
- Attire: Bringing an extra shirt is advisable. Avoid any accessories that may snag or injure a partner such as belt buckles, long necklaces, big rings, or brooches. Please be aware of hygiene and bad breath.
- We welcome dancers of all levels, from beginners to experienced. We ask experienced dancers to welcome newcomers and help them learn. Foremost, be kind and do not criticize. (meaning do not give instructions while doing a social dance. Do not tell someone how a move should be done, if not done right)
- Food and beverages should be kept off the dance floor. O.k. at the sidelines where there is usually a table nearby to place food and drinks.
- On the dance floor, the line of dance is counterclockwise around the perimeter of the floor (Waltz, Foxtrot), with stationary dances ( East Coast, Jitterbug) towards the center of the circle. For slotted dances (West Coast Swing. Cha-Cha) slots should be parallel. Be aware of other peoples’ lines of dance.
- It is the leader’s responsibility to avoid mishaps and to make his partner look good on the dance floor.
- Aerials and choreography should be avoided on the social dance floor, particularly when the floor is crowded. Aerials require training by a qualified instructor and should only be attempted by individuals who have had proper training.
- Never blame a partner for missed executions or other mishaps. The better dancer bears a greater responsibility and accepting the blame is always welcome. Better dancers should always dance at the level of their partners.
- Make sure your partner enjoys the dance and thank them at the end of the dance.
- Shoes: Street shoes of any kind is not recommended, because they carry dirt, grease, grits and other things not good for the floor finish. Please wear smooth soled shoes or shoes specifically made for dancing
- Introduce yourself to new people, dance, smile and have a terrific time.
- If you have any comments or suggestions, please tell the dance manager. We welcome suggestions or concerns. Contact LetsSwingNJ@gmail.com