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Dance Etiquette
Rules of Etiquette

We all have to obey Rules and Regulations in life and Linedancing is no different. These simple guidelines ensure that no-one gets hurt, disadvantaged, or upset, - as well as allowing us to enjoy our pasttime to the full.


Always listen to the DJ. It is customary for a
DJ to designate the dance and to 'count you
Never carry food, drinks, glasses, cans or
lighted cigarettes onto the dance floor
Always encourage and support beginners. It
only takes a few kind words to make you a
new friend
Never walk through a line of dancers to cross
the floor - always walk around or wait
Always go to the front when starting off a
dance. Others can then line up behind you
Never stand on the floor to talk - if music is
playing, go off the dance floor to chat
Always be gracious and apologise when
caught in a 'bump' even if it was not your
Never start a different dance unless there is
plenty of room and you sense it is acceptable
Always replace any drinks you accidentally
knock over and be sure to say sorry
Never hog the dance floor to 'perform'. If the
floor is full, take small steps and watch for collisions
Always leave the outside edge of the dance
floor clear for partner and couple dances
Never stop in the middle of a dance to teach, as
you'll be in the way. Go off the floor to teach
Always show appreciation. Applaud live
acts, instructors and DJ's - they work hard
for you
Never, even if you know the dance being
taught and the person next to you is struggling,
talk over the instructor. It is confusing
to the learner and irritating to those around
you, not to mention the instructor. There
should be only one person teaching a specific
dance at any one time
Always give way to dancers around the edge
of the floor
Never let your feet, knees, arms or elbows become
dangerous weapons on the dance floor
Always dance with the flow. The Line Of
Dance (LOD) is anti-clockwise
Never show off. Crazed variations, turbo spins,
high kicks and jumps just put people off
Always Stand Upright, Have a smile on your face, and the MOST important "always" of all - ENJOY YOURSELF AND HAVE FUN Never, if you bring along a child, should you
let them run around or across the dance floor -
it's both irritating and dangerous