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Two Step Tidewater Virginia

   (21:45 04/17/03 ws)

(Dance Tips for better Country and Western (C&W), Ballroom, Swing, West Coast Swing (WCS) and all kinds of dancing)

...Line of Dance and Dance Floor Etiquette

 Most of us know the general rules about keeping to "Line of Dance" but if you are unsure ask someone at the next dance. In general, LOD is a series of several ovals (or circles), moving counter-clockwise around the dance floor, with the fastest moving traffic on the outside of the dance floor, and each inner circle moving a little slower. All stopping, should be maneuvered to the center of the dance floor, before stopping or making unexpected changes in the line of direction.  Check out the dance floor LOD diagram.

Sometimes there are several different dances going on at the same time on the floor. C/W dancers experience this while competing for space with line dancers. But the same thing applies when we want to dance WCS to Foxtrot music. 

One of my biggest aggravations on the social dance floor are those who want to try out their showcase or competition routine on a crowded floor. This not only bothers the other dancers but hurts your showcase or competition dancing. You can't perform that routine to it's best if you practice when you are surrounded by other dancers. If you must dance complex routines in a social setting try to make them adaptable enough to avoid problems. It's interesting to watch the professional dancers out on the social dance floor they look great but never seem to make waves.

Another problem on the dance floor is the lack of common courtesy. Any courtesy used in public applies even more so when out dancing. If you encounter a new person in the club or studio at least introduce yourself and speak to them. When there are beginning dancers on the floor try to work around them and avoid getting upset when they are in your way. They have other things on their mind. When asking someone to dance do so politely and after the dance be sure to thank them.

Dancing is a partnership and when it comes to maneuvering around a crowded floor both the man and woman can help out. The man can vary the moves used according to the density of the crowd. You would be surprised how "small" you can dance. Even on the crowded floor the man can set up the dance to avoid trouble areas. All men need to learn several emergency moves to quickly lead them away from a collision. Most ladies enjoy a varied dance routine but not to the point of colliding with other couples. The ladies can also help out by paying attention to the lead when the floor is crowded. She can also look out for up-coming collisions when the man is "Backing Line of Dance" and give his hand a squeeze (or a sharp tap on the shoulder) to alert him.

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