So you’re starting to learn some new line dances, yet not quite sure how things work around the dance floor. For those of you who’ve been dancing since the days of Achy Breaky Heart, please be tolerant of the newbies – they’ll pick things up eventually.
There is no right or wrong in the dance floor world – more or less unwritten rules to abide by. So here’s what you should know before taking the plunge and kickin’ those new boots.
- ALWAYS listen to the DJ. It’s their job to ensure things go smoothly and its your job to heed them. It is customary for the DJ to announce which dance is to be done to the music and to also count it in.
- If the DJ does a good job, let them know you appreciate their efforts. DJ’s, like beginners, thrive on compliments – plus, you are more likely to get your requests played, especially if they are dances only a handful know. Just a little food for thought.
- Food and Drinks are NOT allowed on the dance floor. Its both dangerous and unpleasant.
- Never stay on the floor to talk – if you want to chat, leave the dance floor. This includes standing on the edges of the dance floor – dance can and often move from one side of the floor to the other, so beware!
- This one is a no brainer – NEVER walk through a line of dancers to cross the floor. If you must get from one side to the other, walk around the dance floor or wait until the dance has stopped.
- Remember everyone was once a beginner, do try to be helpful to newcomers.
- Line Dancers – be considerate of those who are couples dancing. Stay in the middle of the dance floor and away from the edge or outside of the floor – this is usually marked off for couples.
- Do not be afraid if the dance floor is empty. If you know a dance to a particular song, make sure to start it so others can line up behind you and follow.
- Don’t be tempted to stop dancing to teach. Try to teach off the floor if you can find space. However, if you notice someone nearby who is having trouble, it is quite acceptable to call out steps, whilst continuing to dance yourself. This is great encouragement!
- Beginners – stay to the middle 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.
- If the dance floor is crowded, make sure to take small steps and watch out for collisions.
Remember, Line Dancing is meant to be fun, both for you and everyone else on the dance floor. Smiles are contagious, so keep calm and line dance on!