Basic Ballroom Dancing Etiquette

social ballroom dancing for funLearning how to ballroom dance is a fun activity  that gets the heart pumping and the feet moving. By definition, ballroom dance refers to the 10 dances in International Ballroom and International Latin. There is a rich history behind many ballroom dances, and everything from the cha cha and rumba to the jive and foxtrot have different rules and traditions. In order to stay in step on the dance floor, make sure to follow these simple etiquette rules when dancing ballroom.

The gentleman partner is expected to lead and be the eyes and ears on the dance floor

This tradition goes back to the time of the beautiful and graceful waltz. The gentleman would lead on the dance floor as a way to show his confidence and skill, and the woman would trust that he would guide her around open spots on the dance floor. Having the male be the leader is also beneficial because women usually have more complex steps in their routine, making it easier for the male to keep his eyes out for those around him.

The female starts on the right foot because a female is always right

Chances are, you’ll hear this phrase a lot in the ballroom world. No matter the dance you are doing, whether it is a fiery cha cha or a sultry tango, the woman starts on her right foot. Typically, this is because the right foot tends to be the more dominant foot, plus it is easier to remember when the dancers have to focus on the choreography!

Always dance in a counterclockwise rotation

If you follow this rule, it will greatly eliminate the risk of colliding with other couples on the dance floor! Accidents do happen, and if you have to stop your dance to apologize, always do so.

Choose the area of the dance floor based on your speed

Generally speaking, quicker-paced dancers tend to use the outskirts of the dance floor while the slower dancers stay in the middle. This is especially true for the dances such as the tango, foxtrot and cha cha that tend to move around the floor. Additionally, the center of the floor is meant for those who are beginners so they don’t have to worry about getting in the way of other dancers.

Applause always waits until the end of the dance

The dancing spectators also have to follow rules of etiquette! This includes waiting to applaud until the dance is over and the music has stopped as a way to prevent distractions to the couples who are dancing.

Simply follow these five steps and you will wow the ballroom with your amazing skills and your impeccable etiquette!

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