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The Dance Floor - Line of Dance

The Dance Floor - Line of Dance
Dancing is performed in a counter clockwise direction along the floor, known as the Line of Dance. This applies to traveling dances including Waltz, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Polka, Quickstep, Tango, and Samba. Spot or slot dances which are stationary like Rumba, Cha-Cha, Mambo, Bolero, Merengue, and Swing require little across-the-floor travel and do not have a line of dance. General rule: the slower you are traveling, the closer to the center of the floor you should be. For example, click on the diagram at the left to enlarge.

Entering/exiting the dance floor
Exercise caution when entering/leaving the dance floor. It is the responsibility of the couple that is entering/leaving to make sure that they stay out of the way of couples that are dancing.

Sharing the floor
Avoid getting too close to other couples, especially less experienced ones.

Be prepared to change the direction of your pattern to avoid congested areas. This requires thinking ahead and paying close attention to traffic patterns.

Do NOT do aerials on the social dance floor, even if you are trained--they are dangerous to the other dancers sharing the floor.

To the right is a drawing showing the "Line of Dance" etiquette that ballroom dancers should adhere to. To print out this drawing, click on the PDF "more information".