Line Dance Etiquette

A List of Useful Dance Floor Tips

from Harlem Smooth Movers

  • Never come onto the dance floor carrying drinks, glasses, or cans
  • Never stay on the floor to talk – if the music has started, go off the dance floor to chat
  • When dancing near beginners – be mindful and courteous and don’t show off!
  • Don’t start a different dance, unless there is plenty of room and you sense it is acceptable
  • Remember the floor is for everyone. Try to leave the outside lane clear for couple dancers
  • Those dancing around the outside lane have the right of way. Don’t block their progress
  • If the floor is crowded, take small steps, enjoy the company, but watch for collisions
  • If you should bump into someone, it is customary to apologise whether it is your fault or not
  • If possible start another line rather than join one which will block the outside lanes
  • Don’t be tempted to stop dancing to teach, especially if there is no room.
  • Never walk though a line of dancers to cross the floor – always walk round the floor or wait
  • Remember everyone was once a beginner; if you can already dance do try to be helpful to newcomers
  • When starting off the dance, go to the front so that others can fall in behind you
  • And finally, keep your head up, keep smiling and enjoy yourselves