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Dance Floor Etiquette

Please DO…
 * Dance in LINES! We are not here to ‘squiggle’ dance.
 * Listen to the DJ or instructor to know what dance is being played.
 * If you are sitting at the edge of the dance floor, ensure that your chair does not block anyone if you are getting up to dance, please push your chair under the table to allow people to walk past.
 * Leave the dance floor when the music ends, unless you are staying up for the next dance.
 * Be aware of your surroundings - remember to take smaller steps when a new dance is being taught, or a popular dance is being played (the dance floor may be fuller than normal) and NEVER kick too high or jump with both feet off the floor (it’s NOT an aerobics class!!)

Please DO NOT…
* Carry food or drinks across the dance floor at ANY time whether there are people dancing or not ... this causes a slip hazard for EVERYONE - all spillages should be cleaned immediately.
* Walk across the dance floor when music is playing to reach the other side of the Hall as this is dangerous not only to yourself but to other dancers who may not see you - you should ALWAYS “walk around”, not “cut across”.
 * Try to join an existing line once a dance has started - you can dance in ANY line, not just the one with your friends in it! There are no “Reserved” signs for places on the dance floor.
 * Bend down in the middle of the floor to tie the laces on your dance shoes- this is very dangerous as you immediately become a hazard to the other dancers moving around you.

Other information:
* A “floor-split” is when 2 dances are being done at the same time to the same piece of music - this will almost always be split between front & back. It is VERY important that if you are joining the rear of the “front” dance, you MUST leave space between yourself & the front row of the “back” dance to ensure that no-one collides once both dances have begun.
 * You may find that partner-dancing is being done around the edge of the dance floor. It is acknowledged that partner dancers have the right-of-way, so just be aware of this if you are dancing in a line bordering the edge of the dance floor.
 * Please remember everyone was a beginner once, and newcomers should be encouraged - but similarly, please don’t get up for a dance that you don’t know and then try to exit from the dance floor in the middle of the song ... you may become a hazard as other dancers move around you. * It is courteous to apologize to a fellow dancer if you accidentally bump kick them.