Below is a list of Line Dancing Etiquette that is generally adhered to across all dance floors.
Never come onto the dance floor carrying a drink.
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 near the outside lane have the right of way. Don’t block their progress.
When dancing around the floor, the line of dance ‘LOD’ is anti-clockwise. Never dance against the LOD.
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.
Should you accidentally knock over someone’s drink replace it immediately.
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. Try to teach off the floor if you can’t find space.
Never walk though a line of dancers to cross the floor – always walk around the floor or wait.
Remember everyone was once a beginner; if you can 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.
Never talk socally whilst on the floor dancing, take your conversation off to the seating areas.
And finally, keep your head up, keep smiling and enjoy yourselves.