Line Dance Etiquette
• Never come onto the dance floor carrying drinks, glasses, cans or lighted cigarettes.
• 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. Too many variations can put people off. Remember everyone was once a beginner - if you can dance, do try to be helpful to newcomers.
• Don't start a different dance of your own, unless there is plenty of room on the dance floor and you sense it is acceptable.
• Remember the floor is for everyone. If you are dancing in lines, try to leave the outside lane clear for the couple dancers.
• Those couples dancing around the outside lane have the right of way. Don't block their progress.
• When dancing around the floor, the Line Of Dance is always anti-clockwise. Never dance against the Line Of Dance.
• If the dance floor is empty and you are starting off the dance, go to the front so that others can fall in line behind you.
• If the floor is crowded, take small steps, enjoy the company, but watch out for collisions.
• 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 find space.
• Never walk through a line of dancers to cross the floor - always walk around the floor or wait.
• 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!
• And finally, keep your head up, keep smiling and enjoy yourselves.