Teaching Students Dance Etiquettes
Dance etiquettes teach students to navigate the social dimensions of dancing. It will
provide them with know-how to go about in the dancing circles. Every dancing has
its own culture and protocol. Every form has its own dancing style and code. In
order to learn any specific dance form, one must be through with its etiquettes.
Even dancing in general calls for etiquettes and good decorum.
Etiquettes on the Floor
1. To begin with, students must learn to ask politely for dance. Use words like -
"Shall we dance?" or "May I have dance with you?" etc. Dashing on the
person to get your ‘choice’ partner is not considered appropriate.
2. Declining to dance is always unpleasant. For shy teenagers it is hard to
handle and it may discourage them from social dancing further. Though there
is no correct way to refuse, but some graceful are – You can say you don’t
know how to dance or you want to take some rest or you have promised
dance to someone else.
3. Boys must always lead girls to the dance floor. Always smile and be nice. Aim
to be playful and lighthearted to ensure that your partner likes you and is
willing to dance with you again. Both must thank their partners for the
4. Don’t correct or teach how to dance to your partner as he/she might feel
offended. Leave teaching skills to the teacher. Avoid foul language.
5. If you happen to step or bump into your partner apologize immediately and
ensure that everything is fine. When attending a group dance, show
consideration for other dancers.
6. One should never exercise forceful leads to achieve a pattern. Pushing and
pulling your partner into position is not appropriate. An ideal dancer should
demonstrate grace and sensitivity in his dancing.
7. One should wear suitable attire for the dance. Don’t wear too tight clothes or
adorn heavy jewellery or junks. Costume accessories should be avoided for
the dance as it may hinder your dance moves or may cause distraction.
8. Avoid talking and giggling while dancing and do not look at others and
comment on their dancing. This will reflect your disinterest in dance.
9. Personal grooming is equally important. Dancing is an activity where two
people come in close contact with each other. So therefore before the dance
– shower well, use deodorant, brush your teeth well and use mouthwash or
breath mint, don’t consume foods that produce strong odors like garlic or
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