As Gentleman, you have a certain job to fulfil on the dance floor— To guide the lady. We are here to take care of the lady so that she is free to dance to her full potential. We, as gentle-man, are the frame and the lady is the picture. Here are some basic etiquette rules to follow when dancing with your part-ner to ensure everyone has a good time.
First, and foremost, we always want to make sure that lady is comfortable dancing… So try never to dance her through things you don’t think she knows. Sometimes this is ok, but don’t use your knowledge to show-off in the wrong way. Dancing lady
through steps you don’t think she knows is not considered couth or gen-tlemanly. If you go too overboard with fancy steps, you may deter the lady from dancing with you in the future.
The second, under no cir-cumstances should you EVER dance an advanced dance with them if you haven’t before or if you know for a fact that they don’t know that dance. For example, Viennese Waltz. A dance like this is dangerous for both lady and gentleman if they are not used to dancing it with each other or dancing it in general. People can end up hurt if they try to do this dance too fast or with-out practice first. So be smart in choosing your partner for a fast Viennese Waltz. And, likewise, if
you do not know the dance, don’t attempt it without consulting your teacher.
The Third and final rule: NEVER LET THE LADY SIT OUT! This is more toward etiquette before entering the dance floor. This should be implied but, remember, traditional-ly, it is up to the man to invite lady onto the dance floor. So make sure you ask everyone to dance! (Ladies, in these modern times, you CAN ask gen-tlemen to dance as well.)
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