Ballroom Dancing Etiquette Basics

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If shows such as “So You Think You Can Dance,” and “Dancing with the Stars: have piqued your interest in taking ballroom dance lessons, you may want to learn a few basics of ballroom dance etiquette such as:

  • The man traditionally asks the woman to dance, but it is acceptable for a woman to ask a man
  • If you are interested in dancing with someone, you only need to say “May I have this dance?”
  • If another couple is heading toward you, men simply take the lead out of the way or women tap their partner gently on the shoulder
  • Men should walk their partners back to their seat, even if the woman asked for the dance

Although it is important to keep the rules of etiquette in mind, it is equally important to have fun on the dance floor. Ballroom dancing is about enjoying the music, the movement and the company of those you are with, so be sure to have a good time!

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