Dance Pizazz’s Dance Etiquette Series: Comfort and Safety

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Part Two of Dance Pizazz’s Dance Etiquette Series on comfort and safety while dancing.

Dance Pizazz, the St. Louis area’s funnest, friendliest dance studio (http://www.dance-pizazz.com), wants to share part one of its six part series on Dance Etiquette; Comfort and Safety. Comfort and safety are big musts on the dance floor. Dancing is a two way street, and requires that you and your partner are comfortable to dance.

Comfort in dance usually starts with a pair of dance shoes. Dance shoes aren’t just for show, they enable one to turn faster and easier on their feet, they add stability, they add comfort, and they do look stylish. For the ladies, heels focus the body’s weight onto the ball of the foot making it easier to turn. Men’s shoes allow for more surface area to be in contact with the floor allowing us to be more stable and supportive for our partner.

Comfort in dancing requires thinking not only about one’s self but a partner too. For men, pockets are useful in everyday life, but on the dance floor they can turn into unintentional weapons that injure, scar, and bruise our partner. The rule of thumb is to keep all items out of pockets, and if that's not an option keep all items in the left pocket. Another thing for men to keep track of is their belts. Big belts often get caught on swinging arms and clothing leaving tears and injuries. While they may be stylish, they can add a lot of danger to any dance floor. For Women, loose clothing can be both dangerous and a nuisance. Loose tops often get caught on the leader’s hands as they reach for an embrace either stopping the dance or revealing more body parts than one would like. Loose pants or skirts can often get caught on heals or stepped on which will instantly bring any woman to the ground. For both men and women, bare skin while attractive can also make dancing uncomfortable, because touching damp skin is uncomfortable for anyone, and sweating is a common effect of moving vigorously. Another set of items for both men and women to avoid is accessories. Accessories while adding style often turn into projectiles while dancing and should be chosen wisely based on their fit and ability to stay on the body.

At Dance Pizazz we understand how important it is for students to have a proper dance experience. That is why we practice proper dance etiquette at all times. Check out http://www.dance-pizazz.com to learn more about dance etiquette and its importance to your dance experience.

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