Dance Pizazz Shares Tips for Proper Floor Craft Etiquette

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Dance Pizazz shares Helpful Tips for maneuvering the social dance floor.

In the end it is best to keep your head up, your eyes open, and your smile ready!

Dance Pizazz shares helpful tips for maneuvering the social dance floor. Dance Pizazz the St.Louis area’s happiest, friendliest place wants to share these tips about floor craft that most new dancers don’t know.

From crowded restaurants to social dances to the most prestigious competitive venues, the challenge of getting around a dance-floor and avoiding other dancers is a big part of ballroom dancing. For beginner dancers who spend time on the social dance-floor, collisions and accidents with other dancers are inevitable.

So what's a dancer to do? Well, for dancers who just learned their first steps or for dancers who are a 5-time champion, handling these situations with grace and courtesy marks a truly mature and complete dancer. Here are a few tips to help any dancer avoid collisions and to handle them properly when they do happen:

Tip 1: The dancer who is passing other dancers, is generally responsibility to avoid them. In a social situation it is often the more experienced dancers who are moving most quickly around the line of dance, and therefore have the most responsibility for avoiding collisions. Beginner dancers usually don't know as many dance steps and therefore don't have as many options to get out of the way. Don't be afraid to stop or just mark time. Trying to squeeze steps past someone without enough room is never a good idea.

Tip 2: It is also a good idea for beginner dancers to try to stay out of the flow of traffic. Generally this means moving towards the middle of the dance-floor which allows more advanced dancers room to move around the outside of the floor. If you have just learned your first steps or are practicing a new move, move to a corner or the middle of the room.

Tip 3: If you do have a collision it is common courtesy for both couples to apologize and leave all ill will behind them. Realize that as annoying as an unexpected crash can be, it is almost never completely one couples fault. A genuine concern for the other couple and a sincere apology from both parties is the most courteous and desirable outcome.

At Dance Pizazz we understand what beginners go through while they learn to dance on the social floor, and understand although challenging in the beginning, can become easier by following a few simple steps. In the end it is best to keep your head up, your eyes open, and your smile ready!

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