I hope you enjoyed your Mother’s Day as much as I did! I am thrilled to have been able to visit Gram with my mom & my daughters, Jessa & Katie. It’s been a long time since we’ve had all 4 generations in the same room!
Jess & Kate started dancing when they were 6 & 8 – or 8 & 10, depending on who you ask – and were indoctrinated with dance etiquette rules from Day One. I remember setting them in a line of dancers for their first line dance lesson. I told them, Just do what the instructor says, and keep this space between you and the person next to you, and you’ll be fine. Of course they did, and they were. Since most of us started dancing much later in life, I feel a quick summary of the rules of the dance floor is in order:
- Couples always dance counterclockwise on the perimeter of the floor when dancing progressively, as in Two Step, Double Two, Waltz, Fox Trot, Triple Two, or Polka. This is referred to as the Line Of Dance (LOD)
- Faster couples dancers should stay to the outside of the dance floor, and slower dancers to the inside of the floor
- “In Place” couples dances like East & West Coast Swing, Hustle, Cha Cha, & Nightclub are danced in the center of the floor. If these dances are done when a line dance is called, they are positioned at the back or outside corner of the line dancers
- If a pattern dance is called, it’s done on the entire floor, like Stationary Cha Cha. If you preferred a regular Cha Cha during a Stationary Cha Cha, it would follow the rules of being danced in the back or outside corner. Schottische & Shadow would take up the entire counterclockwise progressive area. If you wanted to do a different dance (like an East Coast Swing during a Schottische or a West Coast Swing during a Shadow), it would be danced in the center if there’s room
- Line Dancers always dance in the middle of the floor, and it’s permissible for them to do so even while couples are dancing around them, as long as the floor is big enough to support it
- Be aware of the Dance Right of Way: If a couples dance is called, they have the Right of Way, and if a line dance is called, line dancers have the Right of Way; default accordingly. Be courteous ALWAYS and apologize if you collide with a fellow dancer, regardless of who is at fault. The name of the game is Share the Floor
By the way, the Elgin Moose Lodge dance for this Friday has been CANCELLED. We are very disappointed 😞 😔. The hall basically doubled the rent at the last minute and it was no longer possible to make the numbers work. I’m so sorry…
I’ll see you at Gambit’s tomorrow from 7-10 & at the Fox on Saturday.