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  (01/16/2009 wh)

Dance Etiquette, from a Lady's point of view

Feedback...For men only

I got an interesting email from a lady dancer with some comments about a very few of the male dancers out there.

One of the comments was about men who like to teach as they dance. The lady currently takes weekly dance lessons at a local studio and is quite satisfied with her instruction. She really doesn't care to get additional, and sometimes contrary instruction from a partner.

Looking at both sides of the issue we all like to share and help as well. Although many hints, tips and ideas are helpful some are not. My opinion to the guys and gals out dancing is to leave the impromptu instruction out of the dance unless your partner asks for help. If you do have a suggestion try to word it as such and wait until after the dance.

The second comment was about men who want to hold on too tight. this lady prefers a light lead and good dance frame. She has danced with once good leaders who now hold on so tight it hurts. Again, speaking from the man's point of view, we may not realize that our lead is too heavy unless told. Hopefully this is done tactfully as our egos are banged up easily. Now there is a difference between a heavy lead and holding on too tight. I'm not sure a man needs to be told that he's holding on too tight as it should be pretty obvious.

Smooth Ballroom dancing is danced in closed position but not socially with an occasional dancer. If the man is simply holding your hand too tightly let him know. Ladies I know do it also and I try to let them know politely.

(Please continue to send your dance comments.)

Below are a couple of links to websites that have some great pointers on Dance Etiquette.

 http://www.ee.princeton.edu/~aria/etiquette.html

http://hcs.harvard.edu/~hma-bdc/etiquette.html

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