How Not To Be That Guy”: Dance Studio Etiquette 101″

Note: some of these apply to everyday life as well!shutterstock_131355116.jpg

Here are some pointers that will help you gain confidence and have a more enjoyable experience at a dance studio. I wish I had been informed of some of these pointers early in my career, it would have saved my dance partners some frustration and me tons of embarrassment.

Want to give dance lessons a try?

  • How not to be that guyWear deodorant (It doesn’t really last 24 hours, so make sure you reapply or shower if possible before you dance).

  • Make sure you get around the room and dance with as many ladies as possible. It’s the best way to meet new people and make more friends.

  • “May I have this [insert dance name here]?” is the proper way to ask a lady to dance. Don’t just stick out your hand and say, “Wanna dance?”

  • Make sure that you introduce yourself to each partner.

  • Ask your partner how long she has been taking dance lessons, so that you know what moves to lead her through.

  • Always walk your dance partner back to the place in which you found her.

  • Thank your partner for dancing with you at the end of every dance.

  • Don’t be a “cling on” and try to dance with only the instructors or advanced dancers.

  • Don’t sneeze or cough in your hand and then ask a lady to dance with that germ ridden hand.

  • Screen_Shot_2016-08-04_at_12.15.12_PM.pngDo not sweat all over her. If you’re a “sweater” use paper towels and dry yourself off in between dances.

  • Did I mention that you should wear deodorant?

  • Wash your hands.

  • Make sure your breath is minty fresh. If she offers you a mint, take it as a hint.

  • Do not to eat onions, garlic, fish or anything that would be offensive to the people you will be dancing with. (Last night’s dinner will be expelled in today’s sweat).

  • Wear clean underwear (just kidding) or am I?

  • Never let a lady take the blame for your mistakes.

  • Always be gracious.

  • Compliment your partner.

  • Smile and make eye contact.

  • shutterstock_117149824.jpgIt’s ok to ask a lady with a partner to dance, but you must get her husband’s/partner’s permission first.

  • It’s OK to make mistakes, but it’s not OK to act like a baby if you do mess up.

  • Don’t be a show off. Nobody likes a cocky show off.

I can list many more pointers, but I think this is a good start. If you can think of any more please share them with us.







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