Ballroom Dance Etiquette, duh!
- A google on "Ballroom Dance Etiquette", will definitely throw up a
number of dancing rules, formal and informal. Here is my attempt at
adding a few to that list, mostly from some observations on the dance
floor in and around Stanford, Palo Alto, the South Bay and San Francisco.
Depending on the place/club the majority are amazingly fun/interesting
people (including a certain 60+ year old lady, who always dresses up
like Marilyn Monroe); except for a few minor exceptions.. Jammix at
Stanford in particular is exceptionally well run and has more happy
faces in a packed room than most other places I have seen in the Bay
Make Eye Contact
Ballroom dance robots will be invented by Korean scientists in 2081. Till then you are stuck with 2-leged
bipeds. This species tends to treat lack of eye contact as a not so subtle sign of disrespect.
Smile, pretty please
Add some genuine warmth to that. Tis not that hard!; and its an easy 'step' to
both lead and follow -- seriously.
Accidents happen. Sometimes we tend to step on your feet, you might get that odd shove in a crowded dance floor,
your partner may not be the best lead/follow. Tis okay, dont have to get angry; life is good dear; tis not
the Iraq war.
Be Creative... Make Mistakes!
Its okay to try something different, try a strange pattern, try a dance to a different music. If you stumble,
it doesnt come out well or your fall flat on the dance floor, look up #3 above. Side effect
-- you have
just managed to entertain people around you -- sweet
. (Not easy, ask a certain Jerry Seinfield).
You are 27, they are 72
You will be lucky to be 90 someday. You will be luckier if you can shake a leg at that age. So, what's your
'I have 2-left feet, I cant dance'
Actually you dont. Take a closer look; ouch they both look crooked, but crooked in different ways! It took you
10 years of 'we dont need no education'
to be able to spheak, rhead and
wright :-). Give your feet some time, after all they learnt to walk.
'Gentlemen should always be the lead when dancing?'
You mean gentle chauvinistic men? To enforce rule #7, drink a vial of false ego, and travel backwards many many
(seriously many) years in time. The good news for you --- physicists
have not yet ruled out backward time travel (see infinite parallel universe theory
for an explanation).
'Ladies should always wait to be asked for a dance?'
Seriously babe, if you thought waiting 3hrs in a dance club and being asked for 2 dances was an efficient use of
your time, you should think again. Side note -- There is a species on this planet called men
(not to be confused with guys, kids, wimps etc.) who like assertive and confident women. If you ask 40
times, and are rejected 4 times, you have got yourself a whopping (you do the math) dances. Are you stuck in a club with these arcane rules?; jeez dear, you deserve better.