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We often get asked about etiquette and floorcraft, especially as people start going further afield for their dancing. Social dancing has an old-
Of course, personal hygiene is paramount, and we won't dwell on the need for deodorant and toothpaste ... I'm also sure we don't need to remind people not to eat spicy food, garlic or onions etc just before coming dancing. A spare shirt and minty mouth spray in the car are always a good bet.
Always try to adapt your dancing to the conditions around you, and show courtesy to your partner and the other dancers on the floor. If the floor is crowded, keep your moves simple and neat -
Keep the moves within your partner's capabilities and avoid moves which you know they can't do -
Always say thank you to your partner after the dance, and try to sound as if you mean it! Remember that you were a beginner once as well, and the beginner you've just danced with could one day be the best in the class with people queuing up to dance with them.
During classes, we ask people not to refuse a dance with another class member, but if you're at a social dance you may want to sit out for a few minutes. If you are going to refuse someone but would really like a dance with them later on, let them know that, otherwise they may think you don't want to dance with them at all. And if you have just refused a dance with one person, it's considered very ill-
If you're not dancing but want to cross the floor, walk round the outside of the floor rather than through the middle of the dancing -
Generally, the same social conventions apply to classes and dance events, but there are one or two special points to remember in classes. For instance, if you are in class, please stick to the style of dance that is being taught, even through the open practice time. You may know other dance styles, but the majority of the class will only know the style that's being taught, and will get confused at different moves and styles being danced. The same is true if you go to a ballroom dance event -
Finally, enjoy! A happy, smiling dancer is more likely to get asked again.