Absolute Beginners and Wedding Dance

Dance Floor Survival Guide

So you’re ready to brave it on a dance floor? Put away your combat boots and fatigues. You won’t be needing them in this jungle. Here are some basic points to remember now that you’re going to be around other dancers.


Taking Cover in a Crowd
If you’re feeling a little nervous about being observed by others, here are some suggestions to maintain a little camouflage. If you are a beginning dancer and you want to avoid the fast lane, stay closer to the middle of the dance floor. This is an excellent place to take cover if you’re worried about being seen by others or just want to move along at a slower pace.


The Internationally Recognized Dance Panic Signal
Another element that will be new to you in a sea of other dancers will be the potential for collisions. Many times, the leader will not see an oncoming couple. In such cases, it is the follower’s responsibility to gently tap him on the shoulder. We know the temptation may be to scream “Watch out!” and clench onto your partner. However, a gentle tap to indicate a potential collision will be greatly appreciated and will result in a more graceful style and friendly relationship with your dance partner.


In a Jam? March!
Have you ever found yourself in a sticky situation on a dance floor? You know the kind. You’re dancing with someone who doesn’t have a clue as to how a Cha-Cha differs from a Waltz? Or perhaps, you’re the clueless one. In either case, here’s a bit of advice. Remember the “quick” rhythm. A quick equals one count. Remember, “quick, quick, quick, quick,” or “march, 2, 3, 4.” Well, you can apply these “quicks” in such awkward dancing situations. Simply march to the music. It will allow you to get through a lot of sticky situations with confidence.