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Direction on the Dance Floor

WHICH WAY DO I GO?

Learning the direction of movement on a ballroom dance floor is crucial. Otherwise you might end up bumping into other couples on the dance floor. Dancing in a crowd should always move counterclockwise around the floor following an imaginary line of dance for both the Waltz and the Fox Trot. These dances are known as progressive dances because they move around the dance floor. The Swing, on the other hand, is more of a confined dance and is great for dancing on crowded dance floors. It is known as a non-progressive dance. The line of dance follows the same principles as a skating rink. The people that are moving fast are on the outside of the floor while those who are moving slower or in more confined areas are in the dead space in the middle. In other words, the progressive dances like the Waltz and Fox Trot are typically done on the outside of the dance floor while the non-progressive dances like the Swing are frequently located in the center.

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. But as you get the hang of it, then venture out into the fast lane.

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