Dance Floor Etiquette and Safety

Many dancers and many styles of dance can be accommodated on the floor at the same time. Let’s be courteous and safe. The slow, safe, and “in one place” area is the center of the floor, not on the outside near the tables. The outside is for moving around the floor only.  

The diagram shows three Tracks on the floor.  
Outside: fast lane. 
Inside: slow lane. 
Floor center.  

In the Outside and Inside lanes, dancers progress counter-clockwise in the official line of dance.  

In the Fast Lane, do not back up, do not dance across the flow. Keep a lookout for other dancers. Dancers moving quickly in the Foxtrot, Waltz, Two-step, Polka, or Quickstep should stay in this lane and not cut through the center.  

Slower dancers should move to the inside lane to allow faster dancers to move around them but leave the very center for spot dancing.  

The floor center should be used when doing spot-dance moves such as Jitterbug, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Spot Turns, or Line dance WHEN OTHER DANCERS are doing Foxtrot, Quickstep or other traveling dances in the Outside and Inside lanes.  

When dancing non-traveling dances such as the Cha Cha, Rumba, or Swing, just dance in your own small area and ignore the diagram. 

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