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We are dancing with another dancer. So remember it is very important that you are clean and smell nice before you go out dancing!
TEACHING ON THE DANCE FLOOR
During social dancing and lessons, you should not correct or teach your partner unless clearly requested. If your partner leads or follows a move incorrectly, it is not an invitation to teach them. Instead, if you’re the lead, try simpler patterns. If you’re the follow, just follow the best you can.
ASKING SOMEBODY TO DANCE
Everyone can go and ask somebody for a dance regardless of gender or if you are leading or following.
So don’t just sit there. If a person you want to dance with is sitting down, then go over and politely ask them to dance. It is very rare you will get turned down. But if you are turned down, don’t take it personally. Normally it’s because they have been dancing a lot and need a a rest, want to socialize with some friends, don't like the specific song playing, or they are very nervous and only like dancing with specific people.
It’s not a nice feeling when people come to a salsa class/event and are just sitting there all night not dancing. If you see this happening, then make an effort to go and ask them to dance. I guarantee you will make their night! And like above, if you get turned down, don’t take it personally. There are loads of reasons. So just say thank you very much and move on to the next person. There are always plenty around!
It is important to remember to dance within the space you have. Which normally means, very small steps, no big arm movements and be aware of who else is dancing around you. Adjust your moves to the space available. If there isn’t much space then stick to moves that are tighter, otherwise you will keep bumping into everyone around you.
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ASKING SOMEONE TO DANCE AS A BEGINNER
You can generally ask anybody you want, even if you are very new, so don't be too shy. You'll see that it shakes out with folks tending to dance with people around their own level, but that is not a law, that's mainly less experienced folks being shy to ask more experienced dancers. While it is probably smart to not get too greedy with asking the best dancer 10 times in a row, it really is fine to ask someone better than you for a dance once in a while, it can be fun for both people.
APOLOGIZING WHILE DANCING WITH A PARTNER
Don't apologize the entire dance. Everyone goofs up from time to time and it really is no big deal. Like many other interactions in life, the fun your partner has is based to a surprising degree on the fun you have, so try to relax and enjoy yourself.
TALKING DURING A DANCE
Feel no obligation to talk the entire dance. The great thing about social dancing is how you can communicate your response to the music without talking. You can introduce yourself etc, but if you have a conversation for the entire dance, you may miss some of the fun - and if you are new, talking and partnering at the same time can be tough!
OVERTHINKING WHILE DANCING
Have fun! You may be surprised how much of a chore folks can make dancing sometimes. I've mentioned it a couple of times, but it bears repeating. Enjoying yourself will make-up for a lot of other shortcomings. It makes people enjoy dancing with you more, it distracts you from your insecurities, and really it is the point of the whole endeavor.