Line Dance Floor Etiquette

I have been around for some time in the dance world and unfortunately I see many dancers causing havoc on the dance floor, which is either dangerous to other dancers or themselves, here are some simple rules to help you and your fellow line dancers.

This is a list of things you SHOULD do as a dancer ...

  • Always listen to the DJ … it’s customary for a DJ to designate the dance and to ‘count in’
  • Always encourage and support beginners … it only takes a few kind words to make a new friend
  • Always go to the front when starting off a dance … others can then line up behind you
  • Always be gracious and apologise when caught in a ‘bump’ … even if it was not your fault
  • Always replace any drinks you accidentally knock over and be sure to say ‘sorry’
  • Always leave the outside edge of the dancefloor clear for partner and couple dancers
  • Always give way to dancers around the outside of the dancefloor
  • Always dance with the flow … the line of dance (LOD) is anti-clockwise
  • Always show appreciation … applaud live acts, instructors and DJs as they work hard for you
  • Always keep your head up, smile and enjoy yourself!


Here is a list of things NOT to do on a dancefloor ...

  • Never carry food, drinks, glasses or cans onto the dancefloor
  • Never walk through a line of dancers to cross the floor … always walk around or wait until the dancing has finished
  • Never stand of the dancefloor to talk … if the music is playing, walk away from the dancefloor to chat
  • Never hog floor space to ‘perform’ … if the floor is full take small steps and watch out for collisions
  • Never stop in the middle of the floor to teach as you’ll be in the way
  • Never let your feet, knees, arms of elbows become dangerous weapons
  • Never ‘show off’ … crazed variations, turbo spins, high kicks and jumps just put people off – you!
  • Never use a mobile phone whilst dancing or when instruction is taking place
  • Never take photographs or videos without asking permission first
  • Never talk loud in a class, if you are sitting out of a teach then please respect the instructor and other dancers taking the workshop