Common Country/Western dance floors are divided into Lanes and Areas. The outside lane is the FAST lane. Traffic moves around the dance floor in a counter-clockwise direction, commonly known as the “line of dance.’ If you are going slow, stay in an inner lane and let people pass you on the outside. The closer you go to the center, the slower you may go.
Line dancing is usually done in the middle of the dance floor in an imaginary rectangular space. Sometimes couples will choose to dance around the outside lane...don't stand in their way, as they always have the right of way. Couples, use the entire lane when doing a dance. In other words, don't cut the corners or dance across the floor (unless it can't be helped).
Following dance floor etiquette helps everyone to have fun. The "rules" are not laws. They are not "hard and fast," nor written in stone and handed down from on high. If you give the topic any thought at all, you will, of course, be able to come up with "exceptions" and "what if's?” However, these "rules" or "guidelines" are simple enough and most of them pretty much boil down to: "common sense" and "common courtesy."
Here is a list of some etiquette practiced at our dances.
At an organized dance event filled with people who are there for the express purpose of dancing then there really are only four valid reasons to say no:
Lastly, Our Constitution and By-Laws section lll.2 states: "The members shall comply with Dakota Country Dance Club's Constitution and with Dance Hall Etiquette so as not to reflect negatively upon the Club".
So, show respect and have fun dancing!
Dance Floor Etiquette
Country and Western Dance Hall Etiquette is by far the closest search that fits our bar, honkytonk, boots and buckle dancing we love so much. Some documents are short and sweet saying use courteous common sense to about a five page knock down drag out got everything covered. So let’s hit the finer points on any given night that I have seen good or bad.