Salsa Dancing Etiquette

Whether you’re a newcomer to dancing or a regular attendee who feels ignored on the dance floor, I am here to guide you through some essential Salsa Dancing Etiquette. These tips may appear obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people overlook them.

Be Assertive, not Aggressive

When inviting someone to dance, kindly ask them rather than forcefully grabbing their hand and dragging them onto the dance floor. If someone declines your invitation, it is not personal. It is a compliment to be asked by anyone. Followers, don’t hesitate to ask leaders to dance as well.

Be Polite

If you decline a dance invitation (for any reason), please don’t immediately ask someone else to dance or accept another offer during the same song. It is good manners to sit out the song if you have declined an invitation. Even if you are asked by someone you have been eager to dance with, please sit out the song.

Be Adaptable

Leaders, take the time to familiarize yourself with your partner. Be gentle in your movements until you know their capabilities. Followers, minimize excessive styling at the beginning of a dance, as you don’t want to overwhelm your leader. Remember that each dancer is unique. It is important to adapt to your partner’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as their comfort level in how close you are dancing. This will make for a more enjoyable dance for both of you.

Salsa dancing has so many benefits. You don’t want to be left out because you don’t know Salsa Dancing Etiquette. So simply remember to be assertive, polite and adaptable. Dance partners will start lining up. 

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