Dancing is a staple of many social activities conducted in public – weddings, social and business parties, dinner dates – and as such, is subject to the usual social conventions. Grace and charm are part of dance (and part of the fun!), and your personality is as well. Ballroom dancing can be active and passionate – think Salsa – or gentle and flowing, as in the Waltz. But whether the tempo is fast or slow, the attitude should always be the same – polite, cooperative and sensitive to one’s dance partner, whether they are familiar or someone new. So here are some dance do’s and don’ts that will make your experience on the dance floor more fun and enjoyable… Do remember that these days, both women and men can feel equally inclined to ask others to dance. So don’t be shy ladies… if you want to dance with someone, just ask! Don’t forget to smile – it makes everything and everyone feel more comfortable! Do - Make eye contact, flash your best smile and go for it. The old standbys are the best when asking a someone to share the dance floor with you. “Care to dance?” “May I have this dance?” Or, if the music indicates a particular style of dance coming up, a “Would you like to mambo?” is fine. Do plan on dancing to the entire song – it lets your partner know you value their time. Do be considerate of others on the dance floor. Be mindful of the space in which you are operating. Don’t swing your elbows or steer your partner wildly across the dance floor. And remember to follow the line of dance when traveling around the dance floor – always counter-clockwise! Do dance at your partner’s dance level – making them feel and look good is part of the fun on the dance floor! Leaders: giving your partner a solid lead so they feel comfortable and safe goes a long way. Do apologize if you happen to bump into someone or step on their feet during a dance – regardless of whether it was your partner or someone else on the dance floor, or whose fault it was. Don’t blame your partner for a gaff. No finger-pointing or blaming for a misstep. This is dance, not the Olympics. It’s social, not anti-social. Be kind, laugh it off and move on with the dance. It’s all part of the learning experience. Do thank your partner for the dance at the end of the song, and escort them off the dance floor, to their next dance partner or to where they were when you asked them for the dance. Do applaud the live band at the end of each song (if there is one). They’re there to make your evening special, and it’s gracious and polite to show them that you appreciate it.