What is Floor Craft? Floor Craft is the art of maneuvering on the dance floor. It involves watching for dance traffic and avoiding collisions with other dancers.
Common Courtesy in Navigating the Dance Floor. We all share the ballroom dance floor, and like the freeway, must be considerate of others and share the space around you, lest you have a collision. If the dance floor is crowded, use your good common sense and don’t be a ballroom bully. Don’t “take over” the dance floor with your International Waltz or other aggressive, demonstrative dance steps, or while doing your Rumba, extend your arms so fully outstretched that you hit someone. A collision is always unpleasant and interrupts everyone’s timing and concentration. If you DO have a collision, apologize. Leaders: it is your responsibility to keep your eye on the floor traffic and use your peripheral vision to keep your dance partner away from others while moving down the line of dance. However, occasionally the Followers will need to warn their partner of an impending collision when the leader’s back is to the line of dance.
Floor Craft Etiquette ~ Reminders
If you are new to the dance floor, having just taken a few lessons and want to try your skills on the Grand Ballroom floor, be aware that some dance styles, like the Waltz, Foxtrot and Viennese Waltz, have couples traveling in a fast, fluid counter-clockwise direction around the outer perimeter of the floor.
- When you enter the dance floor, MERGE with CAUTION. BE AWARE of approaching dance traffic and allow dancers to pass without interrupting them.
- Don’t walk backwards onto the floor, but rather, lead your partner by the hand, and face forward as you enter the dance floor.
- If you make a mis-step, DON’T STOP dead in your tracks, because it will cause couples following behind you to crash into you. It is better to keep going and ‘correct’ your steps on the next move. Besides, if you keep moving after a mistake, most likely, no one will notice! So, keep moving!
- If you MUST STOP to correct a step, GET OUT OF THE WAY and MOVE OUT OF THE LINE OF DANCE. You can move to the center of the floor to avoid the flow of dancers. Your fellow dance enthusiasts will appreciate your consideration.
- Remember that although your arm extensions add style and pizzazz to your look when doing the Bolero, Rumba, Cha-Cha & Night Club Two Step, beAWARE of other people around you and CAREFUL not to strike or hit your fellow dancers in the face. THAT would be a very unpleasant event for anyone, to say nothing of interrupting the rhythm of your dance. If there IS ever a collision, remember to APOLOGIZE!