Althought there is an abundant information about dance and ballroom etiquette available on a plethora of websites on the internet we believe this information should be of particular value to our members.

above all …. Kindness

The nature of partner dancing is that it is extremely social so knowing and applying these measures of kindness enhances the dancing experience for all.


Ballroom dancing is done in close contact, not just with your dancing partner but with others, and as in most workplaces today the wearing of scented products is mostly unwelcome.  Please be considerate of others.

Collisions on dance floor

Collisions are inevitable and are ‘no-fault’, each couple apologizes.  Dance floors will get crowded, whether it is a practice or a social dance, and when it is crowded it is the best time to make your steps a bit more compact and work on the floor craft.  The long routines learned in classes or being worked on for competitions will be quite difficult on a crowded floor.

Line of dance

During dances that follow the line of dance (e.g. Samba, Paso Doble and all of the standard dances) slower dancers should keep more to the middle of the floor (for those dances that follow a line of dance) keeping the outside open to dancers having more flight in their steps.  This certainly is counter-intuitive to beginner dancers who likely keep to the outside for a fast exit off the dance floor at the first sign of trouble.  Unfortunately most of the dance floors used by VBDS are really not big enough to accommodate this rule of thumb (except for Saanich Commonwealth Place) so it becomes difficult to apply; nonetheless please keep it in mind.

Bad harmony

Practicing dance steps can be a challenge and often times couples may disagree – the bad harmony between dancers can make others feel awkward.  If it is a bad day where things just don’t seem to be working out; be considerate of others with the tone and volume of your voice.

Ladies can ask men and men can ask ladies

Asking another person to dance has absolutely no hidden agenda attached other than to dance 1 dance.  Ladies can ask men and men can ask ladies. Ballroom dancing is a social activity so it is customary to dance with people who have no partner and attend our dances (including practices).  Dancing with someone other than a regular partner can lead to a better understanding of the dancing whether as a lead or a follow and besides sharing is a very good social experience.  At the end of the dance thank your partner.  Men, remember to escort your dance partner to her chair at the end of the dance.  The most practical way to do this is to offer your arm.

 Respect the dance floor

Wear dance shoes; or clean shoes that are used specifically for dancing and not those you have just worn to the dance.  Use the outer perimeter of the dance floor to get around in the ballroom rather than transiting across the floor.  Do not block the flow of dance to engage in conversation with your partner or others; move off the floor, my may stand in the seating on the very outer perimeter.