Do's and Don'ts in Dancing
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Do dance with several partners at a dance -- and always with your hostess at least once.

Do practice good sportsmanship by not monopolizing a single partner or the dance floor.

Lead your partner smoothly through the crowd, being careful that hands or elbows do not collide with those of other couples.

Remember that bad dancing habits are easier to make than break. Even while you are learning, follow along the "line of dance." When you enter onto a dance floor, stepping out counter-clockwise is the general rule.

Do escort your partner back to the table. Never leave her in the middle of dance floor.

To be a really good dancer, you must be able to dance without having to think about your steps. Your feet must learn to respond easily to the rhythm of the music; you must be able to follow without apparent effort.

Remember -- confidence is the name of the game. And confidence comes only with knowledge and practice.

Cultivate lightness. It is vital. Practicing the basic steps in dancing -- especially practicing alone -- is the trick to learning lightness.

Keep your feet out of your partner's way. Develop a long, free back step by swinging from the hip. Once the basic steps become second nature, learn a variety of steps to improve your dance repertoire for more interest and fun.

Move naturally, easily and comfortably. Don't be self-conscious or still.

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Don't apologize for your poor dancing. Improve it.

Don't try intricate steps your partner can't follow. She may be impressed by your dancing but she will likely prefer a less fancy dancer who doesn't make her feel uncomfortable.

Don't say you hate dancing just because you don't know how.

Don't let old-fashioned dancing date you!

Don't be serious. Leave your business face at the office when you step out.

Don't wear large corsages or ornaments in front. You'll make an impression -- but not the right kind.

If you are tall, don't try to appear smaller by bending your knees or slouching. This only spoils your posture.

If you are short, don't try to appear taller by dancing on your toes. This only shortens your steps and makes it more difficult to follow.

Don't dance for the onlookers' benefit. Concentrate on your partner.



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