What are some ballroom dancing tips?


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Some ballroom dancing tips include keeping the knees and hips relaxed, taking fluid steps, practicing the basic steps often and practicing proper posture and balance to appear poised at all times. When moving, dancers should follow the dance line, which goes counter clockwise if the dance goes around the room.

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On the dance floor, faster couples usually stay on the outside, and slower couples stay on the inside. Dancers should practice good floor craft by staying within the flow of the dance and avoiding collisions. They should try to avoid stopping while dancing, and use caution when entering or exiting the dance floor.

Couples usually look over each other's right shoulders. The nose should line up with the toes, so as the feet turn one way, the dancer looks in the same direction.

Dancing in rhythm with the music is important. This rhythm can be learned by listening to ballroom music often, until the timing feels natural. Since the man leads, the woman should follow his lead without anticipating the steps.

Dancing etiquette is an important part of dancing. In general, a dancer should accept a dance invitation unless she is resting or doesn't know the dance. Providing a reason why and offering a later dance are common polite gestures when a dancer declines an invitation.

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