Tips for helpful dancers

As experienced dancers we all want to encourage and help others to join the dance, be successful, and enjoy themselves.  Sometimes this is not as straightforward as it might seem.  Community dances attract a wide range of people with different levels of ability and experience.

Here are some key tips:

  • Listen to the caller and encourage others to do likewise
  • Use body language to direct rather than words, pointing or pushing
  • Watch the other dancers, especially your partner
  • It’s a social activity – invite newbies to dance
  • Dances don’t always go exactly as planned – relax, dance well, and be cheerful.


Want to read more?

Dancing with Newbies

When You’re Not the Caller

Myths about beginner contra dancers

Oops! Sorry! Thoughts on mistakes in social dances

Awareness and consideration

Dancing with a partner

Enjoy dancing better

Dance tips and terms

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