by Dr. Aria Nosratinia
Some caution should be exercised when getting on the dance floor, especially if the song has already started and couples are dancing on the floor.
It is the responsibility of incoming couples to make sure that they stay out of the way of the couples who are already dancing. Specifically, before getting into dance position, one should always look opposite the line of dance to avoid blocking someone’s way or, even worse, causing a collision.
Also, on some dance floors, especially in country western dance establishments, have limited access space (most of the periphery is railed). Dancers and onlookers should avoid blocking these entrances. In particular, avoid stopping to chat immediately after exiting the dance floor.
Another issue in country western dancing regards line dancers, who sometimes share the floor with other dancers. They should avoid blocking entrances from the inside while dancing.