by Dr. Aria Nosratinia
The dancing on a floor is done along a counter-clockwise direction, known as the line of dance.
This applies to traveling dances, including waltz, foxtrot, tango, quickstep, Viennese Waltz, polka and country-western two-step.
Latin, swing dances and hustle are more or less stationary and have no line of dance.
Sometimes, it is possible to dance more than one type of dance to the same song. For example, some foxtrots can also be swings and many lindy hop songs are just great for quickstep. In that case, swing dancers take the middle of the floor and the moving dancers move along the periphery in the direction of the line of dance.