by Dr. Aria Nosratinia
Responsible usage of the floor requires that one stays out of the way of others. Some moves require a momentary movement against line of dance. These moves should be executed with great caution on a social dance floor, and only when there is no dancer of collision.
Avoid getting too close to other couples, especially less experienced ones. Be prepared to change the directions of your patterns to avoid congested areas. This requires thinking ahead and matching your patters to the free areas on the floor (floorcraft). While this may sound complicated to the novice dancer, it gradually becomes second nature.