by Dr. Aria Nosratinia
Sharing the floor sometimes means leaving the floor! For example, if there are too many dancers to fit on the floor, then a considerate dancer would withdraw every few dances to let everyone dance.
The same applies if there aren’t the same number of leaders and followers. Then there is a mismatch and, for each song, some people will be left without a partner. If there aren’t enough partners, it would be nice to voluntarily withdraw for every few dances so that everyone gets a chance to dance.
Another aspect of sharing the floor is to match one’s speed to that of others. In a recent social dance, one couple was moving with great speed and skill across the floor. However, they were coming dangerously close to other dancers on the crowded dance floor and, many times, other couples came to a stop and moved out of their way.