Ballroom Etiquette - Now and Then
There are aspects of ballroom etiquette that have changed and
are aspects that remain the same. This page will walk you through the
etiquette of the ballroom floor for now
Back in olden times, ballroom dancing was a very formal event
Generally, it was attended by those that attained a level of affluence
and status in society. The poor and middle class could not afford to
attend and were not refined enough.
although times have changed, there are still some aspects of ballroom
dancing that are the same and require a certain level of etiquette and refinement
Let's review some of the ballroom etiquette tips that will help you get
the most out of the experience.
The ballroom was really the whole essence
if you think about it. Everything was focused on a gentleman courting a
lady and caring for her every need. The lady was really to do nothing
on her own.
In the past, it was unheard of for a lady to ask a
man to dance. The responsibility of asking was always on the man. Now,
it is much more accepted for a woman to ask a man to dance. Much of
this has to do with the modernization
with men and women being equal.
gentleman would escort his dance partner to the appropriate spot on the
floor and also escort her back to her seat after the dance.
really miss that kind of society and respect that men had for women and
vice versa. I know there are women that think that they are capable to
do things on their own without a man. I agree with them as they are
certainly capable. What I miss is the care and attention that men would show to women
I think that has something to do with our current state of society.
though this page is about ballroom etiquette, I believe it goes beyond
that. The old school mentality of manners and etiquette is reflective
of the attention a man would give a woman. Now, for reasons I do not
understand, it is "cool" to be indifferent or even rude. I
recommend that paying attention to these details is an easy way to
stand out from the crowd.
On the ballroom floor, there was
always the potential of running into another couple that were dancing
as well. Instead of it being a huge issue, the signal is to lightly tap your partner on the shoulder
This lets them know that there is another couple nearby so that they
can adjust without running them over.
simply put, the etiquette on the ballroom floor was all about elegance,
refinement, and sophistication. When your ballroom etiquette shows
these characteristics, you are definitely on track.