Etiquette Rules

So that all dancers have a great time, get the most for their money, and skate safely please keep in mind the following guidelines:


RIGHT OF WAY


Skaters should try to be prompt lining up for each dance, preferably before the music has started.
 Latecomers may have to forfeit the following determinations:

STARTING LOCATION:

       -All full pattern dances will start at the end opposite of the ice resurfacer entrance.

WHO GOES FIRST:

-Those skating regular set pattern being played

-Those who are up to speed

-Couples


WHO GOES LAST:
 

-Those doing variations

-Those who are learning

-Singles or Flocks

SPACING:

-Avoid running over skaters in front of you.

-Wait (at least) four full measures before beginning your dance.

-Behind slower skaters? Wait even longer, or go to the other end of the ice.

-Be aware of those around you; use peripheral vision.

-At social dance sessions, the Fourteenstep is skated with 2 lobes (18 step) to allow more skaters into the pattern.


YIELDING

-Try to yield 50% of the time, in the event of an impending collision.

-Refrain from using the social session ice for general skating practice.

-Please stand / get out of the way of the dance pattern being played.

-Please move to the edge promptly when your dance ends.


OTHER SUGGESTIONS:

-Please switch partners often.

-Don’t be shy; if you want to skate with someone, just ask them.

-If you need to decline a dance, perhaps offer to do a different dance with that person later.

-Ladies, some of the higher dances are only played once a session (or only every few sessions); please try to let other ladies have a chance to ask a gent for that dance if you have skated it recently.

-Please refrain from unsolicited coaching or critiquing. Instead, encourage a team approach to working out dance pattern issues.

-Be a mentor. Help skaters of all skill levels to learn new dances.

MUSIC REQUESTS
-Please submit any requests for special or extra dance music before the start of the session to the person in charge of music.  These will be handled in place of warm-up music or as time fits in the normal play list.  This is done to accommodate those preparing for tests and competitions.


Thanks for your cooperation. Enjoy the session!

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