Dancing Tango on a crowded dance floor can be a sublime experience of communal bliss - or a nightmare of bumps, kicks, and confusion. To promote the former and avoid the latter, here are some rules for a crowded dance floor.
1. When you enter the dance floor, wait for a break in the flow of traffic. Make eye contact with the approaching leader so you know he sees you. Merge into the flow of the dance like a driver mergimg onto the highway - smoothly, with no sudden stops.
2: Travel counterclockwise, in the line of dance. Avoid stepping backwards.
3. Be aware of the flow of traffic. On a crowded dance floor dancers travel as a group, starting and stopping together. Maintain a consistent distance between you and the couple ahead of you,
4. A crowded dance floor will have multiple lanes of dancers - an outer lane, one or two middle lanes, and an inner lane. Stay in your lane. The more crowded the dance floor is, the less you should consider passing or changing lanes.
5. Keep your dancing small and simple. Enjoy the music and the connection, and save the fancy steps for a less crowded venue.
1. Be aware of your surroundings. Do not dance with your eyes closed unless you know your leader can be totally trusted to follow the above rules, and the overall level of dancing is high. Do not step into another couple just because your leader leads it. This is your dance too.
2. Keep your feet on the floor, and your heels down. Those stilettos are a pair of weapons attached to your shoes. Polite people do not aim weapons at others.
EVERYONE: a crowded dance floor is not a good place to show off your fancy moves. So don't. Keep it small, keep it simple, be polite to the other people on the floor, and you will come to appreciate the trancendental experience of immersing yourself in the dance.