Re: Asking a guy to dance Posted by ballroom dancer 12/15/2009 5:27:00 AM
In terms of social dancing etiquette,
I was taught that the man should verbally ask the lady to dance.
And, that the lady should accept unless she has a physical impediment, is worried about being hurt by dancing with the man or has some other good reason (see man's responses below).
If ladies are asking men to dance, I would expect the same rules to apply to men. Not dancing would not generally be an acceptable response.
I will agree that asking the man once or twice is probaby sufficient in most cases. And, I will decline (with a verbal reason) if I need to get back to dance with my wife who has been patiently waiting or may deline if its a repeated request and there are unaccomplaned ladies who have not have had a chance to dance.