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Re: Dance as a way to meet people and make friends
Posted by ballroomchick
5/8/2012  10:09:00 AM
The studio's I dance at everyone is friendly. At the social dances many guys end up with a "harem" of girls at their tables who dance pretty much with them. LOTS of people I know have become close friends and do events outside the studios. There have been some marriages too, the couples met at these social dances.

Re: Dance as a way to meet people and make friends
Posted by ladydance
5/9/2012  5:09:00 AM
As you can see, others have made great friends dancing so you might want to ask yourself if you are doing something wrong. I'm not saying you are or trying to put you down, but look at the possibility. Are you well groomed? One very pleasant young man at our studio at such bad body odor people were complaining. I spoke to him and he now takes special care. Dress nicely at parties, which means dress pants and shirt. Show an interest in how people are and ask them about their lives outside of dancing. Smile, don't hang back and people will respond. If all these things don't work then look for other places to dance as others have suggested.
Re: Dance as a way to meet people and make friends
Posted by belleofyourball
5/10/2012  4:06:00 PM
It can take awhile to make friends in ballroom. It is going to depend on your studio or venue. I come from a really competitive studio and so everyone there is guarded for at least ten months...and even some after that. If their focus is comp then you have to go to comp with them because much of the bonding happens there.

Make sure you aren't correcting anyone when you dance. It can be easy to not even realize you are doing it but I promise you when someone who isn't a very good dancer makes a mistake and blames it on me I will never dance with them again. Chances are I'll be polite but I don't want to be friends with someone who wastes my free time criticizing me. If somone makes a legitimate point and does it nicely I don't mind that with the understanding that we are friends already or you're a damned good dancer and you are right. If these criterion are not met I promise you that you are coming off as arrogant.

I'm not saying you do this...I'm saying a lot of people do this and no one ever tells someone to their face what bad dance etiquette this is but it should be covered EVERY time in EVERY group lesson.

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