The Ten Commandments
- Thou shall wear deodorant and brush thine teeth. Always. And thou shall ask thy friends whether you require more deodorant or teeth-brushing than currently.
- If thine friend asks if they require more deodorant or breath mints, thou shall not lie.
- Thou shall not purposely touch your partner’s bottom, breasts, or other private areas with your hands, or touch any part of their body with your tongue or mouth without their permission. If thou decides to do such things, your partner may leave your company or slap thy cheek (either one).
- Thou shall remember that dips are not necessary in every dance or with every partner. Thou shall realize that the follow shall hold thine own weight, and that the lead shall not force thine follow into awkward and uncomfortable positions against their will.
- Thou shall never give unsolicited advice during a social dance, under threat of social exile.
- Thou shall recognize that dance is a journey, not a race. More patterns at fast speeds does not a great dancer make.
- Thou shall not lift on the dancefloor. Partners are not weights, and the social floor is not a gym.
- Thou shall respect the word and actions of ‘No’. Thou shall recognize that your partner may decline a dance, may decline a move, or may decline thine advances – and that it is thy duty to not force thy will upon them.
- Do unto others as you would do unto yourself. Thou shall treat all dancers with respect and dignity.
- Thou shall dance at thy level, or the level of thy partner (whichever is lower). If ye wish to to use more difficult moves, you shall seek out training. With a professional – not YouTube.
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