Conduct Edit

External Resources Edit

Conventions Edit

One-dance vs. Two-dance "rule" Edit

In some parts of the world, people usually dance two dances together vs. one dance when they agree to a dance. There is no universally acknowledged protocol.

  • As always, one can ask for another dance and one can always refuse a dance, but local custom exists
  • North America: usual expectation is one dance
  • Two dances appeared to be the norm in Europe (circa 2005? 1999?)

Specific Regions Edit

Individual anecdotes, taken from online discussions if not referenced. + for multiple individuals)

  • Barcelona: one dance
  • Vienna: 50/50
  • France:
    • rarely
    • common to ask for a second dance
  • UK:
    • was told by others two dances is the custom
    • one dance (+)
    • two dance
    • In the past but not now (+)
    • balboa: one dance
  • Middle Eastern Europe: two dances
  • Europe: two dances
  • Germany: two dances
  • Sweden: two dances (+)
    • Herrang: two dances
  • Finland: two dances
  • Czech Republic: two dances
  • Australia: two dances (++)
    • Brisbane: one dance
    • Perth: one dance

Potential Reasons (speculative unless otherwise referenced) Edit

  • Two dances where it is common to play two songs of the same style in the row
  • Two dances from folk tradition
  • Role imbalance - two dance would mean more dancing after waiting (but more waiting?)
  • Foreigners may be excused for not knowing/adhering to local custom
  • Two dances more prevalent among the dancers who started earlier
  • Multiple dances in a row means being more connected with your partner
  • One dance means no expectations, avoiding the people feeling entitled to dances from someone else

Variations Edit

  • Ask for another dance in the future
  • Live music: Longer songs may also be considered equivalent to multiple dances
  • One and a half dances - ask for a full song if only a small fraction of the previous one was danced
  • One dance for "in-demand" people
  • Ask for as many dances as you want
  • See also: Lindybeige's rant on the two dance rule