Whether in a class or on the dance floor, you should always ask a dance partner to dance. Do not pull, drag or do anything that could be considered harassment.
When asking for a dance, make an eye contact, offer your hand, and ask clearly, “Would you like to dance?”
Always escort your partner onto the dance floor and into dance position. It is a very poor etiquette to turn your back and proceed onto the dance floor, expecting your partner to follow. The only exception may be a Latin night club that is too crowded for two people to walk side by side.
The above 1-3 points equally apply to a situation when you are a close friend or romantically involved with your dance partner!
Note that it is appropriate nowadays for ladies to ask gentlemen for a dance, as well as for a woman who knows how to lead to practice leading with another woman. However, for a man to ask another man to dance would require more specific circumstances (such as for example if they both are instructors).
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