For the leaders you should protect your partner by anticipating the moves of other dancers and matching your moves to the space on the dance floor, avoid colliding your partner into other couples.
Followers can protect their partner by keeping an eye on what's happening behind his back, if you see another dancer approaching into his blind spot you can warn him by applying some pressure onto the back of his hand or his shoulder depending on the move you are doing at the time.
Occasionally we find ourselves dancing next to someone who has, let's say no spatial awareness, or a very erratic lead! If this happens to you, relocate to another part of the dance-floor.
If a collision happens, experienced dancers know that occasionally toes will get stood on and bumps into others do happen, don't lay blame try to look back immediately and apologise even when you feel it was not your fault.
Inviting some one to dance
If you want to dance why wait to be asked, go and ask someone.
Being turned down for a dance is never fun!
Dancers seek dancers who say 'yes' however there will be the occasion we have to say no. If you need to decline a dance, be polite, if there is a reason, give it, if you would like to dance with them later, let them know and follow it up. Please remember some people will consider it rude if refuse to dance with someone and then dance with someone else during the same song.
All dancers get turned down from time to time, when this happens to you don't be discouraged, there are lots of other dancers who would like to dance with you.
Dancing and Romance
If your looking for romance remember dancing by nature is a romantic activity. A word of caution to help save any awkward moments, don't misread the attentions and mannerisms of a dance partner during a dance as a genuine romantic interest. Dance is about fantasy and make-believe, dance events should be a safe haven where you can have a degree of uninhibited fun on the dance floor, which can be high-energy, sexy, passionate or provocative. Remember however 'steamy' a dance seems its only role-play and lasts for 3-5 minutes (the length of the song).
Dips and Drops!!
It is vitally important that the lead dancer makes sure that his dance partner is willing to include dips and drops into the routine.
Even if they have agreed in the past, your partner may not be feeling well or possibly have a recent strain or injury that you may not be aware of!! As we all want our dancers to remain in good health, please make sure you have permission!!
Drops are potentially dangerous and adequate training in the special classes is recommended before including them into your routine!