The ultimate guide to dance floor etiquette
Dance floors are the heartbeat of clubs and festivals. A positive, energised and harmonious rave space is the ultimate aim for any DJ or event organiser.
However, for numerous reasons, some people cannot abide by the unwritten code that protects the dance floor from negativity. Call it ignorance, call it outright aggression, whatever it is, they cause disharmony and bad vibes. In case you’re not 100% sure, here is the ultimate guide to dance floor etiquette.
IT’S A COLLECTIVE EFFORT
While you’re having an individual experience on the dance floor, also be aware that you’re playing your part in a collective vibe. This means bringing your best self to the rave to make a positive contribution to the communal energy. If you’re feeling off, vacate for a while until your mood improves.
One of the foundational elements of modern club culture, P L U R stands for Peace, Love, Unity Respect. Fundamental guidelines for all rave activity, especially the dance floor, where maintaining those key elements is central to a harmonious experience.
Today’s dance floors can get very busy, so it’s essential that you’re aware of your impact on others. Anything that causes disruption to those around you is a big no no, but also ensure you’re aware of how others are behaving. Any signs of harassment should be reported to the club authorities.
LESS CHAT, MORE DANCING
The dance floor, as the name suggests, is for dancing. There’s nothing wrong with exchanging a few words here and there, but standing on the spot talking for hours on end is not what it’s about. Save the chat for the smoking area, or somewhere similar. Also, put the phones down.
MAKE FRIENDS WITH THOSE AROUND YOU
Yeah, you might be out with your rave crew, but connecting with those around you can dramatically boost the dance floor experience. Becoming familiar with the people around you builds good energy through trust, camaraderie and basic human connection.
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