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« on: May 15, 2013, 02:09:26 PM »

I recently had a conversation with a friend who lives in Europe and who does mostly ballroom social dance.  I don't remember exactly how it came up in conversation, but I mentioned thanking the gentleman I was dancing with at the end of the song ...

Well that's as far as I got before my friend interjected and told me how rude I'd been.  Apparently, where my friend lives, one doesn't dance for only one dance. That's considered the height of rudeness.  There's it's at least two dances or as many dances as seem related (e.g. two waltzes or two slow foxtrots or whatever)

I'd heard of this in AT before -- where you dance a tanda, three or four related dances, with the same partner.  But  I'd never heard of any such thing in other dances.  In fact, in club dancing, it's not uncommon to stop in the middle of a song and excuse oneself.  (Those disco mixes can be brutally long.  No offense is taken, if the excuse is I'm beat/need a drink of water, etc.  Your partner probably needs water too. lol)

Just curious. How many songs are you expected to dance with a single partner?  Are there any socially acceptable or unacceptable ways to handle it?   And how do you politely signal the end of a dance?  Is walking the lady to the edge of the floor the norm where you are?
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