Salsa Dancing Etiquette: 6 Do's and Don'ts to Follow

Salsa dancing is passionate, intricate, and electrifying. Whether you’re on the dance floor or in the crowd watching others dance, you can’t help but get lost in the magic of salsa.


That being said, there are rules, guidelines, do’s, and don’ts in salsa that every salsera and salsero must follow.


There’s order in passion.


That’s exactly what we’ll be looking at today with the etiquette guide of some do’s and don’ts in salsa dancing.


Four Do’s of Salsa Dancing



1. Do Be Courteous


Before, during, and after a dance, a salsero must always remain courteous and maintain decorum.


Invite the salsera to dance and walker her to the dance floor as a gentleman would. Do this especially if there are many dancers already dancing with complex, elaborate movements.


2. Do Appeal Through Your Senses


As salsa is all about passion, your body must also display this same intensity and strongly appeal to your partner’s senses, especially the sense of smell.


This is why you should always:


  • Smell good: Use deodorant, perfume, cologne correctly and moderately. You want to attract your partner but you don’t want to overpower their senses either.

  • Plan ahead: Carry a spare shirt in case you sweat a lot and need to change.

  • Keep things fresh: Carry a mint to keep your breath fresh as you’ll be dancing very closely with your partner.

3. Do Stay in Your Lane


A lot is constantly going on on the dance floor. Consider those around you as you and your partner move around.


The best dancers know the distance between them and their partners, but also the distance between them and other couples.


4. Do Remember to Smile


Show your excitement on the dance floor. Show that you’re truly enjoying yourself with your partner as you dance into the night.


A lot may be going on around you, and you may find yourself multitasking, but remember to smile.


One great tip is to smile at your partner and have them smile back at you. It really relieves the stress of the dance.


Two Don’ts of Salsa Dancing


1. Don’t Only Focus on You


Salsa is mostly a dance performed by two people. There are some instances of shines where you can break into a solo and freestyle on your own, but generally, you’re dancing with someone else.


That’s why you can’t focus only on yourself. Connect with your partner, move along with them, and ensure they’re comfortable.


2. Don’t Drink A Lot


This rule applies to both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.


Avoid overdoing it with the alcohol as you need to maintain control of yourself and the dance routine you’’re performing. It’s not safe for anyone involved, and it isn’t worth it.


Avoid drinking too many soft drinks as well, as you could find yourself too bloated to salsa like you want to...