> I see that Miss Manners has lifted her eyebrow over booking ahead. I think > there is broad agreement that booking ahead is not in the best interests of > SCD. Still, it seems awkward to turn down an invitation to dance, even in > advance. > > So, what is a polite and gentle way to repond to someone who had honored you > with the kind thought of booking a dance?
Smile sweetly, and say that you prefer not to book ahead (*), that you
would *love* to dance with them should the opportunity arise later,
and if you happen to find yourselves near each other later on when a
new dance is forming, you should certainly do that one together.
(*) circumstances dictate whether or not you explain why you prefer
not booking ahead, but even if you feel some explanation is
appropriate, Miss Manners suggests you express this in a reasonably
non-judgemental way ;-)