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  • Fyreladdie

    Fyreladdie Oct. 10, 2001, 4:22 p.m. (Message 27840)

    Re: Pre-Booking (was Cribs)

    In a message dated 10/10/01 5:52:16 AM, xxxxxx@xxx.xxx writes:
    
    << If one has to hurry to find one's next partner before someone else asks
    
    them to dance, this means having to dump one's last partner straight after
    
    the bow and curtsey and dash off.  I think it's nice to be able to amble 
    
    off the floor having a chat with the person you've just shared a dance 
    
    with, without the pressure of having to start looking for a partner for 
    
    the next one. >>
    
    Jan,
        You have hit upon one of my favorite subjects. Ballroom etiquette 
    dictates that the gentleman escorts his partner on and off the floor. I teach 
    this in my classes as the proper thing to do and a nice touch. The lady may 
    choose to exempt you from that responsibility if her next partner is near by 
    and wishes to remain on the floor. I fear in my efforts to be a gentleman, I 
    have lost opportunities to gain a new partner of choice, due to pre-booking 
    and eagerness of others to secure partners before leaving the floor. But I 
    believe that respect for my present partner is far more important. It often 
    gives me an opportunity to dance with ladies who are not always asked. It can 
    be delighful and surprising.
    
    Bob Mc Murtry
    Felton, Calif
          

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