Dance floors can get crowded. We all do our best to look where we’re going and avoid salsa becoming a full-contact sport, but accidents happen. This week’s Quick Tip deals with how to handle accidents on the dance floor.
Control and quick reflexes are two of the best things a dancer can develop. We teach our students to avoid putting their full weight on their heels. We also preach small steps, controlled turns and looking before you move into a different space. All these things help avoid most accidents. However, if you do step on someone’s toes, here’s how to recover from it:
- Shift your weight so you do the least amount of damage. This is especially important if you’re dancing in heels – they can be very painful.
- Make eye contact and apologize. Never ignore an incident or try to avoid the situation – you’re only making it worse. Most dancers are understanding of accidents, but they are less forgiving of bad dance manners.
- Make sure the person is ok. Most dance floor accidents are minor and won’t be given a second thought, but if you did cause a scrape or cut, offer help.
On the other side, if you get stepped on:
- Assess the damage. Again, most accidents are minor, and you’ll be fine after a few seconds. But if you did get a scrape or cut or worse, it’s best to deal with it quickly. Let your partner know if you need to sit down. There’s no shame in it.
- For cuts or scrapes: ask the organizer of the event (or have someone ask for you) for a first aid kit. Disinfect and apply a bandage.
- For bruises (or things that might turn into bruises): ask for ice or an ice pack. Call it a night and stay off your injured foot as much as possible. Keep your foot elevated and apply ice – 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off. This will keep swelling and bruising to a minimum.