Dear Tango Tia: What is it with people who have to show off on the dance floor? Some guys will hold up traffic while they lead some fancy stuff or a bunch of spins, and some women will throw a leg up between every step that is supposed to look like a boleo. They don’t follow line of dance, don’t pay attention to the music, and in some cases, bump into other couples without even saying “Sorry.” Why doesn’t the host speak to them about helping keep the floor safe? Tired of Show Offs
Dear Tired: I know what you mean and have been the recipient of flying body parts more than once. There are always new folks learning showy tricks that they can’t wait to do on the floor. Show offs need attention, and don’t realize (or care) how dangerous it can be flailing around the floor. Astute leaders learn which men to not dance behind, and women learn which women look ridiculous kicking a leg up between every step. Those who want to show off, copy the show offs. It’s a never-ending cycle and a solution is yet to be found. Let me know if you hear of one.