Etiquette & superstition: dancing

I’ve never been much of a dancer. I took dancing classes when I was 6 or 7, but abruptly stopped when the teacher yelled at me for not doing shuffle ball changes across the floor quickly enough. I vaguely remember some crying and running out of the room and my mother yelling back at the teacher for being such a jerk, but that’s about all I remember of my dancing career. Perhaps it’s for the best. Dancing can be dangerous.

ETIQUETTE: Dancing is such a dynamic activity that it can be rather difficult to explain its rules in text. Perhaps you should just watch an instructional video from the BFI National Archive.

SUPERSTITION: You should never dance with fairies. Fairies steal your soul if you dance with them, and the one thing fairies like more than dancing is soul-stealing. Fairies usually dance within a fairy ring, which is a circle of toadstools in a forest or a field. If you come across a fairy ring, put your hat on your head backwards and walk quickly past the ring. Fairies don’t like stealing the souls of backward-hatted  people.

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