Floorcraft is the ability of the couple to maintain the beauty of musicality, movement and shape throughout their performance. It is a combination of being able to change the routine of figures to suit the size of room and also to avoid the other couples on the floor.
Unfortunately as our dancing has become more powerful, and indeed with some couples ill mannered and aggressive, Floorcraft has deteriorated. It is part of the dance teacher’s responsibility to train couples to understand Floorcraft and the requirements expected of them when dancing in a crowded room.
It is most important that figures do not cross the centre line of the room, and the couple move up to the corner before crossing to the other side of the room.
Teaching Tip. Directing the dance in the general direction of the Line of Dance creates beautiful Floorcraft, whereas directing movements to centre and wall creates poor Floorcraft, and also of course a lack of movement around the room.