Ken Larsen's web site - Dancing
I regularly do contra dancing and swing dancing.
Contra dancing is a hybrid of line dancing and square dancing. Like square dancing, a "caller" calls out the moves. That makes it less intimidating to people who have never danced before.
I belong to the Triangle Country Dancers, a contra dance group, and the Triangle Swing Dance Society. Both are extremely well organized and precede their dances with a beginner lesson. Their dances have live bands and are smoke-free and alcohol free. That appeals to me, because I neither smoke nor drink.
Click here to see a short clip of the December 2, 2017 swing dance at the Murphey School.
The best dance tip I ever received was from a 9 young old girl years ago at a contra dance. She came up to me and said, "You need to smile." From that moment on, I stopped being self-conscious and tried to focus on enjoying the music and helping my dance partners also have a good time. A big thank you to whoever that 9 year old girl was.
A corollary to this tip is "Help put a smile on your dance partner". Lead her in a way that makes her look good. Also, be sensitive to her comfort level and physical limitations. Don't hold her too close or too tightly or move her in a way that might aggravate an injury she may have.