How do I say "No" to a dance?
  • If you avoid eye contact, the potential asker may realize that you do not want to dance.
  • Say "No, thank you",  with or without a big smile.
  • You may offer a courteous excuse to soften the refusal.  For example: "I am resting / would rather not dance to this music / want to finish this conversation." If you are hoping to dance with this partner some other time, be sure to say so.
  • You have the right to refuse to dance, with anyone, at any time (even if you are already dancing together).