The word “etiquette” is a rather old-fashioned word, usually conjuring up images of long, detailed lists of antiquated rules for behavior. And, indeed, there have been times in Western history when the list of rules were long, complicated and, quite frankly, ridiculous.
But what good etiquette, and it’s more common synonym “courtesy,” really boils down to is simply showing respect and care for those around you. The ability to both generously give and graciously receive courtesy is, unfortunately, a dying art form. But it’s not difficult to learn. Participating in ballroom dance lessons can greatly enhance one’s ability to master this crucial art.