Diagonal

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For a dancing couple on the floor, there is the best default orientation to base their dance. Imagine a dancing couple on the line of dance on the outer lane of the dance floor. Imagine a clockface around this couple. The arrow of the line of dance is at 12 o’clock and the edge of the floor is at 3 o’clock. The best default orientation for this couple is that the man faces 1.5 o’clock. This way, the man can entirely see what is going on in the line of dance, their back, left, or right step will bring them closer to the couple behind them, the inner lane, or the edge of the floor by only half a step, and their front step as well as left step will progress them along the line of dance. Compare this to other alternatives:

– The man faces 12 o’clock: only front step will progress them in the line of dance. Back, left, or right step will bring them closer to the couple behind, the inner lane, or the edge of the floor by a whole step.

– The man faces 3 o’clock (edge of the floor): only left step will progress them in the line of dance. Right, back, or front step will bring them closer to the couple behind, the inner lane, or the edge of the floor by a whole step.

– The man faces 6 o’clock (couple behind them): only back step will progress them in the line of dance. Front, right, or left step will bring them closer to the couple behind, the inner lane, or the edge of the floor by a whole step. The man cannot see what is happening in front of them in the direction of the line of dance because he faces the opposite.

– The man faces 9 o’clock (inner lane): only right step will progress them in the line of dance. Left, front, or back step will bring them closer to the couple behind, the inner lane, or the edge of the floor by a whole step. The man cannot see what is happening in front of them in the direction of the line of dance because the closed side of the embrace covers the view.

– The man faces 4.5 o’clock: the man can see only a little of what is happening in front of them in the direction of the line of dance because he faces away from it.

– The man faces 7.5 o’clock: the man cannot see what is happening in front of them in the direction of the line of dance because he faces away from it and the closed side of the embrace covers the view.

– The man faces 10.5 o’clock: the man can see only a little of what is happening in front of them in the direction of the line of dance because the closed side of the embrace covers the view.

Thus, the man’s facing 1.5 o’clock allows the best view of the line of dance (helping the couple’s navigation) and the least invasion on other couple’s space.