What is a Dance Host?

Dance Hosts Job Description

Dance Hosts are required to dance and socialise specifically with those guests travelling alone or without a partner. 

A Dance Host must have good social dancing skills in Ballroom and Latin American dancing plus, have a sound knowledge of the popular Sequence Dances.

It is important to also be able to socialise with all guests, be comfortable initiating conversations and remain courteous to guests and staff at all times.

A Dance Host should be comfortable with formal manners at gatherings and events as well as more casual situations. Of course, he/she should maintain orderliness and sobriety at all times.

A Dance Host should be visible on days at sea, to chat and mix with guests, perform other duties or assist with special events, as requested by the Cruise Director. You will see yourself as an auxiliary staff member and anticipate whatever needs doing. 

As a Host, you must be immaculately groomed at all times and have an adequate cruise wardrobe. 

Dance hosts should be sociable, physically fit and have impeccable manners.

Dance Hosts must also attend the dance lessons on days at sea to partner anyone wanting to learn to dance.

Attend Tea Dances to dance with unescorted passengers.

Attend the “Travelling Alone Party” which is usually held on the first morning at sea.

Attend the Captain’s Welcome & Farewell Cocktail Parties.

Attend the repeat passengers cocktail party (usually one per cruise).

What is a Dance Host Couple?

Dance Host Couples Job Description

Dance Host Couples have exactly the same job description/role as a Dance Host (see above) with the following additional requirements:-

A Host Couple will be required to take Beginners Dance Classes at the times determined by the Cruise Director. These will usually take place on days at sea in the afternoon or when the ship sails early afternoon.

Host Couples must have a selection of music with them in case they are asked to play recorded music for dancing in the evenings.


The lady host must be a strong lead dancer as she may need to dance with lady guests.

Both parties will need to be confident in teaching a beginner class.

The steps must be broken down clearly and both the lead and follower steps must be called out. Remember not everyone in the class will be able to see your feet.

You will both need to be confident in counting the class in on time (beat 2 in Latin is required).



Aged over 21
Moderate or non-drinker
Good social dancer
Good conversationalist & good listener
Ability to mix with a wide range of people Community minded
Kind and honourable 
Physically fit (able to dance for long periods of time each evening)

Knowledge of….

Social Ballroom Dancing

Waltz – Social Foxtrot – Quickstep

Social Latin American Dancing

Cha Cha Cha – Rumba – Jive/Rock ‘n’Roll

Popular Sequence Dances (see below)



Items Needed

Up-to-date Registration with Dance Afloat
Valid Passport 
Relevant inoculations (you will be advised on this)
Visas when needed (you will be advised on this)
Credit/Debit Card or Cheque Book (to settle onboard account)
Worldwide Travel Insurance ( This must cover Hosting on cruises)

Popular Sequence & Old Time Dances 

  • Mayfair Quickstep                                            
  • White City Waltz
  • Saunter Together                                             
  • Rumba No. 1
  • Tango Serida                                                     
  • Melody Foxtrot
  • Square Tango                                                    
  • Sally Ann Cha Cha
  • Balmoral Blues                                                 
  • Catherine Waltz
  • St Bernard’s Waltz
  • Barn Dance
  • Gay Gordons                                                     
  • The Veleta