14. How do I solo dance socially?
The simplest way is to just get on the dance floor and rock out. Make sure you don't kick anyone, and if you do, apologiese immediately.
If that sounds too scary, invite a friend onto the dance floor. You could say something like, "Do you want to try some solo dancing together?" and if they want to, they'll say, "Sure!"
If you see someone out there, rocking it solo style already, it's usually totally ok to join them, and rock out together.
What if you see two people rocking out together, solo style on the dance floor? Is it ok to join in? This is a trickier one. Do they look like they'd welcome a third person? Or are they really focussed on each other? If you're not sure, maybe don't.
You can always start with lindy hop, and then just let go and rock out, solo style, with your partner on the dance floor. That's excellent fun. But if your partner looks a bit freaked out (some people find solo dancing a bit intimidating), it might be worth getting back into contact and going back to partnered stuff.
There really aren't any rules on this one: try things out, and remember the only serious rule of jazz dance: apologise if you bump or hurt someone.