Wow your guests – or just learn enough not to embarrass yourself – with these first dance tips.
You will need
- Song with a clear beat
- Size and shape of dance floor
- or spins
- Dance instructor (optional)
Step 1 Pick your song Pick your wedding song. Choose something meaningful, but make sure it has a clear, steady beat and isn’t too slow. Between two and three minutes is a good length. Your song selection will likely determine your dance style.
The fox-trot is a relatively easy dance to learn and goes with many standards.
Step 2 Choose a style No special song? Look for inspiration based on the style of dance you want. Formal ballroom? Sassy Latin? Upbeat swing? A sexy tango? Then find a song to match.
Step 3 Take lessons Take a few lessons. Learning a simple routine takes about four sessions. Bring a recording of your song and wear the shoes you’ll be wearing at the reception.
If you’re talented, consider choreographing your own routine.
Step 4 Know the dance floor size Take the size and shape of the dance floor into consideration. Make sure your routine is neither too sweeping nor too insular.
Step 5 Add some extras Learn one or two dips, turns, or spins so the photographer has something lively to capture.
Step 6 Practice Whatever you decide to do, spend some time rehearsing it. When the big day comes, you’ll be glad you did.
Did You Know:
“Amazed” by Lonestar was voted the most popular first dance wedding song in a 2009 U.K. poll.