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Duet Dance Studio Chicago offers ballroom dance lessons and wedding dance classes. We teach salsa, swing, tango and waltz dance lessons. Privately and in groups, for adults and kids.

Wedding First Dance Tips: 5 Most Overlooked Details

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Get useful tips on ballroom dancing and wedding dance preparation and watch tutorial videos created by Szewai Lee, founder of Duet Dance Studio.

Wedding First Dance Tips: 5 Most Overlooked Details

Szewai Lee

As you get closer to your wedding day, you will start realizing details that you haven't thought about before. Besides your ceremony programs, wedding favors, sitting chart and etc., here are 5 most overlooked details about your first dance that you should know about.

Duet's students, Susan and Dennis, dancing at their wedding. Photo by Nakai Photography.

Duet's students, Susan and Dennis, dancing at their wedding. Photo by Nakai Photography.

Wedding Dress

If you are going to dance at your wedding, it's important to take your wedding dress into consideration. If you have a mermaid dress, you will have to practice taking smaller steps in your lessons because the mermaid dress will limit the size of your steps. If your wedding dress has a train, make sure to bustle it up before your first dance so that you don't step on it when dancing. If you have a big  full dress, you will have to practice dancing farther away from your partner to avoid stepping on the dress. Make sure to show a picture of your dress to your teacher so that he/she can make modifications to your dance steps if necessary. Some brides even change into a different dress that is easier to dance in just for the first dance. That way, you don't have to worry about any dress malfunction and really enjoy dancing at your wedding!  

Wedding Shoes

It's a good idea to practice in your wedding shoes or shoes that are similar to the ones you will wear at your wedding. Especially if you are wearing high heels, you should get used to the feel of dancing in them. It's also helpful to break your shoes in before your big day. 

Size of your Dance Floor

While some dance styles take up more space and some take up less. Knowing the size of the dance floor at your wedding can help your teacher choose styles and steps that are most appropriate for your wedding. You don't want to run into your guests or tables while you are dancing at your wedding!

Length of your First Dance Song

Keep your dance short and sweet. Dancing in front of people can be nerve-racking and minutes on the dance floor can feel like forever. To make sure your guests don’t get bored, keep the dance under 3 minutes. If your first dance song is longer than 3 minutes, you can either have your DJ fade it at around 3 minutes or your band play a shorter version of it.

Version of your Song

Make sure your DJ has the correct version of the song that you'd like to dance to. And if you have a band, make sure they play the tempo that you've been practicing to. Sometimes, a slight tempo change can really throw off your dancing!

 

What other wedding dance details can you think of? Please comment below.

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Voted as one of Chicago Top 5 Dance Teachers 2013 by Art Intercepts, Szewai (C-Y) has been sharing the joy of partner dance since 2006. She is the founder of Duet Dance Studio, a Chicago dance studio that offers Latin and ballroom dance lessonswedding dance lessons, and BYOB dance parties. Szewai believes partner dancing has the power to connect people and bring people closer. Besides dancing, she enjoys discovering hidden gems in the city, finding great music and making short videos about people and things that inspire her.

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