Wedding season is here! Whether you are the bride/groom or attending a wedding as a guest, you don't want to look like a fool on the dance floor. If you don't know how to dance at a wedding and don't have time to take dance lessons beforehand, learn these 4 things now so that you can have fun dancing at the next wedding!
1. Hold your Partner in a Dance Position
Leader, place your right hand behind your partner's left shoulder blade (cupping the shoulder blade). Make sure your right elbow is up and your elbow bone should be pointing out to your right side. Follower, wrap your left arm around your partner’s lifted arm and place your hand around his/her biceps. Both of you can now bring the other arm up and clasp your hands together. Your elbows should be relaxed and pointing down slightly.
2. The Box Step
The box step is one of the most versatile dance steps since you can dance it to almost any song at a wedding! Watch this video as I demonstrate how to do a simple box step.
3. Simple Underarm Turn
Once you know how to do the box, you can spice up your dancing with a simple spin! Leader, raise your left hand and invite your partner to go under your arm. Guide your partner with your left hand and signal him/her to twirl in front of you. Once your partner returns to you, you can then get back to your dance position and restart your box step. Please note that this is a simplified version of the traditional Underarm Turn, which is demonstrated in this video clip.
4. Simple Dip
Leader, bring your partner close to you by placing your arms around his/her waist. Bring your partner with you and take a wide step to your left and get into a lounge. Follower, take a wide step to your right with your partner. Keep your weight on your right foot and rotate your body counterclockwise so that you are perpendicular to your partner's left side. Now, bend your right knee, extend your left leg in front of your body and point your foot. Leader, you should be supporting your partner with your arms. Make sure you keep your partner close to you as if you are hugging him/her. Do NOT lean towards your partner. You need to counterbalance him/her by keeping your body upright.
Check out a more elaborate dip demonstrated by our students, Dennis and Susan. (They are getting married at the end of June! Congratulations guys! )
I hope you find this helpful. If you have any questions about how to dance at a wedding or any suggestions for our future tutorials, please leave a comment below.
Szewai (C-Y) Lee is the founder of Duet Dance Studio, a Chicago dance studio that offers Latin and ballroom dance lessons, wedding dance lessons, and BYOB dance parties. Besides dancing, Szewai enjoys discovering hidden gems in the city, finding great music and making short videos about people and things that inspire her.