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2412 West North Avenue, Suite 201
Chicago, IL, 60647
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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.

5 Things You Should Avoid During your First Dance


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

5 Things You Should Avoid During your First Dance

Szewai Lee

Many engaged couples feel nervous about the first dance but luckily, you can prepare yourself for it so that it can become one of the most enjoyable and beautiful moments at your wedding. Here are a few things you should avoid during your first dance: 

1. Sway Side to Side

 Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn dancing in  Funny Face .

Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn dancing in Funny Face.

Even if you only know a box step, it's better than swaying side to side. Don't make your first dance an embarrassment. Take some dance lessons before your wedding and you will feel much more confident dancing in front of your guests. Stop swaying and start waltzing! 

2. Dance for a Long Time

You should not dance more than 3 minutes. Unless you are a professional dancer, dancing in front of people for more than 3 minutes could feel like forever! Plus, you don't want to bore your guests so keep it short and sweet. If your first dance song is too long, you could have your DJ fade it at a certain time or have your band take out part of the song. 

3. Look at your Feet

Groom, I know you maybe afraid of stepping on your bride's dress, but looking down at your feet will only make it more obvious to your guests that you are afraid. You want to make sure you look confident and comfortable dancing together so try to stand up straight and smile! And take some dance lessons a few months before your wedding so that you can learn the proper way to dance together without stepping on each other.

4. Spin or Dip the Bride for Too Many Times 

It's definitely more fun to do and watch when there are cool spins and dips in a first dance. However, groom, you don't want to spin the bride way too many times that she gets too dizzy or dip her so many times that makes it difficult on her back! Considering the volume and weight of her dress, spins and dips should be performed sparingly and safely.

5. Be Overly Intoxicated

It might be a good idea to have a glass of wine to loosen up before the first dance but being overly intoxicated during the first dance is not a good idea. Your first dance marks the beginning of your life together as husband and wife so it should be romantic and memorable. Watch your alcohol intake before your first dance so that you can remember this special moment! 

What other things a couple should avoid during their first dance? Please feel free to share your thoughts! 

Happy dancing! 


Szewai (C-Y) Lee is the founder of Duet Dance Studio, a Chicago dance studio that offers Latin and ballroom dance lessonswedding dance instruction, 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.

You can find Szewai on LinkedIn and Google+.