Your big day is approaching and the thought of dancing in front of your wedding guests terrifies you. You don’t want to look like a fool on the dance floor but the only ballroom dance training you had was back in elementary school gym class. No worries! Check out these 8 quick tips that will help you even if you have two or four left feet.
1. Choose a Danceable and Wedding Appropriate Song
Find a song that has a clear beat that you can easily dance to. Also, the melody of a song may sound sweet and romantic but that doesn’t mean a song is appropriate for your wedding. Listen to the lyrics and make sure there aren’t any negative hidden meanings or inappropriate language. Here is a list of some of my favorite first dance songs.
2. Enter the Dance Floor with Confidence
The grand entrance of your first dance is important as all eyes will be on you! Stand up tall, keep your head up and walk onto the dance floor confidently. Once you get to the middle of the dance floor, remain calm and listen to the music before you start dancing. Below is a simple yet elegant way to begin your first dance. Check it out!
3. Hold a Proper Dance Position
Learn how to hold a proper dance position so that you feel connected to each other while you dance. A proper dance position also gives you a more polished look so that you look great in pictures!
4. Don't Sway Like you were in Junior High
Take some dance lessons so that you are not rocking side to side like you were in Junior High! Check out these videos below as I show you how to do a versatile basic step and the outside turn that can be done to most wedding first dance songs.
5. Stay Calm when you Make a Mistake
Everyone makes mistakes including professional dancers. The difference between a professional and an amateur is that a professional doesn’t show it on his/her face when he/she makes a mistake. It’s very likely that you will use the wrong foot or step on the wedding dress at some point during the dance, but that’s okay. Your guests won’t notice as long as you stay calm and continue dancing.
6. Smile and Look at Each Other
Fake it until you make it! Make sure you smile when you dance. It is your wedding day, you should look happy! Not only will you feel more relaxed and look confident to your guests but you will also look better in pictures if you smile and look at each other.
7. Dance No More than 3 minutes
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.
8. End with a Picture Perfect Dip
The ending of your first dance will be one of most memorable moments to you and your guests. So, learn how to finish your first dance with this lovely dip safely and gracefully!
Need more help with your wedding first dance? Check out our Complete Online Wedding Dance Program for Beginners and start dancing today!
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