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WEDDING FIRST DANCE SURVIVAL TIPS
For Brides & Grooms-to-be
We invite engaged couples (and others learning to dance) to use the learn to dance and music/song selection tips below. These 10 helpful tips will ensure that your wedding reception first dance as husband and wife will be a
joyful and romantic event that will please the Bride and Groom and your wedding guests.
*Select a romantic song with a good easy to hear dance beat.
* Pick a song that keeps a consistent beat throughout the song.
* Select a song that is less than 3 minutes long. Two or two and a half
minutes for your first dance is just right.
* Use a CD to practice your First Dance, put it on "repeat"
and save a lot of shoe leather.
* Start your dance lessons at least 3 months before your wedding ! This
will give you enough time to plan, practice, and perfect you dance. It
will also allow for unforeseen missed lessons and practice, and will
*Make your First Dance photographically interesting so that you will end
your wedding day with Video and Still photo's you will be proud to show
off to friends, family, and your children in years to come.
*Ask your dance teacher for some sexy moves dips, turns, and spins to
get memorable and exciting photo's!
* Have a good idea of the size and shape your wedding reception dance
floor will be so that you can practice and get used to dancing in that
amount of space.
*Plan how and where you are going to start (enter), and end your dance.
* Advise you Band leader or DJ how and when you plan to start and end
your First Dance. Also let your Photographers know.
* Plan what will happen when you end your dance. Will you invite
everyone onto the dance floor or just your parents and/or grandparents ?
*If you are taking dance lessons (or using a Video) you should plan to
practice at least twice a week, a half hour or more each time. Practice
is very important (especially for the groom) between dance lessons in
order to really feel comfortable and be able to look and feel relaxed on
your wedding night.
* Practice sometimes without the music, especially at the beginning
stages, it will help you concentrate on perfecting your steps, and
leading or following.
* Keeping time to the beat of the music is very important-feel the beat
* Remember HE leads...SHE follows. (at least when your on the dance
* He keeps time and dances to the music...she keeps in time with him.
TIPS FOR THE GROOM - MEN...you are going to discover, that once your get
over the initial fear and trauma of taking dance lessons, it can be a
lot of fun! The best part is you will learn to lead, take control)...and
your girl will not only enjoy it, she will actually let you lead !
Remember if you don't lead she will ! Also if you don't lead she can't
follow. Remember you are the captain of the ship while you are on the
Here are some other tips that will help you and your first mate
cooperate and become perfect partners on the dance floor and off-
* Lead her firmly but gently.
* Your arms are her guide on the dance floor, keep them firm. 80% of
lead comes from your right hand.
* Look straight ahead (not at your feet), when dancing. Remember you are
steering. Believe it or not your feet will work without your looking at
* Listen and keep time to the music. Try to pick a song that has an easy
beat to hear. Listen to the song on your own , and if your are doing a
dance routing try to visualize what step you are dancing at each part of
* If you have trouble hearing the beat of the music ask your dance
teacher or your partner to help you.
* Try to practice at least twice a week with your partner. The more you
practice the more comfortable you will be...and look on your wedding
* Don't dance on your toes, unless you are doing swing or Latin dances).
Take each forward step like a comfortable walking step, with your heel
hitting the floor first.
* Always try to move counter-clockwise around the dance floor.
* Become comfortable dancing the steps first, then smoothly combining
all the steps and keeping time to the music. Your confidence and lead
will improve the most after you are comfortable with the steps. *
Remember this is a team effort, the cooperation and teamwork you
developed on the dance floor while learning and practicing will serve as
a foundation for cooperation and teamwork off the dance floor.
* Have Fun !
TIPS FOR THE BRIDE -
*Relax and let him lead !
*You probably had to twist his arm a little to get him to agree to take
lessons, so encourage him by telling him how well he is doing and how
happy your are that he is doing this for you.
* Do not lean too heavily on his shoulder when dancing, and keep your
left hand fingers together and flat on his shoulder blade, that will
show off your ring in photos !
* Check to see if you can comfortably raise your arms in your wedding
dress. If you can't you will not be able to do turns which require you
to raise your arms over your head. Let your dance teacher know if this
is a problem.
* Check the length of your wedding dress to be sure you can dance and
move comfortably in it. You want to be sure its not to long , so that he
won't step on it while dancing. Practice with him in a hoop or full slip
to test the length of your dress.
* Ladies, if you are doing a planned dance routine don't get mentally
locked into the routine. The most important thing is to relax and follow
whatever steps he leads you into. As is life the most important thing to
learn is cooperation and flexibility. Your a team now !
* Practice once or twice in your wedding reception dance shoes. you can
cover them with cotton socks or nylons to avoid getting them scoffed or
* Ladies, always look diagonally to your right over his right shoulder),
when dancing. This keeps you from blocking his view (he has to see where
he's going). This is also important to get your face in the photo's. If
you are looking directly at your partner the photographer will not be
able to get a shot of your face, especially if your groom is taller than
* Never look down when you are dancing.
*No matter what happens relax and keep dancing...and follow your partner
* Last but not least- Think Love, a kiss at the beginning and end of
your First Dance is the perfect way to begin and end the dance !
HAVE A GREAT WEDDING !
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