8 Tips for a Perfect First Dance

Your big day is fast approaching but you don’t have a clear idea of what to do for your first dance? Don’t worry,  you are not alone. Close to 90% of the couples have little or no experience when it comes to their first dance. This is why we came up with this guide article to help you avoid the common mistakes and make the best choices. This is a list of advice we give to all our couples when they start their first dance with us. Hope you find it useful!  

1. CHOOSE A SONG THAT'S EASY TO DANCE TO AND WEDDING APPROPRIATE

The most important thing when choosing your first dance song is to love it. You can’t dance on it if you’re half hearted. Thats why its important to make sure its the right one. Also you want to listed to the lyrics and make sure they don’t have any hidden negative language that your guests might be disturbed by. In the end you want to have fun and create an enjoyable atmosphere for you and your guests. If you’re still undecided, have a look at our first dance song selection page.

2. ENTER THE DANCE FLOOR CALM AND CONFIDENT

When it comes to entering the dance floor for your first dance it depends a lot on what your plan is for the day. You can come on the dance floor together or you can come from different parts of the floor, meeting in the middle. Whatever the scenario is, it’s important that you stay calm and look at each other. If you feel nervous, which you might, it helps to take a deep breath before you start. Remember, you do this to have fun, so don’t put too much pressure on your shoulders. You practiced enough so the steps should flow. Listed to the music and follow the rhythm. 

3. HOLD A PROPER DANCE POSITION

If we’re thinking about a proper dance position, we have to keep in mind what dance style are you dancing. If you are opting for a more traditional formal dance, then you have to learn to hold a nice position, elbows a bit higher and spine straight. On the other hand if you wan to do a swing or latin dance style , this is more forgiving in terms of position. You need yo learn to relax though. Your hips and knees need to be softer and move with ease. arms can be low and you will look great.

4. DON'T SWAY TOO MUCH

It helps if you take some dance lessons to avoid rocking from side to side like a teenager at his prom. Our instructors can teach you any dance style you want and can fit various dance steps on your song choice.

5. STAY CALM EVEN IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE

Given the fact that over 90% of the newly married couples don’t have dance experience, it’s likely that you will make a mistake or two during your first dance. Thats not to discourage you because if you choreograph your routine to a song, you can get away with almost any mistake. Say you missed a step . Instead of going back and trying to do it again, or even trying to catch up, you’d be better off just skipping to the next one. this way you can wait a beat or two and if you start the next step right, it will absolutely go unnoticed. remember, your guests don’t know your routine. This is something your dance teacher will help you with.

6. SMILE AND LOOK AT EACH OTHER

Make sure you smile when you dance. Not only will you feel more relaxed and confident to your guests, but you will also look better in pictures if you smile and keep eye contact with your partner. Try to have fun and enjoy this lovely moment as you dance as a married couple for the first time!

7. HOW LONG SHOULD A FIRST DANCE BE?

From our 20+ years of dance experience and hundreds of couples taught, we recommend having a 2 to 3 minutes first dance. Longer than that and two two things happen. Firstly, you will have trouble remembering the order of the steps, and secondly being an amateur dancer, you will get more and more nervous as the time goes by, thus resulting in losing concentration and this is when mistakes happen. If your first dance song is longer than 3 minutes, you can either have your DJ fade it out or your band play a shorter version of it.

8. END WITH A PICTURE PERFECT DIP

The ending of your first dance will likely be one of the most memorable moments to you and your guests. So learn how to execute a nice dip or lift. This will not only wow your guests, but it will also clearly mark the end of your first dance. we suggest ending on a high note in the song so it’s more significant and stands out.

 

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