“Could I Have This Dance for the Rest of My Life?” 3 Ways to Prepare for Your First Dance

Your big day finally arrived.  And, it’s great to share it with your family and friends.  Equally important, you’re confident that everything will be perfect.  But, was there something that you and your fiance secretly worried about? Perhaps it was the first dance.

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Let’s learn about this lovely wedding tradition called the first dance.

Ladies and gentlemen. Please join me in welcoming, for the very first time as husband and wife, Mr. and Mrs. _______!

The first step in preparing for your wedding dance is to book a consultation with an instructor or dance studio.

  • The first dance is symbolic in that as you start your married life together, the dance begins. A new partnership demands give and take both on the dance floor and off.
  • Gentlemen, please know that your lady really wants to dance with you because you’re her best partner.
  • There’s so much to do to prepare for your wedding.  Don’t let the thought of getting up and dancing in front of your guests add to your stress. Get in contact with a professional and make some time to learn together. 
  • Do schedule your lessons well in advance of your wedding day. After all, you’ll want to have plenty of time to practice. By putting it off until the last minute you risk adding more stress just when you don’t need it. You’ll already have many loose ends to tie up.
  • Don’t worry about forgetting your routine. If you need a brush-up lesson, it’s easy enough to arrange.
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The Lesson and Consultation

Next, you’ll have a short dance lesson. This is so you can get an idea of what it’ll be like as you learn to dance. You’ll be reassured that this is the perfect time for you and your partner to learn a new hobby.

Many couples have a special song. Make sure you let your consultant know what song you chose so he or she can tell you about your options.

Seems like many of the special songs that engaged couples love are actually Viennese Waltzes. Read this Dance Safari post, “Viennese Waltz, A Dance You’ll Fall in Love With“.

By the way, why not take advantage of your teacher’s expertise and ask for advice on buying ballroom dance shoes for your wedding. With this in mind, check out this post that explains the reasoning behind this,
Want Walkable Wedding Heels? Try Dance Shoes!“.

Okay, so what are the 3 ways to prepare for the first dance?

In my opinion, these are your choices:

1. You and your fiance can learn to dance.  

When the music starts he leads, she follows and off you go.  Besides being simple and cost-effective, you’ll have developed a skill that you’ll be able to use together for the rest of your lives.

2. How about some ‘light’ choreography? 

To give a lightly choreographed routine some structure, you’ll be taught groups of steps that you perform one right after the other. In addition, you’ll dance some basics in between each series of patterns.

3.  Or, you can learn a fully-choreographed routine.  

If you’ve always dreamed about dancing your heart out on this day, a fully-choreographed routine is for you. Think “Dancing with the Stars”.

A performance like this usually includes fancier moves (lifts, dips, and side-by-side steps).  Not only will you learn customized choreography, but also walking onto and off the floor are practiced in advance. The downside to this spectacular is you can only do it to one piece of music. 

But, think about it, wouldn’t it be cool to redo it at your first-anniversary party!

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The first dance, full choreography with lifts.

One more thing, for guidance as you embark on your dance journey, please visit the Dance Safari post, “…a song that never ends“.

When to start?  It’s time to get started once you’ve tried a lesson and are convinced that (a) you can learn and (b) you’ve picked the right teacher.  What are you waiting for?

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