FREE DANCE & MUSIC TIPS FOR THE BRIDE & GROOM:
This advice is based on 20 years of experience preparing couples for
their wedding reception and "First Dance". These tips will save you time and
potential embarrassment. Take my advice and you will have a wonderful First Dance
experience and many happy memories of your Wedding Reception.
*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
* 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 reduce stress.
*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
* 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 floor).
* 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 dance floor.
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
* 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 them !
* 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 the song.
* 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 night.
* 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
* 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 damaged.
* 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 you.
* 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 !
Your Dance Friend,
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