What should a first dance look like? What should it feel like? When does the first dance happen during the reception? When we don’t have enough experience with a topic, it’s very normal to take to the internet to see what others have done before us. We are here to help and give you some guidance in your first wedding dance preparation.
1.Choose a song that is meaningful to both of you
There are many occasions that we can use the internet for inspiration and copying some ideas from what other people have done but your first dance shouldn't be one of them. At Image Ballroom Dance Academy we believe that each couple is very unique and special and we encourage our students in choosing passionately their first dance song. Pick a song that shows both of your personalities and your guests will more likely connect with a moment that feels unique to you.
2.Enter like a star
How you start your dance sets up the tone for the rest of it. Make a plan on how you enter and where you want to start so you don't look awkward and feeling lost when you have all your gusts pin their eyes on you. Communicate with your band or DJ so they are in it with you and they know what signal to wait for and when you are ready to start so they don't surprise you. Don't forget to decide ahed of time how are you going to hold each other when actually dancing so your first dance doesn't turn in to a wrestling battle. We recommend a basic dance frame like in the picture bellow.
3.Set a time limit
In dancing we say that timing is everything. A little too short or a little too long can change the perception of the audience about your performance. In the age of the internet attention spans are shorter than ever! Having a 10 min First Dance choreohraphed in the best and most gorgeous way may seem like a great idea but the reality is that your guests are probably going to loose interest after 2 min. Don't take it personal and learn from the Pros. Notice how long are the professional performances at Dancing With The Stars or at Ballroom dance competitions. Most dancers try not to exceed the 2 minute limit because they understand that no matter how good you are people lose their focus after that.
4.Smile at each other and keep eye contact
Your first dance is a celebration of your love and show your guests how much you care about each other. Don't let the nerves get in the way. Every time you start feeling the butterflies just take a deep breath look each other in the eye and give each other a positive affirmation like " i love you" or " you are awesome".
Have you thought about your ending? People remember the most your beginning and ending so what is it going to be? Are planing a romantic dip or sweet spin or just a simple kiss at the end? Regardless, make sure you walk off the floor together holding hands portraying unity .
Image Ballroom Dance Academy's instructors are passionate about dance and helping people learn how to enjoy partner dancing more. We offer ballroom dance lessons, wedding dance instructionand private dance parties. Dance styles we teach include Cha Cha, Salsa, Rumba, Swing, Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango. Sign Up Today for your first dance class with us.