First Dance Tips
are many details to consider when preparing
for your first dance. Your instructor can help
insure that all your bases are covered. Take
a few moments to read through this list, and
you’ll be prepared to provide your instructor
with the type of information that will help
her serve you best.
- Have you chosen a
song? The music you choose will determine
the type of dance that is appropriate. If you
are undecided, your instructor can go through
several selections you are choosing from, and
give you a taste of what each dance would be
like. Knowing which styles of dance you prefer
can help you decide on the song you’d
most enjoy dancing to.
- How big is your dance
floor? ‘Traveling’ dances
such as Foxtrot, Tango and Waltz require a larger
floor, whereas ‘spot’ dances like
Rumba and Swing can be danced comfortably in
a very small space.
- Does the wedding
gown restrict movement? Some gowns
don’t allow a bride to lift her arms over
her head. Be sure to bring any physical restrictions
up to your instructor before you begin. A few
lessons before the wedding, a dress rehearsal
with petticoat, shoes and veil is a good idea.
This helps to eliminate surprises and possible
distractions on the big day.
- Will you be dancing
throughout the rest of the evening?
If you intend to dance more than just the first
dance, some extra preparation can get you ready
to dance to a variety of different music. Developing
your overall dancing skills will bring confidence
and comfort on the floor.
- Will there be Mother/Son
and Father/Daughter dances? Remember,
these are special moments for Mom and Dad, and
they may be even more enjoyable with a little
- What is your vision?
The first step in getting what you want from
your lessons is knowing what you want. Give
some thought to what you consider to be the
ideal scenario for your dance. Simple and elegant?
Traditional and romantic? Peppy and cheerful?
Elaborate and Showy? Share your vision with
your instructor and she will be in a better
position to help you fulfill it.
- Do you intend to
continue dancing or taking dance lessons after
the wedding? Performing a wedding dance
with your partner is very different than everyday
social dancing. If you are planning on learning
ballroom dance to enjoy throughout the rest
of your lives, your teacher may introduce techniques
and ideas that would be unnecessary to address
if you are simply learning with the goal of
your first dance in mind. If you intend to become
a good social dancer, its important to lay the
groundwork of good technique right from the