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  • Writer's pictureStuart Hogg

More than one way to get ready for your first dance

A couple enjoying their first dance on their wedding day

Your first dance as a newlywed couple is a special occasion!  It’s often an emotional moment with, let's be honest, a bit of trepidation for anyone not blessed with natural rhythm or parents that pushed them to go to dance class from the age of 6 🙂.

Your first dance is a snapshot in time, a performance that is one of the most photographed, videoed, shared and talked about moments of your whole day.  So, how do you prepare for such an event?  This guide looks at the various ways we’ve helped people step onto the dance floor with confidence over the past 10 years with over 150 couples making their first dance unforgettable for all the right reasons.

1. Wedding Dance Lessons with us

The most obvious and natural choice!  Prepare for your first dance with tailored wedding dance lessons with us. Wedding dance lessons have grown significantly in popularity as couples look to build confidence on the dance floor. We offer packages a range of packages specifically designed for wedding couples, covering everything from basic steps to choreographed routines tailored to your chosen song.

Lessons can vary in style but are always fun and engaging teaching everything from an elegant Waltz to upbeat Salsa or funky mash-up.

Prices start from £99 and you can see our full list of wedding dance packages here.

2. DIY via Online Tutorials

For those with either a tighter budget or a preference for a more DIY approach, online tutorials are your ‘go to’ resource. YouTube in particular offers an array of professional dancers with step-by-step guides for just about every dance style under the sun. While it may lack the personalised feedback of in-person lessons, if you’re on a budget, already confident on the dance floor, or just looking for a bit of inspiration, then it's a fantastic way to get started.

3. Practice, not perfect

Looking for a more spontaneous approach but don’t want to ‘wing it’ on the day?  Try dancing together to a few of your favourite songs in the privacy of your own home.  You could try a slow dance to start and move up to a more freestyle boogie. You don;t have to find a video you like, just fire up the Spotify and off you go.  The idea is to make sure you’re comfortable dancing together, and that comfort develops into confidence that shines through on your big day. Alcohol is, as always, optional.

4. Go big

Two words: Flash & Mob.  This is one for the performers out there, you know who you are roping in your bridal party, friends, relatives, anyone that’s willing to help put on a show.

The upside is that it’s incredibly dramatic, surprising and even shocking. Despite the growth in wedding dance lessons, flash mobs are still relatively unusual, largely due to the time and effort it takes to put together, especially at a time when your time is already at a premium.

5. Embracing Tradition with a Twist

Traditional dances can offer you a link to your cultural heritage and add an extra layer of meaning to your wedding. Whether it’s a passionate Tango, a lively Bollywood number, or a graceful Hula, traditional dances can be tailored to suit your occasion, blending tradition with personal taste. Whatever you’re aiming for, Wedding Dance Northampton can help you put together a dance that is a true reflection of you and your partner.

6. Just Wing It

And finally, there's the "wing it" approach. It’s the one that sounds great until you’re just about to go on to the dance floor and realise you have no idea what the other person is going to do!  You’ll need to embrace the spontaneity of the moment, trusting in your partner and the joy of the occasion to carry you through. If you’re the kind of couple that loves to dance on a Saturday night then you can break out some of the old classics with a relaxed, confident approach.

The bottom line is that whatever you do to prepare, your first dance should be your first dance. Whether through formal wedding dance lessons with us, a blend of online resources, or simply wingin’ it, it's more about sharing a special moment, than executing perfect steps. So whatever you decide, take a deep breath, step onto the dance floor, and dance like no-one's watching.

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