Dancing at your wedding can be one of the most exciting and enjoyable parts of your reception. Yet many people feel very awkward and unsure of themselves when it comes to dancing. Having all eyes on you, in addition to knowing that you're going to watch those dances again and again on DVD can make a special moment a little terrifying. Yet, it's amazing what a little preparation can do for your confidence and performance.
Massachusetts Dance InstructionIf you know you would benefit from dance instruction but aren't sure where to begin, consider the following options:
- Studio Training: Take a class with a professional instructor at a dance studio. Inquire about wedding packages, private lessons and group instruction. This may be an expensive option.
- Community Center: Many local community centers offer inexpensive dance classes in a laid back environment.
- Clubs: If you want to learn the latest moves, call local clubs. Often, they will offer classes before they open for public dancing and entertainment.
- DVDs: Some people just cannot commit the time or the money to dance lessons. Others might prefer to learn on their own, in the privacy of their homes. DVDs are a great option for individuals who can pick up moves through basic observation.
InstructorsLike everyone else, dance instructors come in all shapes and sizes with individual personalities. It's so important to feel comfortable with the instructor you work with. Make sure you like him or her before committing to lessons; it might be helpful to observe a class and see the instructor in action.
Dance FocusFocus on learning one or two dances before your wedding day. The first dance, an important part of your reception, is a great dance to learn. Let your dance instructor help you with moves to make this dance something that will wow your guests and leave you beaming with pride. A few things to consider are:
- Band vs. DJ: If you will not be dancing to the actual CD you have practiced with, let your band have a copy of the CD so you don't have any surprises when you start dancing. If you just give your song title to the band, you may be very surprised when you hear their interpretation. Some couples will dance their first dance to a CD even if a band has been hired to play at the reception.
- Dance Floor: Consider the size and shape of the dance floor before you work with an instructor. Make sure the dance and the moves will fit on the floor!
- Attire: It might be helpful to bring your wedding shoes to dance classes, so that you are confident and safe while dancing in them. Also, make sure you will be able to dance comfortably in your gown or wedding dress; sometimes brides are surprised at their lack of mobility once they are all dressed up.