The First Dance...
Like so many aspects that are incorporated into a wedding, more specifically the "First Dance" has become a long lasting tradition. The "First Dance," dates back centuries when a couple, typically of high social standing would signify the opening of a ball by performing the "First Dance." Today, the first dance still signifies the beginning of festivities but is also an intimate moment between a couple, symbolizing the beginning of their new life together as husband and wife.
Dance in all its forms, from contemporary to modern, from jazz to hip-hop has become an important part of ceremonies, rituals, and celebrations across the globe and it has certainly left its mark in becoming the main element at a variety of celebrations including your typical wedding reception. Here are some helpful tips for making your "First Dance," a huge success.
Choosing your Music
Choose a song that has special meaning for the both of you. For example, the song that you both first danced to, or the song that was playing as you shared your first kiss. If you don't have one then we suggest that you spend some time searching for one another.
Take Dance Lessons
Don't be afraid to splurge on private dance lessons or even go as far as to have something choreographed for your special day. This adds character and personality to your wedding day making it a truly personalized affair.
Cut down on the Dance Time
If being in the spotlight is your biggest fear, arrange for the musicians to make an announcement 30 seconds into the song for all married couples or guests to join you on the dance floor.
Start off your dance with a classic sappy song then part-way through cut into an upbeat routine like hip-hop or salsa.
Prior to your wedding, set aside one night a week to go out as a couple and get your groove on at your favorite dance club. After all, practice does make perfect!
Finally, have fun! The "First Dance," is your dance, an opportunity to show the love and connection you have for one another so take it and make it your own!
Contributing Writer: Sarah Makua
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