5 Tips for a Fun and Graceful First Dance

Ah, the first dance! You’re either having romantic visions of floating around the room in the arms of your love…or dreading the possibility of an awkward shuffle in the spotlight. Regardless of whether you’re a dance floor regular, there are a few simple things you can do to guarantee a fun and graceful first dance on your wedding day. These tips from LaNeese Chantal Entertainment owner and choreographer, LaNeese Chantal, will help you ensure your first steps as a married couple are coordinated ones that impress your guests! 

1. Make your first dance a representation of who you are as a couple.

Remember your first dance is one of the first moments you are introduced as husband and wife at your reception to your guest and will be their first glimpse of who you are as one union. Choose a song that really fits you both.

2. Do your research and choose the best option for both of you.

Make sure you do your research and choose the best option for you both. Dance studios are great to work with but keep in mind their time is limited between their class schedule. Independent choreographers are also a great option and usually have more flexible schedule that can accommodate you. Make sure your professional is also comfortable and has experience working with beginners.

3. Practice in shoes similar to what you will wear at your reception.

If you are wearing a big dress wear a petticoat that is similar to your dress. Practice in your actual shoes your last one or two rehearsals to break them in before your wedding day.

4. You might not think you might not have an option to take dance lessons for your wedding, but there are so many choices.

If you are looking to learn simple steps and are on a tight budget, you may see that group lessons fit best for you. If you feel that you need extra attention or want a dance completely customized with you in mind, you may feel that private lessons are best. You can learn at a pace that works best for you and feel comfortable while you are learning. Don't be scared to ask about packages and specials. Dance studios and wedding choreographers may offer packages, similar to photographers and venues.

5. Don't forget to have fun!

All the months of planning are finally over! You are married and can reap the benefits of all your planning at your reception and celebrate this milestone with your family and friends.

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