Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Simple Tips To A Great First Dance

Since it's almost Halloween, I thought I'd write about something that gives most brides and grooms-to-be the chills: the first dance!

I don't care how many lessons you're taking, it's nerve wracking to dance in front of fifty to a hundred plus pairs of eyes for the first time. Winging it can be even more scary, especially if you've got a partner who thinks dancing is simply too dangerous/fancy/stupid - pick your adjective.

 Our first dance as husband and wife.

So here are a few really simple tips to keep in mind when shakin' your thang on the dance floor. They may not turn you into Ginger Rogers or Fred Astaire, but at least you won't look like Peewee Herman.

1. Get your butt off the couch. Good dancers know the importance of a strong core, which helps to maintain flexibility and avoid injury. A few good core exercises are planks (they're really simply and yes, if you've never done them you will feel like you're going to die at first), basic push up, and Supermans.

2. Will the real bride and groom please stand up! It may be tempting to hunch your shoulders, especially if you're not feeling confident, but don't forget about posture. Keep that head up and those shoulders back and you'll add about a point and a half to your dancing score.

3. Follow the leader! This is probably one of the trickiest things for a couple to learn, but I encourage you to practice following and leading because once you get it, it makes dancing so much easier. Ladies, it may be a bit difficult, but practice patience, take a step back and let your man lead, even if he leads you into the wall. And men, practice those steps!

Remember, "we're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance!" - Japanese Proverb

Sources: Arts Alive,

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