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Q. What are your top tips for getting our first dance looking on point?
A. Steph Kelsall says: - Start preparations early. The last thing you want is to be worrying about remembering your steps in the lead-up to your big day. You want your dance to be second nature, no matter how intricate or simple the steps, which is why you must…
- Practice, practice, practice. Nothing will speed up your progress like rehearsing regularly. This will result in the creation of muscle memory, which is what you want to achieve by the time your big day comes around. Practicing is also a good excuse for spending quality time with your partner.
- Choose a song with meaning. No matter how non-traditional or cliché, find something that is significant to you both. The first dance is all about showcasing your personalities and love for each other, so whether you want to portray your fun side or be romantic, your instructor will help bring this across in your choreography.
- Rehearse in similar attire. For ladies, bear in mind that heels can interrupt our balance and dictate the size of steps manageable. I always recommend that brides show their choreographer their dress as certain moves may need to be adjusted dependent on the size, weight and shape. Gentlemen, your shoes may be slippery depending on the sole, and you may need to undo your jacket button or dance in a waistcoat to avoid any tears in clothing – we don't want any of those kinds of splits!
- Have fun! It's scientifically proven that dancing makes you happy, so enjoy every minute of the preparation and execution of your special newlywed moment. I regularly hear from my clients that it's one of the best parts of their special day.
Q. What can we do to bring the wow factor to our first dance?
A. Steph Kelsall says: Gone are the days of an awkward shuffle on the dancefloor. A choreographed routine – no matter how basic – is much more enjoyable and entertaining for you and your guests.
Whether you're aiming for viral-video status or you simply want to look coordinated and comfortable together, make sure you're well-rehearsed, polished and confident for your big newlywed moment. You may wish to keep your dance preparation a secret to create an element of surprise for your nearest and dearest.
It's important to understand that your guests – and possibly even yourselves – will not remember your routine after time. Instead, it's the overall impact of the dance that will remain memorable. The greatest way to generate wow factor in any performance is to elicit emotion from your spectators. As it's your day, you can decide on what emotion that is, whether it's humorous, sentimental or uplifting. Your choreographer will help you to achieve the desired effect, but don't forget to showcase your connection as a couple and, most importantly, have fun!