Congratulations on taking the first step toward creating a memorable wedding dance! Whether it was an in-person or virtual lesson for your first dance, parent dance, or bridal party dance, I’m proud of you! After your wedding dance lesson, it's essential to continue building on what you've learned and make the most of your class.
This blog post shares valuable tips and advice to help you navigate the post-lesson phase successfully. From practicing to staying positive through the process, these tips will empower you to shine on the dance floor and create a magical moment on your big day.
Tip #1 - Practice Makes Perfect
Consistency is vital when mastering your dance routine. Set aside dedicated practice time each week to reinforce the steps and movements learned during your lesson. You should do this step daily, depending on how close we are to your wedding. It doesn’t have to be long, about five to fifteen minutes.
Set up your space, and point out where you think your guests will be sitting or standing, where the cake is, and where is the DJ or band. Imagine yourself in the venue so you become comfortable with what will surround you and what directions you want each move to face. If you have multiple dance lessons with your instructor, they should guide you through this process. Practice with your partner, focusing on areas that require extra attention. The more you practice, the more confident you'll feel during your performance.
Tip #2 - Embrace Muscle Memory
As you practice, allow your body to develop muscle memory. Repeat the steps until they become second nature, allowing you to dance quickly and gracefully while having fun. It can be a fun exercise to have the follower close their eyes as the leader (keeping their eyes open) slowly leads their partner through the steps.
Be mindful not to get sick of your wedding song! You want you to love your song on your wedding day just as much as you loved it the day you chose it as your song.
I always advise couples to practice their dance moves to different songs. The tempo may be faster or slower, but the point is that you are getting in repetitions of each movement to smooth out transitions and dance together as a unit. Trust in the process and trust in your partner. Soon you'll find yourself gliding across the dance floor effortlessly.
"Dance is the hidden language of the soul, and through muscle memory, it speaks volumes without uttering a single word." - Martha Graham
Tip #3 - Take It Slow and Break It Down
If you encounter challenging steps or transitions, don't hesitate to break them down into smaller segments and practice them slowly to focus on mastering the technique before combining it with the rhythm. Take a moment to look back at the video from your lesson, or ask your instructor to send a video if you forget how to transition in and out of a move.Feel free to include personal details and examples. The more relatable you or your website is, the more you connect with your readers.
Tip #4 - Practice in Your Wedding Shoes
I always advise my clients to practice their wedding dance in their wedding shoes. This will help you break in your shoes, avoid blisters on your wedding day, and get accustomed to your shoe’s height, fit, and feel. Practicing your dance in your wedding shoes before your big day will allow you to adjust your movements accordingly, ensuring comfort and stability during your performance. Keep your eye open for my upcoming blog post about picking out the perfect wedding shoe to dance in all night.
Tip #5 - Maintain a Positive Mindset for your Wedding Dance
Stay positive throughout your dance journey as you work on this new skill. Embrace any mistakes or hiccups as learning opportunities and celebrate your progress. Practicing your dance should be fun. If you’re getting overwhelmed, take a break to reset or contact someone to help. Cultivating a positive mindset will boost your confidence and help you enjoy mastering your first dance.
Don't forget to have fun through the process
With consistent practice, forming muscle memory, and a positive mindset, you'll build skills and confidence that will help you on and off the dance floor. Embrace these tips, stay committed to your practice routine, and trust in the process. Your hard work and dedication will culminate in a captivating dance and wonderful memory. Keep dancing, keep practicing, and let the magic unfold!
Reach out to me at First Dance Lexington to set up a virtual or in-person dance lesson.