Updated: Sep 24, 2018
Have you ever wondered just how many hours of practice go into those sensational wedding dances you've seen on Youtube? Like how the hell do they remember what looks to be a different step for every single beat of the music!
For many couples, the wedding dance is a nerve wracking experience. Yeah you'd love to be the next online dancing sensation, but for now you'll settle for not tripping over each other.
You've never been a dancer, never wanted to be a dancer, but you're about to take the centre of the dance floor and have all of your closest family and friends, guess what, watch you DANCE!
The trick to feeling confident when the time comes to stand up and present your first dance, is no, not to imagine your guests naked, but instead to have a few simple moves up your sleeve that you have practiced and that are easy to remember when those nerves creep in. You can incorporate them anywhere into your wedding song, and repeat as many times as you like.
Follow these 5 simple steps below and you will be on your way to a very memorable wedding dance for you and your guests.
1. Slow Dance
The simple method to slow dancing, is to sway back and forth as you and your partner slowly turn and move around the floor. Hold your partner’s hand (usually women right hand, men left hand), and place your other hand on their upper arm or waist (women place hand on upper arm, men place their hand on womens waist). Face your partner so your faces are 1-2 feet apart. Slowly shift your weight from one foot to the other, back and forth, so you’re swaying.
2. Incorporate a lift
Everyone remembers 'that' lift in the film Dirty Dancing. Its highly unlikely you will be trying that one on your wedding day, but you can still create some excitement with a very simple lift.
One partner simply wraps their arms around the other partners neck and jumps straight up. The partner lifting will place their hands on their partners waist and holds them in the air after they have jumped. You can then incorporate a spin while your partner is still in the air.
This move can be inserted anywhere in your dance, but of course it will probably pack the biggest punch if you make it your final move.
The partner being dipped simply wraps their arm closest to the back wall around their partners neck, while the "dipper" wraps the opposite arm behind their partners back to support them (and holds on tight).