Which Dance Style is Best for the First Dance at a Wedding?

Which Dance to Choose as Your First Dance

Bride and groom dancing at wedding reception
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A wedding tradition is the first dance to be enjoyed by the newlywed couple at the wedding reception. Couples wonder which dance style is best for the first dance and how they can prepare for it. 

The First Dance at the Wedding

Your first dance as husband and wife is a special event that will be remembered for many years. The type of dancing you choose to perform should reflect the feelings that you share, and possibly a song that is meaningful to you as a couple. Of course, your dance style will also depend on how much time you are willing to devote to practicing.

The first dance is usually done with only the bride and groom on the dance floor, so you can choose the style and the song for your own tastes and abilities rather than having to consider the guests. It's best to keep the dance to two minutes.

Choices for the First Dance

The choice of the song will often guide what dance you are able to choreograph to it. Whichever dance style you choose for your special day, remember that it is ultimately a special time meant to be shared by the two of you.

  • The foxtrot is one of the most common dances learned by wedding couples, as it is easy to learn and works well with slow love songs and ballads.
  • The traditional waltz is another favorite and is more formal than the foxtrot.
  • Swing dancing is much more is relaxed and casual, a favorite among active and flirty couples. Swing is also easy to learn in a short amount of time.
  • If you are looking for something a little more sophisticated, consider the salsa, rumba, and cha cha. These are latin dances that are fun and great to know but require much more time to learn.
  • If you aren't confident about your dancing abilities or worry about being in the spotlight, you can choose a slow song that is meaningful to you and do a simple slow dance in each other's arms. You are likely to bring tears to the eyes of your loved ones without having to demonstrate any dancing ability.

Where Can You Learn Your First Dance?

Wedding dance classes have become popular offerings. Search in your local area for dance studios that offer instruction. You can brush up on your moves if they are rusty or learn a new dance from scratch. It is wise to bring your future spouse with you for instruction rather than turning it into a wedding day surprise. You will have enough stress on the big day apart from the first dance. It will be more romantic and memorable if you are both comfortable with the choice of music and the dance style. If you want to save something for a surprise, you might practice the dance style but save the song itself for the big reveal.