Creative First Dances
Make your first dance memorable with a unique song or routine
By Steve Smith
The first dance at a wedding is a tradition, but it doesn't have to be boring. Usually, all eyes are on the first dance, because it is the first time anyone has ventured out onto the floor. If you plan it right, the first dance can be memorable and fun. Some creative approaches can turn it into something that everyone can get into.
- What You Need to Know
- Find your favorite and most original dance songs.
- Know your comfort level and ability to dance in public.
- Research couples packages and rates at local dance studios.
Choose a song no one -- or hardly anyone -- will have thought of before. This may take some research, but if you look in the right places, you'll find there are plenty of songs to go around. Some unique places to look are on your old records and tapes. A jukebox at a restaurant is another great place to find forgotten favorites. A one-hit-wonder from the eighties or an old Elvis or Sinatra song can all be creative choices when you do your own dance routine to them. Or choose a trendy contemporary song that is appropriate, but unfamiliar to your older wedding guests.
Once you and your fiancee have agreed on a first dance song, register for dance classes at a local studio or just hire a choreographer to start planning your dance. If you're confident in choreographing your own dance, play the song a few times, and start mapping out a dance routine. You can use any kind of choreography you like, so be creative. Study choreographed dances in music videos and musicals to get ideas.
Base your choreography on the song's lyrics and beat. If there is something funny or unique in the lyrics, try to express this in your routine. For instance, if the song lyric is "shake your money maker," each of you can break off and shake his or her money maker. Choreograph it so the bride and groom each do something different. This will make the dance more creative and interesting.
Turn the dance into a line dance, and try to get everyone involved. Your first dance will get even more creative when your guests are out there doing their own thing. It's also a little less intimidating for you and your new spouse if you aren't used to dancing in public.
Add props and decorations to add background to your dance. You can even dress up in costume if you want to really capture the audience's attention. Let's say you choose a song from Phantom of the Opera -- why not don a phantom mask? You don't have to be that extravagant; for a country song, you can dress up as a cowgirl and cowboy, and the bride can rope in the groom.
About the Author
Steve Smith is a freelance writer on topics including travel and weddings.
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