How to dance at weddings
Here's the Exact Order of Dances at a Wedding Reception
Let's get the party started! From the first dance to the last, here's how your wedding reception dance timeline should go down.
You just said “I do” and now it’s time to let loose! Dancing is one of the most popular wedding reception activities, and there are certain traditional wedding dances—like the newlyweds' first dance, parent dances, and more—that make the celebration even more meaningful. But what is the order of these dances at the wedding reception? While the dance timeline might not seem that important at first glance, following a schedule will ensure that your reception flows well and gives guests time to eat, drink, mingle, listen to toasts, and yes, hit the dance floor, without feeling overwhelmed, or perhaps even worse, bored.
Work with your planner or venue coordinator to create a wedding-day timeline, and be sure to share it with all of your other vendors to make sure everything runs smoothly on your big day. The DJ or bandleader has a particularly essential role to play here, as they’ll likely be the emcee during the celebration. Ready to learn the order of dances at a wedding reception? Here’s how your party timeline should look:
1. The Married Couple's and Wedding Party's Grand Entrance
While this may not technically be a dance, the grand entrance is still an important dance floor moment during the wedding reception. As cocktail hour comes to a close, the wedding party members, including bridesmaids, groomsmen, best man, maid of honor, matron of honor, bridesmen, groomsladies, flower girls, ring bearers, and more, are gathered and line up (often in pairs). Once the guests have entered the reception and take their seats, the DJ/emcee will play some lively music and announce the wedding party members by name, while the pairs enter the room. Instead of taking their seats, wedding party members may circle around the dance floor. Last but not least, the newlyweds enter the reception to great applause.
2. First Dance
After the newlyweds make their grand entrance, they may almost immediately begin their first dance. If guests are sitting down to dinner after the grand entrance, the first dance would happen after the meal. The first dance is a special moment as it's the first time the couple cuts a rug together as a married pair. The couple may have taken dance lessons for their moment in the spotlight, or they might choose to wing it—it really depends on their comfort level and style.
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3. Hora (for Jewish Couples)
At Jewish weddings, the hora, a lively circle dance, may directly follow the first dance to start the reception off on a lively, joyful note. It can also start after dinner to kick off the main dancing portion of the event. The couple, as well as their parents, is typically lifted up on chairs during the hora.
4. Parent Dances
Parent dances, such as the father-daughter dance and mother-son dance, may take place at several points during the wedding reception, depending on the order of dances you wish to follow. Sometimes, parent dances occur immediately after the first dance. Other times, these dances will take place toward the end of dinner, after the toasts, or after the cake cutting.
For heterosexual couples, bride dances with her dad, and then the groom dances with his mom. Other special relatives, like grandparents, may join in at the end. However, you can handle these dances in many different ways—some couples may want to dance with stepparents or other important people, and LGBTQIA+ couples can also choose how they'd like to handle parent dances.
5. Wedding Party Dances
After the parent dances, the wedding party is invited to take the floor. The best man and maid of honor traditionally dance together first, followed by the rest of the crew. If the parent dances are taking place after dinner, the couple may opt to skip the the wedding party dance all together, simply inviting all guests to the dance floor. However, if you're concerned that your guests will need a little push to start dancing, having the wedding party kick things off may be a good idea.
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6. Party Time
The rest of the wedding guests are now invited to take the floor. An experienced DJ or bandleader will be able to read the room and choose the right mix of fast and slow songs to get everyone moving and grooving.
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7. Anniversary Dance
The anniversary dance, also known as the bouquet dance, is a sweet tradition that some couples choose to include in their wedding reception. All of the couples in the room are invited to the dance floor, as a slow, romantic song is played. The DJ or emcee then says something like "Couples who have been married for less than a year, please take a seat." Your emcee will then ask other couples to leave the dance floor until the couple who is married the longest is left dancing. The longest-married couple may receive the bouquet (if there's no bouquet toss) or simply a round of applause from their fellow wedding guests.
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8. Bouquet Toss and Garter Toss & Dance
Traditionally, the bride tosses her bouquet to the single ladies in the room, and the groom removes and tosses the bride's garter to a crowd of single men. After this takes place, the "winners" are expected to dance together. You don't have to include the garter and bouquet toss in your reception—many couples feel that this tradition and corresponding dance is embarrassing and plays into gender stereotypes, plus it interrupts the blocks of dancing.
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9. Post-Cake Cutting Dancing
Some couples choose to have their cake cutting directly after dinner, while others wait until later in the reception. If you're opting for the latter, another block of dancing should follow the cake cutting. Because it's later in the reception and perhaps your older guests may have retired for the night, this block of dancing can be geared toward your younger guests with a focus on more modern songs.
10. Money Dance or Other Cultural Dances
In many cultures, a money dance, also known as a dollar dance or apron dance, is a popular tradition and part of the order of dances at a wedding reception. There are several ways to handle the money dance—guests paying to dance with the couple, for example—but they all end with the couple being given cash. This dance typically takes place toward the end of the reception.
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11. Last Dance
For the last dance of the evening, the couple may choose an upbeat song that will have everyone singing along, or they may select a slower, more emotional tune to close out their event. If there's an after-party following the reception, a livelier tune is best to foreshadow the celebration to come.
7 Dances You Need To Know For Your Wedding Day
You? Me? The Dance Floor? Here are 7 Dances You Need To Know For Your Wedding Day!
Clap, clap, clap, clap your hands… Coming your way with a SUPER IMPORTANT blog post today. I LOVE to dance, and it’s just another reason why I love weddings! The moment the dance floor opens during a reception, I’m out there. Country, Hip-Hop, Classic Rock, you name it. I’ll dance to it! There are a handful of line dances that play at nearly every single wedding. They are a blast and will definitely fill up your dance floor! Sometimes though, these iconic dances are a flop because you don’t know the moves. Have no fear though, here are 7 dances you need to know for your wedding day, plus a video tutorial for each one!
A wedding day classic and a perfect beginner dance for everyone!
The Wobble is always a crowd favorite. If you want to fill up your dance floor quickly, make sure this one is on your playlist!
This one is a classic and a staple on most wedding days!
For all of my Texas couples, this one is a must! Copperhead Road is definitely a crowd favorite for any country lover!
Ahhh, Footloose! One of my favorites! This high energy dance is always a tough one though because most don’t actually know the dance. They kind of do a couple of grapevines, heel clicks, and foot slaps until it works. Don’t worry friends, I got you! Now you can learn it too!
The Git Up is new to the wedding scene, but it’s one of my new favorites. Especially because you can do it with a drink in hand!
Okay, so this one is one of my personal favorites and I’d LOVE to see it at weddings more! Try doing it to Trace Adkin’s “T-R-O-U-B-L-E”. It’s a blast!
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How to dance beautifully for a wedding? Tips for the bride and groom
A wedding for a guy and a girl is always a serious step into the future, and for relatives and friends it is a reason to congratulate a new family on the start of family life.
And every couple really wants to make a good impression on all the guests. They do their best to make this day memorable for a long time.
Today you can practically not bother about how to organize and hold a wedding. After all, there are a lot of agencies around that have been conducting such events for a long time and for every taste and color. If you look from the other side, then many young people want to feel the whole atmosphere of preparation, at the same time bring something from themselves into this holiday of the soul, add zest.
How to dance at a wedding for young people and guests
As you know, this is one of the parts of the celebration. Even many shy "copies" after a few glasses of champagne or shots of vodka already feel like their feet are dancing.
But the most important dance of the evening is the first dance of the young. And how every young couple wants to hear applause and praise in their address after such a dance.
Therefore, it is important to choose the right song, learn the dance very well, and then impress all the guests with your skill.
A few tips:
If the first dance is a waltz, then it turns out that you force the guests to start with a waltz and so on. If your couple are dancers, then there may still be an exception for you. After all, such dances require special preparation, and only newlyweds will be prepared from all those present.
And if you are doing a wedding with a thematic scenario, then the first dance is selected based on your theme.
The best thing at a wedding, as well as at any holiday, is to alternate slow dances with cheerful and incendiary ones. This will allow you to relax and use the maximum number of people for the dance.
Competitions for guests
But still, it is important not to forget about the guests. So, we present to your attention several interesting dance competitions for guests:
Journey in a train
Participants dance in a train, holding each other by the waist or shoulders. But from time to time you need to change compositions.
In order to continue “riding” in the train, everyone needs to dance to the music playing at the moment. This can include folk songs, music for lezginka, etc.
The main thing is to take it on camera so that there is something to remember.
You will need an odd number of guests and a mop. At the beginning, everyone is divided into pairs, and someone dances with a mop. When the music stops, you need to quickly change pairs so as not to be left with a mop.
Such dances will not let the guests get bored, they will make the holiday incendiary. The main thing is to choose the right music and approach this issue with a bit of imagination.
Participants can be any number of people - most importantly in pairs (man and woman). The competition is for couples to dance with their backs to each other.
It is important for this competition that the music be well-known and playful : polka, lambada, rock and roll, cha-cha-cha, waltz.
The winners are selected by voting from those whose couple has not broken up before the end of the competition.
Dances of the peoples of the world
Five couples are selected for the competition. Several folk dances must be prepared, and each couple dances as they imagine it in their own way, a unique dance will turn out.
Winners are determined by voting.
The participants of such competitions will be lucky twice, they will have fun participating in the program and after, when they look at their performances in the video, which we strongly advise you to order from video filming professionals.
Dance competitions are one of the faithful and reliable assistants at weddings in order for guests to get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere and have fun from the heart.
Have a good dance evening!
A Simple Guide to 10 Traditional Ballroom Dances
If you're interested in ballroom dancing but don't know where to start, there's only one place to start: dance lessons for beginners at Fred Astaire Dance Studios. Learning the most widely known partner dances can make you the star of any social event and bring some fun and culture into your life at the same time. When you sign up for ballroom dancing classes, the information in this post can help you learn more about the different types of ballroom dancing. When someone refers to the "International Ballroom" dance style, for example, they are talking about 10 different dances. Below you will find a simple explanation of the ten most popular ballroom dance styles:
This is the dance most often thought of when someone mentions ballroom dancing. That's 28 beats per minute in 3/4 of the time, and it can be quite romantic.
Ballroom tango is different from Argentine tango. It has a time signature of 2/4 and it is 32 beats per minute. While ballroom tango can certainly be romantic, the best way to describe this popular dance is "sensual."
This is an all American jazz dance set that can be fast or slow depending on the band.
This dance is inspired by the foxtrot but has a much faster tempo, hence the name.
As soon as the 3/4 music starts, the ballroom studio will light up with the fast and passionate flow of this "old school" waltz.
International Latin Samba
A cheerful dance that is used in competitions, but as the national dance of Brazil, it is solo.
This flirtatious dance can be seen as a slow mamba. A lot of hip movement will be involved.
Rumba is considered by many to be the most passionate and romantic dance on this list. This is incredibly difficult and involves many different hip movements.
A spicy swing dance to big band music in which the man leads and the women encourage the men to ask them to dance.
A man dances like a bull and a woman dances like a bullfighter.
If you would like to take an adult ballroom dance class, consider these options. Whatever grabs your attention or tickles your imagination, why not give it a try?
The philosophy of Fred Astaire Dance Studios is simple and clear: ballroom dancing should always be fun! We work with students of all ages and abilities to help them realize their ballroom dancing goals in a warm, friendly and 100% non-judgmental environment.
Ballroom dancing training will give you more confidence on the dance floor, a great workout and a much better connection with your body!.
Dance quotes, Dance sayings, Quotes for dancers
Children: they dance before they know there is anything but music. ~ William Stafford
How can we tell a dancer from a dance? ~ William Butler Yeats
There is a bit of madness in dancing that is of great benefit to everyone. ~ Edwin Denby
Please send me your last pair of dance-worn shoes, as you mentioned in your letter, so I can have something to hold on to.~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I could only believe in a God who could dance. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), On Reading and Writing, Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for Everyone and Nobody , translated from the German by Alexander Tille, 1896
Never trust a spiritual leader who cannot dance. ~ Mister. Miyagi The Next Karate Kid , 1994
We are fools whether we dance or not, so we can dance just as well. ~ Japanese proverb
Let's dance! may joy be boundless;
Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. ~ Dave Barry
Dancing is like dreaming with your feet! ~ Constanze
The true expression of a people is its dance and its music. Bodies never lie. ~ Agnes de Mille
Dancing turns to face the sky, no matter which direction you turn. ~ Terri Guillemets
Dancers are messengers of the gods. ~ Martha Graham
Dancing is a great workout for girls, it's the first way to learn to guess what a man is going to do before he does it. ~ Christopher Morley, Kitty Foyle
You can dance anywhere, even if only in your heart. ~ Author unknown
Dancing: a vertical expression of horizontal desire legalized by music. ~ George Bernard Shaw
Dance in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of any noble education; dance with your feet, with ideas, with words, and do I need to add that one must also be able to dance with a pen? ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the material of which it is made. ~ Ted Schon, Time July 25, 1955
Dancers are instruments, like a piano played by a choreographer. ~ George Balanchine
There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them. ~ Vicki Baum
To dance is to be beside yourself. Bigger, prettier, more powerful. ~ Agnes DeMille
Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels. ~ Faith Whittlesey
Dancing with the feet is one thing, dancing with the heart is another.~ Author Unknown
Dance until the stars come down from the rafters.
There is a reverence in the dancer for such forgotten things as the wonder of small beautiful bones and their subtle strength. ~ Martha Graham
It takes an athlete to dance, and an artist to be a dancer. ~ Shanna LaFleur
I don't want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance. ~ George Balanchine
Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music hides. ~ Charles Baudelaire
Dance first. Think later. This is the natural order. ~ Samuel Beckett
Suppressing the urge to dance is bad for your health - it spoils your spirit and your hips. ~ Terry Guillemets
I am a dancer. I believe that we learn by doing. Whether it means learning to dance by dancing, or learning to live by practicing life... In each of them, it is the performance of a certain set of actions, physical or intellectual, from which arises a form of achievement, a sense of one's being, a satisfaction of the spirit. In some area man becomes an athlete of God. ~ Martha Graham, c.1953
Let's dance in the sun, with wild flowers in our hair... ~ Susan Polis Schutz
Dancing is the poetry of the foot. ~ John Dryden
Dancing is the most sublime, most touching and beautiful of the arts, because it is not just a translation or an abstraction from life; it is life itself. ~ Havelock Ellis
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here, we must dance. ~ Author Unknown
Dance is the hidden language of the soul.~ Martha Graham
Dancing moves to the music without stepping on anyone's foot, much like life. ~ Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery. ~ Martha Graham
Dancing left many girls without servants, and I can say that this is a storehouse and nursery of bastards. ~ John Northbrook
Shake it until the moon becomes the sun. ~ Vada Nobles, Carl Sturken, Evan Rogers & Alisha Brooks, "Pon de Replay" by Rihanna ♫
Dance does not reconcile body and soul, because for Bakhtin and the spiritual tradition he represents, body and soul are on the same level. the same plane in terms of cost and in any case never conflicted. ~ Susan M. Felch and Paul J. Contino, Bakhtin and Religion: A Sense of Faith , 2001
Hard times call for wild dancing. ~ Alice Walker
The movement never lies. It is a barometer showing the state of the weather in the soul to anyone who can read it. ~ Martha Graham
Dance is the song of the body. Either joy or pain. ~ Martha Graham
Dance is a poem, every movement of which is a word. ~ Mata Hari
We must dance with delight to stay alive... and part of the living embodied cosmos. ~D.H. Lawrence
Dancing is the world's favorite metaphor. ~ Kristy Nilsson
Those who were seen dancing were considered crazy by those who couldn't hear the music. ~ Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
I don't know what spirit a philosopher could be more than a good dancer. Because dance is his ideal. ~ Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Light quirks of music, broken and uneven,
She should have danced - she just had to! ... The music seemed to move in her body, move through her. She jumped high, spread her arms and oh, how she smiled! Dancing, Clara forgot about her grief. ~ Amy Ehrlich, The Girl Who Wanted to Dance , 2009
Do you think it's hard for people with dyslexia to dance to "Y. M.C.A."? ~ Dave Sokolovsky
If life is good, don't just sit there - dance! If life isn't so good, dance more.~ Terri Guillemets
Music begins to atrophy when it gets too far away from dance. ~ Ezra Pound
I see how dance is used as a connection between body and soul to express what is too deep to find words. ~ Ruth St. Denis
Talk about dancing? Don't talk about dancing. Dance is to dance. ~ Peter St. James
Life is a dance of balance.
I, , would like to dance. Not professional, but just like everyone else. ~ Stephen Fry, Moab Is My Washpot , 1997
Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room. ~ Kurt Vonnegut
Poetry is prose like dance is walking.~ John Wayne
To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak. ~ Hopi Indian proverb
Three little merry piggy wigs,
Those who love to dance too much seem to have more brains in their feet than in their heads. ~ Terence
Dance is a delicate balance between perfection and beauty. ~ Author Unknown
Socrates learned to dance when he was seventy because he felt that a significant part of himself had been forgotten.~ Source Unknown
Dance to be beautiful forever. ~ Terry Guillemets, Glory Moves, 2018, Blackout Poems by Daniel Steele, Fairy Tale , 2017, p. 93
Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain. ~ Author Unknown
Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, they move at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing. ~ William James.
Fall Out Boy - Dance, Dance lyrics0027 Burdened with words too dramatic
Tonight "It doesn't get any worse"
Vs. "No one should ever feel like..."
I'm two-quarters and heartless
You always reset before they recognize you
I'm two quarters and my heart dropped
why don't you show me some spine
Why don't you don't show me some spine
Dance, this is how they would like (the way they would like)
Don't let these 5 things rule your life (inspiring)
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If you want to live a GREAT life, don't let yourself control any of it.
NUMBER 1 - YOUR PAST.
Don't let the past control your PRESENT or your FUTURE. Whatever happens, you have to let go.
Leave the darkness of your past behind so that it doesn't obscure the light of your bright future.
Remove this weight from your back to free yourself. Don't let the events of the past that are now gone ruin this moment that is perfect - this moment that is now to be enjoyed, that is ready for you to FULLY LIVE. Your past is not equal to your future.
Don't let other people's opinions and judgments determine the direction of your life. The need to fit in and feel needed can motivate you to go down a path you don't want to go down. Pleasing people is a curse to be avoided at all costs. Before doing anything, ask yourself: am I doing this because I want to do it? ...or because of my fear of being judged by others if I don't.
You were born unique for a reason, you were born to stand out, to be appreciated and loved for WHO YOU ARE. Don't dim the lights to fit into the dull backdrop of other people's lives. Shine bright AS YOU ARE, those who truly care about you will see the light and shine with you.
Don't let your own limited beliefs control your life. NOW warning with this. These beliefs may be conscious, but more than likely they will be unconscious. These may be unconscious limitations that have been conditioned from an early age and throughout your life when you listened to others who never pursued their dreams. Pay attention to your limited beliefs and tell them to shut up.
NOTHING you can do, NOTHING you can have, and because this UNIVERSE is my witness, there is NO ONE you can't become if you believe in yourself! If you believe anything is possible, guess anything is POSSIBLE! When you change your faith from limited to unlimited…. Your potential is limitless.
Imagine what you could achieve if you lived your life as if NOTHING was possible. As if MIRACLES is a standard need of every day. As they say:
When there is nothing to hold you inside, there is nothing outside to hold you back. Your whole life will change the very moment you decide to change your thinking. The moment you decide to see everything as a gift. When you MAKE A DECISION to see all circumstances and challenges as a blessing, not a curse. When you start to realize the fact that everything is as it should be and fight for WHAT IS, it is madness.
Relationships. Ticklish topic. But if you always need the other to be happy, to feel complete, then you are always one moment away from a breakdown if that person leaves, or from unhappiness if the relationship doesn't work out.
I am not suggesting avoiding relationships. There is no greater power on this earth than LOVE and connection. I'm talking about those who can't LIVE if they don't have a relationship. Those who will be with anyone, including everyone who is not the same, just so as not to spend a single minute alone.
I AM speaking to develop enough mental strength to reach the point where you don't need others to make you happy. You are just as happy being single as you are in a relationship.
This is what controls most people on the planet. Can you guess what it is? …MONEY!
This does not mean that you should not want abundance. This does not mean that money is evil. You know as well as I do what great things you can do, and you know the people you can help with money. This means don't let money control your decisions.
If you choose something ONLY based on how much money is involved, you simply made the wrong decision. What you will find is that when you follow your heart and behave with the intention of SERVING others, giving your best to others - EVERY TIME you follow your intuition and truly GIVE from the heart - then the money will come and it will be so much more than if you were just chasing money for the sake of money.
So, challenge yourself to live the life you want to live. Free from ANYTHING's control. Find your freedom. LIVE FULLY!
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How to put on a wedding dance yourself
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Yes, you can! For those who want to take the risk and try to stage their first dance on their own, I want to give some useful tips. I hope that they will help you competently plan and stage a harmonious wedding dance!
This article will be useful both for those who already know how to dance a little, and for those who are very enthusiastic and want to try their hand and come up with the dance of their dreams on their own.
So, what should be assessed and considered before proceeding with the production?
Size of the dance floor and ceiling height
If your dance floor is small, then when staging the dance, you should avoid moving around the ballroom, choosing more compact dance figures for your composition.
At the same time, if your venue is large, it is advisable to include several figures in your dance, in which you will actively move around the hall, thus visually filling the space.
Let's take a simple example: a wedding dance set to a fast (Viennese) waltz. For the case if you have a small dance floor, you should stop at the “figured waltz” option, performing the figures without advancing, and performing the waltz itself “in a square”.
If you have a large area, I suggest including a big circle waltz.
Ceiling height is important for high supports, the simplest of which is lifting the bride in her arms. Before performing such support, you need to make sure that the height of the ceilings allows it. For example, in some restaurants and on steamboats, it is problematic to perform high lifts.
All your movements, and especially postures, should be laid out in directions and oriented to the "spectator's" side. To begin with, determine the configuration of your dance hall, the place where you will go to dance, the place where the main part of the audience will be concentrated, where the photographer and videographer will stand.
All your poses must be performed facing the audience. To do this, you need to decompose your dance into directions, so that for the performance of certain figures you find yourself facing your audience.
If you have 2 or more spectator sides, then you need to decompose your dance so that you alternately dance to one or the other spectator side. Preference should be given to the side where the photographer and videographer will stand.
You can dance to any music you like. It should be borne in mind that it consists of musical phrases, which in turn are divided into measures. The main rules that I recommend to follow in order to achieve the musicality of your performance:
a) As soon as a new musical phrase starts, you must change the movement type. The simplest example: while the singer is singing one phrase, you make one movement, when he starts singing another phrase, you start making another movement. Most often in musical compositions there are verses, choruses and losses. They usually consist of several musical phrases.
b) Play with musical accents and puffs. Accents (beats in music) are perfectly played with rapid hand movements, a sudden stop in movement, or a sharp change in direction. Puffs are best suited for “smeared” smooth poses.
c) Within each musical phrase there are several measures (most often the time signature for modern compositions is 4/4, for a waltz 3/4). Try to hear them, isolate and decompose your movements into strokes, achieving clarity of execution.
Before decomposing your movements into music, I recommend doing a musical dictation: decomposing your music into phrases, measures, highlighting accents and puffs. And then to impose on them movements.
Suggested duration of the dance: about 3 minutes including entering the platform and bowing. If your musical composition is longer, then it is worth trimming it using software tools. A longer dance rarely looks good: the audience gets tired and the effect of the first impression is lost.
If you fundamentally do not want to shorten your melody, then I recommend inserting some pantomime scenes into it for contrast (scenes of a meeting, farewell, quarrel, reconciliation). This will advantageously set off the dance part and help make your performance more intense and interesting for the audience.
Physiology of the bride and groom
The appearance of the couple is very important for creating a harmonious dance.
Couples in which both the bride and groom have an ideal athletic physique and an ideal difference in height (10-15 cm) are few. All dance figures will suit these lucky ones.
But if your pair has features, then they must be taken into account and beaten, using 100%!
For example, for couples in which the groom is much taller than the bride (height difference is 20 cm or more), elements in which the groom goes down (visually becomes lower) and the bride remains standing will look very good. Also, for such a couple, support with rotation on the hands will look great, in which the bride is taken in her arms facing the groom (see photo above).
If there is a small difference in height between partners in a couple or the bride is taller than the groom, then supports are perfect for you, in which the bride deviates, and the groom remains standing straight. Elements in which the girl sits down on bent knees facing the groom will also look good. Rotation on the hands for such a pair is best done in a position when the girl is picked up sideways.
In couples where the bride has a more dense physique than the groom, we recommend avoiding elements with the bride lifting on her hands, the main emphasis in this case should be placed on the partner's plastic movements and masculine lines in the partner's positions.
If you are staging your own wedding dance, you will most likely be using video footage. It would be a big mistake to simply copy the movements from someone else's dance.
When watching a video, be sure to select those movements that you understand how beautiful and correct to perform and avoid complex and incomprehensible elements.
You should also be aware that what looks easy and beautiful in a professional performance, for beginners, it may not look advantageous at all.
Think about whether the movements you like are right for your couple, whether you perform them well. Take a video of yourself and compare the resulting picture with the original. Leave only those movements that you are good at.
Advice for girls
Girls, think about the features of your wedding dress when staging a dance. If the dress is tight, then you should wear a tight skirt at the rehearsal in order to immediately avoid movements that you basically cannot do in this dress.
If you have a crinoline dress, then wear a crinoline at rehearsal so that you and your fiancé get used to its size. Remember that the crinoline creates some distance between you in the dance, as well as inertia in the rotations.
If you have a train - then you need to either stab it or support it with your hand. Accordingly, during rehearsals, always keep something in the hand that will be occupied by the train. Often the choice of movements for a wedding dance is largely dictated by the bride's wedding dress!
When working on the wedding dance on your own, you need to start staging about 2 months before the wedding. Chances are you won't have much time right before the wedding, and a good staging is time-consuming (especially if you don't have any dance experience), so it's best to start working on the dance early. With the rehearsal mode 1-2 times a week for one hour, you will have time to put on and learn the dance, film yourself on video and work on your mistakes.
It's a good idea to start with any pair dance (in a regular dance group), this will allow you to learn the principles of pair movement and teach you simple movements that you can use in your production.
Staging a wedding dance by yourself is an interesting, creative, but not an easy task.