We’ve all seen the great wedding dance Youtube videos. It starts off with the bride and groom dancing at the reception. A beautiful couple dancing a waltz or slow dance, and suddenly, the lights flash, the new couple stops and the music hits! As soon as you know it, they are in-sync and dancing a perfectly choreographed (and some times hilarious) dance routine!
And while you may want your wedding dance to be slightly more low-key than that, it is always good to know what to expect in the process of creating a wedding dance. How does one go about coordinating a memorable dance for a wedding reception and does it take a lot of work? What if you are working with two left feet? Don’t worry, LimeLight Expressions has put together some basic tips for helping you coordinate a fantastic dance number for your wedding reception!
From fox trot to hip hop, flash mob style to father daughter dance routines, there’s no doubt about it…dancing has become a very popular way to entertain guests at wedding receptions! Dancing at your reception is a timeless tradition. Wanting to add a bit of dance flare to your steps seems only natural, right? But it really boils down to what you want to do. If that means sweeping the dance floor with graceful steps and elegant turns you may want to sway your way into a ballroom class. Or maybe you are going for something a little less traditional, like moon-walking to your favorite Usher song. No matter what, your wedding dance should be uniquely yours and something you will remember forever.
What are the different dance styles to choose from?
- Waltz: Be smooth, light on your feet and graceful with the Waltz. This dance will leave you gliding across the dance floor and is great for an elegant, black-tie wedding. It is also a perfect style for the father/daughter dance.
- Foxtrot: Channel your inner Fred and Ginger with the Fox Trot. This style of ballroom is glamorous and a total classic. It will make your first dance unforgettable.
- Salsa/Latin: Break away from the ordinary with a Latin themed dance routine. From Cha Cha to Salsa, this upbeat dance style is sure to get the party started.
- Hip Hop: Surprise your guests with an unconventional or even funny dance routine. Go old school with MC Hammer or go modern with Usher, with hip hop, the choices are endless.
- Musical Theater/ Jazz: This style is perfect for those who intend to lip-sync and dance a routine at the same time. Find your inner “Glee” and put on a show with this over the top style!
- Disco: Take it back to an unforgettable era with dances like the Hustle! Disco is truly entertaining. Oh and nobody will ever forget your John Travolta-esque dance number!
What if we are not fantastic dancers…does this matter?
A dance routine doesn’t have to be difficult to look fabulous. Most ballroom styles as well as choreography will consist of a series of basic steps which are repeated. The key to a great wedding reception performance is to keep the routine nice and simple as well as easy to remember, especially after the champagne has been flowing!
What kind of dance should we do for our wedding reception choreography?
Most couples will dance a ballroom number, like a waltz or foxtrot for their first dance, it looks beautiful and is very traditional. While flash mob wedding routines are mostly done in the style of jazz, hip hop or musical theater. They are done as a “feature” at the wedding reception. However, don’t let the ‘norm” limit your creativity! The sky is truly the limit, from Bollywood to country western dance..Go with a style that you enjoy watching, feel comfortable dancing to, with a song that you love!
Does a choreographed dance have to include both the bride and groom?
You can always plan a surprise dance routine or flash mob dance as a gift to your new spouse. Some surprise routines include the bride and bridesmaids or the groom and groomsmen dancing a routine together. A choreographed dance can also be perfect for father & daughter dances, mother & son dances etc.
Should we choreograph something ourselves, or do we need a professional?
Yes, you definitely can choreograph it yourself. It will really depend on your ability to make up the choreography or memorize the choreography you want to learn. Some people take to Youtube to help them learn dance moves by searching through various dance tutorials. You can take dance lessons in the style you’ve chosen for the wedding dance, and utilize the new moves you’ve learned from there. Or a mixture of both. With that said, hiring a teacher can really make a dance routine have that “wow” factor. I know many brides and grooms who felt that using a professional choreographer or dance teacher was really worth it for them. The dance practices can be tremendously fun for the bride and groom, or for a group routine, with family and friends! Another benefit to working with a teacher or choreographer is you don’t need to worry about being in charge of the routine as well as performing it. Whew!
What exactly is a wedding “flash mob”?
Wedding flash mobs are very popular now a days. They look amazing and are relatively easy to pull off. One person, say the groom, starts the dance off and little by little, additional people jump into the dance routine until it becomes a “mob” of dancers. It can involve the whole wedding party, the groom leading the groomsmen or anything your creativity can come up with! Note: Everyone involved must be able to coordinate practice times together. If your wedding party is coming from out of town, this may be a bit tricky.
Dancing is something that is intended to be a happy experience and fun for all involved. It can be incredibly beautiful, funny or creative as an end result. It is a past-time that many people enjoy, however, many people have a deep fear of. First and foremost, make sure you and your partner are both on board for dancing a routine. Neither of you should feel overwhelmed by the idea.
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