The “first dance” of a married couple is a popular element at modern European and American wedding receptions or post-wedding celebrations. The newly married couple, as the guests of honor at a dance, open the dancing. 

 The style of dance is a personal choice. Some couples opt for a rehearsed, choreographed dance, whereas sources like etiquette columnist Judith Martin feel that performing a choreographed duet for spectators is inappropriate.

In the past, the couple did not dance the first dance alone. In her 1922 guide, EtiquetteEmily Post recommended that newlyweds not join the dancing until after their guests had begun, and simply dance with one another first before moving on to other partners. This occurred while other guests continued dancing, and was not given particular attention or treated as a performance.

In the current times, ballroom dance is not a skill that is common within society. Therefore, some modern couples either slow dance or learn a dance, whether it be a ballroom dance style or a choreographed dance routine. The music to which they dance is also highly varied, with modern chart hits often being selected. Teaching and rehearsing the “first dance” is now a service offered by dance studios, independent dance instructors and specialist wedding dance tuition companies like Arthur Murray Dance Studios In Lexington Kentucky.

Exciting Wedding Dance Styles

The waltz has always been cherished as a timeless wedding day classic. It’s traditional, elegant, intimate and a favorite for formal receptions. The versatile foxtrot is perfect for romantic wedding tracks like Bobby Darin’s “Beyond the Sea,” or Andy Williams’ “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

You could also try our slow dance, also known as the nightclub two-step. Or a party-style first dance like the sizzling salsa or mambo. The sway and swing is also sure to impress your guests and get everyone in the mood to dance up a storm.

Schedule your sample lesson with us if you need to gain some valuable dance experience fast.

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