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  • Writer's pictureSam Johns

Wedding first dances: your Top 3 questions answered

To kick things off, I recently popped in to see Joe Jurd at his Zouk Dance School in Brunswick Heads. It was a fantastic experience that got me thinking about the art of the first dance at weddings. Check out the interview on my YouTube channel below:

Do we really need to have a first dance at our wedding?

Well, it's your wedding, so technically, you can do whatever you want! If the thought of swaying in the spotlight gives you cold feet (and not the wedding kind), you can skip it. But remember, your guests might be secretly hoping for that magical moment. It's like the cherry on top of the wedding cake. If you're not keen on the traditional twirl, why not just shuffle back and forth to your favorite tune? It's like the high school slow dance all over again. And if you're feeling adventurous, get your whole squad in on the action with a group dance. It's less pressure, and let's be honest, it's a great way to get the party started!

Should we take dance lessons before our wedding?

If the thought of dancing makes you want to run for the hills, a few lessons might not be a bad idea. It's like training for a mini-marathon, but with more rhythm and less sweating. Dance schools are popping up like mushrooms after the rain, and they've got all sorts of packages to get you ready for your big day. If you're on a budget or just prefer a group setting, hit up a local studio for some group classes. And if you're all in, private lessons can turn you into the dancing queen (or king) you never knew you were. Plus, it's a great excuse to spend some extra time with your soon-to-be spouse.

What style of dance should we choose?

The world is your oyster here! You could go for a classic waltz, break it down with some hip hop, or even throw in the Macarena for good measure. Or, you could try the freedom of movement in Zouk like I did with Joe Jurd at his Zouk Dance School in Brunswick Heads . It's all about connecting with your partner and letting the music move you in a way that feels natural and fun. If you've already picked your song, the rhythm will guide your moves. But if you're set on a specific dance style, a pro can help you find the perfect tune. And if you're feeling bold, why not mix it up with a mash-up of different styles? Just remember, if you're planning a spicy salsa or a steamy tango, consider the audience. Grandma might not be ready for that!

In the end, the most important thing is to have fun and be yourself. You don't need to be Fred and Ginger out there; you just need to enjoy the moment. After all, it's your first dance as a married couple, not a Broadway audition. So take a deep breath, hold your partner close, and let the music take you away. And hey, if all else fails, just do the robot!

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