Terrifying first dance

You might be terrified of taking to the floor for your first dance, but remember, a little confidence goes a long way, says Francesco Vitetta

Lots of couples worry about their first dance, but if you relax and enjoy it, it can be the highlight of your day. Dig out those FAME and Footloose DVDs and imagine yourself the centre of attention!

Confidence Boosters

Plan your first dance well in advance and begin practising as soon as possible. Aim to practise with your fiance at least twice a week — all you need is a bit of clear floor space. The more you rehearse, the more comfortable you will feel and look on the big day. And, don't forget, dancing is a great way to lose weight, have fun and banish stress!

It is important to think about what you will be wearing on your wedding day, as you need to be able to perform all of your dance moves — check that your heels are not likely to get caught in your hem, that your tiara is not going to fall off and that your beloved is not going to stand on your train. Also make sure that your shoes are comfortable enough to dance in. If they are not, change into a pair of pretty flats for the dance

Back to school

Lots of couples get a little help before the big day with dance lessons designed to cover the basics. Most classes cover classic dances such as the waltz, foxtrot, swing and tango.

However, if you are on a tight budget, there are plenty of easy-to-follow instructional videos and DVDs available to buy or rent which can teach you in the privacy of your own home.

If you are opting for private lessons, let your instructor know the style of dance you want to learn as well as the music you will be playing.

Rehearsed routines

If waltzing round the dance floor to a slushy ballad is not you, consider learning a specially-choreographed routine for your first dance as husband and wife. This is a huge trend at the moment with couples choosing everything from Michael Jackson's Thriller to the Dirty Dancing routine!
If you decide to go down this route, remember that it surprise, meaning that they have to practise in secret.

Choosing the Music

Most couples choose a song with a special meaning to them, but bear in mind that some songs are easier to dance to than others. A strong beat is usually a good bet, and you should also avoid anything that is longer than around three minutes. If you are having trouble picking a song, try out some dance moves and go with the tune that's most comfortable.

If your music is to be performed by a live band, make sure to discuss the tempo and style with them. Giving them a CD of the song is an easy way to make sure that you are all on the same wavelength for the big day.

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