For some, dancing at a wedding can be the best part. For others, staying glued to their chair or standing in the corner of the room might seem like a more desirable option. For those of your less inclined to take a spin, dancing at a wedding does not have to turn into a crisis of confidence or an opportunity to embarrass yourself. With proper wedding dance lessons and tutorials, you can teach yourself how to twirl, strut, and step to the beat on the dance floor with optimum confidence and style.
At a wedding, you never know what type of music they are going to play. Let’s take a look at four different types of dancing methods that you can use to get down and boogey to on the dance floor at a wedding. With these wedding dance lessons, get ready to enjoy yourself at the next wedding you attend whether you are a participant or an attendee.
Method 1: Freestyle Dancing
Ready to make up your own moves as you go? Consider freestyle dancing and do everything by ear.
- Listen to the beat: To master freestyle dancing, you are going to want to be able to really hear the music that is playing and the beat. Start getting yourself into the rhythm of the music by bobbing your head around to the beat. You can even count the beats in your head along with the music.
- Switch feet: Sift your weight around from one foot to another. You can do this by slightly lifting one of your feet off of the ground. Try doing this at every count (ie: 1,2,3) and switch your weight on every third count. If the beat is fast, try to start with something slower while you are practicing or taking lessons so that you can feel more comfortable dancing fast. Also remember to keep your legs loose and your knees slight bent so that you can bounce off your feet easily and shifting weight will become more of a bounce than a shift, if anything.
- Move your feet: Once you get comfortable with switching from one foot to another, try moving your feet around, but do so while keeping your feet close to the ground. If you decide to dance along with someone else, be aware of your partners feet so that you do not accidentally get wound up and step on their toes.
- Move your hips: Dancing involves a lot of hip action. As you shift your weight on your feet, you can also move your hips around. Twist your body to facilitate more hip movement.
- Move your arms: You will see that dancing is a lot about giving all of your body parts some movement. Instead of letting your arms hang limp, consider moving them around while keep your pals open or in loose fists. Keep switching your arm movement up during your dance to keep things interesting. You can try arm movements such as: rolling the dice, mowing the lawn, swinging a “lasso”, and pumping your fists in the air.
Method 2: Slow Dancing
Slow dancing is bound to happen at a wedding, so here is a convenient lesson in slow dancing to get your ready when it comes time to partner up.
- Line up: Line up with your partner in a position where the center of the woman’s chest lines up with the inside of the man’s right shoulder.
- Position your arms: The man should have his right hand on the small of the woman’s back and his left hand out to the side at her chest level. The woman should have her left hand over the man’s shoulder, and her right arm should be at chest level with her hand extended out to hold her partner’s hand. The pair’s hands should be interlocked
- Have some open space: Try to leave at least three to six inches of distance between you and your partner. Keep body parts relaxed instead of stiff, and make sure that your knees are lose and not locked.
- Move: Generally, it is up to the man to lead a slow dance, and he should start by shifting his weight to his right foot. When the music hits the “one” of a four-count beat, your weight should shift to the other foot. When you shift your weight, pick up your opposite foot and place it down. Move clockwise during the duration of the dance.
Method 3: The Chicken Dance
If you attend a wedding reception, there is a chance that you are going to encounter the chicken dance. This is a fun and easy dance to do with three simple moves. Plus, it is a fun low-pressure dance, so no one will care if you mess up.
- Raise your hands up to shoulder level and line up your thumbs with your index fingers (this will look like a chicken’s beak).
- Ball your hands up, tuck your fists under your arms, and flap your wings to the music.
- Now, stick out your backside, bend your knees, and wiggle your bottom down towards the floor.
Ever heard of the Charleston? Here’s another type of dance you can learn.
Method 4: Dollar Dance
The dollar dance can also be referred to as the money dance or the apron dance. Guests line up to pay a dollar, or more if they so chose, to dance with either the bride of the groom. For this dance, you do not need to focus too much on the moves, but you will generally follow the moves of a slow dance. You can even have a conversation with whomever you choose to dance with.
Dance to the Beat
Remember that most people dance at weddings because they want to have fun. You might think that people are judging you, but they are mostly probably just thinking about themselves and their own moves. When you get out on the dance floor, just be sure that you are there to have fun – and allow your body language to reflect that.