By Izabela Rai Director of WeddingFD –Wedding First Dance Choreographers.
Izabela Rai is the Director of Choreography at WeddingFD and Britain’s leading wedding first dance choreographer.Most celebrated for her role in the third series of the popular BBC television programme Strictly Come Dancing, and as professional ballroom dance partner to Brendan Cole, Izabela can choreograph a dance routine for all levels of experience.
Izabela Rai and her team at WeddingFD has professionally choreographed the wedding first dance for celebrities, high society couples, business leaders and sport stars in London, New York, Paris and
`I love to see people enjoy dancing, especially on the most special day of their lives. Our goal is to make hundreds of couples Wedding First Dance special each year. ` - Izabela Rai
Here are Izabela's tips on how to make your first wedding dance perfect:
1. Timing: Give yourself enough time to learn how to dance - This is my Big Tip– You must start your wedding dance lessons at least 3 months before your wedding. This will give you enough time to plan, practice, and perfect you dance.
2. Song selection - Select a romantic song with a good easy to hear dance beat and a song that keeps a consistent beat throughout the song. Many couples have a special song. If you don't already have a song in mind, ask your dance instructor or reception DJ or band for suggestions.
3. Song length - Select a song that is less than 3 minutes long. Two or a two and a half minute for your first dance is just right.
4. Dance floor - Have a good idea of the size and shape of your wedding reception dance floor. This is important so that you can practice and get used to dancingin that amount of space.
5. Planning - Plan how and where you are going to start (enter) and end your dance. Advise you band or DJ how and when you plan to start and end your First Wedding Dance. Let your Photographers know. Plan what will happen when you end your wedding dance, will you invite everyone onto the dance floor or just your parents?
6. Practice wear - If you are going to wear a Tiara, remember it must either be permanently affixed to your head. My biggest tip here is to practice dancing in something similar shape-wise to what you will be wearing. Long maxi dress or old ball gown are very useful. This will show you if you have any limitations in backward movement and get the groom used to being next to you in a huge skirt without stepping on you.
7. Dance shoes - Make sure you both have practiced dancing in the shoes you will be wearing on the wedding day.
8. Practice - Make your wedding dance sparkle. Put an effort to practice and perfect your dance and you will dazzle your friends and family. The more you practice, the more at ease you will feel and appear on the dance floor. It’s a good idea to practice what you have just learned as soon as possible. If you wait a few days, you will forget a lot of it. Just 15 to 20 minutes of review, will make a big difference. You don’t always need to practice as a couple, you can and should practice solo.
9. Just for the guys - Grooms - You are going to discover, that once your get over the initial fear and trauma of taking wedding dance lessons, it can be a lot of fun. The best part is you will learn to lead and take control. Your future wife will not only enjoy it, she will actually let you lead (well, maybe)! Remember if you don’t lead she will. Also if you don’t lead she can’t follow. You are the captain of the ship while you are on the dance
10. Partnership: Remember this is a team effort, cooperation is required - It’s only going to work if both of you are into it. A reluctant groom who just shows up and gives 50% makes thing difficult. If one of you has some dance experience, but the other doesn’t, be patient. Everyone learns at his own pace.
It’s a partnership. Like marriage, it only works if both are committed and willing to work with your partner’s strengths and weaknesses.
`Some people dream of success....others stay awake to achieve it`. To book your private wedding first dance lesson with Izabela click here