Dance Experts Tips: How to be a Star at Your Wedding (or at least not trip over your feet)

Jan 26, 2010, 13:12 ET from Arthur Murray International

CORAL GABLES, Fla., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the best wedding dance is whatever the bride and groom want it to be.  That means everything from a procession down the aisle with bride, groom and entire wedding parties dancing down the aisle and into a YouTube video or a video on the couple's Facebook page.  Weddings today are more visual than ever before, and the first dance as husband and wife present a great opportunity for couples to be creative and expressive. 

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According to the Wedding Dance Experts at Arthur Murray Dance Centers, (the world's best loved dance teaching organization), the key is to start well in advance so couples, and the entire wedding party, can be as comfortable as possible. Practice does make perfect, and practice takes time and commitment.

Here's more from the dance experts at Arthur Murray International:

Start as early as possible.  More than one Arthur Murray Dance Center has stories of couples who come in just days before the wedding.  It takes three to six months, depending on the complexity of the dance and how many people are in the wedding party.

Practice in the same shoes that you will be wearing at the wedding – this goes for the bride and groom.  If you learn to samba in slippers, and then get hitched in high heels, your dancing will not look or feel the same and tripping over your feet is not a good move at the reception.

If you are planning on posting the dance online, have the cameraperson tape you after you've got the basics down.  You don't want to wait until the last minute to find out that the angle is wrong or that a particular move may feel great but looks awkward on the small screen.

Practice often and everywhere.  If your dance is a secret, practice another dance – the idea is to get really comfortable with moving together as a team.

Pick a few different songs or dances that you love.  Make sure your band or DJ works with you so that the music is as perfect as the dance. 

If your honeymoon involves a cruise, you'll enjoy it more if you include lessons in a variety of dance styles.  Remember that dancing together is enjoyed over many years, in many different occasions.

Call or visit your local Arthur Murray Dance Center to find out about First Wedding Dance programs and learn the right moves to make you feel comfortable and at ease on the dance floor for that special moment. 

Arthur Murray Dance Centers can be found throughout America and Canada and in Australia, Brazil, England, Egypt, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Latvia, and South Africa.  More than 40 million people have learned to dance at Arthur Murray Dance Centers.  For more information about ballroom dance, visit the Arthur Murray International website at

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