Often receptions are just run of the mill family gatherings— food, drinks and small talk. The question then becomes how to move it from the ordinary to the extraordinary. It’s simple—just get up and dance! And we’re not talking your regular “club” dancing, but moves to motivate your guests to join in. Here, we’ve got three fun tips to help Colorado couples rock the reception!
Tip 1 : Set the Stage
Brides and grooms can do this by preparing a first dance that inspires their guests to join in. “I think the electric slide is a great line dance to kick the party off to” states Havilah Davis, an instructor at Adventures in Dance, a Littleton based dance studio. “When the wedding couple is engaged in creative movement (beyond the grope and sway), the guests then yearn to get up and join in.”
Tip 2: Involve your Parents
Work with your folks on father-daughter and mother-son dances. They are so proud of you on your big day, so give them the tools to feel polished as they take you into their arms. It will result in a beautiful moment to saver now and forever. “We took lessons to learn our first dance and with my parents to learn the father-daughter dance,” raved Colorado bride and Adventures in Dance student Jessica Koehler. “They really were affordable, got down to business, and helped us feel more confident. We got a ton of compliments on our dance!” To help ease performance stress, consider doing the mother-son and father-daughter dance at the same time.
Tip 3: Grab Your Wedding Party
Bring them into the joy of preparing for the wedding with dance lessons. Once they have the knowledge of what to do, they can’t wait for the big day to get up and celebrate with their new found skills. From slinky swings and salsas to line dances, they can prepare to have fun at your wedding.
With any special social event like a wedding or ball, taking a few lessons prior to the big day is a great way to learn a few new moves or simply fine tune the ones you already know. Finding an experience dance instructor or studio will make all the difference. Before you make the commitment to signing up for dance lessons, take into account the learning curve. To be on the safe side, give yourself six months prior to your wedding. Now you’re ready to get out there and rock the reception!
Holly Collins is the owner of Adventures In Dance, a complete service dance studio located in Downtown Littleton. She has been in the dance industry for more than 15 years and is certified in international and American styles of ballroom dance. For more information about Holly and her studio, visit Adventures in Dance or www.adventuresindance.com