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Make your wedding dance special – 6 tips to spice things up

wedding couple dancing
It’s your wedding day and, as much as anything else, you really want your first dance to go smoothly, with no slips, trips or falls and definitely no disasters worthy of posting on YouTube. Arthur Murray dance school will not only give you the confidence and know-how to get through your first dance without a hitch, but we can also give you a few tips and tricks to make your debut on the dance floor memorable for the right reasons.

1. Take a dip

It may sound simple, but a deep dip with the bride’s toe pointing out from beneath a full skirt can look very elegant. Not only is it romantic for the crowd to see the groom lovingly cradle his new wife, but the change of pace as you slow down and take care over the bend will add interest and surprise to your dance. Practising together will improve your trust and communication, so it’s a particularly good move for newlyweds.

2. Master the turn

Whatever style of dance you select, you can always impress your audience with a few well-timed turns; whether that’s both of you twirling around the floor in a Viennese Waltz, the bride being led in a Lindy turn, or each of you, one after the other, spinning Salsa‘-style. Learning to turn professionally not only looks impressive, but is eye-catching as the bride’s dress and groom’s tails add to the spectacle.

3. Add a lift

Adding a lift to your wedding dance needn’t mean perfecting a daredevil acrobatic throw of the bride over groom’s the head. Even the simplest of low lifts can really wow your guests. Getting airborne in moderation is easy to master from a range of simple to complex styles. Choose from hand-to-hip, hand-to-hand press, or armpit-hold lifts. Each type will make an impressive addition to any dance.

4. Mash it up

When you think about the many styles of dance you enjoy and the long list of songs you would like to dance to, you don’t worry about choosing just one – mash it up. Dancing to a medley of your personal favourites keeps your guests entertained and is a great way to start the dance floor buzzing for the rest of the reception. Keep to traditional expectation by starting with a traditional Waltz before breaking out in to some street or hip hop moves; juxtapose Jive and the Tango, or switch the Salsa for the Foxtrot.

5. Take turns to shine

Although this is your first dance celebrating your new life together, there is nothing to say that you have to dance the whole piece in unison. Marriage is a partnership where you support each other through life’s ups and downs, so why not start as you mean to go on by letting your other half take the spotlight for a few moves and then strut your own stuff, before finishing the dance in each other’s arms again.

6. Use props

If you are a little more confident with your dancing and want to inject some old-fashioned pizzazz, spice up your routine with a few props and you’ll really look like a pro. Simple touches include adding a touch of romance; start the routine with one partner sitting down and being asked to dance. Be cheeky, by hanging up a hat and coat each, before hitting your routine. Or you could progress your dance from tradition to flair, using classic props in the style of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ canes or just reference their style by changing these for something quirky, like hockey sticks or horse-riding crops, to reflect your passions.


Both my wife and I are extremely happy learning ballroom dancing at Crows Nest Arthur Murray Studio. We have found the dancing instructors to be professional, knowledgeable, friendly and supportive. We are more than happy to continue enjoying our dancing experience and social activities with all the other students. We feel like part of a large joyous dancing family.John & Marilynread more
John Chung
John Chung
11:16 14 Feb 17
We were interested in learning Tango for our daughter's wedding last year, but here we are in our second year at AM, Crows Nest - dancing has now become our passion, due in large part, to the excellence of teaching and supportive atmosphere of this studio! The journey is long and I so envy the folks who have started years ago to achieve the beauty and grace of ballroom and the seduction of Latin dancing. We are determined to continue !!!read more
Ayshe Talay-Ongan
Ayshe Talay-Ongan
23:35 06 Feb 17
We started dancing in 2009 for our wedding - and had so much fun learning that we kept it up. They have incredible flexibility to do as much as you want, on your schedule, and consist of staff that appreciate busy working (and family!) lives --- while encouraging you to always improve yourselves! As a couple learning they have accommodated both our learning styles very well.read more
Heidi Kuglin Justin Beck
Heidi Kuglin Justin Beck
08:48 04 Feb 17
I walked through the doors at Arthur Murray Crows Nest over 10 years ago having never danced a day in my life… I was looking for something fun to do outside of work and I’ve been there ever since!! There are local and overseas competitions, social nights and lots of glamorous events throughout the year to keep you busy. It’s fun, challenging, incredibly rewarding and you have an absolute blast along the way!!read more
Amy Hendry
Amy Hendry
02:29 31 Jan 17
I have loved dance all of my life but the Arthur Murray Crows Nest experience has taken my love and learning to another level. I have been dancing here for 14 years and will continue until my body gives up. My lessons are so much fun, challenging in a good way and a great form of exercise. Add to that the social side, great people, parties, outings, local and overseas competitions and you have the ultimate hobby.read more
Janet Black
Janet Black
02:19 27 Jan 17