1- Practice in different rooms. Getting used to a certain room makes it more difficult to adapt to a different size and/or layout on your wedding day.
2-Have your lessons while wearing one of our practice wedding gowns or skirts. It is useful for both of you to simulate the way the bride will look on the wedding day. Other benefits of practicing in a skirt or dress similar dress to yours include the following:
A – Getting used to NOT LOOKING DOWN! One of the most common bad habits during dance practice is when couples look at their feet or their partner’s feet while dancing. First of all, this is distracting, and hesitant-looking and does not allow for proper lead and follow. Secondly, it does not portray confidence. The couple should be looking up at each other or their guests not down at their feet.
B – Getting used to dancing in a similar style dress. This prevents distraction on the day of your wedding from trying to figure out how to move in a style of clothing you have never tried before. For many brides, their dress is big and bulky, or tight-fitting and hard to move in.. for example mermaid type wedding dresses which have limited movement.
C – Wearing similar dresses while dancing allows us to choreograph a dance that both works for your dress, and works for you. For example, bulky dresses have lots of fabric which may be difficult to walk around with. The dress would need to be properly bustled and during class, you would get used to dealing with lots of fabric as well as learning how to use the fabric for embellishment to add flare and grace to your dance.3- Once a month we offer all our students who are yet to be married an opportunity to practice their dance in front of other studio students and other wedding couples. This is your chance to present your routine, gain confidence. One such performance is actually equivalent to two or three private wedding dance classes.
4- Practice on your wedding day! Try to find five to ten minutes before people start piling into the room you will be performing. Go through your dance twice without music just to refresh the pattern and adjust your dance routine to the actual room. Practicing more than twice may create a nervous buildup of tension, mistrust and emotional exhaustion.