Professional dancers can choreograph a routine that fits your song choice, gown and ability, but if you’re determined to do it yourself, here are a few tips. “Complex dance movements may be too difficult for you to handle if you’re not experienced,” says Herman Lam of Herman Lam Dance Studio. “You have to choose something you can manage—if you’re a beginner, pick something simple and not too fast with an easy beat to follow. And keep it under three minutes so you can remember all the steps.”
Also think about what kind of dance you’re drawn to. “We enjoy teaching ceroc for a first dance because it’s the easiest of all the partner dances to learn,” says Katie Bridges of Ceroc Hong Kong. “Ceroc can be adapted to any style of music as it’s a fusion of many dance styles, also known as modern jive. Unlike waltz, tango or salsa it’s very forgiving. As long as you have a few twirls and a sprinkling of ‘wow’ moves in your repertoire, you don’t need to worry too much about your footwork. After all, it’s more about the atmosphere you create than looking like you’re a professional dancer.” Well, thank goodness for that.