THE CHORE­OG­RA­PHY

Singapore Tatler Wedding - - FIRST DANCE -

Pro­fes­sional dancers can chore­o­graph a rou­tine that fits your song choice, gown and abil­ity, but if you are de­ter­mined to do it your­self, here are some tips. “The first thing to de­cide on is the theme of your dance: el­e­gant and clas­si­cal or fun and up­beat? This will im­pact the out­fit. The most pop­u­lar style for wed­dings is the waltz which is ro­man­tic and el­e­gant,” says Gla­dys Tay, prin­ci­pal and di­rec­tor of Shawn and Gla­dys Dance Academy. “How­ever, we usu­ally take our lead from the song the cou­ple chooses. We have chore­ographed many styles for wed­ding dances, from fox­trot, cha cha and samba to jive, rumba, hip hop and even Bol­ly­wood!”

If you do not have any back­ground in dance, com­plex move­ments are best avoided. Be­gin­ners should choose mu­sic pieces that are sim­ple and not too fast with an easy beat to fol­low. And keep it short so you can re­mem­ber all the steps. At the end of the day, it’s about cre­at­ing the at­mos­phere you want rather than ap­pear­ing like a pro­fes­sional dancer. Josephine Liew of John and Josephine Dance Cre­ative of­fers a fi­nal note: “Start early and do not rush things. Have fun, en­joy your­selves and work as a team.”

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