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We know that when you are doing a set routine, if you go wrong early on you often don't manage to get back on track again. To help you get the most from your first dance, we give you a Beginning, an Ending, and a 'Flexible Middle Bit' -
Firstly, the lights will probably be down, and the Bride will often be wearing a long dress, so people won't see your feet -
The golden rule here is, if at all possible, KEEP GOING. If one partner can keep the basic rhythm going on their own, then the other partner can walk round in a big circle in time to the music, walk back to the partner that has kept going, take hold and carry on dancing, matching the rhythm of the one that has kept going. Generally, guys should circle anticlockwise and girls should circle clockwise.
To make this look like part of the dance, you must both ooze confidence -
Another option is to just sway or smooch on the spot for a few beats of music until you can pick up the beat again and carry on -
In one very extreme case a few years ago, the couple had chosen a Jive for their first dance. The bride caught her heel in her dress and tripped. The Groom kicked his leg over her, shouted out 'Hey, Rock 'n' Roll', then extended his hand to help his partner up and they carried on dancing. The guests thought it was all part of the routine, and said what a brilliant dance it had been. Now that's what you call really oozing confidence!