You are probably familiar with the wedding dance, or the first dance. The tradition of the bride and groom’s first dance on their wedding day is classic. The internet is full of wedding dance videos in which couples try their best to be fun and original. Some are perfectly happy to go with the old classics, like a wedding waltz. So, why do we have this seemingly widespread tradition?
The history of the first wedding dance extends so very far and is so widespread that it is difficult to know precisely when it began. Historically, in many cultures, the first to dance at an occasion were special individuals, such as the King and Queen. If royalty did not dance first, then others had to wait for royal permission to do so. Over the years, traditions evolved, but special, celebrated people continued to be the first to dance.
In some cultures, the first dance is very specific. It may be a traditional tribal dance, something people of the culture have been dancing for ages, or it may be associated with the dominating religion. This is not too detached from what many couples do now. Today, many newlyweds select a dance and accompanying music that representative of them as a couple.
With a vast amount of dances from which to choose, and the option of going to a teacher who can choreograph something special, the first dance at a wedding is just as important as it ever was. It continues to be symbolic of the couple’s importance in general, but now, in many cultures, it is more individualized. Rather than represent the overall culture, it usually represents the couple.
If you’re getting ready to celebrate one of the happiest days of your life, consider coming to Dance Passion Studio for dances lessons. We can help you have the most wonderful first dance at your wedding.