The First Dance
The “first dance” of a married couple is a popular element at wedding receptions or post-wedding celebrations, in modern European and American traditions. Exactly like an old-fashioned ball, the idea is that the married couple, as the guests of honour at a dance, open the dancing. In the past, the dance was usually a waltz, as ballroom dancing was a widespread skill. However in the current times, ballroom dance is not a skill that is common within society. Therefore, modern couples either ‘slow dance’ or learn a dance, whether it be a ballroom dance style or a choreographed dance routine. The past decade has seen a rise in popularity of engaged couples actively seeking dance tuition for the wedding. So teaching and rehearsing is now a service offered by dance studios.