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nervous about your first dance? Avoid the stress with a few lessons. We promise itoll be worth it!

By Katie Kortebein

The first dance is one of the most common traditions at a wedding. If youore planning on doing one, but nervous about the actual act, donot worryjthere are lessons for that. Read on for our reasons why signing up for dance lessons is in your best interest.

1. You wonot be just awkwardly swaying back and forth.

All eyes are you in this moment. Do you really want to be stuck doing the same moves as when you were dancing with your crush in eighth grade? Maybe you do, but we doubt it. That makes this the perfect time to add a new move (or two) to your repertoire. You donot have to learn lifts or even a full-on choreographed number, just pick up. some basic ballroom skills to help you look like you know what youore doing.

2. Itos a good excuse for date night.

Maybe amid all the planning, work and your regular activities, pdate nightq has turned into  meeting on the couch with some wine, and your seating chart laid out in front of you. Dance lessonsjalthough technically a part of wedding planningjare fun and a way for you and your partner to do something new and get outside your comfort zones.

3. Youoll connect with your partner in different way.

Going off that, one of the best ways to really feel in-sync with someone is while learning something new together. Remind yourselves why youore making this commitment and fall in love all over again every week while learning how to rumba.

4. Itos a new form of exercise.

If youore trying to tone up for your wedding, no one said you had to do it exclusively at the gym. Think of this as adding a fun, new workout to your routine. Youoll barely even notice youore exercising, until the next day when you have to take the elevator up one floor because stairs are scary.

5. Dancing can relieve stress.

Trust us, we get itjwedding planning can get stressful. Even if you thought you were prepared, all of a sudden, another five to-dos youove never even thought of will suddenly pop up. Take a break and just have a night out with your partner. plus, exercise releases endorphins, which relieve stress.

6. You can show off in front of your guests.

Yep, weore encouraging it. Maybe youove always been the one in your friend group doing the awkward disco moves pas a jokeq because you didnot know how to actually take on the dance floor. Well, nowos your time to shine. Whether you choose to do a whole choreographed routine or a simple waltz, everyone will be in awe of your newfound, killer moves. now, go shake what your mama gave you!