Prom Guide > Tips for Dancing at the Prom
Whether you're a seasoned veteran on the dance floor or have never stepped foot there, one thing to keep in mind when it comes to dancing at the prom is: Have Fun! The prom is a time to let loose and party with all your friends, and dancing is a great way to do this.
So what do you need to know before you cut the rug with your class? First off, you'll need to make sure that you have comfortable shoes. With any luck you'll be out there for more than one dance, so having a cozy pair of shoes that won't cause blisters or aches is of the utmost importance.
If you are going to the prom with a date, you are probably expected to at least dance a handful of songs with that person, including the infamous Prom Song that your class chooses. This is where those dance lessons in gym come in handy. Knowing the simple 1-2-3 steps of a waltz will get you through any slow dances that the night throws your way.
If you aren't seasoned in slow dancing, practice ahead of time with a parent or trusted friend. This will give you a taste of what to expect, along with figuring out where to place your hands and how to lead or follow.
What really gets the party started are the fast paced songs that everyone knows the words to (think Justin Timberlake). These songs tend to get people dancing in groups, which is one of the most memorable parts of the whole evening. Sure, there may be a few people who have choreographed a dance to a popular song or two, but for the most part everyone will be going with the flow of the music.
Whether it's people in a circle, in opposite lines or just hopping up and down, these songs give you the opportunity to let loose and celebrate with the rest of your class. One important tip for dancing to the faster music - don't look down at your shoes. Practice in front of a mirror ahead of time and keep your head up. It's better to look at your friends with a smiling face than down at your arms and legs. You'll have more fun and much better memories.
And then there are the songs that actually have a dance to them (think Macarena). If you know the steps, this is an opportunity to lead the way and help some of your friends on the dance floor. If you don't know the moves, take this opportunity to meet some new classmates and ask them to teach you.
In the end, everyone will be dancing the same, so don't be fearful of looking out of place. If you want to see what the latest dance crazes are, head over to YouTube. There are videos and demos of every style of group and couple dance so you can learn a move or two.
Always remember - Have Fun! Nobody expects you to be Usher or Beyonce, and most, if not all, of your classmates will not be them either. If you're on the dance floor and moving to the beat - that's dancing. There's nothing more than that.
Now that you have your moves down for the dance floor, check out some additional Prom Tips from Saratoga.com.
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