Break the dance floor ice with an instructor-led group dance #Reception Advice#dancing#steal-this-idea December 27 2012 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Photo by Joel Martin Sometimes the dance floor is hopping, and sometimes… well, it's not. If you want to make sure the dance floor gets going, you can hire a dance instructor to teach everyone a simple dance. You may even know someone in your circle who would be up for the job. Everyone who wants to join in can learn a new dance and get people feeling comfortable busting a move. Plus, anyone who doesn't want to dance (or can't) gets a great show. At Kristy and Kevin's wedding (above), they hired a dance instructor to show everyone a few moves. The consensus was that "everyone laughed a lot." Win. Photo by Joleen Willis Lara's mother is a belly dance teacher, so they did a Bollywood dance in place of a "couples dance" to get the dance floor going. See more from Lara and Matt's musical forest wedding. (And if you want to skip dancing completely, we've got you covered there, too: check out our no dancing alternatives!) Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Kelsey & Heather's lesbian family’s farm fresh wedding NEXT A morning ceremony at the DC War Memorial Show/Hide comments [ 4 ] We did this at our wedding! My husband and I swing dance, and we wanted to have lots of swing music at our reception. Rather than be the only ones up dancing, we decided to hire his former dance instructor as our DJ and have him teach a 30-minute crash course. Our guests are still talking about it! 2 agree Reply I've been going back and forth with this idea, but just keep wondering if it could be off-putting to our guests. We'd want to have a bachata/salsa crash course- especially since our first date was salsa dancing. Any ideas on how to incorporate this into the night? I'm wondering what the timing could look like? Great idea!!! Reply A few DJs I know will get out and lead the group dance with the mic. Much better results than the ones that just sit behind the table, and no extra charge for the service. Reply Another idea could be if you have a space for a projector or some form of large screen, make it a fun game by using videogames like "Just Dance" or "Dance Dance Revolution" and freeplay it! Everyone follows the moves and doesn't stress about getting it right! (Another bonus could be dance-offs for those who feel gutsy.) Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.