Your dancing instructor will teach you what to do and how to do it with an emphasis on how to make it look good but if you don’t get some practice time in between your sessions you’ll find you’ll have to practice in your lessons rather than realising your full potential in the time you have available.
Of course, if you don’t want to spend time practicing between lessons for whatever reason and the lessons themselves are your delegated time for dancing practice, then this is not an issue as it is intentional on your part and we will happily accommodate you.
However most couples prefer to get the most from their dance tuition and use their lesson time for maximum benefit from their instructor’s expertise rather than use them for supervised practice.
Repetition and practice is the key to being able to dance fluidly and in unity as a couple, to overcoming lack of coordination, to moving confidently and to making dancing look relaxed and easy. All of these things add up to looking natural and graceful and looking like a couple for your first dance as husband and wife. They are more important than learning complex steps and flash moves because a few simple steps performed nicely is far more attractive than a fancy routine danced awkwardly.
Getting in some regular practice does not need to take a lot of time, given that your song is just a few minutes long, a ten minute practice once a day would add up to repeating your dance about twenty times in a week and if that was all the practice time that you invested it would make a very noticeable difference to the quality of your dancing.
Frequent short practice sessions give faster and better results than arduous long practice sessions and the above example of ten minutes a day done daily would give better results than one hour practice sessions once or twice a week.
Practicing alone (without your partner) also has great benefit as you can concentrate entirely on the footwork and timing and build individual skill and confidence which makes partnering easier and allows you to focus more on leading and following skills.
If you don’t practice between lessons or don’t practice enough to gain an easy familiarity with the dance steps and moves you’ve learnt then you do run the risk of having to concentrate to perform your First Dance and looking serious and tense as a result which rather defeats the purpose of having dancing lessons.
The components involved to give the natural look are simple techniques but having learnt them does not mean you can consistently do them, it takes practice to achieve the natural look.