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Groom's Dare: Dance Lesson

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Each month, we challenge Myles McDonnell, BRIDES' copy chief—and sole male editor—to complete a new wedding task.

The Mission: To attend a first-dance lesson...and actually take away something practical from the experience.

The Process: As my wife would attest, dancing is not my strong suit. (The chasm between our abilities has left our rare joint efforts fraught with tension. And not the good kind.) Luckily, Melanie LaPatin of Dance Times Square is an expert at getting nervous fellas to relax. Within minutes, she had taught me the basic steps to a foxtrot; she then added some turns and an invitation-to-dance routine. I wasn't perfect by any means, but I was getting it, even starting to feel pangs of confidence. Then Melanie threw dips into the mix, which suddenly made the limitations of just one lesson quite clear. Even so, she was very complimentary about my learning curve, and I finished the hour feeling I could fake a foxtrot with my wife that evening at home.

The Results: I would certainly have been the first voted off So You Think You Can Dance, but Whitney and I managed to complete the routine I'd learned—invitation, turns, dips, and all—without disaster. (She only giggled once. Okay, twice.) It's a low bar, but I'm going to call that success.

—Myles McDonnell, BRIDES magazine

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