How to Do the Train Dance for a Group at a Reception


The train dance originated with the popular and long-lasting "Soul Train" show and since has become a staple at weddings. The dance, which is often performed to a wide variety of upbeat and festive music, allows couples or individuals to have a few moments to shine and stand out on the dance floor. The dance is popular at weddings since it encourages dancers of all ages and styles to show off their particular moves in celebration.

Things You'll Need

  • Dance floor
  • Music
  • Play an upbeat song to get as many guests out on the dance floor as possible.

  • Ask two prominent attendants, such as the bride and groom, or the maid of honor and the best man, to start the dance, as this will encourage other people to join in. The couple can do anything from hip-hop dance moves to swing dancing, whatever suits them best.

  • Form a line, either one at a time, with couples, or a mix of both.

  • Dance one at a time, or in pairs across the dance floor, so that everyone has a few seconds of song to "bust a move," and be the center of attention on the dance floor. Some individuals may perform elaborate break dancing moves, such as "the worm," while others may simply move to the beat of the music, depending on their skill level.

  • Start a new individual or couple after each person or couple has a few seconds to dance solo across the dance floor. This keeps the dance moving and flowing.

  • Go to the back of the line for another turn, if desired, after each dancer has crossed the dance floor.

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