We’ve just decided to have a private wedding dance choreography and there’s not much time left. Is it possible to still learn something?
Absolutely! The basic steps in Ballroom Dancing are easy to learn and remember. Together we’ll decide upon a dance style. We will help you create a choreographed wedding dance that is both easy to learn and beautiful to watch. If you commit to practicing regularly, we are sure you will dance your wedding, first dance gracefully and confidently.
How many lessons will it take to learn a wedding dance?
This is highly variable. The number of lessons will depend on:
1) How much time you will have to practice on your own.
2) How complicated or intricate you envision your showcase dance to be.
3) How quickly you can feel comfortable with the dance steps.
Some wedding couples decide to have a few extra lessons just before their wedding day. Others are fine with weekly lessons and feel ready to go when the day arrives.
How often should we come to wedding dance classes?
The fewer breaks between dance lessons you have, the less the lesson will be dedicated to reviewing the material. The more the lesson can focus on creating new choreography and working on your technique and understanding.
On average, couples tend to take one lesson a week, depending on how much time they have before their wedding. This doesn’t leave a big enough gap to forget what was learned during the lesson and more than enough time to practice on their own.
Once every two weeks is more of a review of material to forget the material taught completely.
For wedding dance classes, anything less often than once every two weeks is a waste of your time and money because you will not be able to remember the choreography as well, and you may gain bad habits that are harder to fix once you become used to them.
As good as initial intentions are, and as much as couples say that they will practice at home, more often than not, this is not the case. Keep in mind that classes are also dedicated to practicing and having the added benefit of the instructor’s keen eye-catching and fixing any mistakes that are made.
We encourage our students to come half an hour before or stay half an hour after the lesson to practice while the information is still fresh. If you intend to do this, please confirm with your instructor first to ensure there is availability at the studio.
Do you provide choreography for mother/groom and father/bride dances?
Of course, we do!
Parent-child wedding day dancing is a traditional and heartfelt moment during a wedding reception where the bride and groom dance with their respective parents. Typically, the bride dances with her father, while the groom dances with his mother.
The dance usually takes place after the first dance between the newlyweds and is a way for the parents to share in the joy and celebration of their child’s marriage. It’s also a beautiful way to honour the parents and shows appreciation for their love and support over the years.
The song choice for the parent-child dance is often meaningful and sentimental, and maybe a particular song that holds significance for the family. The dance can be a slow, emotional dance or a more upbeat, joyful dance, depending on the family’s preferences.
This moment is often emotional for everyone involved and can bring tears of joy to the eyes of the guests. It’s a beautiful tradition often cherished by families and is a lovely way to celebrate the love between parents and their children on their special day.
The father-daughter dance is traditional during a wedding reception, usually after the first dance between the newlyweds. This dance provides a special moment for the bride and her father to share on her wedding day.
The father-daughter dance typically involves the bride and her father dancing to a song of their choice. The music can be a slow or fast-paced tune, depending on the preference of the father and daughter. Some popular song choices for the father-daughter dance include “My Girl” by The Temptations, “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle, and “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra.
During the dance, the father and daughter may keep it simple or add some choreography to make it more memorable. The dance usually lasts around 2-3 minutes, but this can vary depending on the song choice and the preference of the father and daughter.
The father-daughter dance is a touching and sentimental moment that allows the bride and her father to share a special memory on the wedding day. It is a lovely way to honour the bond between a father and his daughter and to celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in the bride’s life.
The mother-son dance is a traditional dance that occurs during a wedding reception, usually after the father-daughter dance. This dance allows the groom and his mother to share a special moment on the wedding day.
The mother-son dance typically involves the groom and his mother dancing to a song of their choice. The music can be a slow or fast-paced tune, depending on the preference of the mother and son. Some popular song choices for the mother-son dance include “A Song for Mama” by Boyz II Men, “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts, and “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.
During the dance, the groom and his mother may keep it simple or add some choreography to make it more memorable. The dance usually lasts 2-3 minutes, but this can vary depending on the mother and son’s song choice and preference.
Overall, the mother-son dance is a touching and sentimental moment that allows the groom and his mother to share a special memory on the wedding day. It is a lovely way to honour the bond between a mother and her son and to celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in the groom’s life.
I feel comfortable learning to dance, but my fiance/fiancee is less certain. Will we be able to learn something in spite of the differences in our confidence levels or abilities?
We make certain the lessons for your wedding first dance are enjoyable and without any unrealistic expectations. We are experienced in creating wedding dance choreography that is suitable for both you and your partner. You will take pride in the dance you learn and will want to show it off to your guests!
Do we need private wedding dance lesson for our first dance? Won’t group lessons do?
We strongly advise you to take a private wedding dance lesson while learning your first dance. With private instruction, we can create a dance that is specific to your needs and absolutely unique. When you have our undivided attention, we can nurture your talents and work on the areas that require a bit more attention.
When is the best time to prepare our wedding first dance?
To avoid feeling rushed before the big day, it’s best to plan your wedding dance lessons about three months in advance. Some couple like to start even earlier with our Bronze dance level program (please visit our Ballroom dance website http://www.dancingland.com/)
Are we responsible for selecting our own music?
Most couples have a song in mind that has special meaning for them. Others come to the studio with a type of Ballroom dance in mind and are open to exploring music appropriate for the style. Many couples come only with the desire to create something special. Together we select a song that is just right for the day. Some couples have already imagined their first dance together as a newly married couple. In contrast, other couples may be feeling uncertain about where to begin to create a lasting and memorable moment on the dance floor.
You can check out my Spotify Wedding First Dance list for other couple’s choices of music.
Wedding Songs Often Used for the First Dance
John Legend – All of me
Michael Buble – My everything
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
Aerosmith – I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.
Sam Cooke – Nothing Can Change This Love
Michael Bolton – Once in a lifetime
Edward Maya – Stereo Love
Elton John – Can You Feel The Love Tonight
Jason Mraz – I won’t give up.
Dave Matthews Band – You and Me
Nickelback – Far Away
Rascal Flatts – Bless The Broken Road
Jesse Cook – Fall at Your Feet
The Beautiful South – Dream a Little Dream
Scorpions – Still Loving You
Romeo Santos Feat Usher – Promise
Hey Pachuco – The Mask Soundtrack
Disney – Sleeping Beauty – Once Upon A Dream
Ronan Keating – When you say nothing at all
Coldplay – Swallowed In The Sea
Michael Buble – Fever
Michael Buble – Save the Last Dance for Me
Beyonce Knowles – Halo
Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely.
J. Somerville – Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You
Bryan Adams – Heaven
Jim Croce – Time in a Bottle
IZ – Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Rod Stewart – It had to be You
Nat King Cole – Unforgettable
Heatwave – Always and Forever
Moulin Rouge Soundtrack – Come What May
Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling in Love
Bryan Adams – Everything I Do…
Sarah McLachlan – Ice Cream
Frank Sinatra – The Best Is Yet To Come
Once Upon a December – Liz Callaway
If you need more ideas you can visit our Spotify Wedding Dance List
Wedding choreography songs
What dances are used for the wedding dance choreography:
The Tango is the most colourful ballroom dance out there. Its tempo and emotional range are the richest among all the dances.
The amazing thing about tango patterns is that they are adaptable to any size dance floor you may encounter, and they can be performed in almost any size wedding dress (of course, the less bulky the dress, the easier it always is to dance in).
There are different tango styles, but all convey an undercurrent of passion and desire. If you want to make a lasting impression on your guests, the seductive tango is a great choice for your wedding first dance.
The Waltz is the mother of all modern ballroom dances, and it is a classic choice for wedding dances that showcases grace and flair. It can cover quite a bit of floor space, so it is perfect for medium to large dance floors. Thanks to its slower speed and graceful twirls, it is also the perfect dance to show off your wedding gown. Waltz patterns are easy to learn and perform and are the safest choice if you have a big dress. Traditional, classy and memorable with its unmistakable 3 beat tempo, it is perfect for wedding dance choreography.
This is one of the most challenging and showy, exciting ballroom dances, yet it can safely adapt to your wedding dance.
This dance requires a larger dance floor (an average of 20 x 20 feet) because of its large strides. For this reason, it is best danced in larger gowns, whereas tighter dresses, like mermaids, will restrict movement and make it much harder to dance.
The swing is easy to learn and fun to dance. It lends itself to many music styles and is a perfect choice. If you want to create a fun, frolicking atmosphere of celebration at your wedding reception, Swing is the dance to do it.
If you are looking for a warm, Latin feel for your first dance, why not consider the Merengue? It requires the couple to dance closely together with seductive hip movements and creates a flirtatious mood of understated attraction in your wedding dance.
The delightful ‘cha-cha-cha’ rhythm is a playful expression of love. Although it possesses characteristic Latin passion, it’s just as suitable for creating a lively party atmosphere and feeling of joy for your wedding party.
The rumba is a classical, slow, enticing Latin dance. It is both easy to learn and allows for a wide variety of dance combinations. With its flexibility and seductive warmth, it’s a great choice for a wedding dance choreography to show off your special love for one another.
This trendy Cuban dance allows for a great deal of creativity. Lots of hip movements keep it sensual, but it is equally fun and spirited. Because of its popularity and inviting appeal, you will find your wedding party joining you on the dance floor!
From wedding dance Instructor
Throughout my more than twenty years of teaching private wedding dance lessons in Toronto, I have observed that couples who begin with ballroom dance lessons before their wedding program enjoy certain advantages. First, they understand basic timing and movement, enabling them to learn wedding dance choreography quickly. As a result, greater time will be invested in style and flair. Second, some couples have certain songs in mind for their first wedding dance meaningful and important to their relationship. They often like to use such songs to choreograph a dance to perform at their wedding. Other couples may be less certain about song choice and prefer some guidance in choosing the perfect song. We will discuss and tailor your wedding dance choreography to any ideas and thoughts you may have about your wedding dance throughout our lessons.
Dancers are experiencing health and exercise benefits of dance, such as weight loss and body conditioning, and relationship-building skills that result from learning to dance together. In addition, many couples continue taking Social Ballroom, Latin and Club Dance lessons after their wedding day, having discovered their joy of dance!
For some couples, deciding to create a spotlight wedding dance is a last-minute decision. This is possible too. Even in short amounts of time, simple steps can be learned and performed for the guests’ audience. In addition to couples learning to dance for their wedding, I have also had requests to teach friends and other various wedding parties.
If you are interested in learning other Ballroom dances, please visit our dancingland main website at http://www.dancingland.com
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