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It's best to prepare for your first dance with the same care you give to your invitations, gowns, catering, flowers and music.
Start planning as soon as you can prior to your wedding date so that you can choose your special song,
the type of dance you want to do, and take lessons before "wedding frenzy" sets in!
But...if you find yourself in a last minute crunch...we're at your service!
Private lessons are best as you will be able to dance exclusively with your fiancée and choose your own music.
(Group classes require that all students change partners, and music is at the disgretion of the instructor.)
Private lessons can be purchased singly, in discounted packages, or in combination with group classes.
Choose Your Music
Bring us as many choices as possible of the music you like and we'll help you determine if it's "dance-able".
We'll help you decide if a choreographed routine or random patterns fits you best.
FIRST DANCE SURVIVAL KIT
DANCE & MUSIC TIPS FOR BRIDE & GROOM
If you don't look good, we don't look good. We have every incentive to help you succeed!!
We love helping couples start off on the right (or left) foot! Our students look fabulous at their weddings!!!
1. Select a romantic song with a good easy to hear dance beat
2. Select a song that is less than 3 minutes long.
3. Start your dance lessons as soon as you can before your wedding !
This will give you enough time to plan, practice, and perfect you dance, and will reduce stress.
4. Practice is the only way to learn to lead and follow and look and feel good when you dance.
The more you do it the better it feels.
5. Find out how big your wedding reception dance floor is and try to practice using the same approximate space.
6. You should plan to practice at least twice a week, a half hour or more each time.
Practice is very important (especially for the groom) in order to really feel comfortable and be able to look and feel
relaxed on your wedding night.
7. Plan WHEN you will do your first dance (at the beginning of the reception or after dinner),
and how you will START and END your FIRST dance.
8. Plan what will happen when you end your dance.
Will you invite everyone onto the dance floor or just your parents and/or grandparents ?
9. Inform your Band or DJ when you plan to do your first dance, and be sure they will play the song
at the tempo (speed) at which you practiced your dance.
10. Tell your photographer and or Video people when you plan to do your first dance
and what special dance moves you'd like them to capture...especially the dip at the end of your dance.
11. Remember HE leads...SHE follows. (at least when your on the dance floor).
TIPS FOR THE GROOM -
MEN...you are going to discover, that once your get over the initial fear and trauma
of taking dance lessons, it can be a lot of fun!
The best part is you will learn to lead, take control)...and your girl will not only enjoy it,
she will actually let you lead !
1. Lead her firmly but gently. Your arms are her guide on the dance floor, keep them firm.
2. Look straight ahead (not at your feet), when dancing. Remember you are steering.
3. Have Fun !
TIPS FOR THE BRIDE -
1. Relax and let him lead !
2. You’ll probably had to twist his arm a little to get him to agree to take dance lessons so,
encourage him by telling him how well he is doing and how happy your are that he is doing this for you.
3. Check to see if you can comfortably raise your arms in your wedding dress.
4. Check the length of your wedding dress to be sure you can dance and move comfortably in it.
4. Ladies, if you are doing a planned dance routine don't get mentally locked into the routine.
The most important thing is to relax and follow whatever steps he leads you into.
5. Practice several times in your wedding reception dance shoes.
You can cover them with cotton socks or nylons to avoid getting them scoffed or damaged.
6. Never look down when you are dancing.
7. No matter what happens relax and keep dancing...and follow your partner !
Last but not least - Think Love, a kiss at the beginning and end of your First Dance is the perfect way to begin and end the dance !
This is one of the easiest of all the dances to learn because of it’s relaxed and natural walking action.
It’s also one of the most versatile, so whether it’s a big band playing a Fred and Ginger number,
Country and Western music or even a lazy afternoon with a Jazz band you will be able to enjoy the Foxtrot.
A traditional favourite with Bridal Couples the Waltz continues to be a must for all good dancers.
It's grace and poise captures the romance and elegance of good dancing.
Fortunately for us dancers good Waltz music continues to be written even today.
Referred to as “The Dancers Dance”.
Its dramatic style and distinctive movements make it fun to learn and very appealing.
The Tango is also excellent for developing good leading and following and is very sophisticated.
The sensual body rhythms and seductive movements of the Rumba give this dance a lot of appeal.
Easy to learn and fun to dance the Rumba can be done to almost any type of music and on even the smallest of dance floors.
This is one of the faster dances taught in our Ballroom & Latin syllabus.
Like the Rumba the Cha Cha is very sexy but in a cheeky way making this dance a lot of fun.
It’s also a great way to improve your fitness.
Dance Studios.Ca teaches two types of Swing in its Ballroom & Latin syllabus.
Beginners learn the “Single Swing” which is danced to the faster Rock n Roll music.
It’s easy to learn and very popular.
Once you’ve been dancing for a while you will also learn the “Triple Swing” which is danced to a slightly slower tempo and is very popular for dancing to the music of today.
The moves are stylish and the woman is always showcased as the centerpiece of the dance.
Girls love it for the attention they get, and guys love it because making their partner look good makes them look good too!