The wedding dance can be a very special time for a couple properly prepared or it can be nerve wracking for the couple that simply sways back and forth for the three long minutes of their song. With YouTube populated with couples doing intricate routines to song mash-ups, thinking about the first dance can get pretty mind blowing.
Most couples tell us they don't want to do a performance meant to entertain the crowd. They just want to feel comfortable and confident dancing with their spouse for the first time, be able to smile and laugh with each other, and make a memory they can treasure.
We suggest learning how to dance for more than just the 3-minute wedding dance song; learn for all the events you will be going to throughout your years together.
Take the time to learn now and the rewards will last decades.
The fun couples in these videos both started their lessons with the Intro to Social Dance class followed by
some private lessons.
captivate everyone there.
When given enough time before the wedding, we encourage couples to take the Intro to Social Dance class
as their first step in learning. After that, couples may take private lessons to work on their particular song
and may take some group classes to cement what they have been practicing.
We can make the wedding dance as simple or as complex as a couple is looking for. Our main goal is to have
them enjoy the time spent together in learning something both will enjoy for years to come.
What makes this special is they will use what they learned in the group classes and
private lessons for every social affair they attend for years after their wedding day.
Why should couples take lessons before their wedding?
Learning to dance is less about memorizing steps and more about having the confidence to move to the music and enjoying the special moment of dancing with your spouse for the first time. When couples make the effort to learn something together, the gift of time invested in each other goes a long way in bringing the couples even closer.
But I have two left feet, how hard is it to learn?
Cats and dogs have two left feet, people don't. Learning any new skill is intimidating at first. There are a few simple core movements that, when mastered allow anyone to move across the floor with poise and self-assurance.
When Should I Start My Lessons?
Most couples prefer to start their lessons three to six months before the wedding. This gives them enough time to get comfortable with what they are learning. We’ve been able to work with couples who call us with only weeks to go but it is not recommended to wait that long.
Are Dance Lessons Expensive?
Of all the things a couple will spend money on for their wedding, dance lessons will be one of the least expensive with the added value of being able to dance with your spouse years after the days’ festivities are over. An average couple will spend less on dance lessons than they would on a getaway weekend or a mid range cell phone or TV.
What Kind Of Lessons Should We Take?
Couples take private lessons to work on their particular song they will be dancing to. Most couples also attend group classes which are designed to help the man become a better leader and the women to learn how to follow more easily.
What is the most effective way to start, with private lessons or group classes?
We have found that the couples who start off taking a class called Intro to Social Dance and following it with up private lessons have the best overall results. Not only do they learn the fundamentals of leading and following but they are prepared to dance a variety of dances on their wedding day.
How Many Lessons Do We Need?
Each couple has different abilities and goals for their dance. Most couples find that having at least six lessons gives them a good head start. Choreographing a full routine will take much longer than a couple who simply want to gain some confidence before they have to dance in front of their family and friends.
Do We Need to learn a choreographed routine?
Most couples don't want to perform a routine (especially the grooms). They just don't want to sway back and forth like we all did at 7th grade dances. We can certainly do that if the couple gives us enough time. Our goal is to teach couples how to dance for all types of music. When your wedding song is playing, you are simply enjoying that special moment with and for each other.
Our Clients Say It Best
"My husband and I both have two left feet, and knew we needed lessons for our first dance at our wedding. We decided to take lessons at Take The Lead and could not be happier with our experience. They have a huge dance studio, convenient location, and late hours so we could go after work. We were very nervous about our first dance, but after our lessons we had much more confidence and our dance ended up being one of our favorite memories from our wedding. The instructors are very experienced and will make you feel very comfortable, no matter what your skill level is."
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