When to start depends on how elaborate a wedding dance you want. Some couples start 3-6-12 months in advance It can take most couples several months of dance lessons and somewhere in the range of 12 to 24 private dance lessons to learn a choreographed routine. On rare occasions, couples want to do a complicated mash-up and they are newcomers to dance, in which case, they may need to start at least 6 months ahead of time and may require 2 dance lessons a week to accomplish their goal. Other couples opt for a partially choreographed routine, which doesn’t require the commitment of time in that case anywhere between 6-12 private lessons will suffice Starting earlier relieves some of the stress of learning a new dance including the choreography, entrance, exit and timing. Plan to take your wedding dance lessons early enough to enjoy the time you spend together working on your special first dance at your wedding

Choose your studio wisely. Do not take your wedding lessons in someone’s house or garage but rather choose a professional dance studio that offers a quality facility like ours to take your lessons, otherwise check out their website for wedding lesson information. Go and meet or call and ask them about the lessons, the fees and if they offer any wedding packages. At DC Dance Club we always post our prices for wedding packages online. You should have a good feeling when you call or meet the instructor.

No, but it is a good idea to pick out a song in advance. Sometimes couples find a favorite romantic song they want to dance at their wedding. We definitely can assist wedding couples in choosing their wedding song from lists of songs we already have in our database of music. Also, there are websites with lists of songs that are commonly used for wedding first dances.

Generally, the wedding dance song should be between two to three minutes. If the song is longer it can be faded out. Some couples choose to let the song continue and invite their family and guests to join them on the floor.

Most wedding couples select a slower, romantic style of music for their wedding dance. We recommend the slower dances like Waltz, Nightclub Two Step, Rumba or Foxtrot. If a couple enjoys Latin dance music then these can include Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, or chose a combination of several songs and let us choreograph the dance for you.

The most important thing in the wedding dance lessons is that you enjoy the lessons together. Let the dance teacher do the teaching, don’t teach each other. Also, remember to encourage each other since learning to dance can be stressful. The wedding dance lessons can be the start to a lifelong activity that you can enjoy together. This is a good time to learn how to work together, be patient and compassionate with each other, so that every aspect of your wedding dance and future is filled with joy.

Normally, the mother-son routines are not very elaborate or spectacular routines since these should not outshine the bride and groom’s wedding first dance. On occasion, the father-daughter or mother-son choose to do a choreographed routine to a favorite song, in which case, the same things hold true as for the bride and groom’s dance routine. Often, the parent-child wedding dance is a simple slow dance, with a few turns including an entrance and exit.

We recommend they do most of the wedding lessons together but occasionally the bride or groom may want a few extra lessons on a particular movement they find challenging, for instance, they may want to do some extra work on the leading or following. Individual lessons might include some extra time spent on learning to turn, spin, lead/follow or spotting, which is a way to diminish getting dizzy while doing turns. Most wedding couples take all the wedding dance lessons together.

The wedding reception hall size, particularly the part that is used for the wedding dances, is important since it determines the type of dance genre that is possible for the wedding dances. For example, waltz and foxtrot are designed for larger rooms, whereas, rumba, nightclub two step and swing are designed for smaller rooms. It is a good idea to do the wedding dance lessons in a similar size space if it is available at the location that is chosen for the lessons.

Listening for and hearing the beats is something that is covered on the wedding dance lessons, so the bride and groom will be able to dance on time to the beats of the music. It is a good idea to choose a song that has strong beats that are easy to distinguish if one is a stranger to listening to the beats in music.

Often, the bride and/or groom may switch from the shoes they wore during the wedding ceremony to shoes that are better for dancing for the wedding first dance, father-daughter and mother-son wedding dances. For example, the bride might choose lower heels and both might prefer leather or dance suede soles to make turns and spinning easier. Ballroom, tango or swing dance shoes are a good choice since they are designed for dancing with either leather or dance suede soles and soft flexible uppers for comfort.
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