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It wasn’t so long ago that a couple’s First Dance as husband and wife, though special in that moment, became a fleeting memory after that. Now, a couple’s first dance at their wedding is almost always recorded, shared through social media and available down through the years for everyone to see.
Today, many soon-to-be-married couples want to give a comfortable, graceful or polished looking performance for their first dance – it’s a one-time performance of a lifetime. They are increasingly choosing to take dance lessons to help prepare.
Customize your dance – anything from a simple, natural looking waltz to a show-stopping ‘musical number’ performance.
This is an example of a lovely simple dance performed by Bogdan and Denisa at their wedding.
Here is more of an elaborate vision for a wedding performance, a real show dance that showcases their personalities, that we had so much fun helping Graham and Amy prepare for.
Zoran and Sophia wanted something a bit different for their First Dance and opted for a fun Salsa. They did a great job with it:
Wedding Dance Tips from the Experts
Most importantly – Don’t wait until the last minute. Even a simple version of a ‘First Dance’ takes time to become comfortable. Remember, also, that your schedule will get very hectic as your wedding day approaches. Professional dance instructors recommend starting four to six months ahead to allow more time for practice, especially if you are a newcomer to dancing.
If you plan to dance to a special song at your wedding reception bring a a link to stream your music on your phone, or a recording (.mp3, .wav, etc), with you to your first dance lesson. That way, you can work on your first dance directly with your instructor right away. We can also ultimately edit the music you intend to use for your performance day – even splicing multiple songs together to achieve just the effect you want – so bring in your fun ideas.
Besides Waltz, Slow Dance and other traditional dances, Tango, Bachata, Salsa, Swing and even Hustle are all popular at weddings today for a first dance. Just let your personality together show!
Many couples find that the dance lessons can actually be a stress reliever – most find learning to dance together much more fun than they ever imagined. As you go through the stress of your wedding preparations the dancing lessons are going to be a welcome respite. Dancing is good exercise and the lessons pull you out of the frantic busyness of the day. You get to spend an hour or so with your intended, having fun and building this new project together.
Arthur Murray Studios have helped literally thousands of wedding couples prepare successful First Dance performances. We can help get you started and plan a program that will prepare you for your wedding dance, no matter what dance style you choose.
Dance lessons can also be a great idea for your wedding party or for parents who want to be comfortable dancing at the wedding of their son or daughter. What father doesn’t want to be able to lead his “little girl” in a dance at her wedding, comfortably and confidently?
Lesson packages make thoughtful wedding or shower gifts, click to go to our Dance Gift Cards page for more information.
Call us now to schedule an appointment to start your wedding dance preparations with one of our expert instructors at 604-544-5008 or e-mail us on the Arthur Murray Coquitlam Contact Page.
Some Wedding 'First Dance' Song Ideas...
- Have You Really Ever Loved a Woman – Bryan Adams
- Here and Now – Luther Vandross
- How Sweet it is to be Loved by you – James Taylor
- I Just Called to Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder
- I Get a Kick Out of You – Frank Sinatra
- I Swear – All-4-One
- My Girl – The Temptations
- In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel
- It Had to be You – Elly Fitzgerald
- I’ve Got You Under My Skin – [various]
- Night & Day – Ella Fitzgerald
- Lucky – Jason Mraz
- All of Me – [various]
- L-O-V-E (Nat King Cole)
- You Light up my Life – [various]
- Almost Paradise – Mike Reno and Ann Wilson
- Can You Feel the Love Tonight – Elton John
- Could I have this Dance – Anne Murray
- Crazy for You – Madonna
- Don’t Know Much – Arron Neville and Linda Ronstadt
- Endless Love – Lionel Richie duet
- Fields of Gold – Sting
- Fly Me to the Moon – [various]
- Fascination – Nat King Cole
- Forever and Ever, Amen – Randy Travis
- Groovy Kind of Love – Phil Collins
- Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
- Thousand Years – Christina Perri
- Perfect – Ed Sheeran
- I Choose You – Sara Bareilles (female or male version)