A: There are many reasons to consider taking dance lessons for your wedding. Here are just a few...
It's a great way to spend time together, and focus attention on one another, and your relationship. No work or school pressures, no wedding planning pressures (even though your wedding WILL benefit from them). Just the two of you spending time together.
It doesn't matter how simple or fancy you choose to be, or if you even consider dancing "your thing". Your first dance will absolutely create one of the top 4 strongest, lifelong memories of your special day. We call them "memory milestones". Our decades of experience and thousands of wedding couples taught (including couples who skipped the wedding lessons and wished they had taken them), has proven it, and WeddingWire backed us up in a recent article post.
...rather than trying to just get THROUGH the moment."
One of our recent grooms said this, and it couldn't be more true.
MOST couples we have polled over our 26 years as dancers, who just "hug and rock", never remember their dance, or their song in the years to come. Even just a few dance lessons let you form that special memory that should be there forever.
One married couple who didn't take lessons, supported this saying, "there is a hole in our hearts, where our first dance should be."
4. You have dressed up everything else about your day, why not your dancing to match?
5. Learning to dance is likely the smallest investment in time and money for your wedding day
6. When the day is done, you will still have each other, your rings, AND your dancing. All else is temporary!
7. Social Media means EVERYTHING you do on the floor, shows up on the web FOREVER!
8. NO ONE has EVER said to us, "We wish we had just hugged and rocked, and saved the money!"
1) Your song. The rhythm of your song determines the dance you must learn, and some dances are harder to learn “the basics” than others.
2) Your Budget
3) Your available time commitment
4) Your goals: “Crash Course"? 4-6 hours. "Better Prepared"? 8-10 hours. "You Think You Can Dance"? 20+ hours.
5) Whether you choose private or group classes, or both. Keep in mind when choosing one over the other... It takes 3-4 times as many group lessons as private lessons to accomplish the same goals.
A: In a Perfect World... Everyone would do what WE did for OUR wedding… Start a year out, and take weekly lessons right up to the big day.
Like most of our students, WE ALSO had 40+ hour work weeks, AND hours of other activities and commitments. We just made it work because it was important to us.
That said... Whatever commitment you can make, you should plan on 1 hour per week right up to your wedding day. (for example: 10 lessons should start 10 weeks out from your wedding.
...can’t we just take 1 or 2 hours?"
1) A single 1 hour lesson will get you started on the basic (foundation) step of a dance.
2) For reference, we add 1-2 moves per lesson hour, and fine tune your technique, styling, and interaction we go.
3) When couples choose this path, they often asked, "but can't we have an entrance, and moves, and a twirl and a dip"? Regrettably, no. That's a 4-6 hour minimum commitment to make it work.
Are you picking your song first, or your dance first?
Every song has a rhythm that dictates the dance you have to learn. So, if you pick a song you love, and the rhythm is a Tango, you must learn Tango. But, if you pick a dance you really want to learn, then we can always help you find a song you will love, to go with it.
than regular Private Lessons?
4) Wedding lessons include filming video clips for practice and progress purposes. (0rdinarilly, there is an additional charge for this.)
5) Wedding lessons may include an additional instructor for demonstration purposes, or to offer additional teaching assistance, as needed. (Ordinarily, there is a charge of up to one additional hour for this service)
6) Most studios charge 2 or more times their base price for wedding lessons. Our additional fees are nominal by comparison for what we add.