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 (it could be 4, 6, 10, or more private lessons, depending upon the song, and how well prepared you want to be.)
2) Budget (we always want to be considerate of this)
3) Available time commitment
4) Your goals for your dancing ("Simple but elegant"? "Better prepared/A little more drama"? "Dancing with the Stars"? Somewhere in between?
5) Whether you choose private or group classes, or both. It takes 3-4 times as many group as private lessons.
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?
1) Only our hourly PAYGO rate, and 4 to 6 lesson packages are slightly more expensive. Our 10 lesson and up packages are actually the same or less expensive than our standard lesson prices.
2) Standard lessons have no performance deadline, and no assumed risk. Wedding lessons do.
3) Wedding lessons require greater flexibility from us, including last minute changes and cancellations.
4) Most studios charge 2+ times their base price for wedding lessons. Our increase is VERY modest.