your first dance
It doesn't matter if you've never set foot on a dance floor in your life! Whether you want to just learn some basics or wow your guests with a fully choreographed dance, we collaborate together to turn you into the dancers you want to be.
Where? Movement Arts Community Studio (525 E Fountain Blvd). or, we'll come to you!
When? Lessons are by appointment for your convenience: weekend, evening, and day time availability, Monday-Sunday.
Additional wedding dance services
- First dance song cutting
- Father/Daughter & Mother/Son dance instruction
- Consultation and dance song advising (first dance, parent dances, etc.)
- First Dance Choreography
- Venue Rehearsal (take a private lesson at your venue)
- "Skype" Lesson or Venue Walkthrough (for destination weddings)
- Professional videography of your first dance (in studio or at the wedding)
- Bachelorette Dance Parties
Get the conversation started Or schedule a free consultation to give dancing a try:
First Dance Options & Ideas
If you're unsure what you want your first dance to be like, not to fear! We will help you create a plan that fits your timeframe, budget, and goals. Here are just a few options to help you think about your first dance.
Just the Basics
Your main question about dancing might be: "where do I put my hands?" or "how do I not fall down?" If you're hoping to just take the "awkward high school sway" to the next level, we've got your back!
You want to have a blast dancing at your wedding and you want to WOW the heck out of your friends and family. If you imagine fun spins, romantic dips, and a clear cut plan for your first dance, we'll craft a show-stopping routine that suits your personalities.
Something in Between
You want more than a next-level sway, but less than a fully choreographed dance. You are not alone. In fact, the majority of our couples want something in between. If you want to have a fun first dance, but not go over the top, we'll teach you the basics of moving together + some flair here and there.
Other Dance Lesson Services
Father Daughter / Mother Son Dance Lessons
A great way to spend time together and involve your parents in the wedding planning process.
- Private lessons (same rates as above)
- Private group lessons: a great option for the couple + both parents: $80 for 4 people, $100 for 6 people.
Plan your own dance party
Plan a group dance class for your bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, engagement party, bridesmaids & groomsmen, or even your wedding reception!
- $200 for up to 10 people
- 45 minute group class
Date Night Dance LessonS
Sometimes you need a reason to hold your loved one close and just dance without any specific goal in mind. Enjoy a fun date night lesson aside from your first dance prep to just relax and enjoy each other's company.
Wedding Dance Lesson FAQs
+ How many wedding dance lessons do we need?
Every couple is unique. You will have your own unique song choice, goals, prior experience, time frame, and learning style, which will all dictate the ultimate number of lessons you take. Instead of deciding on a set number of lessons, set goals of what you hope to accomplish or a realistic plan for how often you can take lessons leading up to the wedding based on your schedule and finances. It's best to continue with lessons until you feel comfortable and confident with what you've learned. Once we meet with you and find out what you're hoping to accomplish, we can create a plan together. Schedule a FREE 45-minute consultation to get started.
Put simply: Get started as soon as you can to allow more time to get comfortable with what you've learned. Your goals, schedules, and finances will determine the final number of lessons.
+ HOW OFTEN SHOULD WE TAKE WEDDING DANCE LESSONS?
While the majority of planning involves hiring professionals to ensure awesomeness on your wedding day, when it comes to your first dance, the final product is up to you to execute with grace! We understand this might be the busiest time of your life: working, wedding planning, and still trying to maintain fun and romance in your relationship, so your schedules might dictate frequency of lessons. If that's the case, we will find realistic goals to fit that schedule.
Put simply: The BEST thing you can do for your first dance is to take lessons as frequently as possible (ideally 1-2x per week). Plus, dance lessons are a mini-date with your fiancé and provide a great opportunity for quality time together.
+ WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TO GET FROM OUR WEDDING DANCE LESSONS?
For someone who has never danced before, it's hard to imagine what learning to dance will be like, especially with the added pressure of performing in front of friends and family! To give you some point of reference, learning to dance is a lot like learning a musical instrument, a sport, or any other new skill. It's exciting, it's challenging, and it's rewarding. By taking dance lessons with us, you can expect to learn:
- The dance steps or choreography that fits your song choice and style
- How to move confidently with your partner beyond just the first dance
- How to connect with your partner through movement
- What we call "exit strategies" i.e. how to keep going if and when you have a misstep
- A dance that is uniquely yours (we never set the exact same choreography on two couples)
Put simply: You'll learn steps that work with your song, your event, your wardrobe, your abilities, and your vision. Plus, you'll be able to execute them confidently.
+ HOW DO WE CHOOSE A SONG FOR OUR FIRST DANCE?
Choosing the ideal first dance song is tough, but that's why we're here to help! Often couples will come to us with 3-5 songs they really like, and we'll narrow it down by discussing each song's sentiment, lyrics and what types of moves fit that song. Sometimes couples come to us without any songs in mind. If that's the case for you, we'll help you find "the one" by exploring what type of music inspires you to dance, and what song will best fit your event.
+ WHAT STYLE OF DANCE WILL WE LEARN FOR OUR FIRST DANCE?
A first dance is often comprised of multiple dance styles that we play with and adapt to suit your song and how you move. That way, the dance is fun and interesting for both you and the guests. Some styles we borrow from are: Foxtrot, Swing, Waltz, Tango, Salsa, Rumba, Bachata, and Hustle. If there is a specific dance style you're hoping to work on, let us know! That list is not exhaustive of all the styles we can teach. Keep in mind, when you see a couple who look really great moving together, it's because they are connecting well. It's not necessarily all about fancy moves or a specific dance style. Throughout your lessons, we'll work on your connection so that even the simplest of steps are full of feeling.
+ IF WE TAKE LESSONS, DOES THAT MEAN WE'LL HAVE A "CHOREOGRAPHED" FIRST DANCE?
If you want a fully choreographed dance packed full of twirls, lifts and dips, we can do that! However, taking dance lessons to prep for your first dance doesn't automatically mean you have to choreograph the whole thing from start to finish, if you don't want to. Some couples find comfort in having a set plan, while others just want to wing it! Typically, we find a compromise between full choreography & full improvisation: we teach you some moves that fit really well with your song that you can lead and follow through improvisation, but we have a clear beginning and ending + a basic outline. It's always good to have a plan, but you'll also learn how to "go with it" if you deviate from that plan.
Put simply: We can create a choreographed dance, or not! It's up to you. And, if you're not sure which direction you want to go, we'll help you figure it out.
+ WE ARE HORRIBLE DANCERS. IS IT WORTH IT TO TAKE LESSONS FOR OUR WEDDING?
YES, YES, and YES! If you're a "horrible dancer" to begin with, the only place to go from here is up! It might take more time and patience, but anyone can learn. Not to mention, dancing at your wedding is very different from almost every other dancing experience you'll have. Your friends and family who are watching you dance at your wedding love you and they want to see you succeed. They'll be cheering you on and just be proud that you're out there looking confident on the dance floor (maybe even for the first time)!
+ WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR TO DANCE LESSONS?
You can wear anything that you're comfortable moving in: jeans & t-shirt, work out clothes, a suit, a dress, or just whatever you wore to work today. If you have the shoes you plan on wearing on the big day, bring them in so we can start practicing in them ASAP (the shoes make a big difference). If you're worried about scuffing them up, bring something similar, or brides- we can create "sock booties" to cover up your shoes. If you're wondering what shoes are optimal for dancing, women should wear a low heel (no higher than 3") with a smooth bottom, and men should wear leather-soled shoes. As we get closer to your wedding day, we'll start to try to mimic your wedding-day-wardrobe too (brides, we promise we'll still keep the dress a secret).
+ DO YOU OFFER WEDDING DANCE GROUP CLASSES?
We do not offer a wedding dance group class because we believe it's optimal to learn in a private lesson setting when preparing for your first dance. However, we do offer private group lessons if you'd like to get some friends and family together to learn some basics for the reception! Contact us for specific rates.
+ SHOULD WE TAKE LESSONS WITH OUR PARENTS IN PREPARATION FOR THE WEDDING, TOO?
We do recommend taking at least 1-3 lessons with your parents to prepare for the wedding if possible. We offer private lessons for parent dances, where for example, just the bride and her father come in for the full hour to work on their dance. Alternatively, we offer private group lessons, where for example, the bride, groom, and all parents come in for a group class. In this case, everyone learns some basic steps to do to each song choice. The small group lesson can be a ton of fun and a great way to get to know the future in-laws better! Not to mention, all lessons are BYOB, so feel free to make a party of it!