Benefits of Wedding Dance Lessons
Nothing makes lasting memories like your wedding day. The sights and sounds will live on in your mind and on video and in pictures. We at Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Huntington know how important your wedding day is and we want to help you make it even more special. Our customized wedding dance program gives you the confidence and skill to perform a variety of dances. When that magical moment arrives, be it here on Long Island, or in New York City or at a fabulous destination site, your friends and family will be mesmerized by your elegance, style, and grace.
In a short amount of time, our qualified instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Huntington can help you learn a few basic steps or, if you have more time, choreograph the whole dance for you. Whether you want just a few steps to get by or YouTube-worthy choreographed dances for the entire wedding party, we’re here for you with the dance lessons you want in Melville, Northport, Woodbury, Greenlawn, Cold Spring Harbor, Laurel Hollow, Plainview, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Deer Park and Commack with our top teachers and staff.
Wedding dance lessons are also a great way to have fun and relax before and after the Big Day. Enjoying time together while learning how to dance is a great hobby for any couple to share. Your first dance is an everlasting expression of love and commitment, so come to Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Huntington and leave everyone at your wedding with a dance to remember.
Here are a few tips as you begin your lessons and work toward the wedding of your dreams.
CUSTOM WEDDING MUSIC
That first dance between bride and groom at a wedding sets every heart aflutter, and it is important that the song be meaningful to the couple but also suitable for dancing. “New York, New York” gets everyone swaying, but we don’t recommend it for the first dance.
We will help you by either choosing a dance or finding a style that is most specific to the song you have in mind. If you have a Wedding Coordinator, we can help that person find your perfect song. While popular wedding songs often run five minutes in length, we recommend shorter versions of two to three minutes. If you are having a band, the band leader can shorten the piece; DJs usually have edited-down versions on hand.
After listening to the song for your special moment, your instructor will assist you with step-by-step preparation for your wedding day.
If you’ve chosen a custom mix through your band or DJ, we can work with that as well and help select the appropriate steps and sequencing for your big dance.
Somewhere between four and six months before your wedding, make your appointment with us at Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Huntington for that first lesson. We are your best choice for wedding dance lessons in Melville, Northport, Woodbury, Greenlawn, Cold Spring Harbor, Laurel Hollow, Plainview, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Deer Park and Commack.
Three months out, we’ll start firming up your choices of wedding dance and the music.
Two months before the wedding, we recommend a group class for Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dance, and a group class for the bridal party.
A month before the wedding, we’ll shift our focus to rehearsing that all-important first dance.
On your wedding day, stay cool and have fun while you impress your family and friends with your confidence and grace.
FIRST DANCE TIPS
Select a romantic song with a good, easy-to-hear dance beat.
Pick a song that keeps a consistent beat throughout.
Start your dance lessons at least four months before your wedding. This will allow you enough time to plan, practice, and perfect your dance. It will also allow for unforeseen missed lessons and practices, and thereby reduce stress.
Sometimes the bride or groom may be an experienced dancer and while the other is not. No worries. The most important thing during a wedding dance lesson is that you enjoy the lesson together. Let the dance teacher do the teaching – don’t teach each other. Remember to encourage each other since learning to dance during the weeks and months before a wedding can be just a little stressful. The wedding dance lessons can be the start to a lifelong enjoyable activity that you can partake of together. This is also a good time to learn how to enjoy each other, be patient and compassionate with each other so that every aspect of your wedding dance is romantic.
Make your first dance photographically interesting so that you will end your wedding day with video and still photos you will be proud to show to friends, family, and your children in years to come.
Ask your dance teacher for some stylish moves, dips, turns, and spins to get memorable and exciting photos and video with a real pop.
Have a good idea of the size and shape your wedding reception dancefloor will be so that you can practice and get used to dancing in the appropriate amount of space. Venues on Long Island and in New York City and surrounding areas vary widely and the number of people attending the wedding may dictate the size of the room and the dancefloor’s size and shape.
Plan how and where you are going to start (enter), and end your dance.
Advise your band leader or DJ how and when you plan to start and end your first dance. Please alert photographers and videographers as well.
Plan for what will happen when you end your dance. Will you invite everyone onto the dancefloor or just your parents and/or grandparents?
If you are taking dance lessons, you should plan to practice at least twice a week, a half hour or more in each session. Practice is very important (especially for the groom) between dance lessons in order to really feel comfortable and be able to look and feel relaxed on your wedding night. Put these sessions on your calendar or in your smart phone and leave extra time for transit due to New York commutes and traffic.
Practice occasionally without the music, especially in the beginning stages. It will help you concentrate on perfecting your steps, and on leading or following. Keeping time to the beat of the music is very important. Feel the beat!
Remember HE leads…SHE follows. (At least when you’re on the dancefloor). He keeps time and dances to the music, while she keeps in time with him.
WEDDING TIPS FOR THE GROOM
Men, you are going to discover that once you get over the initial fear of taking dance lessons, it can be a lot of fun! The best part is you will learn to lead and your bride-to-be will not only enjoy it, she will actually let you lead! Remember if you don’t lead, she will! And if you don’t lead, she can’t follow. Bear in mind that you are the captain of the ship while you are on the dance floor.
Lead her firmly but gently (if she’s a native New Yorker, we emphasize firmly. Just kidding, ladies).
Your arms are her guide on the dancefloor, so keep them firm as 80% of lead comes from your right hand.
Look straight ahead (not at your feet), when dancing. Remember, you are steering. Believe it or not, your feet will work without you monitoring them. Make sure those shoes are shined before the wedding!
Listen and keep time to the music. Try to pick a song that has an easy beat to pick up. Listen to the song on your own. If you are doing a dance routine, try to visualize what step you are dancing at each part of the song.
If you have trouble hearing the beat of the music, ask your dance teacher to help you.
Try to practice at least twice a week with your partner. The more you practice the more comfortable you will look and feel at your wedding celebration. Set the time aside, don’t be rushed and (again), remember the periodic disturbances of commuting in and around the Long Island/New York City area.
Don’t dance on your toes, unless you are doing swing or Latin dances. Take each forward step like a comfortable walking step, with your heel hitting the floor first.
Always try to move counter-clockwise around the dancefloor.
Become comfortable dancing the steps first, then smoothly combining all the steps and keeping time to the music. Your confidence and lead will improve the most after you are comfortable with the steps.
Dancing, like marriage, is a team effort. The cooperation and teamwork you develop on the dancefloor while learning and practicing will serve as a foundation for cooperation and teamwork off the dance floor.
Last tip: Please, please, please … have fun as you start your marriage off with romance and style on the dancefloor.
Our studio is located near Melville, Northport, Woodbury, Greenlawn, Cold Spring Harbor, Laurel Hollow, Plainview, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Deer Park, and Commack. We are happy to dance with anyone traveling abroad. We are very excited to see you for your first dance lesson and make this experience a unique one.