Do I Need Dance Lessons For My Wedding?

Answer these six questions and discover if dance lessons are for YOU!

Do you feel comfortable dancing in front of others?

On your wedding day all eyes will be on you, including during your first dance. If everyone watching you dance makes you nervous, taking lessons can really ease the anxiety of it all! You will learn steps, how to lead & follow, all to the beat of the music. Lessons prepare you so that you feel confident and relaxed!

Have you thought about what you want your first dance to look like?

If you have put thought into what your dance will look like chances are you should take dance lessons. Whether you are motivated by fear or joy dance lessons can help you achieve what you have been dreaming of. Don't want to stand there and sway for two minutes? Take lessons. Don't want to embarrass yourself? Take lessons. Have dreams of becoming a youtube sensation. Take lessons. Don't care at all? Don't take lessons!

Do you and your fiance dance together often?

So you like to boogie out on the dance floor on your own, does that mean that you can slow dance together easily......? unfortunately not. Partnered dancing takes real skill/practice and if you aren't used to dancing close to your partner then dance lessons can really help! Building a connection with your partner is essential when it comes to feeling comfortable for a first dance!

Are you the type that likes to improvise or have a plan?

If you are the type of person who likes to be spontaneous then dance lessons may not be as useful! Dance lessons are better suited for those looking to learn how to navigate a dance floor. During the lessons you will learn new steps, how to lead & follow, all in time to the music! Doing so will give you fabulous results, but it's better suited for those who like to have a little structure!

Do you like the idea of learning something new together?

Most couples who take dance lessons for their wedding have little to no prior dance experience, making it a new experience for both of you! Dance lessons become a great way for couples to unwind, learn a new skill, and enjoy a shared hobby. It can become both a stress reliever and date night :)

What stage of wedding planning are you in?

In order to feel comfortable and confident you need to give yourself time. If you are a week away from your wedding, I wouldn't recommend dance lessons. When you are crunched on time the lessons become stressful, and don't typically yield good results. Consider taking dance lessons at least two months before the big day so that you feel confident, prepared, and excited!

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We are thrilled to feature a guest blog from one of our favorite friends at DB Studios. In case you didn't know, DB stands for Dancing Buns, which is exactly what owner Kendall Sealey encourages all of her students to have.  Enjoy these tips for your first dance (or any dance) and be sure to read to the end for something just for you!

Nicole Chan Photography

#1 Bustle Your Dress

he follower will walk backwards, and a long train can be cumbersome or cause you to trip.

#2 Wear The Right Shoes

onsider purchasing a dance heel for your first dance and reception. The sole of dance shoes is padded and made of suede which is incredibly comfortable. A dance heel is a beautiful and comfortable option that will keep you dancing until the wee hours of the night (or morning)!

#3 Keep Your Feet on the Ground

eaders should always keep their feet on the ground... literally! It's important to slide your feet on the floor during your first dance. This ensures that your feet will glide beneath your partner's dress, avoiding any mishaps or trips!

#4 Plan for Photos

Make sure to talk with your photographer about what shots you want to get of your first dance. There are important moments like twirls, dips, and tricks that you will want to be sure they capture!

#5 Capture Those Moves

If you don't have a wedding videographer, make sure that you ask a few different friends to video your dance. It's a moment you will want to remember forever so getting it on video is important. Ask a couple of friends to video... someone is bound to forget :)

#6 *Bonus* Take a Free Lesson!

For a limited time, friends and clients of Without A Hitch can take a 45-minute introductory lesson at no charge, with no strings attached.  Just contact Kendall and mention Without A Hitch to redeem.  Check out all db's success stories here
 

About Dancing Buns
Kendall Sealey adores working with wedding couples. She believes that working on a first dance is the most fun item on the wedding to-do check list! Dance lessons at her studio are spent laughing, learning, and connecting. She lives for the moments when her couples grin from ear to ear after learning a new step, nailing their dip, or simply getting lost in each other on the dance floor. She believes that no matter how you feel about your dance skills, she can get you to a place of ease and comfort for your first dance! She has worked with many couples in New England and is excited to meet you!

Introducing: Friday Night Social Dances in Lexington!

Join us for a beginner group lesson, and then an hour and a half of social dancing! Enjoy meeting new people, learning a new skill, and dancing the night away with db studios!


Our Ballroom Dance Social is held at 1912 Massachusetts Ave Lexington, MA 02421

$15 per person which includes group class, social dance, drinks and light snacks!

617.286.6890
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First Dance Bliss: Scott & Julia

The word fun doesn't even do Scott and Julia justice. When you meet them you instantly want to smile- they are positive, eager to learn, and oh so in love!! It was my absolute pleasure to work with them on their first dance.

What started off as a simple Foxtrot became an elaborate and playful two part sensation. Scott and Julia came up with the idea to dance the Foxtrot when SCRAAATCHHHH.... the music breaks and silence ensues. Sweeping Julia off her fee Scott brings Julia to the center of the floor. Here Salsa music fills the room full of stunned and surprised guests!!!

You know a couple is fun when they want to punk their guests with a fake music catastrophy and break into salsa. Here are some of my favorite pictures that they so generously sent me!

Photos by Hitched Studios

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3 ways that a dance audition is like a job interview

Check out this great blog post written by Leticia Henry from Dance Immersion

3 ways that a dance audition is like a job interview
by Leticia Henry

Long before my first job interview, I had learned many of the skills needed to perform well in a job interview. During their childhood, dance students will most likely have auditioned for a part in a performance, a summer intensive, team or school. Lucky for them, a job interview is not much different than an audition. Here are 3 ways that a dance audition is like a job interview.

3 ways that a dance audition is like a job interview

  1. Presentation counts (a lot)

    Regardless of whether or not the company is casual, business casual or corporate, you need to come to the interview dressed appropriately. I’d lean on the more formal side. What’s more is that you need to look the part. You could be the best dancer in the world but if you’re tights are ripped and your hair is a mess, you’re not likely going to get the part. By coming to an interview well-dressed and groomed, you present a capable and polished person. Disheveled or casual looks may look sloppy or as though you don’t care.

  2. Do your homework

Dance students will walk into every audition already knowing the style of the company or school, its history and the roles that they’re auditioning for. This way, students will understand how to tailor their performance in the audition to the expectations and preferences of the company. A job interview is no different- Before an interview, smart candidates will have researched the company, obtaining information about its mission, current projects, leadership, etc. They will also have a strong understanding of their responsibilities of their role and how it serves the larger company.

3 ways that a dance audition is like a job interview

  1. Make yourself stand out

Most dance auditions are crowded and exploding with enormous talent. Smart dance students make themselves stand out by being themselves and meeting the needs/ preferences of whoever their auditioning for. Likewise, there are thousands of qualified people for any given job. In an interview, you can make yourself stand out by communicating the reasons that you’re the right person for the job and by being yourself.

These are just three ways that a dance audtion is like a job interview. Share some activites that you believe are like job interviews.

Wedding edition: Top 5 tips for your first dance

TOP 5 TIPS!

1.) Get your dress bustled! The follower will walk backwards, and a long train can be cumbersome or cause you to trip.

2.) Consider purchasing a dance heel for your first dance and reception. The sole of a danc shoe is padded and made of suede which is incredibly comfortable. A dance heel is a beautiful and comfortable option that will keep you dancing until the wee hours of the morning!

3.) Leaders should always keep their feet on the ground... literally! It's important to slide your feet on the floor during your first dance. This ensures that your feet will glide beneath your paretner's dress, avoiding any mishaps or trips!

4.) Make sure to talk with your photographer about what shots you want to get of your first dance. There are important moments like twirls, dips, and tricks that you will want to be sure they capture!

5.) If you are NOT having your wedding day professionally videotaped- make sure that you ask a few different friends to video your dance. It's a moment you will want to remember forever so getting it on video is important. Ask a couple of friends to video... someone is bound to forget :)

Provincetown Dance Trophy 2016

SCHEDULE

 

Friday, September 30th:
4 pm: Check-in to Surfside Hotel & Suites - 543 Commercial Street, Provincetown, Massachusetts 0265
7 pm: Welcome party and cocktail reception held at the Surfside Hotel & Suites

 

Saturday, October 1st:

4pm-7pm: Charitable Dinner at Tin Pan Alley. More info here:

7 pm:  Provincetown Dance Trophy 

Provincetown Town Hall - 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown MA 02657

  • Opening
  • Showcase Competition
  • The MoodSwings Orchestra performance, part 1
  • Single Dances Competition
  • The MoodSwings Orchestra performance, part 2
  • End

Spectators tickets online: purchase them here: 

Or you may purchase tickets at the Crown & Anchor box office (247 Commercial Str., Provincetown, MA) for $30 a ticket.

On the day of the event you can buy tickets at the door - $30/person

Host hotel for the 2016 Ptown Dance Trophy is Surfside Hotel and Suites.  The rooms are available for all participants through the Registration FORM.

 

 

SPECTATORS TICKETS

*Studio owners, please e-mail us at KalinMitov@BostonOpenDanceSport.com  for studio packages.

Registration FORM

DANCE WITH THE MOODSWINGS ORCHESTRA

Enjoy a fabulous Big Band show and dance the night away to live music with the 20 piece all women Orchestra.

SPECTATE

Please print out the registration forms, fill it in and send them to us. Deadline is September 15th

Team Jackets NOW AVAILABLE!

db Studios now has a team jacket available for purchase!!! The jackets are a perfect warm-up before dance lessons, great for wearing in the ballroom at competitions, or just on a chilly New England night.

The jackets are a premium black and white zip up made by Under Armor. They are perfect for keeping you feeling fresh and dry while working hard on the dance floor.

  • Custom embroidered to make it your own!
  • db Studio's logo on the back
  • Under Armor's Signature Moisture Transport System
  • Soft knit construction with a brushed interior for extra warmth.
  • Contrast fabric overlays on the sleeves and collar.
  • Secure zippered hand pockets with a binding detail.

Interested in ordering one? Fill out the form below!

First Dance Bliss: Wedding couples' guide

What kind of song works best for a first dance?

I always tell couples that the best songs have a clear beat. Something that you could tap, clap, snap, or even bob your head to! If you can easily hear the beat then you are golden! That being said any song can be danced to, it just might take a little more effort.

Once we select a song, how do you decide on the choreography?

It ALWAYS depends on the couple and what they want! I always take the time to get to know my clients, and make sure that the dance & style will match who they are. Some couples want to go all out and become a Youtube sensation, while others just want to avoid the high school sway. I work very hard to tailor the steps and styles to the personalities and preferences of my clients.

How long should our song be?

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The best length is somewhere between 2 and 3 minutes. I usually help couples edit their music so that the dance falls somewhere in that timeline. Editing the music allows me to truly customize a perfect first dance!

How far in advance should we start taking lessons?

The sooner you can start the better! In a perfect world I recommend that couples start at least four months before their wedding. In order for a dance to feel natural and comfortable, it takes time to get the steps in muscle memory. Once you have the steps we work on timing, leading/following, twirls/dips/tricks, and lastly we add the styling.

How many lessons should we take? Are there different options?

I always make my recommendation after working with a couple for the first time. All of my intro lessons are thirty minutes of dancing with fifteen minutes of discussion afterwards. During the first lesson I consider: how quickly you pick up information, what teaching style works best, how comfortable you feel, and how easily you move. After we dance I sit and get to know more about what you envision your first dance to look like. Once I take all those factors into consideration I make a recommendation.

What should we wear to our lessons?

If you have your wedding shoes please bring them to your lessons! It is important to start breaking in your shoes, and getting familiar with how they feel. It is especially important for those wearing a high heel to practice and be sure that they feel comfortable and stable.

What if one of us has two left feet?

Perfect, that's my specialty! If everyone knew how to dance I would be out of a job and that would be very sad. My student's are always amazed at how quickly and easily they learn to dance. Most find out that they had a fear of dancing and don't actually have two left feet. My students are always amazed at how much they actually enjoy dancing. I love showing students that they had moves deep down all along!

**We are really busy and don't think that we can take regular lessons.

We are flexible... I am here to help make learning to dance easy and fun. If you are short on time there are a couple solutions that you might find useful.
1.) Take a double lesson- This is a great solution for those who find it difficult coming in multiple times a week. Taking a 90 minute lesson not only helps with retention but it also gets the job done quicker!
2.) Come to one of our wedding boot camps. Our wedding boot camps are two hours long and will teach you basic steps to get you through. You will not get receive as much individual attention in these camps, but you will leave with with solid basic steps.
3.) Consider turning your dance lessons into a date night combo. I find lots of my couples use their dance lessons as a fun night out together. It is a great stress reliever as well as a fun pre-wedding activity. Whenever my couples come in tired or stressed they always leave laughing and happy!

Any last tips?
1.) Try and remember that learning to dance is a life-long skill. This is something that you can do at parties, other weddings, is good exercise, a date night and so much more!

2.) Remember that the higher the heel does not make it the better heel. I've seen countless brides struggle walking, let alone dancing in their 6 inch heels. It's important that the bride look confident and comfortable rather than shaky and uneasy. If you are set on a high heel consider a wedge, it's more supportive and easier to walk in. Or (my favorite option) is a ballroom dance shoe. They are easy to move in, have padded soles, and are flexible to help you move comfortably. Below are some examples of great ballroom shoes that could double as wedding shoes. I also give some examples of good heel height, and some not so good heel heights.

The dress bustle is a must! It is important to feel comfortable moving around the dance floor effortlessly after taking lessons. If you have a long train it is important to get it bustled so that it won't trip you up on your first dance!

A wedding gown before the bustle

A wedding gown before the bustle

Another angle of the train before bustle

Another angle of the train before bustle

Here the dress is bustled and ready for a night of dancing!

Here the dress is bustled and ready for a night of dancing!