Foxtrot Waltz Tango Swing Rumba Cha Cha Salsa Wedding

Your Vision

Before you get carried away learning all kinds of dance steps, it's a good idea to have a picture in your mind of what you want your first dance to be like. Do you want to keep it traditionally romantic, or do you want to go wild and do something completely different. Your personalities, the style and theme of your wedding, and the music you choose to dance to all come together to create a setting and moment that is personal to every couple.

Take some time to check out the different kinds of dances we offer here, and imagine how they might fit into your wedding. Keep in mind that these demonstrations show almost all of the steps we teach for each dance, but that you only really need a couple of steps and some good music to make a dance.

We have two example wedding dances for you to view. The first is a classic first dance. It is based on a very easy hesitation step, and combines some underarm turns, a highlight step, and a nice dip to finish it off. If you are wanting a classic feel, and are feeling time pressure, this is probably the kind of dance you are looking for.

Our second wedding dance example still has a traditional feel, but adds more pizzazz and variety by including more highlights. This dance is based on the box step, which is the foundational ballroom dancing step, and features almost all of the steps from our wedding program. You can choose whichever steps you want to incorporate into your dance, and so make it personal and practical as well.

Although Waltz gets more publicity, most popular wedding music is actually perfect for the Foxtrot. In fact, our wedding program is mostly based on Foxtrot tempo music. If you want to stick to the basics, and keep your dance smooth, easy and romantic, then Foxtrot is a perfect choice.

When most people think wedding dance, they think Wedding Waltz. The Slow Waltz is the classic ballroom dance - elegant, romantic and formal. The distinguishing feature of a waltz is its music, which has 3 beats per bar. This means you count 123 to the music. If you have ¾ time music, then this is definitely your dance - otherwise it is definitely not!

If you want to do something a bit more shocking and unexpected, the Tango could be the dance for you. Tango is passionate and dramatic, and with the right music and attitude, it can be extremely intimate. On the other hand, if you are more mischievous you could ham it up a bit and have some fun with it as well.

The Rumba is a slow, sensual and romantic Latin dance that can be easily adapted to almost any music. This makes it a great choice for a wedding dance. You could even choose to make the dance more authentically Latin by getting your hips involved - check out our 'Do it with style' options for whichever steps you choose.

If you want to make your first dance more fun and lively than traditionally romantic, then Swing would be a great choice - especially if your music is big band or classic rock 'n roll. Even if Swing doesn't fit into your vision for your first dance, it is probably the best dance to know for a reception, as the music and steps are a lot of fun and there are a lot people who do know how to Swing.

Cha Cha would be another unique choice as a wedding dance, and if you are a couple in the mood for something cheeky, flirty, fun and Latin, you could have a lot of fun with a Cha Cha. Cha Cha is also great to know for a reception, as it's the kind of dance that can really get a party started.

If you want a completely unique flavour for your first dance - something exciting, spicy, sexy and fun - then Salsa might be your perfect dance. The Salsa lacks in traditional romantic tear-jerking appeal, buy would definitely get your guest's attention and set the stage for a very exciting night.

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