Wedding First Dance General Information

Wedding First Dance

General Information


Rhythms of Dance has been preparing brides and grooms for their wedding dance for years. We want your "First Dance" to be as beautiful and as memorable as possible . . . Let us, help you.

Tips before "The Big Day"

    Give yourself at least 90 days. The more time you dedicate to learning a dance, the nicer it will look, and the more enjoyable it will be to perform and watch.

    Knowing the features of your dress is critical. Dancing with a dress with a long train can be difficult. Knowing the options for bustling your dress your dress will help in arranging your dance. A tight mermaid dress can also cause movement restrictions. Knowing how tight or loose your dress fits is another piece of information that can help in arranging your First Dance.

    Your song tells a story. It should say something about your relationship but it will also determine what type of dance you will do. If your music isn't in 3/4 time, you won't be doing a waltz!

    Knowing the length of your song is a critical point to consider. Most songs have a length of 3 - 4 minutes long. Dancing to a song that long can be a daunting task especially if you have never danced before. The sweet spot for guest entertainment and memory retention for the average dancer is in the 2 - 2 1/2 minute range. The 3 minute mark is the maximum length that we recommend for your wedding dance. As dance professionals we have squired a special skill for splicing music to achieve the most impact with little to no audible change in the song and within the required time. Rhythms of Dance carries this service over to its clients for a very reasonable price.

    Feel free to contact us so we can listen to the music, tell you what kind of dance it is, and make a few suggestions about choreography.


Consider how much you are willing to spend on dance lessons and add that into your wedding budget. Many of our wedding couples enroll in 6 to 12 weeks of beginner group lessons to get the basics down before they commit to private lessons. The advantage to doing this is that you can learn basic frame, footwork, posture and musicality of the dance. This gives you the opportunity to practice, before spending money on private lessons. Your private lessons will then be more focused on the actual wedding dance, and less about teaching you how to dance. If you can't fit a beginner course into your schedule, then private lessons are the way to go right from the start. The number of private lessons you'll need will depend on:

    Ability: like everything else in life, people are better at some things than others. Some will pick up dancing quickly, others take a little longer.

    Practice time: regardless of how skilled you are at learning dance, you absolutely need to be able to practice. No instructor or studio in the world can simply "make" you a good dancer. You need to budget time to practice.

    Your dance routine: regardless of what you have seen on TV, you will not be doing an award winning waltz or foxtrot routine on your wedding day without a considerable investment of time and money. Chances are, as you approach your wedding day, both of those will be in short supply! It is far better to dance a simple routine well, than it is to dance a complex routine poorly. If you keep it simple, it will look Great!



Adam & Gloria's First Dance...

"I have to say I have never seen such a fun first dance.
Gloria & Adam had a choreographed routine by Rhythms of Dance to
"L-O-V-E" by Nat King Cole that turned out perfectly!"
Sophia Dorozio - SodoPhotography


For more information please Cindy or call: (403) 228-5765

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