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The timing matters?

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When I dance Slow Waltz, I feel as if I was purifying myself. When I was halfway through the Waltz music, I was dancing on clouds and ready to fly with my wings to join angels, dancing with me. I never met any ladies who don’t like Waltz; in fact, it continues to rise in popularity at weddings. Many couples come in to take lessons for their “First Dance” with their favorite songs, carefully chosen for their wedding and often get DISAPPOINTED to find out that their selection of music is not for Waltz.

The Waltz is unique and danced in ¾ timing, whereas other dances are danced in 4/4 time. In addition to that, “rise and fall” features the movement of the waltz. Tempo in Waltz appears to be hard to figure out for quite a few people, which led me to write this article. There are only three beats in one note, as there are four beats in other music. Maybe that’s why it is difficult to find good Waltz music and few songwriters compose lovely songs in ¾ timing nowadays. I guess the good old days are gone or our lives are too busy and hectic to appreciate elegant music like a Waltz. What a shame! Please check the list of music in my website. “Fascination” or “In other words (Fly me to the Moon)” are good examples for excellent Waltz music to dance to. They are not new but maintain the popularity among ballroom dancers. Listen and learn about the music in ¾ timing so that you don’t have to give up Waltz for “First Dance.”

What if you want to dance Waltz but your favorite song is not waltz. My solution is to incorporate Waltz steps in Foxtrot. This is also recommendation for intermediate/advanced ballroom dancers to make your choreography interesting. For example, add “Pivot” to forge an extra beat to dance Foxtrot. Remember, you need to watch your floor craft not to break the beautiful flow of your dance direction, when you do that. For your additional consideration, wedding dress fits best for Waltz, especially for “Father-Daughter Dance”. If a bride dances Waltz with her father, Swing could be chosen for your “First Dance”, even though Swing lacks class and dignity as a special dance.

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First Dance AND Second Dance

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Can you dance a First Dance twice? You might be saying, “What? Are you insane?” But I am serious. This advice is only for those who are talented and good at dancing, or have great plans for their First Dance. That includes my students who took lessons SERIOUSLY and achieved beyond standard level. Your hard work should be paid off.

Your guests will come to your wedding with no expectations for your First Dance. What kind of reaction do you think you will encounter when you start showing off your FABULOUS FIRST DANCE? Before they go wild and crazy about your First Dance or become mesmerized by your performance, they will probably have moments of daydreaming, or they may lose their senses and ask ridiculous questions like… where am I, who am I? I am sure you will receive exciting comments such as “I wish you could show us your First Dance one more time.” Go ahead and make a plan to show your Second Dance. When you do that, there are a few things you may want to keep in your mind.

  • Show exactly the same choreography. That’s what your guests want.
  • Change music. If you chose a very slow love song for your First Dance, try to pick traditional ballroom dance music with strict tempo this time. Your elderly guests will love it and your dance will look more polished.
  • Second Dance should be danced toward the end of the ceremony. Of course, not right after the First Dance, even though your guests call for an encore.
  • Mistakes are acceptable for the Second Dance, so enjoy yourself and smile a lot. Make eye contact not only with your fiancé but also with your guests.

I guarantee you that the Second Dance is the most enjoyable and memorable dance for you when you look back after the wedding ceremony.

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Walk into First Dance!

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“I have two left feet.” “Any music sounds so long that I don’t know how I can kill time just by swaying left and right.” “I don’t think I can even offer my left hand to my Sweetheart before the First Dance. That feels weird, because I’ve never done anything like that.” Do these comments sound familiar to you? Ok…you guys can not sway, cannot offer your hands nicely and politely to initiate the First Dance.

I understand that dance is completely foreign to you, but you can walk, can’t you? Then, walk into your First Dance. Just walk with your bride all around the dance floor, smiling and holding each other’s hands. (You can take your time doing it but do not walk twice, please) Find a good spot to start the First Dance. Do not walk like you walk to your car in a parking lot. Relax, express the rhythm through your body. Go ahead and whisper to your bride, even a light kiss will be appreciated. This technique will help you to not dance all the way through until the music is over. This trick will add some change to your monotonous First Dance and you can shorten the time for your actual dancing. If your bride can dance, though, let her initiate the First Dance with a little and subtle gesture as if she was dancing to the music all by herself. This type of choreography offers a dramatic start to your First Dance, without the man doing anything. Good luck to bride grooms with two left feet!

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What dance would look good on wedding video and photos?

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Motion video and wedding photography are tricky. I find them to be not a very forgiving media. PRACTICE DANCING, so you will look graceful in whichever dance style you choose that fits your personalities as a couple.

If you have not decided what dance would be good for your wedding, I would like to recommend a ballroom dance video, especially Wedding Dance Video by First Dance Fabulous.

First Dance Fabulous teaches the only system guaranteed to teach couples to learn to dance for their wedding in hours, not days.

First Dance Fabulous video is awesome, especially for beginners! The video teaches Foxtrot, Rumba and Waltz. Mary Pinizzotto makes the dances super simple and fun. A box step, a turning box, underarm turn and a simple dip. The focus is on poise and posture, which makes those simple steps really work for bride and groom. There are 58 minutes of video lessons, broken into 11 chapters. A couple can work at their own pace and the more they practice, the better they will feel. There is also a 33 page e-book. The video can absolutely work for anyone even though the language is mostly directed toward the bride and groom. Even after the wedding, you can refresh your memory prior to dance parties by watching the ballroom dance video.

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Is there any better way to start “First Dance”?

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The beginning of the “First Dance” or ballroom dance performance is very important, and difficult. However, it could be the great opportunity to give your guests unforgettable picture moments. Taking dance pictures is hard, even for professional photographers. The best solution for that is how you start your ‘First Dance.’ Instead of holding each other immediately, face to your guests in shadow position, standing side by side. You can sway/swing to music for at least eight counts, even more. If your dance song is a Waltz, you give six counts. I usually add choreography right there. After the eight counts, bride smoothly slips into closed position, facing to groom within four to eight counts. This technique is very effective and offers plenty of time for your guests to take good pictures.

What if you are shy and are nervous about facing your guests? There is also a solution for that. Again, avoid starting dancing right away. Groom offers his left hand to bride prominently. Bride looks at his left hand and maintains her eye contact with his left hand until her right hand connects to his. Easy, isn’t it?

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