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Published January 14th 2015
TLF (two left feet) to DWTS
Your wedding waltz is something special - make the time to get started on it earlier rather than later. weddingdancebrisbane.weebly.com
So the Big Question has been popped and answered with a resounding yes! and now the hard work of organising the wedding starts. There is so much to do hire the venue, book the music, engage the caterer, start work on the guest list, start on the seating arrangements, book a photographer. The flowers, the dress, the shoes, the bridesmaids it never seems to end.
And so often that all important Wedding Waltz gets put off till OMG! What are we going to do? Where can we find someone to teach us? It's too late! What a disaster!
There are superb coaching options in and around the city, whether you want the more traditional Waltz, or something a bit more adventurous. And it needn't cost an arm and a leg, either. Below you will find my personal selection of some of the best (and most budget-conscious) studios/coaches who will take you from two left feet status, to DWTS status in a few short lessons.
First, however, some basics and some questions: 1. Don't panic. Dance coaches are very familiar with novice dancers they've done this a hundred times, and know exactly how to take you step-by-step (excuse the pun) from total beginner to competent dancer. Trust them.
2. But I have two left feet.
Again, dance coaches meet this obstacle every day of the week, and turn out capable dancers. If you can walk, you can dance.
3. Do I need to wear special shoes or clothing? No. Wear anything you feel comfortable in. As for shoes, anything which will not grip the floor too much. Leather soles are good. But if you don't have any leather soled shoes, go with your favorite pair of work shoes. Your dance teacher will let you know if they're OK.
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4. Do we have to dance a Waltz? Can't we do a Cha Cha Cha?
While the Waltz is the traditional dance for newly married couples, it's your wedding. You can elect to do any dance you choose. Your dance coach will be able to create a simple and effective dance routine in any style you choose. Unless you wish to do the Alascan Tundra Shuffle in which case you might be on your own
5. What about music? Do I have to provide my own?
You may if you wish. Or you may wish to follow the advice of your coach. Again, this is your dance. You're the boss. It won't matter to your coach what music you choose. They will be able to craft a personal routine for you no matter what music you decide on.
6. Don't leave it too late.
Figure on three or four weeks at a minimum to get your dance steps down so that you look comfortable on the floor. Lessons are usually spread a week apart to give you a chance to practice at home. But if time is of the essence, two lessons a week (or even three) may be required to teach your other left foot how to behave itself.
7. I'm dreading the ordeal
If you are absolutely dreading both the lessons and the moment of truth on the dance floor don't. I have never seen a single couple who didn't enjoy the lessons, and who didn't impress their friends and family on the day.
8. I'm going to feel so embarrassed
Probably the most crucial bit of advice I can give you about your first dance lesson is: every single person in the studio felt just as nervous when they stepped onto the dance floor for the first time. I started dancing as a confident, mature adult. And inwardly I was like a little insecure school boy wishing the floor would swallow me up. And because we have all been there, we know exactly how you feel. Go visit a few studios first to get a feel of the place. And select the one where the other dancers and teachers come up to you and make you feel like one of them.
With that out of the way, let's take a look at what you can expect from your dance coach. I've divided the studios up by area, so that you don't have to travel across town every time you have a lesson far easier if the dance studio is close by.
My choice of studios Studio: Wedding Dance Brisbane
Even classy moves like this should be well within your grasp if you have a great coach.
Location: 432 Beckett Rd Bridgeman Downs(12k from CBD) Phone: 0404 472 100 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What does the studio offer? Traditional Lessons:
4 x 1 hour dance lessons covering all you need for a traditional romantic wedding dance. Cost: $160 per couple. Group classes are also available contact the studio for pricing and details.
or Emergency Dance Crash Course:
For those who just want to know the very basics to save them from 3 minutes of awkward hugging they offer an Emergency Dance Crash Course. In this 1 hour lesson you'll learn the basics of slow dancing enough to get you through any song including an easy but basic turn and dip. Cost: Only $50 per couple.
As an extra bonus students enrolled in either of the above courses may purchase private lessons for a discounted rate ($75/hr) during the same and following month as their enrollment.
Gift certificates are also available (which you can purchase online if you wish) which would make a superb wedding present for the happy couple.
Generally, Monday evenings, 7pm
The studio is well established
Gift vouchers are a great idea
Group classes are a cost effective way to get the bridal party up to speed Cons:
A bit far out if you live on the South side
Studio: Perry's Dance Academy Contact: Richard & Natalie Perry Location: 18 Windorah Street, Stafford Web: or email email@example.com]email Phone: 0407 713 222
What does the studio offer? Option 1: Short and Sweet (Crash course)
1 x 45min private lesson for Bride and Groom with one of our great instructors in our AIR CONDITIONED studio in Stafford
Suitable for everyone, no previous dance experience required
Ideas and guidance for a slow or casual first dance
Learn the basics of dancing: connection, rhythm and movement
You will require more lessons if you would like a routine for your song Cost: $70 inc GST
For couples who want to have a beautiful wedding dance with a few polished moves whilst looking natural and elegant performing it.
6 x 45 minute private lessons for Bride and Groom
No previous dance experience is required
One of a kind Choreography for 1 special dance of your choice including some basic moves, more advanced spins, turns and dips to work into your dance
Depending on your level of dance, or if you would like to learn a full routine to your song, you may require more lessons
Music editing (Bridal Song, if required) Cost: $378 inc GST (normally $420 10% discount)
The Ultimate Storybook Wedding Dance Package
For couples who want to have that extra Flare and polish to their wedding and learn some extra social dancing for their wedding.
10 x 45min private lessons for Bride and Groom
One of a kind Choreography for 1 special dance of your choice.
Music editing (Bridal Song, if required) Cost: $560 inc GST paid up front (normally $700 20% discount)
All packages include a free 15 minute consultation to meet your instructor, plan your music, the style/rhythm of the dance that suits and also answer any questions you may have.
NB: Personalised dance programs for the Wedding party, Parent Dances and other Individual quotes can be made on request.
7 Days times by arrangement
The studio is well established
Only a few minutes from the CBD
Instructors are all highly qualified champion dancers Cons:
None to speak of