Let’s talk about the first dance, as newly weds…. in more ancient times it was the “bride kidnapper’s” way of showing off his “hunting” skills by parading his “stolen” bride around, in front of his friends, so they could all see how well he had done. The feasting would begin right after this display.
Today it’s turned into a more refined, mutually pleasing dance and traditionally marks the beginning of the reception. We’ve come a long way.
We’d like to introduce our friends Diane and David, from Night and Day Dance. They teach and choreograph the first dance. Their dances are absolutely beautiful, AND they know to incorporate the angle of the camera… to make sure that we get a photo of your dip.
Here is a little blurb about their work:
…”we teach a range of ages and a range of styles, although our focus, of course, is on teaching couples how to dance, and more specifically for their weddings.
Our approach isn’t strict – we don’t have one set way of approaching dance. Instead, we base every single lesson, and every dance, on our students. The style of the dance is based on their song of choice as well as their unique skills, interests, and personalities. Sometimes this means we help our students create a fairly simple, straightforward, elegant dance. Sometimes it means we get more playful and silly and create something more dramatic, or anything in between.
We always start with the basics – the foundation of connecting, leading and following, signaling and listening, and then build up through footwork, moving across the floor, turns, more complicated moves and sequences, and dips and leans and sometimes lifts. We also work with couples to figure out a clean and solid entrance and finish, and we make sure that they have at least a loose structure to help them get through the whole dance without losing their place in the song.
Lessons are almost always taught in one of our home studios – private, comfortable settings without other people watching – and are scheduled when it’s most convenient for our students. We also make house calls if necessary, and we don’t just focus on couples – we’ve worked with individuals, the mother and father, the bridesmaids and groomsmen, etc, and we’ve choreographed dances for the entire wedding party. ”
Enjoy rehearsing your FIRST dance, together.