Wedding Dance Lessons London from the Bride's point of view
Here is part two from our previous blog, but this time written by our very own dance teacher Sophie, about searching for wedding dance lessons London and the dance on the big day itself. If you're looking for wedding dance lessons London then have a look at our website and feel free to contact us to book in your trial lesson. Greg Gillespie FISTD.
The pressure on us, with us both being dance teachers, to produce an amazing first dance was unreal. It made the whole process quite a scary one, certainly at first, as we always had the pressure looming in the back of our minds. Everyone who knows me knows that I can’t stand it when couples simply “shuffle” and cling onto each other for their first dance, so for me personally a choreographed dance was our only option.
We wanted to have a dance that we felt comfortable performing but that was impressive enough to satisfy our on looking family and friends. We wanted to find wedding dance lessons London that allowed us to achieve this. First we decided on the music. We had been together for over 7 years so had collated quite a few potential “first dance” songs but found it impossible to pick just one. That’s when I came up with the idea of a medley. I wanted something slow and heartfelt to begin with so “Songbird” by Eva Cassidy was an obvious choice. Then I thought it would be nice and perhaps a little unexpected to follow with something more upbeat so “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green followed. We wanted to provide the entertainment factor for our guests so next on the list was “We Like to Boogie” by T-Rex (a slight homage to Billy Elliot) and finally we choose Eva Cassidy again but this time it was “Time After Time” to bookend the dance nicely. God Bless Eva Cassidy!
At the time I had been training with The London Academy of Dance as a dance teacher. I didn't need to search wedding dance lessons London as it made perfect sense to seek lessons from a senior teacher. In the three lessons that we had with her she worked us really hard as we had a lot of material to cover in such a short space of time. We discovered that based on the song choices we selected, we were going to perform a Rumba followed by a Cha Cha, followed by a Jive and finishing on a Box Rumba. Throughout our time in the studio, our teacher was very supportive and put us at ease from day one. In three hours they managed to teach us enough material to cover 3 out of the 4 songs, which would usually be impossible for a beginner to learn but due to our dance experience it was just about manageable. However, by no means was it polished enough so we knew we had months of rehearsals ahead of us.
The big day finally arrived and I especially was very nervous about the first dance. I stupidly hurt my ankle in a last minute attempt to practice outside on an uneven surface (not recommended!). Despite this, I adapted a “the show must go on” mentality and psyched myself up ready to perform. My nerves were interrupted by my now husband as he surprised me with a wonderful song that he sung for me whilst playing the guitar. It was so lovely and it actually put me at ease and reminded me that the dance wasn’t about proving anything to anyone; it was quite simply about us. 4 minutes and 30 seconds later the dance was over and everyone was on their feet cheering. That feeling was out of this world. I had a vision in my head beforehand of what I wanted the dance to be like and it totally exceeded all my expectations, it was almost dream-like.
For anyone who is on the fence about searching wedding dance lessons London, although I am slightly biased, I would highly recommend it. Even professional dance teachers like us need help in order to make the dance a memorable one.
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