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Impress Your Wedding Guests With Your First Dance!

Posted by Jessica Gladstone on Thu, Oct 2, 2014 @ 11:10 AM

A tradition at every wedding is the first dance for the bride and groom.Waltz Wedding Dance Lessons

Often times, this dance occurs right after dinner, when drinks are flowing and your guests are mingling with each other and having a good time. The lights will dim and the disc jockey will make the announcement that the formal dance is about to begin, catching your guests' attention and turning all eyes to the dance floor. But typically, your guests gaze on for a moment before continuing their conversations. So why not wow your guests with your first dance as a married couple and make it certain that you and your spouse are truly the center of attention for the entire night?

And better yet, while your finished routine will have the attention of your wedding guests, taking dance lessons as a future husband and wife in the weeks leading up to your wedding can also be a great bonding experience for you and your soon-to-be spouse. Wedding dances can be choreographed by your Arthur Murray dance instructor typically over a series of weeks.

While dance lessons at Arthur Murray DC studios are ideal for future spouses, they can also be a valuable bonding experience for any couple or individual looking for a fun activity to socialize and stay active. So whether it's the exclamation point you want to put on your first dance as a married couple or just an activity to get you out of the house and off the couch, ballroom dancing lessons are an ideal choice. It's exercise, it's fun, and it's a great way to learn something new. The waltz is just one example of the many different dance steps and routines that can be learned through a dance class at Arthur Murray DC studios.

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Dance Preparation for your Wedding Day

Posted by Cheryl Cortez on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 @ 11:07 AM

Wedding preparation is quite the task and requires several hours, days, and weeks of planning.

But wait, you found the love of your life, shouldn’t everything else fall into place? Not exactly, from finding a venue, wedding dress, cake, florist, band, etc. it can be easy to let wedding preparation overwhelm you. We have all been there and trust us all the hard work and planning for your wedding will be worth it when you get to experience your special day!

One important part of your wedding reception, that you don’t want to forget to add to your to-do list, is dancing! There is your first dance, father & bride dance, mother & groom dance, and the celebratory dancing in-between. Lucky for you, Arthur Murray dance studios have expert dance instructors to help you prepare for all of your wedding dances.

We can alleviate the stress by planning the perfect father & bride or mother & groom dance routine.

First step is picking your father/daughter dance song. Some father and daughter pairs choose the song together and some brides pick a song that has special meaning to them. Either way you want to choose a song that symbolizes your relationship with your father. Here are some suggestions of songs for the father/daughter dance:

Sample Songs

-       Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder

-       My Girl by The Temptations

-       In My Daughter’s Eyes by Martina McBride

-       You’ve got a friend by James Taylor

-       I Loved Her First by Heartland

-       Landslide by Fleetwood Mac

-       Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle

-       Just the Way You Are by Billy Joel

-       In My Life by The Beatles

If you need assistance choosing an appropriate song, ask your Arthur Murray dance instructor for recommendations.

We suggest that you practice the father & bride or mother & groom dance routine a few times before the wedding. The goal of dance lessons is to increase your confidence and comfort level. The more practice you have, the more comfortable you will be dancing together.

Over the past ten years, weddings have become more unique and custom straying away from the “cookie-cutter” traditions. By taking dance lessons with Arthur Murray's wedding dance specialist, you have the option to custom create the dance routine. Depending on your comfort and skill level, the options are endless! You can choose a routine that will wow your guests or you can practice a traditional routine and enjoy the moment with your parents. Our wedding dance specialist will assist you with your wedding dance routines! 


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Your Wedding Reception: Choose the Right Song for Your First Dance

Posted by Cheryl Cortez on Thu, May 17, 2012 @ 11:05 AM

Plan out all the steps to your first dance and wedding song!Wedding Dance Lessons

If you or or someone you know is planning a wedding, you're aware that there are many things to consider and remember to do. While booking the reception hall and choosing the perfect church, minister, caterer and florist are high on the list, there are also some fun and sentimental details you'll have to take care of as well.

One of these activities is choosing the perfect song for the first dance between the bride and groom. Hand in hand with this is the possibility of taking some dance lessons, specifically wedding dance lessons.

The song that a couple selects for their wedding first dance will likely be one that has strong sentimental value already.

It should be fairly easy to narrow down the song selection to the top two or three candidates. From there, play the songs together and look into your hearts. You'll find that you'll naturally gravitate toward the song that you both feel most deeply connected with. Consider years down the road -- which song will still capture the feeling you'll want to remember most about this new beginning, this new chapter in your life?

While you're selecting songs for your wedding, you might also want to consider looking into some wedding dance lessons. Why not make that first dance (and all the others) perfect in yours and everyone else's memory? Since you'll likely be preserving it on video, wedding dance lessons could help you make sure that first wedding dance unfolds as you'd like it to -- with grace and ease, in a way that you and your spouse will hold as a cherished memory.

Learn with a respected and trusted dance school like Arthur Murray DC if you're in the Washington DC area. We offer wedding dance lessons for your first dance and father/daughter wedding dance lessons. It could make all the difference in feeling confident and in-the-moment during your first wedding dance.

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How to Choose the Perfect Father/Daughter Wedding Dance

Posted by Cheryl Cortez on Fri, Mar 16, 2012 @ 13:03 PM

How to Choose the Perfect Father Daughter Wedding Dance

So. Your daughter is getting married. Congratulations! Having a daughter get married can be a little traumatic. You are about to relinquish your spot as the #1 man in your daughter's life. And now there's a wedding to plan! And that means...a Father/Daughter dance in front of all of your friends and family!!

How do you pick the perfect dance for you and your daughter, to celebrate her special day? How do you learn the perfect dance?

This goes back to the basic "the chicken or the egg" question. Do you pick a song first, and then learn to dance to it, or do you take dance lessons and pick a song that works with the dance you do best? There is no "one size fits all answer". If your daughter has a sentimental attachment to a song, then bring it to your lessons. If not, then try dancing first, and get song recommendations from your instructor.

The most important thing is to start wedding dance lessons early! Having extra time to practice will help you feel more relaxed. And as the big day draws near, you will find yourselves becoming busier and making so many decisions, that having the dance down pat will be a big relief!

And best of all, dance lessons one-on-one with your daughter will give you some memorable time as the #1 man in her life, until you give her away.

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