First Dance Fever
Traditionally, the bride and groom lead the first dance on to the floor at the reception – but what if you can’t dance? What if you have two left feet and are virtually certain to trip over the veil? Samantha Jennings Directing Choreographer of Beaus & Belles offers a solution….
Samantha Jennings a Royal Academy trained teacher and choreographer ‘hung up her ballet shoes’ five years ago to launch Beaus & Belles, a national company specialising in first dance lessons, corporate dance events and dance parties. Wedding dance lessons have been popular for a number of years, but increasingly bridal groups and corporate companies have applied to learn a simple but structured routine taught by a qualified dance teacher. There is no doubt that Beaus & Belles has achieved part of its success from the popularity of TV programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing and the growing demand for social dancing classes. It has been estimated that 1 in 5 couples feature a choreographed first dance at their wedding reception
Until recent years, a waltz or a social foxtrot would have been a popular first dance choice; nowadays many couples choose to perform a dance, which is less formal. As Sam, goes onto explain;“ Clients simply wanted to save themselves the embarrassment of shuffling in a circle for two minutes! When we first began teaching first dances, traditional one-song tracks were common now however, increasingly, we are asked to create dances to multi tracks. A popular choice has been to combine a slow dance with a faster routine to impress the audience. We are now creating first dances from favourite musical songs, current pop songs or eras such as swing, hip-hop etc.” In the US, they have taken one step further by surprising all guests with an aisle entrance wedding dance in which the whole bridal party dance as they enter the church. So what are Beaus & Belle’s tops tips for organising a first dance?
- Choose a first dance company with a professional website, this gives a good indication of the quality of service.
- Find a dance teacher, preferably with recognised dance teaching qualifications/and or experience.
- Be selective with your music, and ask for help if you are not sure.
- Start your lessons a good 6-8 weeks before your big day if possible
- Three 1.5-hour lessons are recommended to learn up to a 2-minute routine. Allow time before the big day to practice your routine
- Choose music which encompasses the style of dance you wish to perform and suits you as a couple
- Consider your bridal outfit when thinking about a first dance. If your dress will inhibit the dance, consider wearing an alternative evening dress if necessary.
The company’s DVD First Dance Fever can teach you a first dance at home. First Dance Fever teaches a couple a simple but magical routines in the styles of waltz and salsa. It offers a step-by-step guide for beginners with professional tuition. The DVD can be bought on line at www.dances4u.co.uk or Amazon. £12.99
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