First Dance & Weddings

The First Dance is an important element in the tradition of many couples as a symbol of their first actions together as a married union. It is the premier of their duet and invites the friends and family to be witness to their new bond. Here are the main points of what we do:

  • Have fun in the lessons and give clear instruction
  • Give people the confidence they need to really shine
  • Have affordable packages that is created uniquely for each student
  • Custom create choreography that is fitting to the song of your choice
  • Have convenient booking times to accommodate your schedule
  • Teach groups such us bridal parties, parents of the bride and groom
  • Help couples find the perfect song and the perfect dance
  • Accept many forms of payment (Major Credit Cards/Check/Cash)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
(Answered by Marilen Crump, Head Instructor of Ballroom)
  • Why do people choose to have their First Dance Choreographed?
    The First Dance is an important element in the tradition of many couples as a symbol of their first actions together as a married union. It is the premier of their duet and invites the friends and family to be witness to their new bond. The moment of the wedding dance can be a little unsettling for some couples who are inexperienced in dancing, unsure of what type of style to perform, not confident enough in their skills, or just seeking another way to make their first dance really memorable to last a lifetime. The lessons are also a way to become a joint effort in learning something new together and experiencing the success each individual has in the process. It is something that is fun, exciting and such a pleasure to create together with each other and their supportive dance instructor.
  • How many lessons to people need to have in order to become good enough?
    Sometimes the answer will surprise you. Each couple is different and some people just need the light turned on, especially if they have some undiscovered talent. The right instructor will break through in just the right way that makes the lessons clear to understand and each lesson highly efficient.
    Marilen recommends allowing enough time to be creative with the movements and having enough practice time to really have a solid first dance. Most couples spend an average of 10 hours (non-consecutively) with their instructor finding the right moves, creating musicality in their movements and brushing up their techniques. However, not everyone has the same schedule and Marilen is prepared to meet any challenge and accommodate tricky schedules to make sure the right steps are prescribed.
  • What styles of dancing are there and what should I learn?
    Traditionally the style was either a waltz or a foxtrot to go with the orchestration of the more popular pieces of the era. More recently, couples are opting to choose popular music and contemporary songs to present at their reception. There are many ballroom styles ranging from the slow and romantic waltz, foxtrot, tango, bolero, nightclub 2 step, and rumba to the lively swing, hustle, salsa, cha cha, shag and many others.
    Marilen’s experience in choreography gives her the flexibility to create first dances that are not your typical cookie-cutter and stale moves from a DVD or group class lesson. The focus is to create something new and unique to the couple that expresses their personalities. This is choreography at its finest that combines many disciplines and a keen knowledge of music and showmanship. Marilen’s award winning choreography is available to anyone with a willingness to learn in a wonderful environment that is warm and accessible.
 
Schedule a meeting with Marilen at no cost and find out how she can help you at (757) 768-9033 or via email: artinspiredme@gmail.com.

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