First Dance Lessons

3 Things You “Know” About the First Dance That Are Actually Totally Wrong

There are many misconceptions about planning a wedding, from “all of our guests will be able to fly from Chicago to Greece for our wedding, right?” to “I can totally DIY all of our flower center pieces by myself.” We’ve all been there, and we’ve all found out that sometimes things just aren’t as they seem, and so it is with the first dance. Here are 3 things you “know” about the first dance that are actually totally wrong.

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The 10 Things All First Dances MUST Include

So you want to have a first dance at your wedding. You choose a song you like only to realize...you know nothing about dancing, let alone dancing in front of 200 people! What should a first dance look like? What should it feel like? When does the first dance happen during the reception? Yikes! But, look no further. We’ve got your back with the 10 things that all 1st dances must have to help guide you into a glorious first dance.

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The 5 Most Common Misconceptions about Learning a First Dance

As wedding dance experts, we meet a lot of people preparing for their first dance. And that means that we’ve heard a wide variety of perspectives about what it takes to be a good dancer, how the learning process works, and the general significance of a first dance. Most of these beliefs are based on people’s own experience or understanding, but unfortunately many of these beliefs are the complete opposite of the truth as we experts know it. As experienced dancers, instructors and wedding specialists, we bring you 5 of the most common misconceptions about the first dance...

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Jeremy & Lacey's Navy Pier Summer Wedding

Jeremy and Lacey got married at the beautiful Crystal Gardens of Navy Pier in Chicago. Beneath the ferris wheel and in the light of the fireworks, they tied their lives together, and celebrated with all their friends and family. Read More

Tom & Jori's Rustic & Chic Farm Wedding

Tom and Jori threw their celebration outside Chicago at farm near Rockton, IL. Surrounded by beautiful fields and rustic vintage details, they said 'I do' and danced the night away. Read more here.

Jill & Cameron's Chic, City Wedding

Jill & Cameron planned a chic wedding in the city at Hotel Monaco. Surrounded by the blue sky and Chicago's skyscrapers, they tied the knot & danced to the acoustic version of Sam Smith's "Latch."

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Top 5 Wedding Songs for the Chicago Enthusiast

Chicago pride runs deep, and if you grew up in Chicago, met your fiance in Chicago, and plan to have a big Chicago wedding, chances are you’re in the league of proud Chicagoans. Now the question is, how to represent your pride on your wedding day? How about dancing to a perfectly "Chicago" song?

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17 Classy, But Oh-So-Sexy First Dance Songs

If your close friends and family would describe your relationship with your fiance as playful, romantic, and passionate, then chances are you can pull off something a little less traditional for the first dance, so why not make it a little on the sexy side? 

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Joey & Vidhi's Surprise First Dance

Joey & Vidhi wanted to start with a slow, romantic song for their first dance, then break out into a surprise choreographed routine, complete with spins, lifts, and dips.

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Bill & Kinsley's Fun & Classic First Dance

Bill & Kinsley tied the knot at the Chicago History Museum in September 2015. Rachael choreographed a beautiful dance to the song "Orange Colored Sky" for their first dance. 

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A Romantic First Dance at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Patrick & Emily tied the knot at The Chicago Botanic Garden on October 17th, 2015. We caught up with them & asked them some questions about learning to dance for their wedding. 

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How to Make the Most of Your Crash Course : Video

In this video, we'll give you some tips on how to get the most of your crash course wedding dance lessons. Taking even a few lessons will help you feel comfortable performing your first dance and will put your nerves at ease. With the crash course, you have very little time to prepare for your first dance, so it's imperative that you get the most out of each dance lesson you're able to take. Here's some advice on how to approach your crash course lessons from the instructors at Ballroom Dance Chicago. 

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