Wild West Weddings - New Wedding Trend

Yes, you read that correctly, but we may not be saying it all that correctly. Really, the theme isn’t “wild west,” rather, weddings are headed, at least in design and style, to the beauty of the west. Think ranches, cowhide, wildflower bouquets, whiskey cocktails, etc.

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How We Choreograph Your First Dance : Video

If you are taking dance lessons for your first dance, that doesn’t mean you’ll automatically be doing choreography, but if that’s something you’re interested in, you might be wondering how we approach the process. Watch our video to find out.

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How Many Lessons You Actually Need to Get Ready for Your First Dance

This is an abridged answer to the questions, “how many dance lessons do we need for our first dance?” If you want to read a more thorough answer, click here.

Every couple who comes to Ballroom Dance Chicago to prepare for their first dance wants to know how much time/energy they must dedicate to the learning process. As teachers, we find this to be one of the most difficult questions to answer.

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So You Think You Want a Choreographed First Dance...or Do You?

Quite Possibly!  But it’s not your only option.  First off, we understand why a lot of people would want choreography for their first wedding dance.  It would certainly be comforting to get up in front of all of your guests on your wedding day and know you can rely on a specific pattern of steps when you begin your first dance.  If you carefully rehearse every detail of your first wedding dance, that could go a long way in helping you feel confident that you'll hit all the great moments you want to highlight in your wedding song. 

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The Perfect Time to Do Your First Dance During Your Wedding Reception

Honestly, you can plan your first dance at any point in the reception. Traditionally, you’d dance right after dinner to open up the dance floor for your dance party, but we all know that tradition isn’t always the way to go. There are definite pros and cons to all of your options, but it’s most important to consider how you want your first dance to affect the rest of the evening. Here are a few options to consider.

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I Don't Have Any Rhythm... Should I even bother with Dance Lessons?

We’re glad you asked!  First of all, everyone has rhythm.  Your heart beats. Your breath can quicken or slow. There’s even a cadence in the way you walk and brush your teeth.  You already have rhythm.  You just have to learn to listen for it.  Learning to listen for rhythm is really just learning to recognize the regular patterning of beats within music. All it takes is a little awareness, practice, and self confidence!

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Our Favorite First Dance Songs of 2014

Finding the perfect first dance song can be a bit overwhelming at first, but when you have the right goals in mind, it’s much easier/ to narrow them down! Here are a few things to consider while on the hunt for the perfect song...

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How to Fill the Dance Floor at Your Wedding Reception

Your ceremony was gorgeous, your guests had a blast at cocktail hour, and your first dance as husband and wife went off without a hitch, but the party has only just begun! Of course you and your fiancé are going to have a great time partying at the reception; the day is all about you, after all… but how can you be sure your guests will join in on the fun?

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Country Western First Dance Songs

Recently, we’ve noticed an increase in the number of couples using a country song for their first dance. Country music is a great choice for a first dance because the lyrics are often romantic and poetic, and couples can dance an entertaining mix of two-step and swing.

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BDC Student Spotlight: Stephen & Danielle Abernathy

With their beach wedding quickly approaching, Stephen and Danielle came to Ballroom Dance Chicago for a special first dance; as Stephen put it, he wanted to “look classy.” They spent the following months learning country two step and single swing to their favorite song, Blake Shelton’s “God Gave Me You.” 

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Our Favorite First Dance Songs of 2012

As a dance studio that specializes in wedding dance instruction, we listen to tons of first dance songs. Here are some of our favorites of 2012 that are great for dancing and unique for a first dance. Check them out!

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BDC Student Spotlight: Paul & Liz, Escaping the Daily Stresses Through Dance

It’s always a dance teacher’s pleasure to work with a couple who is interested in learning to dance together and who already move naturally together and Paul and Liz are one of those couples. 

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BDC Student Spotlight: Dustin & Rania

Congratulations to our wonderful students, Dustin and Rania, who have recently tied the knot! They began taking dance lessons in November of 2011 and have been dancing ever since! Working with Dustin and Rania has been a joy to us. Even with their busy work schedules and sometimes stressful wedding preparation, they managed to take lessons consistently and be supportive to each other throughout the whole process.

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BDC Student Spotlight: Ken, Sam and Her Hot Pink Heels

When Ken and Sam stepped into the studio for their first lesson, Samantha’s polished curls and Ken’s smiling face caught our attention. With no particular song or dance in mind, they wanted to have fun exploring a few different dance styles. They agreed their first dance should be both fun and traditional, and feeling confident performing was a top priority, particularly in Sam’s tall hot pink heels! 

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BDC Student Spotlight: Matt & Nicole - Nice Men Marry Dancers, Real Men BECOME Dancers

It was the last day of July when a very excited Nicole dragged her very worried fiance Matt into Ballroom Dance Chicago. Nicole grew up dancing and envisioned a classic first dance with lots of personality. Matt on the other hand couldn’t help remembering those rare occasions he went dancing with Nicole and felt out of place and uncomfortable. In fact, his primary dance move was just to try and grab on to Nicole and slow her down as much as possible. 

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6 Things to Consider When Choosing Your First Dance Song

Whether you have a special song or not, it’s important to keep in mind that the first dance isn’t necessarily danced to your special song. The first dance is really about the newlyweds’ demonstrating their ability to move together as one – a metaphor for their new lives together. If “your song” isn’t danceable or in the style you want, you should choose a different song. Here are a few important things to consider when deciding on a song for your first dance.

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BDC Student Spotlight: Dan & Amanda - Whimsical Vintage Wedding

Walking into the studio in T-shirts and jean shorts, holding helmet in one hand and coffee mug in the other, Dan and Amanda talked to us about the vintage-style wedding that they’d been planning with total excitement. From the old broken doors from the 50s’ that they found in their basement, the vintage-inspired dress, the Polaroids, and the beer that they’d been brewing, they showed us their playful and creative personalities, love of art marking, and unique eye for details.

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