Expert advice about dance lessons

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A perfect day

A perfect day

Q. I'd love to wow our guests with an amazing first dance, but my partner isn't so sure! How can we compromise and perform something that we're both comfortable with?

A. Emma Brewer says: There are lots of things you can do in this situation. Not all first dances have the wow factor, in fact, most couples that come to us just want to look natural, unchoreographed and comfortable on the dancefloor. The first thing you should do is choose your music and pick something that you both love. Next book a one-off lesson or a package where you will learn how to get around the dancefloor. It's very hard to improvise when you have no dancing skills, so find someone to help you with the basics and take it from there. Chances are your partner who wasn't sure will love it. After all, what's better than dancing to a song you love with the person you love?

Emma Brewer,First Dance Studios
www.firstdancestudios.co.uk

 

Groove to the beat

Groove to the beat

Q. My wife-to-be is wonderful at dancing, but I have two left feet! She wants us to do an upbeat performance to surprise our guests, but I'm petrified of messing it up. Do you have any ideas to help me feel more confident?

A. Emma Brewer says: Don't worry, even if your wife-to-be is great at dancing, chances are she hasn't done much ballroom. This is a very different type of dancing and is a new challenge for a lot of people. If you book lessons with a professional, they will show you clever ways of leading and turning her, and I promise they will very quickly make you look like you know what you're doing.

I recommend that you book at least three lessons and give yourself eight weeks or so before the wedding so you can put some practice in. The more you rehearse, the more natural you will look. The main thing is that you enjoy yourself and celebrate being husband and wife.

Emma Brewer,First Dance
www.firstdancestudios.co.uk

 

Move to the beat

Move to the beat

Q. My partner and I are useless at dancing and are thinking of hiring a professional to help us create an amazing first dance. What are the benefits and what should we ask before booking?

A. Emma Brewer says: There are lots of options available. One-off lessons will help you get around the dancefloor, or a package of three lessons will ensure you wow your guests. Most companies will be able to help people with all abilities from those that have danced before to couples that have two left feet! Get in touch to discuss your needs. We offer a free consultation in person or on Zoom to see what type of music you're considering and when you should start your lessons. Try and relax and turn it into a fun experience.

Emma Brewer,First Dance
www.firstdance.co.uk

 

Dance the night away

Dance the night away

Q. It's always been my dream to perform a wow-factor dance that will impress our guests. I want it to be upbeat and modern. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Emma Brewer says: There are lots of different ways you can create an impressive dance. We've created a number of routines where couples have chosen their favourite song and we have organised the choreography. Keep in mind that simple dances are often more effective and crowd-pleasing.

Choose a current song that will appeal to all generations or a medley. If it was me, I would choose something from Bruno Mars or The Chainsmokers. Remember you both have to love the tune as you'll be hearing it a lot in rehearsals.

Emma Brewer
www.firstdance.co.uk

 

Dancing the night away

Dancing the night away

Q. We want to wow our guests on the big day. Do you have any suggestions on how we can do this?

A. Emma Brewer says: There are lots of ways you can impress your friends and family during your first dance. The majority of couples are happy shuffling around the floor but if you want something a bit different, why not consider a medley? Start with a slow song and transform it into something more crowd-pleasing. Remember in order to pull off a great routine, you'll need to put in the hours and work.

Choose a piece of music that you love and means something special to you both.

Alternatively, you could opt for a specific style such as Latin or ballroom. Find a course or class near you and leave plenty of time to rehearse before the big day.

If you don't have much spare time, then choose a tune you both like and gaze into each other's eyes and smile throughout.

Emma Brewer
www.firstdance.co.uk

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