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Jul
10

Learn to dance for your wedding in 2 hour crash course

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Wedding Dance Workshop downtown Toronto couple dippingWe offer two hour wedding dance workshops which are basically crash courses in designing your first dance. In only two hours, you will learn some basic but elegant and effective steps that will impress your guests. The workshops includes learning basic dance hold and some basic steps, as well as twirls and even a dip, that is designed for those who have never danced before. In just two hours, you will be prepared for your special first dance.

Only 2 more workshops for 2016:

Sunday Aug 14, 2016 1-3pm 

Sunday Sept 11, 2016 1-3pm

The wedding dance workshops will start again monthly in February 2017. Dates will be posted here shortly.

The workshops are held at Dovercourt House near Bloor / Ossington (pictured above).

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Jul
24

Tips for a successful first dance on your wedding day

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7 tips for a successful first dance on your wedding day:

1. Decide what you want to do. Do you want something simple and elegant? Do you want something fun and entertaining? Do you have a song in mind? If you are doing a fully choreographed song, start early but not too early because you don’t want to forget your moves before the big day! For a simple dance, you can learn closer to your wedding date.

2. Make time to practice regularly. Avoid large gaps between practices to avoid forgetting what you learn in your lessons.

3. Keep your dress in mind and practice in it if possible. Have your  dress bustled up and if your dress is difficult to move around in, keep this in mind when you are designing your first dance.

4. Keep your shoes in mind – practice at least once in the shoes you will be wearing on the day.

5. Keep your dance floor in mind – is it big, is it small? You should choreograph your song according to the space you have. Also, practice on the floor beforehand if possible!

6. Do a quick rehearsal on the day if possible before you dance in front of your guests.

7. Smile and have fun! Remember, noone knows your choreography so if something goes wrong, just go with the flow and don’t show that you made a mistake. Stay connected to each other and just stay in the moment.

 

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Mar
18

What style of dance is best for wedding first dance?

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The song and dance style you choose for your wedding first dance should always reflect what you both want and feel. Sometimes you have to try and experiment to find out what you want or you may already know. Here are 4 dance styles you may want to consider which go beyond the ‘high school’ ‘hugging’ dance:

1. Simple ‘slow dance’ – Using almost any ballad, this option is the most popular. There are easy steps and tricks you can use to look great but are relatively easy to learn, ie you don’t need months of dance lessons. The content you use should reflect your personalities as individuals and as a couple, as well as the general feel of the song you choose. You can incorporate turns, switches, dips and even lifts in this style of dance. I suggest the Wedding Dance Workshop and / or a few private lessons to get you comfortable and looking fabulous.

2. Ballroom Dance – learn to do a traditional waltz, foxtrot or rumba, or any dance for that matter! This will require more time and I suggest 10 lessons minimum if you have never danced before. Start early and don’t leave it to the last minute! This option can be a lot of fun. When else can you learn to dance and then have the opportunity to show off your new moves? You can always mix in some ballroom steps into an easier slow dance.

3. Comedy – Get your guests going with a comedy routine.If you feel this is for you, you can put some of it together yourselves or ask an instructor to choreograph the routine for you. If you are doing one of those song medley routines that seems to be a recent trend, experiment first with what you are able to do and then edit the music. I generally don’t recommend anyone dancing for more than 5 mins to fully choreographed routine. It may not seem like a long time but it is when you are dancing!

4. Combination of any of the above 3 – You can incorporate a mix of traditional ballroom steps into an easier slow dance which can be beautiful and lots of fun. This way there isn’t pressure to do a waltz for the entire song for example. Of course you can always switch from a serious elegant song to a comedy routine too.

Whatever you choose, always remember to be true to yourselves and have fun!

-Popi, Dance Instructor and Choreographer, DanceClassToronto.com

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