Post # 1
So I am a HUGE "So you think you can dance" fan!!!! A lot of our friends know this, and they know that FI and I love to dance, so we have to do something good for our first dance.
Last night was the first private lesson of operation Samba my a$$ off at the wedding. I’m so excited about it. Our instructor was referencing Lacy and Benji from Season 2 of SYTYCD and I was like, YAY, this guy is worth every last penny. We are so going to win the wedding first dance-off 🙂
FI wants to keep it a secret, but of course I’m posting on here to tell someone 🙂
Are others doing a non-traditional first dance?
Post # 3
I haven’t decided what we’re going to do yet…we wanted to take lessons and the price was fine, about 6 hour lessons for $240. But, with him being in another state, we’ve resorted to youtube. I think we’re going to plan to do the awkward "clutch and sway" as it’s referred to for a minute, then break into a 1-minute tango or something kinda fun. We haven’t decided….but hopefully we can learn a few fancy steps from youtube. It’s been YEARS since I had tango lessons, but I’m more worried about my FI since you can actually see his feet not mine.
Samba’s tricky! I’m so jealous you have mad skills and a mad skilled teacher at that!
Post # 4
Oh yougigal – my fiance and I are planning the same thing! Except we’re doing a salsa number since he is Puerto Rican and his family is always dancing salsa! And I have all of last season’s SYTYCD on my DVR and watch at least one episode a week! I can’t wait for it to start again this year! 🙂 We haven’t looked into the cost yet, but this is one thing I can splurge on since he and I both love to dance.
Do you plan on changing into another dress to do the dance in? That is my dilemma, my dress is pretty darn big so I don’t know how it will move with me moving pretty fast… I was thinking I’d change for our first dance, then change back into my wedding dress.
Post # 5
I am getting another dress, I’m just not sure when I will change into it. My plan was to change into it for the afterparty. I think I will just wear the first dress for the dance. I was thinking I should practice though in a full skirt or slip so we can see how the turns are, then I will decide.
I did go to a wedding where they did a tango for the first dance. The bride changed into a red dress and then back into her wedding dress.
Post # 6
We are dorks and are going to do the dance from Dirty Dancing to "I’ve had the time of my life" of course there will be no full out lift, instead at the end of the song I will run to him and he’ll just pick me up and swing around 🙂
Post # 7
My fiance wants the Swing. I want Mambo (I think) or Waltz. We haven’t fully decided yet, but we’re practicing everything just in case
Post # 8
Haven’t decided, but unless we take lessons, it will be the sway + run of dance floor LOL
Post # 9
We’re trying to decide if the $206 dance lessons are worth it. I want nothing more than a choreographed dance though.
Post # 10
We did a hustle into a waltz (with stealing, lifts, and tricks). I would’ve loved to do a latin dance (samba is my favorite), but my then-fiance doesn’t have samba hips nor the interest to learn it so we stuck with a dance that would make him look good as well.
I also had a ballroom/latin gown made specifically for the first dance (latin for the hustle and then the drapping fabric rolled out into a ballgown for the waltz) and then changed back into the wedding dress afterwards. For the samba, if you are wearing a wedding dress, it’ll be hard to see your hips and feet.
Post # 11
We’re SYTYCD fans as well, and that’s what really prompted Boy to want a waltz. We’re thinking of a smooth waltz (a la Pasha and Jessie from Season 3), but I’d love to throw a little spice into it.
Is anyone else Waltzing? How do you plan to make it fun?
Post # 12
While tango, waltz and samba are all beautiful dances (I’m getting hooked on to Dancing with the stars! LOL), Me nor my husband are that talented… but we HAD to have a choreographed dance too!!
so we took it old school! I created a mix with songs like Jump On it (Fresh Prince of Bel Air, anyone?), vanilla ice, soulja boy, everybody dance now, michael jackson and britney spears — yes. that britney spears!
Surprisingly, we came up with the dance one time a couple months before the wedding, revised the song multiple times (added, deleted songs) and never danced again. We stayed at the hotel the night before the wedding… and other maid of honor is a dancer — so we enlisted her help for the night. We kept it a secret from EVERYONE so being away from the bridesmaids and groomsmen until 2 am (the night before the wedding!!!) was suspicious. That night, we came up with new dances for parts we hadn’t done yet, and practiced the whole thing. I thought we were OK, but not great…. I was mortified the next day when I put on my dress and realized I had to dance in a dress with a train!
thankfully though, (I was nervous throughout the real slow song of our first dance and didn’t really get to enjoy the moment) the dance went off perfectly!!! I was surprised I could do the soulja boy in 4 inch heels and a huge dress!! I’m so glad we decided to do it — best decision we made. It was nerve racking, but I guess when the pressure is on — you get it done!
Go for it ladies!! ** sorry for the long post! **
Post # 13
This is a lovely thread indeed. As a fromer ballroom dancer I do want to throw just a few considerations out there:
1. Samba in wedding dress – depending on the dress of course – not gonna happen. If you’re opting for anything other than sheath possibly mermaid silhouet, it’s not happening – trust me, I’ve tried. I would highly sugest a temporary woredrobe change.
2. If you plan on doing a waltz – good luck finding good songs in 3/4 tempo – it’s doable, just very hard. Also be mindful of your dress here as well as the more interesting looking steps invlove the man stepping between your feet/you stepping backwords – not easy in a competition dress (which are made for this) so it’s probably going to be much harder in a wedding gown. Although, if you can pull it off, vienesse waltz is just too gorgeous for words.
3. Rumba is great! As long as you’re willing to forgo some of the "hip -iness"it would look great and be doable in any dress style.
Now, I do have a question. The waltz first emerged in mid 19th century germany/austria – the time of hoop skirts and crinolines. I would love to know how the women did it back then – It’s so hard to do a waltz in a hoop skirt! Any dance historians out there have any ideas?