(Closed) Dance instructor at reception: fun or tacky?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Is a dance instructor at the wedding reception a fun idea or a tacky one? (Please read explaination)
    That would be a fun option for your guests! Many people would enjoy that. : (14 votes)
    21 %
    It would be okay. It's not necessarily tacky, but not everyone goes for that kind of thing. : (11 votes)
    17 %
    I probably wouldn't do it. It's not necessarily tacky, but not everyone goes for that kind of thing. : (30 votes)
    45 %
    That seems tacky. Let your guests dance however they want. : (11 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    5428 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I thinbk that would be fun! Just make sure the instructor has loads of personality so she can pull people off their chairs and onto the dance floor.

    Post # 4
    1319 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I’m pretty mild-mannered, and generally don’t like dancing in public. I would be more uncomfortable *learning* to dance in public. The dance instructor would make it more awkward for me.

    Post # 5
    3569 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I think it’s a fun option and the guest who don’t want to partake don’t have too. Just invite the guest who want to onto the dance floor. It would be fun!

    Post # 6
    6248 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 1900

    I’m kind of on the fence on this one.  I see how some people would find it fun to have an instructor.  But I think those people are the ones already on the dance floor.  So if they’re already up there, then they probably don’t really need someone to instruct them to dance.  In the end, even though it could be fun, I voted no.

    Post # 7
    1798 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Honestly I think it would be kind of awkward. I think a lot of people who may not be really good dancers will stay off the dance floor with an instructor around. It’s AN interesting idea, but I would just let people have fun, bad dance moves and all.

    Post # 8
    5371 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

    I think it would be a fun option for people who like to dance in public (: When I was in highschool sometimes they would get dance instructors to come and teach the school different dances (my school had about 200 people, kind of like a larger wedding hahaa) and almost everyone loved it. I think as long as you have a lot of people willing to get up and dance and you can find an instructor with a great personality then go for it!

    Post # 9
    112 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    When I went to bar mitzvah’s in middle school they always had these types of “dance instructors” and it worked really well for awkward kids who were too nervous to participate…Personally I just would feel sort of childish if I saw someone like that now at a wedding.  And I wouldn’t be as likely to let loose, instead I’d be worried about looking silly.

    Post # 10
    3261 posts
    Sugar bee

    This would probably end up being really awkward. 

    Post # 11
    3626 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    If not everyone participates, it’ll be awkward.

    Post # 12
    2335 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    As a wedding guest, I get up and flail dance and wouldn’t want a professional person coming over to tell me that I look like an idiot.  I know I look like an idiot, but that’s part of the fun of dancing at weddings.

    I think this would be very fun for a bridal shower activity, but the wedding.

    Post # 13
    4194 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    @MapleMoose:   I see how some people would find it fun to have an instructor.  But I think those people are the ones already on the dance floor.

    Exactly- I would like it, since I’d be up there dancing anyway, but it wouldn’t get Fiance on the floor. I bought an  Arthur Murray Groupon, and he is NOT happy about having to go to it! 🙂

    Post # 14
    790 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I think this would work well if you were planning to play a specific type of music that not many people would otherwise know how to dance to. It’s easy to learn the basic swing step and a couple of turns (same with salsa). So it would allow people who might want to dance but don’t know how to get out there. I’d find it fun but it looks like a lot of people would find it awkward. You know your crowd best and whether they’d likely be into it.

    Post # 15
    12904 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I would be super uncomfortable if someone tried to force me out of my chair to dance.  I don’t like dancing that much, so after a few songs, I’ve had my fill.  If an instructor tried to force me up on the dance floor, I might actually consider leaving.

    Post # 16
    1211 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I would not like that. I go to a wedding to just have fun and relax. A dance instructor sounds awkward and stressful, haha. My grad program always does ‘dances’ that have a line dance instructor. Most people sit out during the instruction period and just wait for a free time to dance so they can do what they want. 

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