Post # 1
Hi! My adorable fiance booked a salsa band for our reception. He doesn’t know how to dance. He’s really been practicing though. It’s really endearing. I salsa dance well and one groomsmen salsa dances. That’s it for our 140 person wedding.
FI thinks that the music will be so engaging that people will just get up and shake their butts. I’m not so sure. My parents keep complaining that it’s going to be “loud.”
I hired a dj too for backup in case the salsa is not working out…
We have the option of hiring a salsa dancer to come and give a performance and also teach a dance at our reception.
Will that take away from us as a couple? Our dance won’t compare…
Would y’all like to learn salsa at a wedding? It’s very challenging. Most can’t figure it out on the first night. It’s better if people are clueless.
What do you guys think?
Post # 3
no, i personally probably wouldn’t really like it. i’d rather just dance my own way.
my fiance’s brother had a bluegrass band at his wedding. i thought it was limiting since we had a dancey crowd and you can’t really dance to bluegrass. however, latin music is so much fun anyways that i’m sure everyone will have fun without a dance instructor there.
Post # 4
I think it’s better if ppl are clueless. Plus, even if people don’t know salsa, they will still get out there and wing it.
Post # 5
My sister had a great latin band, Los Pingos (sp?) at her reception in LA. It was fantastic! She didn’t have a lesson, but everyone was up dancing, mostly just freestyle. I think a couple of people knew how to latin dance, but not many. She worried about exactly the same thing, but it was one of the highlights of the reception.
She had a DJ afterward, and honestly, more people were up dancing to the band. Lesson or no lesson, it’s a great idea. DO IT!
Post # 6
I went to a wedding years ago where they had a salsa band & lessons available. It was a blast and everyone was dancing.
Post # 7
i think it would be great to have a performance and maybe do a lesson during the cocktail hour. sure, salsa’s hard, but i think they might learn a step or two. this way, it won’t detract too much from you and the groom, and they may feel more comfortable when the actual dancing starts. that is, if you’re having the “typical” wedding schedule: cocktail hour, dinner, dancing.
Post # 8
I would be ok with a performance maybe, but I wouldn’t pay attention to the lesson. Salsa is fun to dance to, no matter if you know what you’re doing or not. I would skip the lesson and just dance!
Post # 9
I think it would be awesome to offer a lesson. It would also be something really fun during the cocktail hour. Not everyone would need to participate, but I think it would be very considerate of you – and people could pick up a few moves. Salsa is a hard dance to learn, but they could easily master the basic three steps and a turn and be armed with enough to really enjoy the band!
I would scrap the performance, because you don’t want to make it a dancing show. Just have the lesson, your first dance and let the party begin! Some of your other guests might surprise you with their dancing prowess!
Post # 10
I just saw a movie and loooved the steamy dance scene … I am pretty sure it was salsa! Its the new movie The Ugly Truth … it has the hottest dance scene. I would love to do that.
Post # 11
I think a salsa lesson would be awesome! My FI is Puerto Rican and his family can MOVE IT like no other – aunts and uncles the same! I would love to offer this to my Irish-jigging family, but unfortunately we’re getting married in po-dunk, MN and it isn’t an option. I voted to offer it – b/c if people like to dance at your wedding, I would bet that most women would be up learning to salsa!
Post # 12
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
Do your first dance first, THEN later you can have the performer.
Personally, I love this idea and FI and I wanted to do the same thing (budget constraints prevented it). Salsa is definitely an engaging enough genre with enough of a beat that you can dance without knowing how. It will make your wedding fun and interesting, and people will talk about it for a long time afterwards!
Post # 13
P.S. my FBIL had some sort of story-telling latin dancers at his wedding (think what Mia Michaels does on SYTYCD but not that good) for a song and the people who were Greek and/or not Puerto Rican (most of the wedding) had NO idea what was going on. But if the dancers just dance Salsa and invite everyone to join in, like Penny & Johnny do in the beginning of Dirty Dancing, then I say it is a go!!!
Post # 14
I wouldn’t want to learn but if there were an option, I’d go for the salsa performance on its own and not a lesson.
You can have them do a lesson during the rehersal dinner if you really wanted to. That would work out pretty well. At least everyone in your bridal party can show their moves off at the reception.
Post # 15
I’m not sure yet. There are going to be many single dateless ladies at our wedding and all of FI’s friends are married. He has one single friend…I wanted a hot, latin man to be a paid guest and entertain the ladies! The salsa dancer that the band found is a woman with a male dance partner. Grrr…I’m going to keep looking.
Post # 16
Sounds like so much fun! Salsa dancing is HARD, so I think many guests would appreciate a lesson and a show.