Post # 1
So here’s my situation: I’m considering hiring a dance instructor to come teach some basic line dances or swing/salsa moves for about an hour or so after dinner during my wedding reception. We’re not serving alcohol at the wedding and most of the people coming are generally pretty mild-mannered and not big party people (the old and the young alike). I wanted to have something fun available for people to do if they’re uncomfortable getting down on the dance floor or perhaps don’t have a date to dance with. I’m just afraid that it might come off as tacky. It wouln’t be anything mandatory where we’re trying to force people to dance who don’t want to dance…it would just be something that’s available for people who were already wanting to do something fun…and especially for those who are on the fence about dancing and who otherwise wouldn’t dance at all.
What do you all think? Is this a good or bad idea? Does anyone have any experience with this (either as a bride or as a wedding guest)?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
- 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
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
This would probably end up being really awkward.
Post # 11
If not everyone participates, it’ll be awkward.
Post # 12
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
- 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
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
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
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.