Post # 1
My Fiance and I love to dance. When we go out to the bar we spend the night on the dance floor dancing together and he is spinning me round and stuff, it’s a ton of fun and i always have a smile plastered on my face.
So for our first dance we were thinking of doing a faster song, rather than a traditional slow song. We are undecided because we don’t want it to look cheesy or too rehearsed and have ppl see us counting steps or beats in our head.
Has anyone done a faster song for your first dance and just sort of winged it? I am hoping there is someone else out there.
if so, how did it go?
Post # 4
We’re going to dance to Thin Lizzy’s “Dancing in the Moonlight” … I think … I still don’t know
Post # 5
Yes, my husband and I danced to a fast song (“The Embassy Waltz” from My Fair Lady – husband is a huge Audrey Hepburn fan), a Viennese waltz, which at 180 beats per minute is very fast, and it was not choreograhed. For comparison’s sake, the average swing dance is about 160-165 bmp.
However, we have both been dancing ballroom and swing since we were teenagers (my case)/early 20s (his case). I also teach dance (ballroom, ballet and swing), so I don’t know if you can use us as the standard. We feel that choreographed routines always look stiff and rehearsed. We just danced the way we would dance at a ball, but we obviously know many different steps and figures, and after so many years of dancing we never have to count.
Post # 6
I work in a ballroom dance studio and there are lots of couples who pick a more up beat first dance song; and they are usually way better! In our school we would always rather help a couple learn a few things and let them do more lead and follow rather than choreograph a whole number…looks more natural and less like “hey I’ve taken 4 dance classes”! Whatever you decide for the dance part, have fun–but pick what ever song you want. 🙂
Post # 7
Everyone picks a single song for a first dance, or on rare occassion a cut of 2, but I have been looking and looking for a nicely cut medley of romantic/wedding/love songs and can’t find one (yet), not even on YouTube! haha Have you come across anything since you are in the ballroom field too? Thanks!
Post # 8
I agree with your above comment that leading and following always looks more natural than a choreographed routine.
As far as a medley is concerned, I don’t really recall having heard anything. However, you could always try cutting it yourself. Let’s say, a couple wants a mix of slow waltz, rumba and tango – I am just throwing these dances out – you could pick something like Della Reese’s “Don’t you know (I have fallen in love with you)”. It is based on a Puccini composition, but Della’s voice gives it a slightly Latin feel which would blend nicely with a rumba (e.g., “Besame Mucho” or “Now and Forever” – quite appropriate for a wedding, no?), and then finish it off with a dramatic tango. I have edited music before, and it worked quite well (there are free on-line programmes). For a wedding, it probably doesn’t have to be strict tempo, so you have more flexibility than elsewhere.