(Closed) fast first dance song (but not choreographed)….???

posted 11 years ago in Music
Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We’re going to dance to Thin Lizzy’s “Dancing in the Moonlight” … I think … I still don’t know

Post # 5
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Helper bee

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.Smile

Post # 6
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: March 2012

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
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@ Persephone:

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
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Helper bee

@theaterb12:

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.

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