(Closed) I need opinions Bees! Should I have a salsa dance performance at my reception?

posted 9 years ago in Music
  • poll: Should we have the dance lesson and/or show?
    Yes, I want the show and the lesson! : (9 votes)
    39 %
    Just the lesson : (4 votes)
    17 %
    Scrap the whole thing and let them improvise : (10 votes)
    43 %
  • Post # 3
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    60 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    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
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    404 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    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
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    250 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    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
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    1901 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    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
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    452 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    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
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    2324 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    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
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    7174 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    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
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    2365 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    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
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    196 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I think a salsa lesson would be awesome!  My Fiance 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
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    4480 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

    Do your first dance first, THEN later you can have the performer.

    Personally, I love this idea and Fiance 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
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    196 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    P.S. my Future Brother-In-Law 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
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    369 posts
    Helper bee

    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 # 16
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    143 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    Sounds like so much fun! Salsa dancing is HARD, so I think many guests would appreciate a lesson and a show.

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