- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2009
I wanted to wish you all good luck with your wedding planning! I found this site very useful when I planned my wedding, and wanted to post some things to help future brides. I signed up for dance lessons, and what happened at my studio (American Ballroom Dance Studio in NYC at 25 W. 31st Street ) is that you get a free first dance lesson with a choreographer. At the end of the session, they encourage you to sign up for a private dance lesson package. Here’s the catch that I didn’t realize (and was undoubtably in the tiny print in the contract): private dance instuctions only mean that you have your own individual dance coach. On the day of your sample lesson, the ballroom is empty except for you and your dance coach and you are able to dance to your own music for the first dance song. On the days of your lessons, other couples or professional dancers will also share the ballroom. Out of fairness, each group needs to rotate their music. Since the only point of a wedding dance lesson is to learn how to perform one routine to your music, the time spent not on your song is pretty useless. That was my experience, and I just found out from some friends they went through the same thing and also felt misled. I just wanted to post this warning so you would know the right questions to ask of your dance studio and not assume (as I stupidly did) that private dance lessons would mean that you would be able to dance to your music during your entire lesson. Actually, I would recommend that you email a potential dance studio to confirm that you will be able to utilize your time by performing your dance routine with your own music.
Best of luck with your wedding planning!