Do I need to have Patrick Swayze dance skillz for my first dance? And other frequently asked questions...
can we learn to dance for our wedding if we have two left feet, no rhythm or have never danced together, LIKE EVER?
Yes! The majority of couples I teach are absolute beginners. I will tailor your lessons to your skill level so you can feel comfortable on the dance floor. Whether you want to simply break free from the dreaded "prom sway" or learn a spectacular routine to wow your family and friends, your lessons are customized to you as a couple. Many couples are surprised to find they are actually pretty good at dancing together - they just needed a little instruction!
what styles of dance do you teach?
I teach just about everything - from ballroom dances to social dance styles to dances from music videos. Most wedding dances benefit from a mixture of styles. Tell me what you envision on my Get Started form and we'll make it happen.
how far in advance of our wedding should we begin dance lessons?
Taking wedding dance lessons is similar to planning your wedding: the longer you have to prepare, the more you are able to accomplish. Many couples start their lessons two to three months before their wedding but you can certainly begin earlier and space out your lessons over several months. Even if you don't have a ton of time remaining, that doesn't mean you can't learn a dance. Contact me and we can discuss whether we can find times that will work for both of our schedules.
when should we book our lessons and should we book them all at one time?
The short answer is as soon as possible! Feel free to reach out to me as far as a year in advance if you are interested in taking lessons, though six months is a good rule of thumb. My regular evening calendar tends to fill up completely from March-November and is usually booked two to three months out. So if your wedding is in October, if you reach out in April, you will have a lot of dates and times to choose from. The closer you get to your wedding date, the less availability I will have.
what days of the week and what hours are lessons available?
I generally teach lessons on Monday-Thursday at 6, 7:15 and 8:30 pm. I do have some flexibility during the day (can you get away for a lunchtime lesson, or leave work early and make it by 4:45 pm? Let me know!) Friday and Saturday lessons are available for an additional $15 fee per lesson.
How long is each lesson?
Lessons are 60 minutes long. The last ten minutes of the lesson is usually dedicated to reviewing what we've learned and filming the steps on one of your phones so you have a practice video to use in between lessons. Most couples find this to be incredibly helpful for memory and to see how far they've come.
where is your studio located?
First Dance Charlotte is located at 3626 Country Club Drive in Charlotte.
what should we wear to our lessons?
Wear whatever clothing you are comfortable in. Smooth-soled shoes are the best option, e.g. Toms, flats, Converse, dress shoes, low heels, wedges and sandals, but only if they are strappy and stay on your feet. Please, no flip flops! I recommend practicing in your wedding shoes during at least one lesson if possible.
do we need to bring our music? what if our band is performing our first dance song?
No need to bring your music if you are using a DJ. If your band can provide a recording of your first dance song, please bring it! However, most bands do not provide recordings of the songs unless they already exist on their websites. We'll do our best to find a live version of your song to practice to during the lessons.
what about contracts, cancellations and payments?
There is no contract to sign, but I do ask each of my students to give me at least 24 hours notice if they need to cancel a lesson or reschedule. There is no guarantee that there will be times available to reschedule and in some cases you may have to forfeit a lesson. If you are able to reschedule to a Friday evening or Saturday morning lesson, you will be responsible for the additional $15 fee. I accept payment in full on the day of the first lesson.
how do group workshops differ from the other packages? can we learn to dance to our first dance song in a group setting?
Group workshops are held occasionally during the busiest time of year to accomodate couples who I do not have space in my calendar to teach privately, or who cannot fit multiple lessons into their schedules. They are held on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon at an offsite dance studio that I rent for the workshop. Each couple learns the same steps at the same time and only dances with their fiance(e) (i.e. we do not switch partners like other group classes often require.) Toward the end of the workshop, we cycle through each couple’s first dance song so you get to practice to your music as well as to the other couples’ music. This helps couples become more proficient at applying the steps they learn to other songs as well as their first dance song. If interested in this option, contact Alex to find out when the next one will be held.
something else on your mind?
Contact me and I will do my best to answer your question!