Valentine's Day Gift Idea: Wedding Dance Lessons for Your Love

Valentine's Day Gift Idea: Wedding Dance Lessons for Your Love

Remember the very first time you ever slow danced with someone you had a crush on? My first experience slow dancing was at a "Trophy Dance" - an end-of-the-summer celebration and award ceremony put on by the pool and tennis club my family went to while I was growing up. I remember running away and hiding in the girls' bathroom after I danced with the boy I liked to "I Swear" by All for One. Although we were both only seven years old, it still felt like a monumental moment in my life.

First Dance Charlotte Wins The Knot Best of Weddings for 2016

First Dance Charlotte Wins The Knot Best of Weddings for 2016

I am very excited to announce that First Dance Charlotte has been awarded the The Knot Best of Weddings 2016! Thank you to all my fabulous students who made this happen. Here's to another wonderful year of dancing, laughter and love!

29 First Dance Songs from Real 2015 Weddings

29 First Dance Songs from Real 2015 Weddings

Does the giant 200+ "greatest first dance songs" playlist that you stumbled across on the internet leave you feeling overwhelmed and confused? While many first dance song lists mean well, they often forget to consider the most important aspect of the first dance song - whether or not you can actually dance to it!

The following list encompasses 29 songs that real 2015 couples and students of First Dance Charlotte danced to on their wedding day. The list runs the gamut from Motown to R&B, Top 40 Hits to Country, well-known to unknown, and everything in between. 

Featured: Charlotte Wedding Magazine's Bride+Groom

Featured: Charlotte Wedding Magazine's Bride+Groom

My article, Wedding dance lessons: boom or bust?, on the top 10 reasons why Charlotte brides and grooms should take wedding first dance lessons, was recently published on Charlotte Wedding magazine's Bride+Groom blog! Obviously, I think they are a boom, but check it out for yourself by clicking on the link above or the image below. Cheers!

5 Tips for Practicing Your Wedding First Dance

5 Tips for Practicing Your Wedding First Dance

Preparing for your first dance can be one of the most fun parts of the wedding planning process. During lessons, you get to spend uninterrupted time focusing on your partner, and during practice, you get to work through the challenges of learning something new together. It's not always easy to fit it in to your busy schedule, but practicing, when done intentionally and with a positive attitude, can result in major progress. 

Here are a few tips for practicing at home in between wedding dance lessons.

Five First Dance Songs for Laid-Back Outdoor Summer Weddings

Five First Dance Songs for Laid-Back Outdoor Summer Weddings

Hot and sultry summer weddings deserve first dance songs that fit the weather and the mood of summer love. The following are some of my favorite first dance songs for a laid-back summer wedding, preferably outside near a beautiful body of water.

Lauren & Stephen | Ritchie Valens First Dance Song

Lauren & Stephen | Ritchie Valens First Dance Song

"Practice makes permanence." Lauren, a former ice skater, spoke these words during our first wedding dance lesson last summer. I realized how very true these words are when applied both to learning how to dance and to the marriage that comes after the wedding.

The Importance of Talking with Your Wedding Photographer about Your First Dance

If you choose to take wedding dance lessons in preparation for your first dance, you will want to make sure your photographer captures each moment. Here are three tips to ensure your wedding photographer is ready to capture each dip, spin, twirl and lift during your wedding first dance.

First Dance Song Review: By The Way They Dance by Jump, Little Children

First Dance Song Review: By The Way They Dance by Jump, Little Children

You know those bands that you love at one point in your life and then completely forget ever existed 10 years later? Enter Jump, Little Children. I had almost forgotten about this band until I ran across their song, "By The Way They Dance."