Wedding Tips and Trends



Wedding Wire recently posted this article. It was so helpful, I thought I would repost it here.

So, you’re struggling to pick a first dance song that not only feels personal and meaningful, but is easy to dance to. We asked dance instructors from around the country to share the songs that they wished more couples would pick (especially if they’re dancing newbies), and tell us why.

The Pro: Francis Teri ofDance Fever Studios in
               Brooklyn, New York
The Song: “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am”
                  by Nancy Wilson
Why it Rocks: “This song is beautiful, a classic, perfect for a
                         wedding and has a very clear beat which
                         makes it easy for non dancers to dance to.”

The Pro: Frank Rende, Jr. of Arthur Murray Studio of
               New Britain, in New Britain, Connecticut
The Song: “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli
Why it Rocks: “This song is upbeat, and most everyone has
                        heard it and knows the words.”

The Pro: Nikki A. McElvain of Dance Pizazz in
               St. Peters, Missouri
The Song: “Grow Old with You” by Adam Sandler from The
                   Wedding Singer
Why it Rocks: “The song is a great rumba, which represents
                         love and passion. It’s also very catchy, and
                         predictable with…a clear concise patterns,
                         making it easy for most people to better
                         remember their choreography. Lastly the
                         song leaves a lot of room for acting and fun
                         quirky gestures which makes the dance more

The Pro: Kat Kinnunen of All About Dancing in
               Arlington, Virginia
The Song: “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles
Why it Rocks: “I think this song really captures the common
                        saying, 'I'd marry you over and over again,' as
                        well as the importance of actively loving one
                        another every day. The beat is obscure, but
                        there are many fun dance styles to fit it, all
                        you have to do is find the right instructor!”

The Pro: Caitlin Milhimes ofFirst Dance in Littlestown,
The Song: “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra
Why it Rocks: “These songs have stood the test of time for a
                         reason- they are effortlessly romantic! I once
                         had a groom sing the first half of 'Fly Me to the
                         Moon' to his bride, pick her up, and dance
                         the second half of the song with her—it was
                         elegant, romantic, and an all-around breath
                         of fresh air for the guests!”

The Pro: Delphine Leroux of First Dance Vancouver in
               Vancouver, British Columbia
The Song: “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” by Elvis
Why it Rocks: “It is a true classic, and its timeless, elegant
                         charm goes straight to the heart.”

The Pro: Kathleen Nanni Sullivan of KN Dance in
               Collingswood, New Jersey
The Song: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen
Why it Rocks: “It's unexpected, fun, upbeat with great lyrics!
                         I love it because it's one of those songs you
                         can't help singing and dancing along to.
                         Such a crowd pleaser and wonderful tune to
                         get the party started!”

The Pro: Lucy Fitzgerald of Just Dancing West in St. Peters,
The Song: “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)”
Why it Rocks: “It contains such a classic sentiment and it’s
                        also extremely danceable! The various
                        versions of the song, by artists such as Marvin
                        Gaye, James Taylor, and Michael Buble, can
                        be great for dancing foxtrot, rumba, West
                        Coast swing, and east coast swing,
                        depending on the couple’s style and
                        personalities. The lyrics also make it a fun and
                        appropriate option for parent dances.”

The Pro: Diana Daniel of Anchor Dance Studio in Oradell,
               New Jersey
The Song: “It’s Your Love” by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
Why it Rocks: “I love that this song is a beautiful duet that
                         has romance and love at its core. The tempo
                         of this song is great too. I like that this song is
                         not a perfect foxtrot or rumba. It is a
                         combination of both dance styles, and by
                         tweaking the perfect timings of both the
                         foxtrot and rumba you allow more
                         opportunities to play with the choreography.”

The Pro: Susan Palmer of Palmer Dance Studio in
              Greenville, South Carolina
The Song: “With This Ring” by The Platters
Why it Rocks: “This song has a great 1960's Motown type
                         tempo that is quite catchy…And, at only 2:40,
                         it is not a long song to dance to so even shy
                         or inexperienced couples can get through it
                         and not feel like they will be boring their
                         guests. Finally, East Coast Swing or South
                         Carolina Shag are two of the dances that
                         can be used with it and lends itself nicely to
                         easy or complex footwork.”


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