When planning our wedding, one thing we didn’t really fancy was the ‘First Dance’. I cringed at the idea of shuffling awkwardly to a cheesy song. We both already felt quite daunted by the idea of being centre of attention, but the dance was just one step too far. We agreed that the only way we would dance, is if we learnt a routine. That way, we would be focussing on our routine and hopefully wouldn’t notice all the eyes on us!
The song we chose was Hall & Oates, You Make My Dreams Come True. I’ve always loved this song, and we wanted something a bit more upbeat and fun!
Our first attempt at learning to dance was a Lindy Hop class in Leicester. It took a lot of bribery to get Christian to agree. But the lesson was an absolute disaster! We didn’t get to dance with each other, instead you take turns dancing with different partners. There were far more women than men, which meant that Christian was in demand! Even though it was a beginners class, it was clear everyone else had been beginners for some time, and we just didn’t pick up the moves naturally. We left feeling totally uninspired and ready to give up.
Then a friend of Christians recommended a dance teacher who had recently started working for herself. I chatted to her on the phone and explained what we were looking to do, and sent her some YouTube video’s of the type of dance we had in mind (our main inspiration was this awesome jive by Alfonso Ribeiro on Dancing with the Stars, and this scene from 500 Days of Summer). She then put together a routine. We only had 3 lessons, and then we just practised over and over again! I ended up really enjoying learning our dance, it was a great excuse to spend some time together. I think even Christian had fun (sort of!).
On the day, we were both really nervous (to be honest, we hadn’t really thought about it until after we had finished our meal). We snuck off to have a quick practise after the speeches, but that probably just made us even more nervous! We got such a buzz once we started and everyone starting whooping and cheering! We had managed to keep it a surprise from most of our guests. We loved it, and it got everyone on the dance floor by the end!
First Dance! was last modified: September 30th, 2016 by