Dress To Impress For Your First Dance

You dance your best when you look and feel your best. So, let’s make you look great and feel comfortable during your first dance!

Photography Credit: Bharat Parmar Photography

Photography Credit: Bharat Parmar Photography

As a bride, there are a few things you can do before the big day arrives.

First and foremost, make sure you and a bridesmaids practice bustling your gown at least once or twice. Pay close attention to the number of clasps and make sure you don’t miss any on your wedding day. If you fail to attach them all then your bustle won’t hold and you could trip over your dress while dancing.

Photography Credit: LifeFusion Photography

Photography Credit: LifeFusion Photography

Another way to ensure you’re steady on your feet is to break in your wedding shoes.

Photography Credit: Grazier Photography

Photography Credit: Brian Phillips Photography

The best shoes for your first dance are comfortable ones!

If you don’t normally wear four inch heels then we recommend you stick with flats for your big day. Choose comfort over style as you’ll be on your feet for hours and they’ll be hidden by your dress anyway.

Photography Credit: Person + Killian Photography

Photography Credit: Person + Killian Photography

Whether you have  stilettos or flats, if your shoes are brand new then you’ll want to break them in. You should wear them around your house and encourage your fiancé to do the same!

Photography Credit: Grazier Photography

Photography Credit: Grazier Photography

By the time your wedding day arrives your shoes should feel great!

Then, all that’s left to do is practice dancing in your formal attire.

We recommend a dress rehearsal while your photographer is taking formal photos. Not only does it make for great candid images but you can also hold your dips and turns allowing for posed shots as well.

Photography Credit: Leise Jones Photography

Photography Credit: Leise Jones Photography

While your photographer is snapping away,  you’ll get a feel for what you can and can’t do in your formalwear.

For example, right now form-fitting suits are extremely popular in men’s fashion. However, this stylish cut often limits one’s range of motion. If the groom is wearing a slim fitting jacket then he may realize during dress rehearsal that he needs to undo a few buttons or forgo the whole coat during the big dance.

A quick run-through is also helpful for the bride. A wedding dress feels a lot different than regular clothing when you’re being dipped and spun. So, it’s nice to see what it feels like before all eyes are on you.

Once you’re comfortable in your clothing then you’re ready to go! Ladies, reapply your lipstick and hit the dance floor. It’s your time to shine!

How To Choose A Song For Your First Dance

Music has the power to elicit emotion. So, when choosing a first dance song, think about what feelings you’d like to evoke and the tone you’d like to set.

Photography Credit: Hillary Maybery Photography

Photography Credit: Hillary Maybery Photography

Do you want it to be peaceful and romantic or do you want it to be lively and fun?

Of course, an upbeat first dance would be nontraditional. However, as long as your guests won’t be disappointed or offended then there is no reason why you can’t plan an energetic performance.

We’ve helped couples learn routines to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder and “Crazy In Love” by Beyoncé. Each dance was incredibly unique and their wedding guests loved it!

Once you’ve decided between a slow or fast paced performance then you can start thinking about a specific song.

Many couples choose a track that’s been around for ages and will continue to be relevant for years to come. Songs like “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli and “Fly Me To The Moon” by Frank Sinatra are truly timeless and work great when ballroom dancing!

However, sometimes it’s easier for modern day couples to connect with contemporary music that they hear on the radio every day. These couples come in with songs like “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne and “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. We’ve also had a couple choose “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys.

The only draw back with a song like Alicia Keys’ is that the beat is extremely slow making it challenging to dance. Another song we see all the time with a similar problem is “At Last” by Etta James.

That being said, if “At Last” or “If I Ain’t Got You” is a song that means something to you and your fiancé then that should be your music. Above all else, the the most important quality in a first dance song is that it speaks to you as a couple!

What Is The Best First Dance Style For Your Wedding Day?

There are several different ballroom dance styles out there. Watching just one episode of “Dancing with the Stars” will tell you that. The question is, what is the best style for your wedding day?

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The answer depends on the music that you choose.

The Foxtrot, for example, works best with tunes from the Rat Pack era. Artists like Frank Sinatra or (more recently) Michael Buble best compliment this rhythm of dance.

As you can see, the Foxtrot is similar to your traditional slow dance. However, instead of staying in one spot you are continuously moving around the entire dance floor.

While the Foxtrot is a popular first dance option, it doesn’t work with every musical number. A professional dancer/instructor will be able to tell you what dance styles work best with the pace and beat of the song that you choose.

Often, couples find that they like two different dance styles that work with their music. When that happens, we combine the two styles creating one cohesive performance that will absolutely impress their wedding guests.

This technique is most commonly done with the Foxtrot and the Rumba.

The Rumba is a Latin dance. However, traditional wedding choreography tends to stay away from the Latin style moves. Instead, we focus on creating a romantic slow dance feel that is just what many couples are looking for on their big day!

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The Rumba can usually be danced to most slow songs. It looks a lot like your traditional slow dance but has more structure, making you and your partner look naturally in sync and awesome.

In the end that is really all you want out of a dance style — You want something that is going to make you look calm, confident and natural!

 

 

Meet the Faces of Ballroom In Boston

What makes a great dance studio? The people in it of course!

We at Ballroom in Boston take great pride in providing a bright, happy and fun place for anyone and everyone to come and practice the art of dance. Our staff naturally creates this welcoming atmosphere because we truly love meeting new people and developing new friendships.

Here are the faces of Ballroom in Boston that make it all happen…

It all starts with Lilia Weisfeldt.

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Lilia Weisfeldt, Owner & Dance Instructor

Lilia is the owner of Ballroom in Boston. Although she hasn’t always been a Bostonian. Lilia was born in Texas, raised in North Dakota, went to college here in Boston and then taught dance down in Florida. Finally, she returned to Boston in 2006 and opened her own dance studio here in Allston, MA.

Somewhere in between all of that traveling, Lilia found herself in Arizona where she just happened to stumble upon a newspaper clipping that advertised one free ballroom dance lesson at a local dance studio. Lilia took the class and immediately fell in love!

Today, Lilia finds excitement in teaching beginners (just like she once was) who stumble upon a welcoming advertisement from Ballroom in Boston. She loves to watch their nerves and curiosity transform into relaxation, confidence and love for the dance floor just as it did for her so many years ago.

 

While Lilia is running around teaching and managing the studio, Zachary (Zach) Miller can be found behind the front desk.

Zach

Zachary (Zach) Miller, Receptionist

Zach is often the first to give everyone a welcoming “Hello!”

We love having him on our Ballroom in Boston team as he too shares our love for dance and music. Zach is a wonderful musician who enjoys expressing his musicality through dance as well.

When he isn’t at our studio he is usually, making music or writing stories and jokes.

 

 

 

Then there is Vladimyr (Vlad) Derisier, one of our beloved dance instructors.

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Vladimyr (Vlad) Derisier, Dance Instructor

Vlad has always loved the art of dance and was particularly fascinated by ballroom dance. However, it wasn’t until college that he got on the dance floor himself.

Vald’s favorite part of dancing is how it can transform the simplest movements of the human body into art, right before your eyes.

If Vlad isn’t dancing then he is most likely practicing yoga, zoning out to Netflix or eating!

 

 

Nathan Stockwell is another one of our dance instructors.

Nathan

Nathan (Nate) Stockwell-Velazquez, Dance Instructor

Nathan has been dancing for 22 years! He began when he was in elementary school and carried his passion through to high school where he majored in dance at the Boston Arts Academy.

Nathan’s favorite thing about dance is that it has no bounds. Instead, it serves as a great unifier. People from all parts of the world enjoy dancing and he loves sharing that commonality with others.

When Nathan isn’t dancing, he is eating, sleeping or watching his favorite TV show, The Walking Dead.

 

Our next instructor came to us all the way from South America!

Adriana

Adriana Pinto, Event Organizer & Argentine Tango Instructor

Adriana began her journey with dance in Brazil 20 years ago. She started just like most of you. She joined a dance studio and began dancing all types of rhythms. That is until she found her passion for the Argentine Tango.

We were so thrilled when Adriana joined our team as our Milonga Organizer and Argentine Tango instructor! Adriana says that her favorite thing about being an instructor is that she has the opportunity to pass on her passion for the dance, music and culture of the Argentine Tango.

If Adriana isn’t dancing then you will find her enjoying the outdoors, traveling, practicing yoga or snuggling up with her two cats!

 

Finally, we have Desirae Vasquez & Matthew (Matt) Davis.

Matt and Desirae

Desirae Vasquez & Matthew Davis, West Coast Swing Instructors

Matt & Desirae are our West Coast Swing instructors.

Both of them stumbled upon their love for dance out of what we like to think was fate!

Believe it or not Matt’s High School calculus teacher loved West Coast Swing and taught his calculus class a bit of the basics. That encouraged Matt to explore the dance world a bit deeper and that’s when he found his love for the art.

As for Desirae, she was out for a fun night with friends when she unexpectedly found that she had a real passion for dance.

It has been 4 years and both Desirae and Matt are still pursuing their passion for the art. 

 

So, as you can see everyone at Ballroom in Boston entered the world of dance for a different reason and in a different way.  However, we all share the same passion…

We love dance and we want you to too!

 

 

What to Expect Taking Dance Lessons for Your Wedding

Happy New Year! Can you believe it is already 2017? If you are getting married this year then you are probably hard at work planning the perfect day. If so, have you considered how you will look on the dance floor?

Wedding First Dance

We hear it all the time… “I just don’t want to look bad dancing in front of all my guests”. You are not alone! However, there is no reason to be nervous or overwhelmed, instead, we want you to enjoy this exciting time. Let us help you!

To start, we will give you a realistic idea of what to expect when taking dance lessons for your wedding…

The most important thing to remember is that novice dancers are always welcome. Especially at Ballroom in Boston! Our Motto is, “If you can walk, you can dance”. If you have absolutely no experience at all, that’s okay, come on in and let us teach you the basics!

Our lessons are private and they last up to 45 minutes. You can schedule them any day of the week from 10AM to 9PM.

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Most dance studios offer a basic package that includes five lessons and we do too! However, like any other skill you try to develop, practice makes perfect and the more lessons you take the better and more comfortable you will be.

First Dance

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If you are hoping to feel truly comfortable on the dance floor then you will want to take anywhere from 3 to 6 months of lessons. If you want to look REALLY fantastic then 6 to 12 months of lessons are in order.

Regardless of the number of lessons you chose to take, we recommend that you schedule your classes close together. Otherwise, you will likely spend most of your 45 minute class refreshing your memory instead of learning new techniques.

The good news is the lessons are FUN! Most couples find our dance classes to be an escape away from the stress of wedding planning. After all, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy some precious time together before your big day.

So, what are you waiting for? Put on some comfortable clothes, pick a song and start dancing!