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Have you been thinking about starting dance? I'm sure you have many questions and want to prepare before you walk inside a dance studio. Here are some useful guidelines that will help when starting dance for the first time.

Be Open Minded About Starting Dance

Be kind to your self when starting from scratch. Make sure your expectation for day one is fair. Did you find the dance studio and make it on time? If you said yes then you're already a dance teachers favorite kind of student. Dancers come in all different ages, colors, shapes, and sizes. Be ready for a challenge but stay open minded if your not the best student in class. Be grateful and learn from your classmates.

Know Why You Are Starting Dance

Were you looking for something to do in your free time? Have you been told by your doctor you need to start exercising? Are you recovering from a bad breakup? Is dancing something that has been on your bucket list? Starting something new can be scary and overwhelming. Typically dance environments and dance studios are full of supportive folks who love music and the arts. Don't forget why you are starting dance and keep you focus simple in the beginning.

Research Where You Are Starting Dance

Dancing shouldn't be a chore and shouldn't be too far away from home. Start by searching "dance lessons near me," in your google search engine. You should be able to see a list of dance studios in the maps and some organic listings. Pick several dance studios and see which dance classes interest you. Is starting dance right away an important factor. Check out the dance schedules for the best days and times. Next make sure you are checking the google and yelp reviews to see how many people would be willing to put their name on the line for the dance studio.

Put Some Thought Into What Dance Styles Intrigue You

Have you always dreamed of trying tap dancing or ballet or are you a loyal and committed fan of dancing with the stars. If your goal is to sweat when starting dance, then you might consider an exercise based dance class like Zumba. If you dreamed of Waltzing through Vienna then your should find a ballroom dance studio near by. Try more then one dance style. They are like significant others are never the same.

Find Out What You Should Be Wearing to Dance Class

Well we might not be the best dancer but feeling your best when you walk into class is important. Depending on when you're starting dance, you should be able to go get the right equipment, shoes, or clothes to be your best. If you are starting ballroom dance you can ask for recommendations on where to purchase shoes from your local dance studio. Some dance classes are fitness based so you can wear your sneakers to dance.

Don't Give Up Stay Committed

Its easy to get home from work and then put on our PJ's and turn on some Netflix. If you know that this a weakness, don't go straight home go get a cup of tea, read a book. Take your clothes with you to work. Good habits take some time to develop and after 6 weeks or so you'll be ready for next dance class.

We hope you enjoyed reading our guidelines from our latest blog at Windy City Wedding Dance. You can find us located in the downtown Chicago Loop. Our dance studio easily accessible from River North, Streeterville, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, West Loop, and Lake View neighborhoods. At Windy City Wedding Dance we specialize in private ballroom dance lessons and dance classes helping prepare our clients for social occasions, special events, and weddings.

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We've all been there watching a disaster of sorts. Whether its an awkward speech given by colleague or one of your best friends dancing at their own wedding, it was down right uncomfortable. These are called sympathy pains. It's pain and empathy you feel for people who are in trouble. How to dodge a first dance disaster is actually easier then you think. Its not as intense as preparing for a marathon but following this guideline can keep you off the prayer list.

How To Dodge a First Dance Disaster

The average wedding in downtown Chicago is a minimum of 40k and as you add guests to the list you can watch the prices soar. Just feeding 150 x $80 per person gets you to $12,000. Add in the venue rental, bar package, cocktail hour, photographer, videographer, band, dj, flowers, linens, rentals, dress, tuxedo, wedding shoes, bridal and groomsmen gifts, hair, makeup, and a wedding planner you've already exceeded your budget in a New York minute. Why would you invest so much money and go on the dance floor and sway back and fourth? This is the moment when all eyes are on you. Recently a client sent over a spreadsheet of costs and I found it eye opening to see that we are one of the smallest investments on the entire list.

Make The Commitment Together to Prepare For Your First Dance

Make the commitment to take dance lessons together. Make a date night out of your lessons. We can guarantee that you will be surprised how much fun it is to learn how to dance together. Taking couples dance lessons is a nice way to escape the normal day to day hustle and bustle. Creating a new hobby from the ground level is important for your relationship. We all need something we can do together.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time to Prepare for Your Wedding Dance

Don't wait until the last minute. The more time you give yourself the better your going to feel. You wouldn't run a marathon off the couch. Be patient and give yourself ample time for the movement and the lessons to sink in and become muscle memory. Couples dance classes can give you confidence so you don't feel silly in the spot light. With adequate practice and training you'll find your self growing during each dance class. When I first started, finding a dance class near me was key. In Chicago there are plenty of locations for dance.

Stay Ahead of Your Dress Alterations

Don't wait to find out on your last dress fitting that you can't dance in your dress. You'll be left with frustration and disappointment knowing you invested your time in dance classes and now you can't take steps in your wedding dress. We cover many of these details on your first dance lesson. We talk about music, dresses, shoes, dance floor size, and more. Make sure you take your shoes to your dress fitting and you explain to your seamstress that you will be dancing. Take steps in your dress to test the length make sure your wedding dress is the appropriate length for your first dance.

Schedule All of Your Lessons

Hold yourself accountable by scheduling all of your lessons in advance leading up to the wedding. Its normal to have to reschedule a lesson here or there, but life is so much less stressful when we plan in advance. Because we are all committed to weddings, organization is key. We all have a busy season, even the dance studio. By starting in January you can give your self a head start on the calendar and get the best spots. We find its more difficult when scheduling on a whim.

Know Your Dance Floor Measurements 

True wedding dance professionals would never start teaching without knowing the size of your dance floor. The last thing you want is something that just doesn't fit. During the first lesson with our clients we always ask for the dance floor size so we know which dance styles would be appropriate for the dance floor size. Your venue coordinator should have access to the measurements. In addition we have had circumstances where couples have increased the size of their dance floor after seeing the actual size. By using a measuring tape we show our clients the perimeter of the space they will be using for their first dance.

Choosing the Right Size Shoe for Your Wedding Dance

Sometimes our brides are inspired to look their tallest on their wedding day especially if their is a significant height difference. Don't make that decision based on taking dance lessons. Height makes no difference when we are dancing. We can design a dance for any couple. We talk about shoes without brides or you can just call it shoe education. Imagine that you work as a nurse and you're on your feet all day. If you just worked a 12 hour shift would you wear 4 inch uncomfortable heels? You might start to look like a chicken in stilts after the second hour. Try to find a comfortable shoe that is kind to your feet. Make sure you take these to your dress fitting. You'll have to dance in that same height. Once the dancing is over it might be flip flops.

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Truths Dance Lessons
You Can't Dance in Flip Flops on Dance Lessons

Lets face it, you weren't thinking about dance lessons when you rushed out the door slipped into your favorite Tori Birch flip flops. It was you against the clock. Well after 45 minutes of clinching and cramping your toes to your flip flops while going backwards you realized that Tori won't be coming back to the next dance lessons.

Early is on Time On Time is Late and Late is Unacceptable

Dance studio's are married to the clock. Most clients come after work to take their dance lessons. Our job is to stay on time for our clients. You can get the most out of your dance lessons by arriving early. Don't use your dance lesson time to put on your shoes and use the bathroom, now we are already 10 minutes into the lesson. Be ready to take the floor when your dance lesson is scheduled to start.

How Come Some Studios Don't List Their Prices On Line

We like to call it the bait n switch tactic by offering you a really low rate to get you inside the studio, but wait then comes the full court press sales team. Watch our for offers that seem to good to be true. Remember all business have to pay rent and their employees. Nothing is for free. If they are not listing their prices on line then they probably don't want you to know how much they cost.

We only need one lesson ( False you need dance lessons)

If you waited until the very last minute then one is better then none, but to think you are just so skilled in something you've never done before can be eye opening once you get to the studio. We don't argue or make our clients feel bad over taking one lesson. We offer them knowledge and power to schedule in advance. Typically those clients end up changing their mind and taking 4 lessons.

Maybe those heels are too high

If we can catch the bride before she comes in before her dance lessons, we have an educating chat about dancing in high heels. We ask our clients to bring in heels before they start their dress fittings. If you wear tennis shoes or flats every day and magically you decide your going to wear 4 inch heels, then sign up for the Tough Mudder or a 10k because you'll have to be like GI Jane to keep those babies on for 11 hours.

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Dance classes are a lot like fashion. Over the years fitness and dance classes have changed. Learn about what's new, what's old, what's being recycled. Here is our list of Best Adult Dance Classes for 2018.

Dance Classes from The Past

Lets start with fitness Aerobics! If you were born between the 60's and 80's you know about Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons. Aerobics by definition means a system of physical conditioning that increases the efficiency of the body’s intake of oxygen, thereby stimulating the cardiovascular system, developing endurance, and reducing body fat. From an outsiders perspective fitness aerobics included neon or cheetah print leotards, big hair, a lot of jumping around sprinkled in with inspirational screaming.  Dance programs like Reebok Step Up and Jazzercise dominated the 80's and 90's. Fitness clubs across the nation offered morning and night adult dance classes in the fitness aerobic category.

Zumba

Zumba started working its way through Chicago around 2012. Classes have less people then ever before. Is this because Zumba is dead? No it's because our market is saturated with certified instructors. You can find Zumba in almost every fitness chain across america, inside local dance studios and national chains. Zumba lives on.

Be Moved

This class is a little more of a gentler approach to fitness. Be moved has more of a dance background focusing on movement and wellbeing. Be Moved uses a plethora of genres for inspiration from 80's to Soul Funk, Jazz, Theatrical, and more. This class uses the joy of dance and music and you get to burn some calories.

Salsa

Our most popular request continues to be Salsa dance classes. Beyond burning calories in dance class, adults can actually go out to a night club and dance. Outside the classroom there are many opportunities to dance salsa in the Chicago Market. Our salsa dance classes start at the beginner level and go up to the advanced level. We vote the Best Adult Dance Classes for 2018 is Beginner Salsa. First its our most requested class. Lastly its been our most popular class for 5 years.

At Windy City Wedding Dance we offer beginner level ballroom adult dance classes as well as salsa. In addition we offer private dance instruction 7 days a week. We help educate adults about movement, posture, dance, and social dancing. It's normal to experience a variety of music genres being played in the back ground. Interested in taking a dance class? Whether its for a wedding or just for fun, we can customize any program for our clients. Despite the cold weather we always say its 70 and sunny in the dance studio.

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Are you starting to brain storm about your first dance? Many couples in Chicago seek guidance from our wedding dance studio. We advise them on how to dance for their wedding. One of the popular topics that surface in our first meeting is about how to pick a dance style for their wedding dance. Couples want to know what are the best wedding dance styles.

Best Wedding Dance Styles

Why pick one when you can multiple dance styles? Look your best on your wedding day by working with a dance instructor to find the perfect steps that fit your personality. Normally we choose at least 2 dance styles to give our clients a bigger selection of material. During the dance class, the couples get to experience choices. Listed below are some of the most used dance styles in downtown Chicago's Windy City Wedding Dance.

Foxtrot 

This perfect dance style  allows the wedding dance clients to move around the dance floor instead of rocking back and fourth in one spot. We can dance the foxtrot timing slow, slow, quick, quick or we can dance all slow at the same pace. The speed of the song is a determining factor along with our dance students preference.

Rumba

If we are short on space and time this dance style utilizes a basic box step and with simple rotation and a ladies underarm we can woo our wedding guests. Because there is a box step in foxtrot we can alternate and substitute patterns to create a wedding dance that utilized more than one dance style. These 2 dance styles are easily combined.

Night Club Step

Normally Night Club 2 Step is most easily danced to Country and R&B music. We can also combine Night Club 2 Step with foxtrot. This works best when the speed and tempo of the song fall within a specific speed. Night Club 2 Step can be danced solo in the middle of the dance floor. There are numerous exciting patterns, but when combined with foxtrot we get to move across the floor.

WALTZ

Many of our clients will request dancing steps with characteristics of the Waltz. They might not have chosen a song with Waltz timing, but they would like their dance to look like a Waltz. By changing the timing slightly and adding some styling, we are able to accomplish their goals. Before you know it we are executing a perfect wedding dance that sweeps across the floor like a Waltz.

Interested in knowing more about learning to dance for your wedding. Check out this link about all the dance styles we teach. https://windycityweddingdance.com/dance-styles

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Popular Country Wedding Dance Songs

One of the most exciting parts about getting married is taking dance lessons with your soon to be husband or wife. Many of our dance clients ask us for a list of popular first dance songs. Check out this outline for inspiration and take it with you to your first dance lesson. We recommend not only listening to the lyrics, but dancing with your fiance. Which song speaks to you on the dance floor, but also has a comfortable pace so you don't feel rushed during your wedding dance? Our dance instructors have compiled their most requested country songs for wedding dance to release in today's blog.

Top Requested Country Songs For Wedding Dance. "Then" by Artist Brad Paisley

This is our most requested country artist in the dance studio. "Then" is a romantic song winning country awards for best single of the year. Dance styles like Texas 2 Step, Night Club 2 Step, and Foxtrot are suitable for the beat structure of this song. Think romance if you choose this beautiful love song.

"Whatever It Is" by Zac Brown Band

Coming in at number 2 is this popular Zac Brown Band tune from the album The Foundation. If you plan on taking dance lessons, we recommend trying Rumba and Night Club 2 Step. Both dance styles can be used during you first dance.

"I Don't Dance" by Lee Brice

The album I don't dance says it all. This is very popular among our males who think they can't dance. The ladies love to spin when Lee says "Spinning you around in circles." It's a very sweet song with a beautiful message for those clients who are terrified of dancing. After the dance lessons our clients seem to move with confidence and now it's just plain fun.

If you are considering trying ballroom or social dance lessons before your wedding here some final tips. Don't wait until the last minute to take a dance lesson. Find a local dance studio that specializes in wedding dance. Call and schedule a first time lesson for new students and try dancing to your songs. After this initial dance lesson schedule all of your dates leading up to the wedding. Video at the end of every dance lesson so you have a practice resource.  Finally have a good time and let loose. Because you started early,  you'll eliminate stress and pressure. Whether your learning because it's your wedding or you did it to satisfy your partner, you'll pick up a new skill for life.
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Need more inspiration looking at Country Songs for Wedding Dance. https://www.theknot.com/content/country-wedding-songs#first-dance
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Chicago Style Proposal

On August 20th I checked my inbox and I had a unique request from Joe. He sent an email requesting a 10:00am dance lesson. Joe had been planning his proposal since June. Finally his master plan was coming together. Joe was going to propose that morning and if all things went as planned he was going to bring his new fiance to the dance studio for a romantic dance date.

How Our Dance Couple Met
These 2 love birds met in 2014 at a Volunteer event but they lost touch after the event. 3 years later Meg reached back out to Joe about another opportunity where they would be singing Christmas Carols at a nursing home. Finally the time came to meet again, Meg immediately recognized Joe, but he didn't know who Meg was at the time. After spending the next couple months together working on the project, Joe invited Meg over for dinner. He claims it wasn't intended to be a date, but the two spent the night singing show tunes. Joe was playing the piano and Meg was singing her heart out. Although they like to claim their official dating began on St. Patty's day of 2017, the sparks were flying months before.
Future Plans
Since then the two have shared amazing times together. Meanwhile, they have discovered their common interests and enjoy hosting friends, playing volleyball, exploring the city, and of course singing together while Joe plays the piano. Although destiny brought them together, it's safe to say music also played a special role in sealing their fate. After starting their journey in a more serious capacity, Joe and Meg have talked about an exciting future. They have set goals like opening a business, writing a musical, traveling the world, dancing, and of course starting a family. We recommend dancing for sure.
The Secret Proposal
Joe began planning the proposal in late June. In order to make it all come together, he reached out to Meg's boss to reserve the morning off for her. Her boss set up a fake 'strategy session' to ensure Meg's calendar stayed clear. On the day of the engagement, Joe woke up extra early to stake out the State Street bridge over the Chicago River. While in transit, Meg was thinking this was just another normal day riding her bike to work. Meanwhile, Joe calmly staked out for 40 minutes before he saw her saw his soon to be bride riding towards the bridge. Finally he held up a sign reading 'slow down, Meg!' - leading Meg to stop in the middle of State Street! Above all, she makes it safely to the corner and Joe got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife.
Dance Lesson After Proposal
After the proposal, they had some breakfast at the Bongo Room then they headed to Windy City Wedding Dance. After they walked in the dance studio, I sighed with relief because I knew she accepted. They loved the dancing. It was clear they had a music back ground and a natural ability to follow the music. The dance studio was filled with enthusiasm. The couple was able to try Foxtrot, Rumba, and Swing. Although a wedding date hadn't been set we went through interesting facts and hopefully gave them some useful tips for their future wedding dance.
Ultimate Engagement Day
The day was filled with memorable activities. They took pictures in Grant Park,  and recorded a story at the Chicago Story Booth at the Cultural Center to document the day and our relationship in a unique way. In the evening,  The newly engaged couple made their way towards a 'secret destination' for a dinner reservation. When they arrived at the restaurant, 20 friends surprised Meg with congratulations and good wishes.

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Chicago Style Proposal On August 20th I checked my inbox and I had a unique request from Joe. He sent an email requesting a 10:00am dance lesson. Joe had been planning his proposal since June. Finally his master plan was coming together. Joe was going to propose that morning and if all things went as…

Falls Upcoming Wedding Dance Hits 2018 Hello again from Windy City Wedding Dance. Today we are going to cover falls Upcoming Wedding Dance Hits for 2018. If this is your first time seeing us, we are a dance school in the heart of downtown Chicago. We teach adult couples and singles how to dance at special…

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Thanks to our clients we have earned another award from TheKnot giving us the bragging rights for “2018 Best of Weddings.” So let’s go back in time and see how we got there and who helped us along the way to the best wedding company for dance lessons. About Windy City Wedding Dance Windy City…

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Falls Upcoming Wedding Dance Hits 2018

Hello again from Windy City Wedding Dance. Today we are going to cover falls Upcoming Wedding Dance Hits for 2018. If this is your first time seeing us, we are a dance school in the heart of downtown Chicago. We teach adult couples and singles how to dance at special events. Our background training is ballroom dance and social dance. From time to time we like to update all the soon to be bride and grooms about hot songs coming down the pipeline.

Difficulties in Choosing A First Dance Song

Why is it so hard to choose a first dance song? Many of us don't have a song, so we go on this almost impossible hunt to find the perfect wedding song that expresses exactly how we feel about each other. My hypothesis is that the majority of our Chicago wedding market don't own vehicles. Most of us listen to the radio or experience music together when we are driving. Without quality drive time, we may not be sharing our favorite music with one another.

Best New Romantic Wedding Dance Song

Have we seen the last of Ed Sheeran's reign? Not quite yet, but we have some new artists sneaking in for the First Dance. We love the new song "You Are The Reason." Artist, Calum Scott, we are rooting for you and your lyrics are so romantic. This romantic melody is definetely one of my new front runners. The duet version with Leona Lewis has that same feel like Beyonce and Ed Sheeran, but it's something fresh, a change we were all looking for.

Not a romantic, but still want other recommendations for a great wedding dance song? Our next pick is Zac Brown Band's, "Mango Tree." It's still sweet but just not quite as sappy as some of the others. This wedding song has a very clear beat and rhythm which makes it easier for students to hear and follow the correct counts. Your first dance to "Mango Tree," could be danced as a Foxtrot, Rumba, or Single Time East Coast Swing.

How many dance lessons would it take to learn how to dance to these songs? That all depends on how much content you'd like in your First Dance. Taking a first time dance lesson will help determine what it would take to achieve your first dance.

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Dancing doesn’t have to be scary or awkward. Rewind back to your first school dance. Do you remember what is was like? I don’t remember any guys going out on the floor. It was mostly just us girls dancing with one another.

Dance Benefits

Signing up for a class might be scary at first but you might be surprised how much fun you can have. Learning how to dance can improve your posture if you stick with it and go to a class consistently.  As studies continue, new information is being released that dancing provides benefits to one’s mental health. It keeps us sharp. We see our students gain confidence. Confidence helps us fight away the downward spiral of depression.

Dancing is perfect for those winter months when we feel like staying on the couch but the physical benefits help increase our happiness and lighten our mood. There are different styles. Styles like swing can be more aerobic. This style can strengthen and condition our heart and lungs. Aerobic dance training and a disciplined dietary plan can help control weight management, reduce heart disease, and decrease our risk for diabetes. By dancing we can improve muscle tone and strength and reduce our risks of osteoporosis.

You can dance without music if you like, but you are missing out some other amazing advantages. Music relieves anxiety. By dancing to music you can relieve stress and anxiety and help fight depression. Music enhances our mood and improves sleep. 

But wait! There is more. Social interaction is part of partner dancing. Did you know social interaction can be vital to physical and mental health. Studies have shown that lonely individuals suffer more from cardiovascular problems, depression, and stress. Feeling valued by others can improve our mental health. We need one another for dancing. A support system of love is very important.

Over the past 8 years I have witness magic inside the dance studio and have watched others along with myself evolve into a better version. The energy inside the studio is magnetic and inspiring. We hope you have enjoyed this blog and you are inspired to join a dancing class or try a private lesson.

Our Studio

Check us out in downtown Chicago at Windy City Wedding Dance. We offer dance classes on Tuesday evenings and dance lessons 7 days a week. Looking for something fun to do. Come watch us perform on March 25th at Macy’s on State Street in downtown Chicago. Read more details here.

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