4 Tips On How To Dance Like A Star
Advice from Arthur Murray Dance Studio
Just as important as the flowers, the cake and the tossing of the bouquet is the first dance between the bride and groom. You both want to look your best and as elegant as can be when dancing in front of your family and friends. We spoke with Christine Georgopulo from the Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich to ask for her advice on how to sparkle during your first dance as a couple.
1. How many dance appointments do brides and grooms need before the wedding?
We customize everything for our students, so there is no magic formula; it depends on their song, how intricate they would like for it to be and of course their schedules. On average, we are seeing bride/grooms to be taking between four to eight lessons before the wedding. Couples sometimes continue on after the wedding because of the health and bonding benefits of dance — it makes for a great date night! We also do Mother/Son and Father/Daughter dances as well as group and social dancing for the bridal party, ensuring that everyone has a wonderful time at the reception.
2. What is the most popular dance that couples learn for their wedding?
The most popular dance is the Foxtrot, followed by Salsa and Waltz — but there are forty-four partner dances, we teach them all and choreograph to each song — so we can do what anyone would like.
3. Is the best way to learn in a private session or in a class setting?
The best way to learn to dance in general is in the private lessons; the group classes are for practice, the sensation of applying it in a social setting and dancing with a variety of people. Brides and grooms should never try to learn a routine in a group class setting; a bride and groom need a dedicated instructor that will play only their music and work on only their routine, that will not happen in a group class.
4. If couples are beginner dancers what is the best dance for them to learn?
The majority of people that come to us are beginners and we introduce them three to four dances, generally the Foxtrot, Rumba, Salsa and Waltz; we then work with them to fine tune their program and concentrate on the dances that they wish to pursue and become proficient at.
Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich
6 Lewis Street, Greenwich; (203) 769-1800