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Posted last February 2, 2013, 12:02 am in Services report article

 The end result of your bridal dancing lessons is ultimately determined by a number of factors; the number of lessons, the effort you put into them, the practice time you have between lessons, your music and style of dance and its level of difficulty and the quality of your teaching.


Unlike most of your other wedding planning items, the bridal dance is not something that you can just order and pay a supplier to deliver to you as a complete package, you have to work at it and the end result it going to be what you make of it.


You need to decide what you want in terms of the final presentation (such as ‘a simple dance just so we don’t look awkward’, or, ‘ a spectacular flash dance’), and then consider what you are prepared to do to get what you want.


Your idea about the dance you want and the reality of what it will take to achieve the skills needed to be able to perform that dance must match up.


It is quite reasonable for a beginner to be able to learn a few steps of a simple dance in a few lessons and for many this is enough as they just want to learn enough so that they don’t have to just stand there doing an awkward shuffle and they can look half decent for their bridal dance.


However, if you’ve got a vision of performing a stunning bridal dance that looks smooth and natural, is danced flawlessly and has beautiful dips and twirls in it, then you need to keep your expectations realistic in terms of the lessons, practice and time that you need to dedicate to the project in order to achieve that dance.


Last year I had a couple come to me ten days before their wedding with a copy of the Dirty Dancing video in their hands and asked me to teach them the dance from the movie in one lesson, which of course was totally unrealistic for non-dancers. This, of course is an extreme example, but it really did happen. Of course, after they took the entire lesson to learn the first two steps they realised it could not be done and changed their idea for their bridal dance. They quickly organised several more lessons, a new song and I taught them an achievable dance that they were able to perform nicely in the given timeframe.


If you commence dancing lessons with a fixed idea of what you want and expect to get that end result even though it might be unrealistic given your skills, timeframe and the difficulty of the dance, then you may be setting yourself up for disappointment.


Regardless of the number of dancing lessons you are going to have you should expect that after even one lesson, that you look better that what you would without that lesson. You should expect that your teacher will draw out the best in you, utilising your strong points and creating a dance that avoids your weakest points. If you have trouble moving smoothly for example the teacher would avoid long or wide steps and choregraph the dance to consist mostly of small / short steps.


If your expectations are unrealistic you should expect that your teacher is forthright and honestly advise you at the outset rather than lead to believe what you want is going to be possible and then cause later disappointment. Ina  case like this you should expect that the teacher demonstrate this to you, not just tell you as no-one likes being told they can’t do something or have something that they really want. You should also expect in this case that the teacher is able to devise a suitable compromise for you, perhaps you don’t have the skill to dance what you want, but a good teacher can simplify a dance or create a dance that looks similar but is more realistic for you.


You should expect the teacher to work within your timeframe and adjust the dance as you go so that you can remember the steps easily and perform them comfortably on your wedding day and you should also expect the teacher to run you through the dance adequate times so that you feel calmly confident by the end of your last lesson.


The only real disappointment after dance lessons are the students who have unrealistic expectations about what they can achieve in a certain time and who doggedly insist they want to do things that the teacher can clearly see they are not capable of doing.


Professional dancers train for decades to acquire their skills, grace and knowledge of dance and expecting to dance ‘like a professional’ in a few lessons is like deciding to run before you can even walk.