We decided to have lessons simply because we were tight on time, and wanted to feel prepared for the 'big day' as it were. We wanted two completely different types of dances too, so external professional input was invaluable. We chose “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King as our first dance, followed by “I like to move it move it” from the Madagascar movie. We had had some previous dance experience, which allowed us to learn these dances in just 5 hours, although we had to make time to practice them after the lessons!
Lesson 1 - In the first two hour session we had to explain where our guests would be, where the front was, and similar conceptual issues. This would make it easier for us on the day. Once this was established we started to learn the first few steps without the music, and then practiced these. When we were comfortable and confident we practiced with the music, getting our timing and speed right. We did manage to get half of the first song completed in the first session which was great. At the end of each lesson we wrote down the moves allowing us to practice in our own time.
Lesson 2 - The second lesson was a bit shorter at 1 hour 30 minutes, however we were able to re-enforce what we did the week before, and complete the dance. We had a few issues with figuring out timing, however Abigail was great at helping us resolve these (and naturally some forgotten steps!!).
Lesson 3 - Our final lesson was also one and a half hours long. We essentially solidified the first dance so that we felt confident with it. Then it was time to work on the real surprise - our second dance (which really meant more to us than our first!!). Abigail choreographed the routine superbly and many of the steps were taken from the Madagascar video. It was decided that half way through this dance we wanted to get other people to join us dancing. This was a really fun dance to learn, and contrasted to the more traditional first dance.
The tuition was fantastic, the lessons were well structured and great fun to do. We couldn't have asked for more for our wedding dance lessons!
On the day!
Everything went very well on the day; people were impressed with our dancing and enjoyed it all very much. We had some nerves but mainly excitement. The learning experience was fantastic, and we highly recommend Dance Solutions. They listened to exactly what it was we were after and delivered it superbly. Thank you!