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Our Wedding Dance

Newport Beach , CA

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4220 Scott Place
Newport Beach, CA US 92660 (map)
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Elegant and easy-to-learn first dance instruction for the bride and groom and the whole wedding party. Award-winning theatrical director and professional ballroom dancer, Jillian, will... Read more
Elegant and easy-to-learn first dance instruction for the bride and groom and the whole wedding party. Award-winning theatrical director and professional ballroom dancer, Jillian, will guide you through the lead and follow process and teach you steps and choreography to make your first dance shine to your special song or songs. Foxtrot, Waltz, American Tango, Rumba, Cha Cha, Swing, Salsa, Country Western, Viennese Waltz, Argentine Tango, Social Dancing and Period Renaissance and American Civil War Dancing. Same sex wedding couples please see my web site at http://www.rainbowweddingfirstdance.com Read less
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Jenny
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Given my husband and my experience with the skillfully elegant Jillian, I would give this studio ten stars if I could. Seriously. Jillian's like the dance whisperer.

I'll give you a little background here. I am coordination challenged. Not a little bit, but a lot. Not only do I lack coordination, I am also introverted, anxious, and I had a terrible dance experience at community center dance classes with my husband where I was chronically yelled at to "LET HIM LEAD! LET HIM LEAD!" which, or course, didn't help at all and only fueled my hatred of dance.

To paint an accurate picture of how much I disliked choreographed dancing, I would say that if I had to choose between that or scrub a toilet I would rather have scrubbed a toilet. Yes, you read right....UNTIL my husband and I met Jillian of Our Wedding Dance.

When my husband and I became engaged he wanted our first dance to be special and "better" than what he had seen a other weddings. I love my husband so I said yes to dance classes with Jillian at the Our Wedding Dance studio.

Boy, working with Jillian was quite a contrast (for the better) than what I had experienced before!

Jillian was an absolute angel. She gave me a valuable tip to help me understand where he intended to lead me while we danced. She urged me to push into my husband through my hands as we danced so he could then push me back, which then helped my body understand where he was leading me and what to do. GENIUS. She would tell him to turn on his "turn signal," which was not only adorable, but also helped him understand how to lead me as well.

Not only was she incredibly kind and patient, but she also videotaped us as we practiced so that we were able to watch the video at home and practice from there!

In the end, even my Monsignor uncle who married my husband and I (and who is not one to give out compliments very often) commented on how great we looked on the dance floor! I highly recommend Jillian!
Given my husband and my experience with the skillfully elegant Jillian, I would give this studio ten stars if I could. Read more...
Given my husband and my experience with the skillfully elegant Jillian, I would give this studio ten stars if I could. Seriously. Jillian's like the dance whisperer.

I'll give you a little background here. I am coordination challenged. Not a little bit, but a lot. Not only do I lack coordination, I am also introverted, anxious, and I had a terrible dance experience at community center dance classes with my husband where I was chronically yelled at to "LET HIM LEAD! LET HIM LEAD!" which, or course, didn't help at all and only fueled my hatred of dance.

To paint an accurate picture of how much I disliked choreographed dancing, I would say that if I had to choose between that or scrub a toilet I would rather have scrubbed a toilet. Yes, you read right....UNTIL my husband and I met Jillian of Our Wedding Dance.

When my husband and I became engaged he wanted our first dance to be special and "better" than what he had seen a other weddings. I love my husband so I said yes to dance classes with Jillian at the Our Wedding Dance studio.

Boy, working with Jillian was quite a contrast (for the better) than what I had experienced before!

Jillian was an absolute angel. She gave me a valuable tip to help me understand where he intended to lead me while we danced. She urged me to push into my husband through my hands as we danced so he could then push me back, which then helped my body understand where he was leading me and what to do. GENIUS. She would tell him to turn on his "turn signal," which was not only adorable, but also helped him understand how to lead me as well.

Not only was she incredibly kind and patient, but she also videotaped us as we practiced so that we were able to watch the video at home and practice from there!

In the end, even my Monsignor uncle who married my husband and I (and who is not one to give out compliments very often) commented on how great we looked on the dance floor! I highly recommend Jillian! Read less
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babushka
Wedding:
6/18/2011
5.0/5.0
Jillian was accomodating to our schedule, prompt, and efficient with the time she spent with us on our dance lessons. This is the second wedding where we used Jillian's services. We are impressed with the personal and professional experience enabling anyone without any dance knowledge to make a unique impression and lasting & forever memory of a that special moment in a father/daughter or newlywed's lives. Jillian created a unique dance choreographed with the music of our choosing. Jillian made it easy to learn, step by step and paid attention to subtle but important aspects for the audience and photographer. She is patient and makes learning fun. She is a remarkable teacher.
Jillian was accomodating to our schedule, prompt, and efficient with the time she spent with us on our dance lessons. This Read more...
Jillian was accomodating to our schedule, prompt, and efficient with the time she spent with us on our dance lessons. This is the second wedding where we used Jillian's services. We are impressed with the personal and professional experience enabling anyone without any dance knowledge to make a unique impression and lasting & forever memory of a that special moment in a father/daughter or newlywed's lives. Jillian created a unique dance choreographed with the music of our choosing. Jillian made it easy to learn, step by step and paid attention to subtle but important aspects for the audience and photographer. She is patient and makes learning fun. She is a remarkable teacher. Read less
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Nick A
Wedding:
5/28/2011
4.7/5.0
Very Professional, Worked in our parameters. Very pleased with overall experience and end result! I would recommend to any friend.
Very Professional, Worked in our parameters. Very pleased with overall experience and end result! I would recommend to any Read more...
Very Professional, Worked in our parameters. Very pleased with overall experience and end result! I would recommend to any friend. Read less
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Nina Takata
Wedding:
3/19/2011
5.0/5.0
Jillian is great! She’s patient, courteous, professional, & down to earth. After the lesson, we felt confident & looked forward to our first dance. My fiancé, now husband, are very impressed with her. I would recommend her to all my friends & I have.

Jillian - hiring you as our dance instructor is the best investment I've ever made. Everything moments of our wedding were captured in the video, especially the first dance; that's a memory that will last a life time; Priceless! Thank you for making us looks so good! You're the best. Nina & Jerry!
Jillian is great! She’s patient, courteous, professional, & down to earth. After the lesson, we felt confident & looked Read more...
Jillian is great! She’s patient, courteous, professional, & down to earth. After the lesson, we felt confident & looked forward to our first dance. My fiancé, now husband, are very impressed with her. I would recommend her to all my friends & I have.

Jillian - hiring you as our dance instructor is the best investment I've ever made. Everything moments of our wedding were captured in the video, especially the first dance; that's a memory that will last a life time; Priceless! Thank you for making us looks so good! You're the best. Nina & Jerry! Read less
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Brenden & Iris
Wedding:
1/29/2011
5.0/5.0
Jillian was so easy to work with! She listened to our needs and adjusted to our quirks.. Haha.. She made dancing so enjoyable for us. Couldn't ask for more...
Jillian was so easy to work with! She listened to our needs and adjusted to our quirks.. Haha.. She made dancing so Read more...
Jillian was so easy to work with! She listened to our needs and adjusted to our quirks.. Haha.. She made dancing so enjoyable for us. Couldn't ask for more... Read less
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Jillian
Wedding:
1/1/2011
5.0/5.0
Jillian is a very sweet woman who really listened to us about what we wanted and how we wanted to express ourselves on our very special day. We went for a total of five lessons and we were completely comfortable working with Jillian.

Everyone LOVED our first dance, thanks to Jillian our dance instructor. We were able to dance and feel like we actually knew what we were doing! We were a little nervous on the big day for our first dance, but it went off without a hitch!

Now we are thinking of doing some salsa lessons with Jillian.

Thank you for everything Jillian.
Jillian is a very sweet woman who really listened to us about what we wanted and how we wanted to express ourselves on our Read more...
Jillian is a very sweet woman who really listened to us about what we wanted and how we wanted to express ourselves on our very special day. We went for a total of five lessons and we were completely comfortable working with Jillian.

Everyone LOVED our first dance, thanks to Jillian our dance instructor. We were able to dance and feel like we actually knew what we were doing! We were a little nervous on the big day for our first dance, but it went off without a hitch!

Now we are thinking of doing some salsa lessons with Jillian.

Thank you for everything Jillian. Read less
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Lindsay
Wedding:
10/10/2010
5.0/5.0
We loved working with Jillian! She choreographed a fabulous dance for us that fit beautifully with our music and matched our skill level. She was very pleasant, flexible with our scheduling, and made us both feel very comfortable throughout the process. We would highly recommend her to others and we would love to take some more lessions from her in the future just for fun!
We loved working with Jillian! She choreographed a fabulous dance for us that fit beautifully with our music and matched Read more...
We loved working with Jillian! She choreographed a fabulous dance for us that fit beautifully with our music and matched our skill level. She was very pleasant, flexible with our scheduling, and made us both feel very comfortable throughout the process. We would highly recommend her to others and we would love to take some more lessions from her in the future just for fun! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Let me start by saying that I rarely give 5 stars across the board to anyone, and I realize that 5 star reviews sometimes are not the most helpful or credible. A few months before my wedding, I decided that I didn't want my first dance with my wife to look like two 7th graders awkwardly swaying back and forth at the junior high dance. It's not that I wanted to memorize a routine, I just wanted to learn a few steps that would give my guests the impression of being able to dance with a little class and charm. So I checked out a bunch of OC dance websites and made some calls, and eventually talked to Jillian. Right away I liked her enthusiasm and flexibility. Unlike other dance centers, Jillian didn't try to sell me a block of private + group lessons that I didn't need. When I explained that my wife and I had no ballroom experience and wanted to learn some steps for our song, Jillian said she had some ideas we could start with, and how far we go from there would be up to us, depending on how much we wanted to add and how much we could lesson/practice before the wedding. Jillian was very accommodating and we were able to schedule lessons around our work/wedding-planning calendars. We had a lot of fun -- even though she is advanced, Jillian is very good at slowing the pace, focusing on basics and giving easy-to-understand pointers to beginners like us (which is true skill). In fact, I figured that as long as we're having fun, why not learn steps for the mother-son dance, to have a different look and feel from the first dance? So my parents joined us for a lesson and enjoyed it. On the big day, both dances were big hits and our guests were impressed. At some point, when my wife and I can pick up dancing again, we definitely will re-connect with Jillian.
Let me start by saying that I rarely give 5 stars across the board to anyone, and I realize that 5 star reviews sometimes Read more...
Let me start by saying that I rarely give 5 stars across the board to anyone, and I realize that 5 star reviews sometimes are not the most helpful or credible. A few months before my wedding, I decided that I didn't want my first dance with my wife to look like two 7th graders awkwardly swaying back and forth at the junior high dance. It's not that I wanted to memorize a routine, I just wanted to learn a few steps that would give my guests the impression of being able to dance with a little class and charm. So I checked out a bunch of OC dance websites and made some calls, and eventually talked to Jillian. Right away I liked her enthusiasm and flexibility. Unlike other dance centers, Jillian didn't try to sell me a block of private + group lessons that I didn't need. When I explained that my wife and I had no ballroom experience and wanted to learn some steps for our song, Jillian said she had some ideas we could start with, and how far we go from there would be up to us, depending on how much we wanted to add and how much we could lesson/practice before the wedding. Jillian was very accommodating and we were able to schedule lessons around our work/wedding-planning calendars. We had a lot of fun -- even though she is advanced, Jillian is very good at slowing the pace, focusing on basics and giving easy-to-understand pointers to beginners like us (which is true skill). In fact, I figured that as long as we're having fun, why not learn steps for the mother-son dance, to have a different look and feel from the first dance? So my parents joined us for a lesson and enjoyed it. On the big day, both dances were big hits and our guests were impressed. At some point, when my wife and I can pick up dancing again, we definitely will re-connect with Jillian. Read less
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caitpotter
Wedding:
6/13/2010
5.0/5.0
Jillian was so much fun to work with. She was energetic, supportive, and fun. She always had many ideas for our dance and always kept our meetings fun! I (the bride) was terrified on the wedding day to dance in front of everyone, but with Jillian's teachings and the skills she taught my husband, he was able to keep us calm and our dance went flawlessly. I am so glad that we hired Jillian to teach us some simple but beautiful moves rather than just relying on the old hug-and-rock slow dance!
Jillian was so much fun to work with. She was energetic, supportive, and fun. She always had many ideas for our dance and Read more...
Jillian was so much fun to work with. She was energetic, supportive, and fun. She always had many ideas for our dance and always kept our meetings fun! I (the bride) was terrified on the wedding day to dance in front of everyone, but with Jillian's teachings and the skills she taught my husband, he was able to keep us calm and our dance went flawlessly. I am so glad that we hired Jillian to teach us some simple but beautiful moves rather than just relying on the old hug-and-rock slow dance! Read less
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Yvette
Wedding:
3/14/2009
5.0/5.0
What a wonderful experience we had with Jillian! We had not planned on taking lessons until we went to a wedding and saw how bad the couple did and decided we couldn't do that to our guests or us! We called Jillian 2 weeks before the wedding and we had time to take 4 lessons and what a delight she is and what fun we had. We took in 2 songs to her, one thinking would be too much with such little time and the other a simple song. She came up with such great ideas and put everything together for us and making it look so easy to the more difficult song. She even put our "moves" on paper so that we could practice at home. Jillian made it so easy to work with our busy schedules and was so flexible.

We received so many compliments from our guests and our DJ of how much fun it was to watch us and how well we did and
believe me, my husband has two left feet. People are STILL talking about our first dance!

If you are thinking of taking lessons and debating of putting the money aside, you will be wonderfully surprised and how much fun you will have. What a great way to take your mind off of the wedding plans if just for an hour to spend with each other and remember why you are getting married.
What a wonderful experience we had with Jillian! We had not planned on taking lessons until we went to a wedding and saw Read more...
What a wonderful experience we had with Jillian! We had not planned on taking lessons until we went to a wedding and saw how bad the couple did and decided we couldn't do that to our guests or us! We called Jillian 2 weeks before the wedding and we had time to take 4 lessons and what a delight she is and what fun we had. We took in 2 songs to her, one thinking would be too much with such little time and the other a simple song. She came up with such great ideas and put everything together for us and making it look so easy to the more difficult song. She even put our "moves" on paper so that we could practice at home. Jillian made it so easy to work with our busy schedules and was so flexible.

We received so many compliments from our guests and our DJ of how much fun it was to watch us and how well we did and
believe me, my husband has two left feet. People are STILL talking about our first dance!

If you are thinking of taking lessons and debating of putting the money aside, you will be wonderfully surprised and how much fun you will have. What a great way to take your mind off of the wedding plans if just for an hour to spend with each other and remember why you are getting married. Read less
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Jeff
Wedding:
7/1/2007
5.0/5.0
We highly recommend this dance teacher! She was awesome and our dance was the highlight of our wedding. People were in awe of our performance and without Jill's expert teaching, it would not have been possible.
We highly recommend this dance teacher! She was awesome and our dance was the highlight of our wedding. People were in awe Read more...
We highly recommend this dance teacher! She was awesome and our dance was the highlight of our wedding. People were in awe of our performance and without Jill's expert teaching, it would not have been possible. Read less
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