choreographed first dance?

What do you think of a choreographed first dance? Like? Dislike?
Posted on June 18, 2007 at 4:16 am
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I think it depends on the choreography. I like first dances that seem not TOO choreographed, and prefer ones that seem very representive of the couple's personalities. For example, I once went to a wedding where the groom really didn't know how to dance and they swayed kind of like high school. The bride talked him through it and I thought it was really cute. :)
Posted on June 18, 2007 at 4:18 am
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I don't think it's something that needs to be overly choreographed, but maybe more than a sway. If you take dance lessons I think it's worth showing people what you've learned. Just hopefully nothing like this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPmYbP0F4Zw
Posted on June 18, 2007 at 7:13 am
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I am hopeful that we will be able to do more than sway for 4 minutes, but it won't be horrible if we have to. I would rather do nothing than do something too choreographed.
Posted on June 18, 2007 at 7:56 am
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It sounds like a cute idea, but then I saw it for the first time this weekend and...nah. Unless you are a good dancer, then by all means do a choreographed dance. If not, swaying is perfectly ok. I watched Lilly sway and it still looked cute!
Posted on June 18, 2007 at 10:54 am
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DH and I had our first dance choreographed by the instructor at the Metronome Ballroom. It was DH's idea because he said just swaying back and forth "looks so stupid!" I didn't really care either way so we brought our first dance song (which was a slow Hawaiian song) to the instructor, and he choreographed the whole thing. We learned it in about 5 lessons.
Posted on June 18, 2007 at 11:01 am
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haha... that thriller one is funny! could've used more practice, but i think it's cool as a wedding party dance. definately not a first dance.

we took dance lessons and did a tango. we took a general ballroom dance class and found that we both enjoyed tango the most, so we had our instructor help us choreograph something. DH chose the music and set up the dance lessons. our guests really enjoyed it.

you can see it here http://www.carolineandjonathan.com/gallery/video.php in "reception part 1". just fast forward through the reception setup. we did it right after our grand entrance.
Posted on June 19, 2007 at 5:45 pm
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Well, dance lessons is next on my to do list, so we'll see how it goes. We were inspired by the waltz on "So you can think you can dance" and think it might be doable by amateur dancers like ourselves.
Posted on June 19, 2007 at 8:40 pm
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Even though I had a choreographed first dance, I have mixed feelings about it. Before my wedding, I saw how some people danced at their weddings without any lessons and they couldn't figure out what they were doing. And I thought those who had taken lessons did great. But at the last wedding I went to, the choreographed first dance seemed too rehearsed that the bride & groom didn't share that moment that I had seen in the other weddings I have gone to recently.

When I go back to think about it, I guess I didn't want our guests just staring at us for 3-4 minutes just slow dancing and gazing at each other so that's why we decided to put on a show.

I think dance lessons are good to get practice but maybe not the whole choreographed routine.
Posted on June 20, 2007 at 3:04 am
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In my opinion, it really varies on the couple and the music. I've seen good and bad versions of a choreographed first dance and of a simple Jr High swaying style.

The most recent choreographed dance I saw was cheesy and overdone. They did a simple waltz with some added moves. But, they were both concentrating on the steps so much that they didn't look like they were having any fun; no smiles at all.

Another time, I saw a couple do the Jr High style dance, but it was an incredibly LONG song and they looked really awkward out there. You could tell everyone started to get fidgety about half way through.

It's all about balancing choreography, timing and the right mood. And, if you and your groom aren't having a good time, it will show in the pictures.

I agree with the PP, dance lessons are a good start, but dance natural and have a good time.
Posted on June 20, 2007 at 1:21 pm
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We considered it, but we've never gotten around to it. I tend to "lead" so maybe I'll have him throw a couple spins in there. (I'm a terrible follow in ballroom dance...)
Posted on June 20, 2007 at 5:33 pm
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I like the idea. My husband and I just stood there in the middle of the dance floor swaying back and forth. He twirled me a couple of times and that was it. He's not much of a dancer. I think it would have been better to do something more fancy and exciting.
Posted on June 21, 2007 at 4:48 am

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