02 Jun Couple of the month: Ellen and John
In this article cycle, we will post interviews with some of our wedding couples to help you better understand the preparation process as well as what to expect from the dance on the big day. You can see the dance video at the end of the article!
Dance style: Waltz
Song: Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship
Amount of Lessons: 2
1. How did you pick a song for your first dance?
We first listened to this song together a few months into dating. It was a summer day, we were driving home from a weekend trip, and were singing at the top of our lungs with the windows down. The lyrics are great and fitting for our relationship and marriage.
2. What was the most important requirement for your wedding dance?
Something upbeat and fun!
3. How many months in advance did you start? Did you have a dance experience before?
Well, we were kind of down to the wire. We took our first lesson about 6 weeks before the wedding and a second one two weeks later. Neither of us has any dance experience, unless you count our friends’ weddings. 🙂 John is very musical and as the leader, that probably helped.
4. What was the biggest challenge for you preparing the dance and how did you overcome it?
We didn’t have much time! But our instructor, Alyona, knew that and helped us figure out enough moves to make it work. We also practiced a fair amount on our own – advice from Alyona that we heeded!
5. Did you feel comfortable on the dance floor on the day of the wedding?
6. Tell our future couples what to expect from the wedding dance on the day of!
Just have fun with it and remember that no one actually cares if you make a mistake (although we don’t think we did!) We were loose and ready to party, so that probably helped make it a success.
7. How did you feel after the performance on the day of?
8. What advice can you give to the couples?
Make sure you practice. After our two lessons with Alyona we had a plan, but were still a bit shaky on executing the full dance simply because we hadn’t done it enough. So we practiced about every other night in a narrow Brooklyn living room. It was very fun and many giggles ensued.
Also, unless you are a superstar, don’t dance for an entire song. We cut ours off at a natural breaking point around 2 and a half minutes and were glad we did.
9. Are you going to dance after the wedding? 🙂
You bet we are.