Ask the Expert: Is There a Way to Look Skilled During Our First Dance Without Taking a Ton of Lessons?



Question: We’re interested in looking somewhat skilled and doing more than swaying for our first dance—but not in eight weeks of ballroom lessons or a carefully choreographed routine. Is there some sort of in-between we can sign up for?

Answer: The truth, says Shana Heidorn, owner of Society Hill Dance Academy, is that if you want to look skilled and feel comfortable on the dance floor, putting in the time is key. (She recommends starting at least six months before your Big Day.)

However, if you can’t spare that much time—or money—she still recommends coming in early to see what’s what: “Everyone has different ability levels, and even if you only opt for two or three lessons to get a box step down, you’ll have a plan in place.” (At SHDA, your first lesson is complimentary.) And hey, if you change your mind and decide to go for Fred and Ginger, you’ve got time to kill it.

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This article originally appeared in the spring/summer 2017 issue of Philadelphia Wedding

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