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Email Author: Kristin Marino
Story Posted: 3/27/2008 01:49 pm

Dances add special moments to wedding day

Most couples want their wedding to stand apart and offer lasting memories not only for themselves but for their guests as well. Sometimes it’s the special moments — the couple’s first dance or the father-of-the-bride dance — that make the wedding one-of-a-kind.

Learn a few moves

While ballroom dancing provides a good basis for wedding dances, some dance studios offer specific wedding dance instruction. Dancin! Performing Arts Center provides four personalized wedding dance packages, from basic instruction to fully choreographed routines with edited music.

“Wedding dance has become such a big deal; couples are looking for a way to make their wedding stand out above the rest,” said Amanda Coulson, director and choreographer at Dancin!.

Coulson said that the wedding dance is a way for couples to bring their personalities into the event.

“We determine their strong points and comfort level,” she said. “It’s important for them to feel comfortable and confident.”

At Dancin! Performing Arts Center, instructors will help select music that reflects taste and personality, and fits the mood a couple is trying to create. They have the ability to edit the music to match the dance perfectly.

“We can take a person, with their input, and make them look good,” Coulson said.

Make it special

The dance of the bride and her father usually is a poignant and moving moment in most wedding-day festivities.

Jennifer August, artistic director and owner of In Motion Studio of Dance, is an accomplished dancer, but knew she had her work cut out for her at her fall 2007 wedding.

August and her sister joked that one of them would have a father-daughter dance at their wedding to the theme music from “The Godfather,” but when the time came, it seemed like a good idea.

“We wanted something different,” August said. “It’s a beautiful piece of music and a great part of the movie, so I decided to go for it.”

Even with her extensive dance training, August needed some pointers and a few lessons.

“I’m not a ballroom dancer,” she said. “I’m always trying to lead.”

She and her father took about six lessons and practiced a bit on their own as well. While her father was hesitant at first, he got into the spirit quickly.

“I’ll always remember our dance when I hear the music or watch the movie,” August said.

No doubt her guests will, too. The traditional bride/groom and bride/father-of-the-bride dances offer an opportunity to make the event memorable for years to come.

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