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The first dance at a wedding is one moment newlyweds have to embrace the spotlight and dazzle their guests. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a dancer, that doesn’t mean you can’t move to the beat with the best of them. In fact, you can easily craft a one-of-a-kind wedding dance with your partner-for-life if you sign up for wedding dance lessons at a local studio. (Click here to see New Jersey dance studios.)

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It’s a great idea to get wedding dance lessons because it’s one of the first things you do as a new, wedded couple. Don’t you want to start your marriage off on a memorable moment that made you feel like you were on top of the world? That’s what a great first dance can do for you.

If you’re wondering how long it will take to learn a wedding dance, hopefully we’ve answered your most pressing questions below.

How many weeks or months does it take to learn a wedding dance?

Wedding dance 2One thing is certain—as soon as you’re booking your other vendors for your wedding, you should be scheduling your wedding dance lessons. If you spend the time (and money) on lessons, you want to feel confident as ever on the dance floor on your big day. However, if you don’t leave 4-6 months of time for dance lessons, you may not be properly prepared. The truth is, learning to dance takes time.

Additionally, tell your instructor if you’re considering doing any special moves such as dips, lifts, walk-ons, or walk-offs—you may need extra practice time to perfect these.

Does it vary by which dance I choose?

Wedding Dance 1The amount of practicing you’ll need to do does depend on the type of dance you choose. Of course, if you only want to choreograph a special entrance, it will not require as much time as learning a dance to a five-minute song. There are also some dance styles that are generally easier for beginners, but it is ultimately up to you what to do. Just keep in mind that harder dances and more advanced techniques will take longer to learn than simpler stylings. Click here to see all the dances we teach at Arthur Murray New Jersey.

How many lessons do you need total?

The amount of dance lessons you’ll need will vary depending on your own commitment and the dance style you choose to learn. However, for a fully-choreographed wedding dance routine, you can expect to take anywhere between 10 and 25 dance lessons, with 15 minimum being more likely. Most people take one wedding dance lesson per week, so that’s why it’s important to start your lessons well before your “I do” date. Practicing on your own time can decrease the time you need in the studio.

Is your big day approaching in the next 6 months or so? The time to schedule your wedding dance lessons is now! Click here to claim your first wedding dance lesson free.

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Sarah has been with Arthur Murray Dance Studios since 2001. She started as a Certified Professional Instructor and went through the Arthur Murray ranks winning many performance awards throughout the years. She eventually opened her own studio with her husband in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Since then, she and her husband have added 5 more studios to their family, the Denville NJ, Roxbury NJ, Chatham NJ, and Morristown NJ and Bucharest Romania locations. She loves being a part of Arthur Murray and transforming people’s lives through the process of learning to dance!