Choreographed or Natural?

Choreographed or Natural?

The bride’s guide to all things wedding dances..

This blog is for all brides and grooms to be, and will cover everything from how to decide what wedding dance to do and choosing music, to finding a wedding dance studio and tips and tricks for enjoying your first dance.

In my last blog we talked about the big decision of whether a wedding dance is right for you as a couple.  If the answer is yes, let’s move to the next step.

To choreographed or not?

Once you’ve decided a wedding dance is for you, the next step is to work out what type of wedding dance you’d like.  Wedding dances can range from full on choreographed pieces with lots of moves to a laid back approach where you freestyle a few steps to music you love.  Here’s my guide to three approaches and how long each takes to achieve.

  • Bridal Dance Basics – If you want to look comfortable and natural on the dancefloor, this is the approach for you.  You’ll learn how to freestyle a number of steps to the music you’ve chosen so you feel really special on your big day.  This approach usually takes from 4 to 6 lessons. 
  • Natural and Polished – Perfect for the couple who don’t want to leave anything to chance. This is a more structured approach where you learn a choreographed routine that showcases your love for each other.  Natural and Polished usually takes around 8 lessons
  • Steal the Spotlight – This is for couples who really want the wow factor!  This fully choreographed approach can include fancier footwork, a change in music/styles and a big finish!!  If you want to steal the spotlight you are looking at between 10 and 12 lessons.

All of these approaches can work, and a good dance studio should be very flexible when it comes to designing your dance choreography as long as you give yourself a realistic time frame.

Recently, we had a couple who we taught, and their wedding dance morphed from a very intimate and romantic rumba to a super fun upbeat choreography that one of our instructors Jess Green specifically designed for them. Check it out here.

Music or Dance Style?  Which comes first?

This is a little bit like “the chicken and the egg”; for some couples it will all be about the song.  If there’s a piece of music you both love and can see yourself dancing to, it’s a no brainer. For others they may have dreamt of dancing a romantic waltz or sexy rumba and don’t care as much about the music.  This is another one of those, sit down with your partner and talk about what’s the most important for you, the dance or the music.

Think outside the box….

Don’t limit your thinking when it comes to choosing a dance. 

When it comes to choosing a dance most couples think of waltz or rumba but there are plenty of easy dances that are fun to learn and keep in your repertoire. Why not check out YouTube videos of cha cha, tango, bachata, east coast swing, merengue and hustle for some fun alternatives.  I danced Hustle at my beach themed wedding which was great fun.  Hustle is the classic disco dance and will get your guests on their feet and cheering. 

With music, a good dance instructor will help you select something that works for you.  Unless you have one special song, it’s a good idea to have 2 or 3 options to see what works best.  And don’t be surprised if your instructor suggests a different dance style as often there are several styles that work with the timing of a song.

So, start thinking about your approach to your wedding dance, what song you’d like to dance to and the style of dance.  If you’d like to see examples of the three approaches, Bridal Dance Basics, Natural and Polished and Steal the Spotlight head to our website at or for Wedding inspiration check out our Instagram profile at

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