Your first dance should be as unique as your bond

From a slow, intimate low-key flow around the floor, to a romantic, sweeping number complete with dips, to a fun, flirty and bouncy swing or even a medley, I’ve got you covered. Let’s figure out your vision of your perfect first dance and then make it as unique as you two. No matter whether you just want to feel comfortable and capable with basic moves and timing in a social dance approach or confident and show-stopping with complete choreography, I’ll help you both learn how to feel connected on the floor the whole time and above all, we’ll make sure you’re having a great time and enjoying the quality time together.

Don’t let the idea of learning to dance intimidate or overwhelm you and delay! You’re going to love it! Let’s start crafting your perfect first dance today. I’m here to help you from song selection all the way through to the nitty gritty details of capturing your perfect photos and moving with the dress. The more time you spend dancing, the better it will feel and the smoother it will go on your big day so don’t wait! Book your first private lesson and wedding consultation today for only $30 (regularly $120).

You’re getting married!  Congrats!

Your wedding is your day.  A day that the two of you will share uniquely as a couple.  It should be what you want it to be.

Your first dance is the most symbolic representation of who you are as a couple.
It should be as unique as your bond.

It’s not something you give to each other, it’s something you do together.  A true sign of trust, team work, and friendship.  One of the few moments on that day where you get to tune the world out, hear your special song together, and just be there in each other’s arms.  It can be as simple as knowing how to move together in rhythm or it can bust out into a show stopping routine that thrills both you and your guests.  But it should be whatever you want it to be.

 

And that’s where I come in.

My first question for you is what do you want?

That’s a big question so I like to take a little time to talk through options and preferences with wedding couples and see where your picture of your first dance starts.  This picture can absolutely change throughout the process but I like to work with you to make sure I can help get both of you what you want.  Creating your special dance is a fine balance of all the mission points below.

Mission One: COMFORT, CONFIDENCE & CONNECTION

Are you nervous about dancing?  Or maybe just one of you is anxious about it?  Maybe you’re mentally comfortable with it but why does it physically feel so awkward?  My primary mission with any couple is to first teach you both how to feel more comfortable with dancing; to teach you some control and to give you the tools to actually enjoy dancing together and move in sync.  The key to all of this is learning how to use your connection

Mission Three:  SOCIAL, SHOWY, Something in between

Let’s figure out your style as a couple.  Do you want an intimate, low-key social dance a step above a high-school sway?  Do you want something social but with enough variety to be fun and exhilarating for both of you?  Maybe a little challenge?  Or maybe you want a fully choreographed routine full of shine and style and just a few over the top moments.  Or, maybe you want THE dance from Dirty Dancing complete with lift.  There is something for everyone and it’s my job to help you create it.

Mission Two:  HAVE FUN, RELAX & ENJOY

Regardless of the intricacy of your dance, it is so important that you’re both enjoying dancing together.  I believe learning needs to be fun for everyone because when the mind and body are relaxed, we absorb far more information than when we’re nervous or stressed.  So let’s take a breath and shake off the nerves and enjoy the smiles and laughs!  It’s not a competition floor and I promise (most likely) that no one is holding up score cards at the end of your song.  It’s your wedding dance- it has one primary purpose- for you to love dancing together.

Mission Four: FEEL GREAT

Regardless of your specific wedding dance, I want to make sure you both know how to actually dance together.  Even if you learn choreography, it is important that you establish the ability to follow and lead the entire dance otherwise it will still look and feel like both of dancing separately…but in front of each other.  Moving as one is where the magic of partner dance happens.  Connection is what makes it look good but most importantly, makes you feel great doing it.  And you should feel great dancing for a lifetime together.

The Song, The Dress, The Shoes, & The What Ifs

It all starts with a song.  If you have one picked out, great.  I’ll let you know which dance styles fit and you’ll choose what you like.  Don’t have a clue?  I can help you narrow down some options based on which styles you like the look of and your personal preferences.  The song should be something that moves both of you every time you hear it and makes you excited to be dancing together.  In order to not burn out on your song, we will often learn to a song with a similar beat and get more comfortable with your song closer to your wedding day.

I’ve been working with wedding couples a long time.  And you guys usually have lots of questions on how the details of your day will work.  I will happily talk to you about the logistics of your day- how will you move in your dress, if you’re worried about wardrobe malfunctions, will your shoes work for the dance, what do you tell the DJ, what do you tell the photographer, where do you go on the floor…and the list goes on.  I’m here for you and have lots and lots of insight and helpful hints to make your dance go smoothly on your special day.

When Should We Start?

The easy answer is the sooner, the better.  And it’s never too early.  But here are some tips to consider when planning your lessons:  When you’re faced with a definitive timeline, you should start at least 3 months in advance if the goal is comfort and a manageable social dance.  Start sooner if you want a choreographed dance with some wow factor.  If you’re really nervous about dancing in front of people, give yourself the gift of time and start well in advance (6 months or earlier) so that we have time to build up your confidence and battle those nerves on the dance floor.  If you’re reading this and you’re like “oops, my wedding is in 4 weeks”- I can help give you a basis for what you’re doing so you’re not doing the high school sway.

My final piece of advice to wedding couples: learning under stress makes the whole process much more difficult so starting early to develop your connection and abilities in an enjoyable hobby-setting, without the stress of learning a routine with a nearby deadline, is the way to go.  The brain and body will absorb more when it’s relaxed.  The weeks leading up to the wedding can be the most stressful and busy, so build in a month of extra time.  However you start, I’ll make sure you enjoy the experience and make it as stress-free as possible.

The Song, The Dress, The Shoes, & The What Ifs


It all starts with a song.  If you have one picked out, great.  I’ll let you know which dance styles fit and you’ll choose what you like.  Don’t have a clue?  I can help you narrow down some options based on which styles you like the look of and your personal preferences.  The song should be something that moves both of you every time you hear it and makes you excited to be dancing together.  In order to not burn out on your song, we will often learn to a song with a similar beat and get more comfortable with your song closer to your wedding day.

I’ve been working with wedding couples a long time.  And you guys usually have lots of questions on how the details of your day will work.  I will happily talk to you about the logistics of your day- how will you move in your dress, if you’re worried about wardrobe malfunctions, will your shoes work for the dance, what do you tell the DJ, what do you tell the photographer, where do you go on the floor…and the list goes on.  I’m here for you and have lots and lots of insight and helpful hints to make your dance go smoothly on your special day.

When Should We Start?


The easy answer is the sooner, the better.  And it’s never too early.  But here are some tips to consider when planning your lessons:  When you’re faced with a definitive timeline, you should start at least 3 months in advance if the goal is comfort and a manageable social dance.  Start sooner if you want a choreographed dance with some wow factor.  If you’re really nervous about dancing in front of people, give yourself the gift of time and start well in advance (6 months or earlier) so that we have time to build up your confidence and battle those nerves on the dance floor.  If you’re reading this and you’re like “oops, my wedding is in 4 weeks”- I can help give you a basis for what you’re doing so you’re not doing the high school sway.

My final piece of advice to wedding couples: learning under stress makes the whole process much more difficult so starting early to develop your connection and abilities in an enjoyable hobby-setting, without the stress of learning a routine with a nearby deadline, is the way to go.  The brain and body will absorb more when it’s relaxed.  The weeks leading up to the wedding can be the most stressful and busy, so build in a month of extra time.  However you start, I’ll make sure you enjoy the experience and make it as stress-free as possible.

Dancing at your wedding is just the start of dancing together for a lifetime.
So let’s get you off to a good start!

Like Love, Weddings are for Everyone.

You hear the sound of music, you hear your guests applauding and cheering; you feel excitement and joy and love and nerves… and then suddenly the room fades away as you feel your partner’s arms connect to yours and all you can feel is them. As you start to move to the sound of your song, you just enjoy your moment together there in the center of the floor. No matter the nerves. You’re there together and you’ve got this. Just you two. Moving together in Your Song, Your Dance, Your Moment.

It’s time to start figuring out what that moment looks like for you.
Book your first private lesson and wedding consultation today for only $30 (regularly $120).

Much like Love, Weddings are for everyone!  Love wins at Cori-ography.

I am an LGBT Wedding Specialist and I believe in teaching gender neutral “follow and lead” parts, not just “bride and groom” parts.  Love wins in my studio so let’s make your first dance perfect for you on your most wonderful day!  Head to the Weddings page for lots of wonderful, general information on your first day and preparing for your special day.  Get in touch and let’s start crafting your perfect first dance!

As a Hillcrest business, I also offer LGBT Community classes in the groups and semi-private classes because sometimes my friends in the community really enjoy learning alongside their friends in the community.  Check out the Semi-Private and Group page for more info!

Please see the Wedding Page for lots of wonderful, general information on your first dance and special day!