Picking a dance style for your wedding dance, whether it be your first dance, parent wedding dance, or your bridal party routine, should be about more than just song suitability and appearances. If you have a song in mind for your wedding dance already that you absolutely love then that’s great! If you’re still deciding between a few options, knowing what dance styles suite each song can help you decide the best fit for you. Consider these things when you’re making a decision:
First, make sure you know ALL possible options. You’d be surprised at how creative you can get with matching a dance style to your wedding song. Some Afro-Latin dance styles such as Bachata, Kizomba, and Cha Cha Cha are great not only for their specific cultural music but also any popular music with a mid-tempo 4/4-timing. For Waltz songs, which have a ¾-time signature, one might think their options are limited to Waltz only. However, that is not the case! Canter timing can be used to adapt dances with “Quick Quick Slow” rhythms to Waltz music. At Urbanity, we have dance instructors trained in Ballroom, the Afro-Latin styles, and everything in between so you’ll have all possible partner dance styles presented to you!
Second, consider what you’ll dance most with your partner in the future. Your wedding dance training doesn’t have to be limited to just your wedding dance. Learning to partner dance is a skill you’ll be able to use for the rest of your life! You can use it as a date night out (or date night in with candle light and no shoes!), an opportunity to show off your dancing skills at company Christmas parties and other weddings, or you can even use dance as way to exercise together. That being said, ask your dance instructor how each dance style is used socially. What music is the dance usually danced to? What settings is the dance style appropriate for?
Third, match your wedding dance music and dance style to both the vibe of your wedding and you and your partner’s personalities. Each dance style has its own descriptors. Waltz is elegant, romantic, and sweeping while Foxtrot has an old-school “jazzy” feel. For other partner dances, the type of song can affect how you dance it and therefore change its descriptors. For example, when dancing to a Salsa Romantica, Salsa can look very smooth and (hence the name of the music sub-genre) very romantic. However, dancing Salsa to a more upbeat and fast-paced selection of music creates a flashier, more dynamic, and sexy vibe. Brazilian Zouk can also adapt to the music selection. It can be flowy and sensual when paired with, let’s say John Legend’s “All of Me”; or it can be funky and urban when paired with a song like “Let’s Get Married” by Jagged Edge. Make sure you communicate your desired vibe to your dance instructor so that they can keep it in mind when planning your wedding dance choreography.
VISIT OUR WEDDING PAGE TO SCHEDULE A FREE 15 MINUTE CONSULTATION WITH OUR WEDDING PROGRAM SPECIALIST! During your virtual meeting, we will discuss your wedding song options and what dance styles make a great match. We will present video examples for each dance style and answer any questions you have. We look forward to getting to learn more about you and your Wedding Dance Vision!