5 Tips for the Wedding Dance.

Couples First Dance.

For every parent, in-law, and dearly beloved, let your dance be a memorable moment for all to see, with our help every deliberate step of the way.

1. Give Yourself Enough Time to Take Lessons- Too many leave their planning of the first dance until the last week or two before the big day, then awake in the middle of the night with horror remembering they don't have a song, let alone the slightest clue what to do with their hands of feet during one. We help couples who run into that situation, but it's better to save yourself the stress, and also premature wrinkles by giving yourself enough time (six to eight weeks) to condition and practice.

2.) Music-  Selecting your song is always the fun part. What kind of vibe do you want to bring to your wedding that reflects your burning love for one another? Either you have a song you immediately know is yours, spend time trading ideas until you come to an agreement, or ask recommendations from us. Our instructors will help you put your options on the table, whatever your thinking. Some of our students just come to us with a style of dance in mind, and no song, and that is perfectly wonderful.

3.) The Dress- Does your dress include a veil or other limitations? Keeping in mind the steps, spins, and dips you’ll make on your wedding night whilst in your wedding groove. If your wedding dress is long or has a train, bustle it, so you won't take a spill. We wouldn't want that for you!

4.) The Shoes- Wear shoes that are comfortable for dancing. If you aren't used to high heels, wear lower heels or flats. A new trend we've even seen brides doing recently, is opting for TOMS or Chuck Taylors instead of heels. Not saying you have to follow the trend, but hey, be comfortable! It's your day, and if you're stepping out on your wedding day like a baby fawn, dancing might get kind of terrifying. 

5.) Photography/Video- Make sure you have plenty of assigned photographers and cinematographers to capture your sweet moves and perfect moments together on the dance floor. If any night is a night worth remembering, it's this one. Your dance could make it onto a dvd, a famous youtube channel, or a dance blog and become a viral sensation.. only if thats what you want, naturally! 

Ensure your special day is as heavenly, and elegant as your dreams, and tell us all about your wedding asap. What you're thinking, what your vision is, where are you going on vacation, can we come with you? No, but we love all the details and ideas, and warm fuzzies our Wedding Couples bring into the studio. Let us help you get started today!


What’s in your bag? Arthur Murray Edition

Napa Dance Lessons

Top 5 Dance bag essentials in order of their importance. 

#1 Shoes: An improper shoe will most certainly hamper even the most committed dancer from getting jiggy with it, busting out some fly cha cha moves or gravity defying waltz sequences. Accordingly, a good shoe has the ability to instill a strong confidence and an awesome sense of mojo and swagger. Suede soles are best, but in the absence of suede any smooth soled shoe that is firmly adhered to your foot will help you move with panache. 

#2 Swooshy pants: a swooshy skirt, or a flowy top. The key to the right wardrobe is juxtaposition. Examples: A tight body suit or tight black t-shirt contrasted by swooshy or flowy pants or a skirt. Alternately for the ladies another option is tight leggings with a loose silky top. Fabric that moves when you move is key to the visual affect of any great dance steps. How the steps affect the fabrics you are wearing and vice versa is an important consideration. 

#3 Beverage bottles! Its key to stay hydrated when dancing at the studio. Although we provide water, most students like to bring their own water bottles. For one thing, bringing your own water bottle is better for the environment. Additionally, it is much easier to keep track of your water consumption goals when you have your own bottle. Coffee and tea are also lovely but let’s not forget that water is best!

#4 Superfoods! The importance of food as an energy source cannot be stressed enough. Bring power bars, almonds, fruit etc. Its good to have healthy snacks you can eat on the go, so you don't get overly hungry which makes you want to eat chips and sugar. Another "superfood" of the ballroom is Mints. Everyone loves mints at the studio lest we commit the faux pas of halitosis, but dont forget if the mints have sugar in them they are not a good habit, so bring along sugar free mints instead so that you can pop them with abandon.

#5 Personal hygiene items: You don’t want to be stuck without a hair tie, a comb or deodorant, so its always good to keep a little supply of mini versions of your favorite personal items in your bag. Mini purell, mouth wash, possibly even a little toothbrush. Having these small essentials on hand could make you feel better from time to time.  Since we dance in close quarters with our fellow students, its best for your personal hygiene to be on point at all times.

We hope this helps give you ideas as you are packing your dance bag this week! See you at the studio; and lastly if you like this post please share it with your friends.

5 Things dancers do every morning! 

5 Things dancers do every morning! 

  1. Move: You get up each day and stretch out and maybe even try a pirouette or some arm-styling in the mirror.

  2. Dress to dance: You plan your outfit around what you can dance in. You swish and shimmy, making sure you can lift your arms and take a good stride.

  3. Eat for energy: As a dancer its important to eat for energy so you are conscious of this as you eat breakfast and plan your lunch.

  4. Check your studio calendar: You are on a need-to-know-basis about which classes are going on today. You also double check your private lesson appointment time.

  5. Listen to Music: You are always listening to music because it makes you feel more alive. Even if it the first tune you jam to is as you drive to work, a good song invigorates you at least once a day.