Surprise! We’re Swing Super Stars

Posted on March 20, 2015

 

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Photography Credit: Francesco Mastalia

Laura + Byron 2014No one wants surprises at their wedding, right? Countless hours and days of thoughtful planning go into your big day so that everything is just like you imagined. Maybe one exception is the funny song or dance that a family member or friend creatively puts together. The other exception is when YOU throw the surprise. In fact, surprise dances like flash mobs and surprise bride and groom dances are a fast-growing trend. I might be Captain Obvious here, but dances are most surprising when they happen at a time when they don’t usually happen. Like during the ceremony or the middle of the reception. How amazing it is to see choreography and impressive dancing when you least expected it!

We have a lot of couples that keep their dance a secret from everyone. Even father daughter and wedding party dances too. One of our lovely couples featured here, Laura and Byron, did just that, and rocked out a swing dance to ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love.’ Both were beginner dancers but by the end they showed everyone how skilled they were and now have some pretty sweet photographs of them in action. Swing dance is a great choice for upbeat, put-a-smile-on-your-face dances, and works well with a lot of pop music. So get out there and swing away!

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Country Dancin’ in Hawaii

Posted on March 3, 2015

CSG290814-224105-2There was no hula at this Hawaiian wedding. Instead, we made a very romantic choreographed dance with a pop of country for our couple, Gretchen and Alex. They chose to dance to ‘Wave on Wave’ by Pat Green, because it was the song that held a lot of meaning for them. You might be wondering if we went to Hawaii at all in the process? Well, no, that would have been pretty cool. But it actually led to something even better than a beach trip and opened up new potential for us choreographing dances. This is how we did it: We choreographed their wedding dance, taught it to professional dancers, filmed the whole piece, filmed it with instructional segments, and sent the whole polished video package via the internet! It worked perfectly for Gretchen and Alex who spend really long hours at work and needed to learn it on their own time and in the convenience and privacy of their own home. As Gretchen said about her experience: “We had SO much fun spending time together and laughing as we learned our first dance choreography and now have incredible memories from our first dance as a married couple.” I was extremely impressed with the short time they took to learn it (two weeks!) but especially how they looked so natural and really owned the dance floor, country line dancin’ and all. Plus, the photos turned out pretty amazing, showing that they had an all-around gorgeous wedding. Since our debut making custom choreographed wedding dance films in July 2014, we have already made two more, which means that our dance films are really catching on!

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Photo Credit: Umlaut Photography

Photo Credit: Umlaut Photography

 

 

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A Glimpse Inside a YFD Dance Lesson

Posted on November 11, 2014

We had a busy wedding season this year with a diverse mix of dances including cha cha, foxtrot, swing, tango and waltz. It was fun to see the couples’ different personalities shine through in each dance. We are thrilled to be getting a ton of positive feedback. Cheers to all the happily married couples we worked with! Let’s take a look back to highlights of rehearsal footage.

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69News WFMZ Promotes YourFirstDance.com

Posted on October 24, 2014

Local to be featured on Americas Got Talent

One of the remaining contestants from America’s Got Talent is showcasing her talents at Stabler Arena. Easton native Rebecca Moore from the dance troop “Catapult” was on hand at the Lehigh Valley Bridal Show Thursday night. Rebecca and her sister, Madeline, are at the show with their new wedding dance choreography company “Your First Dance.” Rebecca says she’s excited to get back on the big stage. “We get to perform on a really big and iconic stage at Radio City and we’re going to be performing on August 20th. So America has to vote for us so we can keep going on,” said Moore. If you want more info on Rebecca’s company. Head over to www.YourFirstDance.com.

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Pop Song Fun

Posted on October 2, 2014

 

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Photography by Joe Sanfilippo.

 

One of the first things that happened when I met Lauren and Jason, a warm and lighthearted couple from Long Island, NY, is that Jason went up into a perfect heel click jump. I realized from the first session that their dance needed to include the heel click and reflect their fun personalities.  They chose the song Gone, Gone, Gone, by Phillip Phillips which is a great, upbeat pop song with romantic lyrics. We kept the dance simple yet exciting by using the structure of music, so that every time the song repeated the chorus we used similar dance moves. This also made it easier to remember what came next in the dance, and it also helped to create a choreographic through-line or style. A win-win!

 

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Photography by Joe Sanfilippo.

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Photography by Joe Sanfilippo.

When Lauren contacted us for help with their wedding dance, she admitted that they loved to dance, but really did not know what to do together when all eyes were on them.  Swaying was not going to work for them, and besides, it is your wedding day and you deserve to do something special. They had a natural groove and picked up the steps with ease. I’m glad to hear that their wedding dance went very well and they received rave reviews from friends and family. Pictures of the dance show smiles all the way, which is really the most important thing. Congratulations!

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Achieve the All-Star Wedding Dance

Posted on April 30, 2014
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Dylan and Caroline looking great after their first lesson!

I had a fantastic two hour lesson with Dylan and Caroline, a really lovely, energetic couple from NJ, who will be dancing to the romantic Dave Matthews song ‘You and Me.’ With great enthusiasm, they learned a basic rumba, adding in dips, turns and a lift. One concern that came up in the lesson was that they didn’t want the dance to look overly choreographed, so I taught them the footwork with proper hold and how to make it more intimate and natural. This is a pretty common concern for brides and grooms. It is absolutely possible to dance with your partner in a specific style, while not looking robotic or over-rehearsed, which paradoxically does take some time to practice. Another topic that generally comes up in lessons is what you are wearing on your big day! (Don’t worry, we keep it discreet and won’t give away your dress to your fiancé!). I made sure to give Caroline and Dylan a lift that worked with her dress. After having such a great time in our lesson, they wanted to meet again to practice some more! In the meantime, I sent them an outline of their steps plus a video so they can practice at home.

What makes the perfect combination for a wedding dance? It is one that emanates radiant energy, demonstrates close connections that are intimate and natural, and showcases movements that spark interest and delight.

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Deciding How to Move Together When Choosing a Unique Song

Posted on April 17, 2014

 

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Cheers to Melissa and Michael! These newlyweds danced to ‘I Found You’ by Alabama Shakes

So you’ve picked a unique song for your first dance together. Great! I love that the music selection can shed light on the couple’s personality. But now what do you do, when it’s not apparent how you should move together because there’s varying rhythms, tempo changes, lack of a driving beat, or something that doesn’t scream ‘do the foxtrot!’ I believe that resorting to the monotonous, evenly paced, back and forth of the ‘sway,’ does not do justice for your unique song choice. Unique music deserves unique movement.

There’s a misconception that you should always dance to the beat of the music, hence the sway. Yes, you need to have accurate timing, but what makes for a visually interesting pairing is counter rhythm, and that the fact that you can dance a certain rhythm while the music projects another one.

That’s why I decided to teach a cha cha to Melissa and Michael, a wonderful New York couple who were looking to have just a quick lesson to figure out how to move to their cool Indie rock song ‘I Found You’ by Alabama Shakes. The fast 1,2,3 of the cha cha gave some energy to the soulful vocals and drony guitar. This song has some strong musical breaks, so I gave them some turns, low lifts, and dips to implement during these sound cues.

I love what we do because we are not just teaching you a foxtrot or  a waltz. We’re really listening to your music and searching for the best combination of movement to give you, thinking about your expression and interactions, so that you can look amazing while dancing together, drawing out the joy and love that exudes on your wedding day. This is our approach even for one or two lessons, and we can obviously go further with more sessions. I honestly don’t think you can get the same type of attention from going to a ballroom dance studio where they will most likely just teach you the steps without applying it to the song. The difference is that we are artists and choreographers with a perceptive eye who possess the expertise to develop your individuality and make you look absolutely brilliant on your wedding day.

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We are The Knot’s Best of Weddings Pick

Posted on March 6, 2014

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We are thrilled to announce that we are the 2014 pick for The Knot’s Best of Weddings for Dance Lessons and Wedding Choreography. Thanks to all the brides and grooms who gave us rave reviews and helped us achieve our shiny new badge. We want to pass along our excitement to you, and offer a 20% discount for any dance packages booked by June 30th, 2014. Spread the word! 
 
How do you see yourself dancing with your partner for the first time as a newly married couple? Write us today and tell us, we’d love to hear!
 
All the best, Madeline and Rebecca 

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We Made it to the Top 12 on America’s Got Talent!

Posted on September 23, 2013
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Behind the Scenes Photo on America’s Got Talent. The pigtails are for a little girl character! Not my everyday look!

Madeline and I had a busy summer dancing and performing at Radio City Music Hall for the TV show ‘America’s Got Talent.’ We are so thankful to have worked with such a high-caliber team and creative professionals. We learned the ins and outs of a reality TV competition and met some fun celebrities. Catapult, the company we danced with, made it to the Top 12, one round short of the performing every week on the show. We will translate this amazing experience into all aspects of our work, and will surely be adding that extra special flair into the next dance we choreograph! Do you want it to be your dance?

Here’s an article about some of our AGT experience from a hometown newspaper.

-Rebecca

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Who Else Wants to Do the Hustle?

Posted on July 6, 2013
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Caroline and Gordon breakin’ it down, clearly having an amazing time doing their first dance!

No folks, this was not a cheesy disco dance, but a fun-lovin’ duet with Caroline and Gordon, an awesome New York couple  who recently married at a family home in California. However, they did learn to dance the 4-count Hustle aka the 4-count Swing, as a perfect pairing to their song ‘Baby I Need Your Lovin’ by the Four Tops.

We had a fantastically fun session together, where I taught them the basic pattern, inside and outside turns, a yo-yo with side lean, a cuddle (as in the dance move!), combinations of these, and how to get from one move to the next. We practiced with the music the entire time and decided when to start based on a musical cue. I’ve realized that a good reminder for the couple is to listen to the music for a fews bars during the musical introduction before you begin the dance so that you are in sync. Especially when you have a band as in the case of this wedding, it’s useful to make sure that you are on the same page with the musicians.

Gordon also expressed interest in wowing his guests, so I showed them how to do some simple lifts that they could choose from. Did I mention we did all of this in an hour?! They were a great team, both focused on getting in tune to their leading and following skills. This definitely takes time and practice.

Check out Caroline and Gordon’s Article in the NY Times! Congrats to a very special pair!

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