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!Posted on June 12, 2013
Hello friends and fellow lovers of weddings and dance!
I wanted to share with you the unique story of Moore Choreography, how my sister Madeline and I got started, and why we decided to take the leap into making dances for weddings!
Madeline and I grew up in a positively fun household, where dancing, singing, and running around the entire house with our siblings was typical. Eventually when I reached high school and realized that not everybody acts this silly (after one too many awkward moments), I actually became really proud of the actively creative environment that we had. We didn’t have much money which was tough, but fortunately we were able to take dance lessons consistently and participate in all sorts of other activities through school. These things, I believe, are a strong part of our history, and you know what they say…our history defines us. It instilled a sense of hard work, determination, ingenuity, and passion for our life’s work.
So what is our life’s work? Well, we have certainly made paths for ourselves in the dance field in our own right. (For more details, check out our bios!) The heart of what we want is to contribute valuable and meaningful work in order to have a positive impact on people’s lives. We’ve strived for many years to do this through choreography, teaching, and performance. But a new outlet presented itself a few years ago, and that was in the form of wedding choreography.
When we started choreographing for our non-dancer, newly engaged friends, we realized that: 1) We love introducing beginners to dance and getting them to love it and have fun with it and feel comfortable doing it. 2) We get to make a dance for a fantastic audience – all of the most loving and admiring people are there to cheer you on! 3) We get to sneak some entertainment, or maybe even some art (dare I say it) into the wedding day through your dance.
After seeing that there were not many options out there for brides and grooms for their wedding dances, Madeline and I took our experience and knowledge and created YourFirstDance by Moore Choreography. We noticed that a lot of dance studios offer lessons. We do too. Any extra steps to get in sync with your partner is highly commendable. But we really specialize in choreographing the entire dance so that it creates something absolutely special for your wedding day. There are a lot of benefits to choreography over lessons such as the fact that it gives you ultimate confidence and keeps the dance exciting without repeating the same steps again and again. The best thing about all of this in a world where we have so little time, is that it’s a really worthwhile and rewarding way to spend time being close to your partner, parents, or wedding party – basically the people who love you the most.
Thanks for reading,
RebeccaPosted on May 20, 2013
We had a fantastic session with Caroline and her Dad yesterday! The dance of the day was Foxtrot, a charming style of dance that goes perfectly with their song selection, ‘Beyond the Sea,’ by Bobby Darin. The combination of both the Foxtrot and music choice makes for a heart-warming and moving Father Daughter dance. I was very impressed with their determination to keep going and their ability to learn with ease. We worked on several skills in our session: foxtrot forward and backward basic, side sway, side sway with a fun turn, promenade, and a left hesitation turn. We put these skills into a structure and practiced transitioning from one to the next.
Even spending a small amount of time with your parent working on your dance together is a really great way to do something extra special for your wedding day! Plus, it’s also a really nice way to connect and spend time with your parent when you practice together. I’m really happy that I could share in this experience with Caroline and her Dad, and I know that they will look great dancing together at the wedding!Posted on May 8, 2013
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