Since our engagement last December, My fiancé (Matt) and I have been staring at a long list of to-dos, with one of these being dance lessons. You may be familiar with the *mostly*cringe worthy first dances by couples who dance to a super-slow love song, followed by a super-fun dance song ( i.e. baby got back) Okay, maybe not baby got back, but you get the picture.
I’m not going to lie…I truly enjoyed the thought of having our 45 closest family and friends smiling awkwardly, as they sat and watched us do a 15 minute dance routine. It’s not like the guests can up and leave as the Bride is doing Gangnam style across the floor. And this is one of the many reasons why I am thankful for Matt – he balances out the attention seeking ridiculous person that I am. He pointed out that there will be about 5 tables at our wedding, not 50, and the result would be downright embarrassing – and likely caught on tape…
This is when I agreed to compromise on the approach to our first dance. Matt calls it “actually learning how to dance..” rather than choreography. So, last Saturday, we began our dancing lessons at Dovercourt House.
I was definitely nervous walking up to the third floor of the place….mostly because my dance moves have been described as Elaine-like on a good day. Google Elaine dance if you don’t know what I’m talking about. My nervousness melted away after meeting our instructor though. She was super welcoming, and told us that she’d seen it all – and asked us to start dancing naturally to our song.
We did the typical high school style two-step, just trying not to step on each other. After what seemed like the longest 3 minutes ever, our instructor stopped the song, and asked us what we pictured our dance being like. Matt replied – “we want to learn how to like, actually dance.” I’m sure she was thinking – WELL THANK YOU CAPTAIN OBVIOUS. But, she was super nice about it, firstly lying to us and saying that we had natural rhythm (!), and then giving us a few examples of different ballroom dances. We settled on the Foxtrot, because we thought the simple box pattern of the footwork would work best with our overall lack of coordination.
By the end of the hour, our newfound confidence made us feel like we belonged on Dancing with the Stars. So, we took our 6 new dance steps down to our condo gym to practice when we got home. This is when we learned a tough lesson: The lift move was DEFINITELY only made for Patrick Swayze and Ryan Gosling.
Even if you don’t have an upcoming event to learn how to dance for, its such a fun way to spend an hour learning something new. You’ll probably suck at first, but you might just surprise yourself at how fun it can be.
Check out Dovercourt House here.