Choreographing a Surprise First Wedding Dance

Last night, we performed at a very formal wedding at the Sierra Lakes Country Club. There was a good crowd of 200-250 people with lots of line dancers! The bride requested jazz and Frankie Beverly & Maze for dinner music. The jazz band "Second Wind" was also performing during the ceremony and reception.

The most exciting event during the wedding for me was the First Dance though. The couple and I had been practicing a surprise first dance in secret for about 3 weeks. I choreographed the dance and specially mixed the music for $40 USD/hour. The bride and groom thought preparing a secret dance would be a riot because they are both so conservative and straight-laced--nobody would suspect it! They warned me that both of them had two left feet, but we worked hours on end going over and over every step. The song the bride and groom chose for the First Dance was "Close to You" by Bebe and Cece Winans. We decided on doing the line dance "The Cleveland Shuffle" for the surprise part. The groom also got the idea of fading back to the slow dance after the line dance, which gave me the idea of finishing with a beautiful and graceful dip! Here is our last practice session.



Here is how the dance went on the big wedding day!



As I mentioned, we had a great crowd last night. Here is everyone enjoying R. Kelly's "Step in the Name of Love."



At the end of the evening, we received several compliments on the wedding music. The night was a mixture of hip hop, line dancing, and old school. We played the Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Flo Rida, the Cupid Shuffle, the Cha Cha Slide, and classics like "Brick House" by the Commodores, "It's Your Thing" by the Isley Brothers, "Celebration" by Kool & the Gang, and "Let's Groove Tonight" by Earth, Wind, & Fire. For the last dance, the bride requested Beyonce's version of "At Last."     

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