Wedding Dance Lessons in and around Sydney
ShaneKeriDance are professionals at providing Wedding Dance Lessons for your first bridal dance. Lessons for couples, like you, who want to have a special and memorable experience… One they can share for a lifetime. We will guide you through learning your very own personalised dance for your Bridal Waltz / First Dance on that very special wedding day.
Currently we have dance multiple venues across Sydney such as Club Kirrawee & St Mary’s Band Club. In the Sutherland Shire we cater to surrounding areas such as Wollongong, Menai, Engadine, Miranda to Cronulla and in the Western Suburbs we cater to areas such as Parramatta, Blacktown, Rooty Hill, Penrith, Nepean and the Blue Mountains areas.
Your Bridal Dance
We are extremely excited to be able to assist you with your wedding dance needs. We offer lessons for the most easy and simple bridal dance needs, “the survivor’s dance”, through to the adventurous and experienced dancer. No two dances are ever the same. Each is as unique, built to your song & ability, as you are unique to each other. Your dance will be a significant part of your wedding, a true demonstration of your love for each other. A romantic highlight of your wedding day. Your Bridal dance will draw each of you together to create the best experience for you and your family.
We ensure you’re prepared so as not to look or feel awkward. We will have you looking natural and feeling great for the best experience during your first wedding dance… A Bridal waltz to remember.
Private Dance Lessons
In your lesson you will experience a nurturing and supportive atmosphere that puts even the newest dancer at ease. We create and encourage the best results for our wedding couples while offering a warm, encouraging and positive environment. We always teach your First Dance to match your personalities, skill and comfort level – all set to your chosen wedding song.
Our particular brand of instruction breeds success even for the couple with little or no dance experience. You will be pleasantly surprised with what you can achieve, making your wedding dance one of the most magical moments in life.
We have the skills to design a custom first wedding dance for you. Whether it be a traditional Bridal Waltz or an alternate dance style, including a more contemporary First Dance. It could be something flashy and different, funky and nontraditional, even a Flash Mob style. Every part of your bridal dance, from the basic steps to a special entrance onto the dance floor and your finale, are catered for in your lessons.
What type of Packages do we offer?
We offer a wide range of bridal dance packages that include many options to ensure we can cater for any type of situation. For example, a “Survivor’s Course” is a brief, last minute ‘Emergency Lesson’. A “Dance for Dummies” package is terrific for someone who thinks they have two left feet. We have options like our “Burn the Floor” and the “Blow Them Away” First Dance Packages along with many other simple dances to suit your big day.
ShaneKeridance also offer something even more unique “Mobile Dance Lessons”. You can “Take a Class at Home”, in your Office or place of work. Yes, that’s right! We will travel to you. It’s not unusual that couples have children before they tie the knot and life can get very hectic. You work long hours and need to be home to tend to the kids, or you work late at the office and can take a break at 8pm for an hour… This is when our “Mobile Dance Lessons” package would be perfect for you.
Personalised Dance Lessons
We teach every style of partnered dancing from Ballroom (your Standard and Smooth dances) to Latin (Rhythm styles like Salsa, Tango, Rumba), Swing (such as but not limited to Rock’n’Roll, West Coast Swing, Rockabilly), true blue American Country dance, Country Two Step, Disco, Hip Hop, and Argentine Tango.
ShaneKeriDance wedding dance lessons are about helping you gain confidence while learning how to look good for your First Dance. To look and feel natural and confident as the happy couple on your big day.
Questions and Answers
Students’ often request many different things when inquiring about dance lessons, but in reality what you really want is to enjoy that special moment. We often hear…
“We just don’t want to look stupid!”
”We are busy and don’t have much time… Teach us a few basic moves so we don’t look like teenagers at a high school dance.”
“We would like a simple but smooth dance with a few turns for the girl, finishing with a dip. Just so we look natural and can smile at each other and be the ‘happy couple’.”
“We love a challenge and want to take a few big moves to impress the whole reception.”
“We want the whole kit and kaboodle! Some razzle dazzle with the wow factor so our guests will remember our First Dance… It’s a show baby!”
Family dancing lessons, please include the bridal party & parents
Bridal Party and Parent’s Dance Lessons
At least one or more of your family and bridal party will be dancing at your wedding. There is always the Father/Daughter dance and the Mother/Son dance to be had. Then your bridal party will most likely want to venture onto the dance floor, as well as the parents of both the Bride and Groom. Really, everyone will have an opportunity to dance at your wedding reception. If your parents or the bridal party don’t know how to Waltz, or dance in any style, they too may be feeling anxious and a little nervous about being in the spotlight. Often they’d like to polish up some old dance skills & learn skills to feel confident.
Having your bridal party and parents in your wedding dance plans can be a lot of fun for everyone involved on the day.
We cater for all the possible scenarios for your wedding:
- Father and Daughter dance
- Mother and Son dance
- Parents’ and Grandparents’ dance
- Bridal Party – ranging from very simple dance moves to a complete dance
- A fully choreographed group dance or flashmob for the whole Wedding Party
- Every dance has a nice, simple entrance to the reception or floor space as well as a nice finish
- Every dance has a bit of romance, a nice dip, simple but professional looking entrance to the dance floor as always a nice finish
- Flash Mob Dance
- Family Dance – Bride & Groom, parents and in-laws
- Treat your guests to a lesson at your reception
- Treat your guests to a professional performance at your reception
- Plus much, much more… We cater for all your needs!
Contact our dance team to discuss any of your needs and to book your lessons.
Choosing Your Song For Your Wedding Dance
We have a top 50 list with lyrics you will love as well as an extended list, in alphabetical order, to help you with your song choice. The song you choose for your first wedding dance should mean something to both of you and be very special. If you don’t have a special song, that’s ok. We would strongly suggest you take a moment to look through the materials we supply to start your search so you have something picked before your first dance lesson. This will help to eliminate delays when you could be spending time on your dance. Even though you and your Honey may have different taste in music, our advice would be to pick something you BOTH like.
If you are struggling to choose your favourite song, send a list of your top 2 or 3 choices before your first dance lesson. We will have a listen, offer a recommendation and if you still can’t decide we can always discuss what works best during your first lesson. We can even try out each song to see which feels most natural to dance. It may not always be your favourite song that will work best for a first dance. There are many instances where it can be as simple as the song is too fast, or the degree of difficulty to dance to a particular song makes it hard. Our educated opinion on your music selection means you will realize the best results for your First Dance.
Best time to start Dance Lessons?
In 2017 and 2018 ShaneKeriDance has been the number one choice for wedding dance lessons. With over 20 years of experience we recommend 3 months being the optimum time to prepare and start dance lessons. This allows for any unforeseen issues popping up and also allows enough time for you to get comfortable, learn and remember your dance routine. It’s hard to say how many lessons it will take to be at your best, but we can tell you the average is 6 one hour lessons. How often you take lessons, weekly or fortnightly and the like, will be up to you and will reflect in the look and the natural feel/appearance of your special dance.
The Happy Couple has their own ideas for their First Bridal Dance which is awesome. We love when the happy couple come to us with ideas for their Bridal waltz. If you know what you are wanting out of your dance, and have any special requests, please let us know. We will make sure we incorporate those ideas into your dance. We also provide recap videos of your lesson so practising at home is possible.
What should you wear for your wedding dance – any special tips for the Bride?
These are just tips and ideas to help ensure you have an amazing and memorable time. There are no hard and fast rules so please feel free to do what is best for your special day. Wearing what makes you feel good will also make you feel confident. We do offer practical ideas relating to your special dance to help put you at ease and encourage you to be your best.
Sure, heels look cute and sexy. Sure they are designed to go with your wedding gown… However after hours of getting to and from the ceremony, getting the photos taken and everything that will be going on throughout your special day, you may want to think about an alternate pair of shoes for the Bridal Dance. A lower pair of heels or even ballet flats, after all you can put your wedding heels back on after the dance.
We always recommend both the Bride and Groom bring their shoes to their first dance lesson. We recommend the bride bringing a couple of pairs to try out. Once you are confident you can dance in them we recommend you use an alternative pair of shoes to wear at all of your lessons.
How long do we dance at our wedding song?
The average professional performance is only 2.5 minutes long so we recommend dancing for 1.5-2.5 minutes max. Use the K.I.S.S. theory, short and sweet is a treat. With such a hectic lead up to the big day, all the special activities on the big day, you’ll wed and by the time you arrive at the reception your choice to keep it short and sweet will be a treat to yourself, as well as your guests. The average song is about 3.5-minutes long so we are happy to arrange your music with a professional edit or, if you trust your DJ, you can have them fade it out when you hit the final pose.
Unforgettable wedding dance
Want to have the most unforgettable wedding dance of all time?
A dance that you will remember for life, something that will entertain your family and guests – a wedding dance flash mob style!
What’s a wedding dance flash mob you may ask? A wedding dance with a difference, something unique to the whole wedding party. A flash mob dance is a fun and unexpected way to get your family, guests and whole wedding party involved in the most unforgettable wedding reception of all time. Your family and friends will be jumping out of their seats with joy and enthusiasm while you and your wedding party perform the best dance ever.
How do we go about creating a dance for the whole wedding party? Llet ShaneKeriDance break down the process for you with tips on keeping it real and non stressful. After all it’s your big day and we want you all to have fun!
It only takes a little coordination (we will help with that), some dance skills (again, we will guide you all the way), some group practice sessions and before you know it… Bam! You are looking like Michael Jackson & J Lo.
Planning is the key to any successful wedding and making sure you work with professionals skilled in their area of expertise, eg; functions coordinator, chef, DJ and dance professionals. At ShaneKeriDance we have the skill, the knowledge and the experience. Our history of being studio owners for Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap and Ballet… Choreographing, performing in and producing large public, private and corporate shows… As well as being professional instructors, dancers and performers in Country, Swing, Ballroom and Latin couple dancing gives us the tools and experience which we apply to your special dance.
Tips for planning your flash mob
- Always check your wedding reception venue for size and space to ensure there is ample room to perform. Having a good understanding of the venue layout allows you to convey this information to the dance choreographer for the space you have to dance.
- Simple but fun choreography is the key your friends will appreciate not having to go overboard with practice time and simple means less nervous dancers. The more simple the process is, the easier it will be to learn and remember.
- When you Invite your wedding party, don’t make it mandatory to be at every choreography session. Simply ask that they attend as many as possible and offer video recaps of the dance lessons.
Preparation for your Wedding dance Flash Mob is Key:
Pulling off a good dance compared to a great dance will mean being organised as best you can.
- Choose Your Flash Mob Song:
Let your dance instructor help you decide what song. Decide whether you want a fast or slow song, upbeat or mellow, or even one of those awesome favourite throwbacks. If you’re torn between several favourites consider creating a music mashup. Your dance instructor will be able to do that and may even comp that in if you’re feeling lucky punk! Well do yah?. If you already own a mac the best Software tools we can recommend is Garage-Band for mixing music on a laptop computer.
- Personally, when choosing a song, we like to go with something people recognise. Something with fun lyrics that they can either clap along with or sing along to the chorus. You’ll want people to feel as if they are a part of the show, so to speak. Your flash mob will be even MORE fun if you do so. A great example would be popular songs by iconic groups or artists such as Queen.
- Invite your group to Participate early:
Invite the people you want to participate early or at least advise them you are thinking of dancing a wedding flash mob and have a particular dates in mind. That you would love to have them involved and to “save the dates” or start planning with them in mind. BIG NOTE TO THEM: Ssssssh! it’s a secret! The element of surprise is part of the fun and astonishment.
- Participation in a flash mob / Rally dance is normally not mandatory. Relatively speaking, your flash mob should and will be FUN. So if people are nervous ask them to come and watch the first session and to join in once they feel comfortable or see how much fun is going into the process. The last thing you’ll want is your participants stressing out. Sometimes you may need to assign your Bridal party smaller portions of dancing. Maybe small sections to act out due to nerves. Or maybe they just don’t have time to learn all the steps. There are many ways to incorporate individuals based on their ability or availability. Simply respect everyone’s choice re: their participation and, no matter how little or much they put in to it, it will still be awesome.
- Video & share your Choreography
One of the first steps to helping your dancers learn a flash mob dance choreography is to video record each session of the dance and share the footage.
- We highly recommend videoing from the front and the rear:
- SLOW – FROM THE FRONT & REAR: Have a video that breaks down the choreography both by the numbers/counts and by the steps while the Choreographer is facing the camera. Be smart and, at the same time, have a video recording from the back so that your Choreographer is not facing the camera. The back is usually the best angle to learn from and the front is usually the best angle to see how the performance should look.
- AT TEMPO – FROM THE FRONT & REAR: Include a video at tempo, danced with the music also with a view from the front and the back. If your rehearsal space has mirrors then position yourself from the rear and you will get both angles at the same time. Even ask your Choreographer if they have a step sheet.
- Scheduling your Flash Mob is best done in person
Not everyone lives in the same city or state. Those who are local you’ll definitely want to schedule in for a few in-person dance practices with your Teacher/Choreographer before you try to fly solo. This is a fun excuse to hang out with your participants and enjoy helping each other. It’s a great opportunity to bring the slower learners up to speed so they, too, feel good about their abilities. Those who are not local will rely on those the step by step videos (and perhaps the step sheet, if you have one) with which to learn and practice. Try to schedule at least ONE in-person rehearsal when they are in town – most likely the week or weekend of the buck’s/hen’s party, rehearsal, and/or wedding.
- Videographer for the day of the BIG dance, or your mobile
If you’re planning to have a videographer or someone video you at your wedding please advise them, ahead of time, that you are performing. Give them an idea of what you are doing and even send them a copy of the choreo, in advance, so the videographer knows where to best shoot from. If your best mate is the videographer, ask them to mount their phone on a tripod so there is no shaking or moving. Take the video of your performance to a whole other level if you have a techie friend who owns a drone, ask them to video the performance. However you go about getting it recorded you will want to watch it after the wedding so you’ll benefit from a good quality video.
- Last but not least… Have FUN!
This is the MOST important part of the entire idea of doing a flash mob wedding dance. Fun and entertainment for several reasons. When performing not everything goes to plan… Someone is sure to forget a step or will look left instead of right, something silly like that. These things are what make it real and enjoyable for the audience. So, on your very special day, forget about perfection and enjoy the moment… Just as you enjoyed the journey to get there. There’s a Big Chance that everyone will have a “bobble” during their performance, at some time. It just adds to the fun, fun, fun!
Looking for ideas on that flash mob?
- The girls are always ready to dance – a Bridesmaids Flash Mob:
- If you want an idea for an awesome “Girl’s Night Out” or Hen’s Party, planning a wedding flash mob for the Bridesmaids is always a riot… Especially if the girls are courageous and adventurous! Remember to always show off the Bride during the flash mob and steadily add the Bridesmaids to join in on the dance.
- Battle Flash Mob
￮ This can be a lot of fun where the Bridesmaids challenge the Groomsman and then join together to finish the dance as a group, always remembering to showcase the happy couple at some stage of the dance.
- Unexpected Flash Mob for the Wedding Couple
- Get your family and/or friends to surprise the couple by doing a flash mob when they enter the reception room for the first time. This is a great way to have the whole room engaged right from the start of the reception. Creating lots of energy and laughter plus fond memories for the happy couple. Especially if the Parents get involved on both sides of the family. Remember the current generation might not dance much but I can guarantee the parents and/or Grandparents can or used to dance.
Currently we have multiple dance venues across Sydney such as Club Kirrawee & St Mary’s Band Club. In the Sutherland Shire we cater to surrounding areas such as Wollongong, Menai, Engadine, Miranda to Cronulla and in the Western Suburbs we cater to areas such as Parramatta, Blacktown, Rooty Hill, Penrith, Nepean and the Blue Mountains areas.
It is our mission to provide loads of fun and quality education for your dance and music enjoyment.
Enjoy a dance class with ShaneKeriDance. Our team of teachers and support staff work closely with you to ensure you have a great experience on your new adventure of learning to dance. From the very nervous first time dancer (people who think they have 2 left feet) to the advanced and dance master we have a lesson plan for you.
Here is a TOP %) list of Wedding Songs for your First dance……..
Top 50 Wedding song List
- “Amazed,” Lonestar
Lyrics You’ll Love: “I don’t know how you do what you do/I’m so in love with you/It just keeps getting better”
- “As,” Stevie Wonder
Lyrics You’ll Love: “As around the sun the earth knows she’s revolving/And the rosebuds know to bloom in early May/Just as hate knows love’s the cure/You can rest your mind assure/That I’ll be loving you always”
- “As Time Goes By,” Dooley Wilson (from Casablanca)
Lyrics you’ll love: “And when two lovers woo/They still say, ‘I love you.’/On that you can rely/No matter what the future brings/As time goes by.”
- “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri (from Twilight: Breaking Dawn)
Lyrics you’ll love: “Darling, don’t be afraid/I have loved you/For a thousand years/I’ll love you for a thousand more”
- “At Last,” Etta James
Lyrics you’ll love: “And here we are in heaven/for you are mine/at last”
- “Better Together,” Jack Johnson
Lyrics you’ll love: “It’s not always easy and/Sometimes life can be deceiving/I’ll tell you one thing, it’s always better when we’re together”
- “By Your Side,” Sade
Lyrics you’ll love: “When you’re on the outside baby and you can’t get in/I will show you you’re so much better than you know”
- “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” Elvis Presley
Lyrics you’ll love: “Like a river flows surely to the sea/Darling so it goes/some things are meant to be”
- “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” Frankie Valli or Lauryn Hill
Lyrics you’ll love: “I love you baby and if it it’s quite all right/I need you baby to warm the lonely nights/I love you baby, trust in me when I say”
- “Come Rain or Come Shine,” Ray Charles
Lyrics you’ll love: “I’m gonna love you, like nobody’s loved you/Come rain or come shine”
- “Crazy Love,” Van Morrison
Lyrics you’ll love: “I can hear her heart beat for a thousand miles/And the heavens open every time she smiles”
- “Everything,” Michael Bublé
Lyrics you’ll love: “And in this crazy life, and through these crazy times/It’s you, it’s you, you make me sing/You’re every line, you’re every word, you’re everything”
- “First Day of My Life,” Bright Eyes
Lyrics you’ll love: “Yours is the first face that I saw/I think I was blind before I met you/Now I don’t know where I am/ I don’t know where I’ve been/But I know where I want to go”
- “Fly Me to the Moon,” Frank Sinatra
Lyrics you’ll love: “Fill my heart with song/Let me sing forever more/You are all I long for/All I worship and adore”
- “Grow Old With Me,” Mary Chapin Carpenter
Lyrics you’ll love: “Grow old along with me/Whatever fate decrees/We will see it through”
- “Here and Now,” Luther Vandross
Lyrics you’ll love: “When I look in your eyes, there I’ll see/All that a love should really be/And I need you more and more each day”
- “How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You),” James Taylor
Lyrics you’ll love: “With sweet love and devotion, deeply touching my emotion/I want to stop and thank you baby”
- “If I Ain’t Got You,” Alicia Keys featuring Usher
lyrics you’ll love: “Some people want diamond rings/Some just want everything/But everything means nothing/If I ain’t got you”
- “In My Life,” The Beatles
Lyrics you’ll love: “Though I know I’ll never lose affection/for people and things that went before/I know I’ll often stop and think about them/In my life I love you more”
- “I Only Have Eyes for You,” The Flamingos
Lyrics you’ll love: “Are the stars out tonight?/I don’t know if it’s cloudy or bright/I only have eyes for you, dear”
- “It Had to Be You,” Dooley Wilson (from Casablanca)
Lyrics you’ll love: “And it had to be you, it just had to be you/It had to be you”
- “I Will,” The Beatles
Lyrics you’ll love: “Love you forever and forever/Love you with all my heart/Love you whenever we’re together/Love you when we’re apart”
- “I Won’t Give Up,” Jason Mraz
Lyrics you’ll love: “I won’t give up on us/Even if the skies get rough/I’m giving you all my love/I’m still looking up”
- “Just the Way You Are,” Billy Joel
Lyrics you’ll love: “I said I love you and that’s forever/And this I promise from my heart/I couldn’t love you any better/I love you just the way you are”
- “La Vie en Rose,” Edith Piaf (French), Louis Armstrong (English)
Lyrics you’ll love: “And when you speak angels sing from above/Everyday words seem/To turn into love songs”
- “Let’s Stay Together,” Al Green
Lyrics you’ll love: “Let’s stay together/Love you whether, whether/Times are good or bad, happy or sad/”
- “L-O-V-E,” Nat King Cole
Lyrics you’ll love: “Love is all that I can give to you/Love is more than just a game for two/Two in love can make it”
- “Lucky,” Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz
Lyrics you’ll love: “Lucky I’m in love with my best friend/Lucky to have been where I have been/Lucky to be coming home again”
- “Make You Feel My Love,” Adele
Lyrics you’ll love: “Nothing that I wouldn’t do/Go to the ends of the Earth for you/To make you feel my love”
- “Marry Me,” Train
Lyrics you’ll love: “Together can never be close enough for me/To feel like I am close enough to you/You wear white and I’ll wear out the words, ‘I love you’ “
- “Maybe I’m Amazed,” Paul McCartney
Lyrics you’ll love: “Maybe I’m amazed at the way you help me sing my song,/Right me when I’m wrong/Maybe I’m amazed at the way I really need you.”
- “Our Love Is Here to Stay,” Billie Holiday
Lyrics you’ll love: “It’s very clear/Our love is here to stay/Not for a year/But ever and a day”
- “Sparks,” Coldplay
Lyrics you’ll love: “But I promise you this/I’ll always look out for you/That’s what I’ll do”
- “Stand by Me,” Ben E. King
Lyrics you’ll love: “No I won’t be afraid/Oh, I won’t be afraid/Just as long as you stand, stand by me”
- “Steady As We Go,” Dave Matthews Band
Lyrics you’ll love: “In the darkest times/You shine on me/You set me free/And keep me steady as we go”
- “Such Great Heights,” The Postal Service or Iron and Wine
Lyrics you’ll love: “And I have to speculate/That God himself did make us/Into corresponding shapes/Like puzzle pieces from the clay”
- “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” Otis Redding
Lyrics you’ll love: “I’ll be the rainbow after the tears are gone/Wrap you in my colors and keep you warm/That’s how strong my love is”
- “That’s Where It’s At,” Sam Cooke
Lyrics you’ll love: “Lights turned way down low/Music soft and slow/With someone you love so/That’s where it’s at, yeah”
- “The Best Is Yet to Come,” Frank Sinatra
Lyrics you’ll love: “Come the day you’re mine/I’m gonna teach you to fly/We’ve only tasted the wine/We’re gonna drain the cup dry”
- “The Luckiest,” Ben Folds
Lyrics you’ll love: “And where was I before the day/That I first saw your lovely face?/Now I see it every day/And I know/That I am/I am/I am/The luckiest”
- “Then,” Brad Paisley
Lyrics you’ll love: “Now you’re my whole life/Now you’re my whole world/I just can’t believe/The way I feel about you girl/Like a river meets the sea/Stronger than it’s ever been”
- “Unforgettable,” Nat King Cole
Lyrics you’ll love: “That’s why, darling, it’s incredible/That someone so unforgettable/Thinks that I am/unforgettable too”
- “Up Where We Belong,” Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
Lyrics you’ll love: “Love lifts us up where we belong/Where the eagles cry on a mountain high”
- “We’ve Only Just Begun,” The Carpenters
Lyrics you’ll love: “And when the evening comes we smile,/So much life ahead/We’ll find a place where there’s room to grow/And yes, we’ve just begun”
- “Wild Horses,” The Rolling Stones
Lyrics you’ll love: “No sweeping exits or offstage lines/Could make me feel bitter or treat you unkind/Wild horses couldn’t drag me away”
- “Wonderwall,” Oasis
Lyrics you’ll love: “I said maybe/You’re gonna be the one that saves me/And after all/You’re my wonderwall”
- “You Are the Best Thing,” Ray LaMontagne
Lyrics you’ll love: “The way you move me, it’s crazy/It’s like you see right through me/And make it easier/Believe me, you don’t even have to try”
- “You Are So Beautiful,” Joe Cocker
Lyrics you’ll love: “You’re everything I hoped for/You’re everything I need/You are so beautiful to me”
- “Your Song,” Elton John
Lyrics you’ll love: “I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words/How wonderful life is while you’re in the world”
- “You’re My Best Friend,” Queen
Lyrics you’ll love: “You’re the best friend that I ever had/I’ve been with you such a long time/You’re my sunshine/And I want you to know”