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Re: Good first dance and song?
Posted by anymouse
2/7/2009  9:29:00 AM

This depends to some extent if you want the experience to be about the dancing or about the music.

Some couples turn up determined to dance to something that just isn't very practical as dance music. Though sometimes that works out - there's no rule that says that you have to dance to the music in a way that a practiced ballroom couple would, it's also perfectly legitimate to dance to the feeling of the music rather than it's beat (and maybe preferable if worrying about the beat is going to be a source of stress).

For more traditional ballroom approaches, something that should work is for the couple to turn up at the lesson and the teacher audition a bunch of good tracks for them, and they pick one that they like. Unfortunately however the wedding lessons part of the ballroom business is often very badly organized, as it's more of an easy money sideline than the main focus of teaching longer term students. Too often a couple turning up without their own music will result in the designated teacher and the studio manager searching the room trying to find a suitable CD, and the decision is driven more by what can be located without using up too much lesson time than by what is good.

An idea - this website sells ballroom CD's and has 30 second previews of all the tracks. Search that for something that you like, and you'll already know what dance it is categorized as. The slow waltz, foxtrot, and rumba selections are probably the most traditional. Viennese Waltz can be extremely romantic but requires a lot of space and skill unless you want to take the dance the feeling rather than the beats approach.

"'I love you because' by Johnny Cash"

This could work as a simple american foxtrot, which is one of the technically simplest ballroom dances to learn, that can also be dressed up with fun things. It is a little on the fast side though, so if you can find a slower version (or get some help slowing the recording down) that might make the dancing more relaxed and fit the mood a little better.
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