Real Denver wedding dancing lessons on a budget
Wedding planning tip #1 is often set a budget. Creating a budget for your Denver Colorado wedding is a
daunting task for some. I do not like to do my accounting let alone set and stay within a budget, but I have come to appreciate doing so.
So how do I plan a budget for my first dance? Good question! Here are some wedding dance facts.
The average amount spent on a bridal gown is $800. I think the bride should look better than her dress, so it makes sense to invest in some dance lessons. J The Huffington post says most couples spend between $200 -$600 on their first dance lessons. Wedding Wire states that, “A certified ballroom dance teacher will charge around $65 – $125 a lesson.” So plan spending a couple hundred dollars on dance lessons for your wedding.
So how can you make this more cost effective? Here are some tips.
- Determine how good you want to look and feel. If you want to get by, then a few individual lessons will work, if you want to look and feel relaxed then six or more individual lessons will be better, and if you want to be Fred and Ginger (or Dirty dancing or medley’s) then plan on a lot more 12- 24hrs. On Dancing with the stars each star spends 244 hrs on their dancing. Malcolm Gladwell states that it takes 10,000hrs to be an expert!
- Start with ample time. If you start ballroom dance lessons for your first dance a year to 6 months in advance, you have the advantage of practice. My mother always said the way to Carnegie hall is practice, practice, practice! The same applies to your first dance.
- Write it down! My favorite phrase is over the lips and through the fingertips embeds it in the brain! Recent studies show that writing with a pen and paper is a form of active listening and helps you retain information.
- Video your lesson tips. Personal tips caught on your phone’s video recorder helps you refresh what you need to practice.
- Incorporate group classes. Group classes are a fun way to socialize with other dancers, and learn general information about ballroom dance. They are not good at teaching you the way that you learn, slowing down so you can get it, or putting things together in the way that meets your needs, wants or desires. For wedding couples, group classed do not teach what you need to your song. Group classes are a good way to get moving and have some fun and learn about other dances!
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