The dreaded "first dance" as a newly-wedded couple - something every woman sees as the romantic part of the evening, and some men view as the uncomfortable moment of the whole party. But regardless how any couple feels about it, if they are looking at dance instruction for their first dance, it means that they care about how it looks. In my case, and in Emily's as well, not only did we care about how it looked to our guests but how we felt doing it. Emily was, to my relief, not interested in a completely scripted and choreographed number that had us blasting onto the dance floor with the heat and rocking emotion from something out of "Dirty Dancing." Rather, we both agreed we wanted to come across as confident, have a simple routine that had a little class to it, was interesting, and most importantly was a dance the two of us could enjoy together...really! Emily expressed not wanting to walk out on our dance floor and only "hip-swaying" to some cheesy slow song that had been written into the books of Greatest Pop Songs of the 90's. I was realistic and knew that the more flashy the dance was, the more time in lessons and practice we'd need. I was in the same boat as Emily - I wanted us to enjoy ourselves and be focused on each other rather than concentrating on steps, and I wanted us to have a simple and fluid dance that held some interest and was more than the "hip-swaying."
After twenty minutes of searching through the internet, my results yielded a handful of instructors in the DFW area to choose from. Sergey and Michelle's website stood out amongst the other instructors I had found. Perhaps it was their age, the look they presented, the snap of pizazz I sensed...is it possible to radiate charisma through just a website? In any case...sold! I sent my only email inquiry to them, and heard back promptly from Michelle.
Michelle was our instructor for approximately seven or eight lessons spread out over five months. I'll have to say my wife is very particular about things. She's fickle on what people teach her cardio-boxing class; she likes so-and-so because he holds the mitts better; she doesn't like this person teaching her weights class because it's boring and the same routine; signing up for this couples group isn't meeting her expectations. I was waiting for the day that Emily would say something about Michelle, but Michelle won the approval award. Emily always walked out of dance lessons enthused and excited. Michelle had a good approach when instructing Emily, and it was in a way that was specific and unique to Emily. She also had a great way of teaching me in the way I could pick it up the fastest - bare-bones info and the facts, baby. Just show me exactly what to do without all the fluff thrown in. At the end of all our lessons, Emily and I both felt that we could have used more, but I still felt confident going into the wedding.
So, what did we dance to? Emily latched on to Michael Buble's "Save the Last Dance," and I found the track to be fresh, peppy, and brisk. We decided to rumba to it, and spent most of our lessons solidifying our steps, working on some simple by interesting turns, and final touches. At the end of all the lessons, I was actually getting jazzed up. I was starting to feel like Emily and I could have been progressing and adding more flair to this simple but elegant routine. Emily was all grins on our first dance as a couple. I think she was actually thrilled. (We didn't tell anyone we took dance lessons, so there may have been the expectation to "hip-sway." :) ) Wow, I was not prepared for the reaction we received from our guests. At the end of the five months, I had starting thinking that maybe our dance needed more pizazz, but our guests seemed blown away. A lot of compliments were given that night for our little routine. And the best part about it was, Emily and I got a kick out of it more than they did. We still smile when we look back at that night, and laugh more when we reminisce on all nights of practice we had together. They can make for some goofy and funny moments. Guys, sign you and your ladies up for dance lessons. It will bring you closer.
Thanks Michelle & Sergey