Your First Dance

“I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what is too deep to find for words.”  (Ruth St Denis)

If you want to build your confidence for your first dance then help is here. And that might be a few steps to put together yourselves or a choreographed routine.

Ideally the newlyweds dance alone for about three minutes.  Traditionally you then dance with both sets of parents, although that's up to you.  Ask the MC to announce your first dance, then invite your guests to dance at the appropriate moment.



If you’ve got a particular track that you’d like to use that’s wonderful. If not then take a look at the list of ideas – it covers all sorts of music. It’s always a good idea to check the lyrics of your song to see if they’re right for your big day. Something with a clear beat will make it easier to dance together and very slow songs can be a little tricky. Let your DJ know that the song should be played from the start, if you have a choreographed routine.




A Kiss To Build A Dream On

Louis Armstrong

Better Together

Jack Johnson

Beyond The Sea

Bobby Darin / Frank Sinatra / Robbie Williams

Come Away With Me

Norah Jones


Michael Bublé

Greatest Day

Take That

Hallelujah I Love Her So

Ray Charles / Stevie Wonder

Happy Together

The Turtles

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

James Taylor / Marvin Gaye / Michael Bublé

I Feel The Earth Move

Carole King

If I Ain’t Got You

Alicia Keys

(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life

Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

Just the Way You Are

Bruno Mars

Let’s Stay Together

Al Green / Maroon 5

Let There Be Love

Nat King Cole



My Baby Just Cares For Me

Florence Welch & Jools Holland / Nina Simone

Stand By Me

Ben E King / Playing for Change

That’s Amore

Dean Martin

When You Say Nothing At All

Alison Krausse / Ronan Keating

You Never Can Tell

Chuck Berry

You’re the First, the Last, my Everything

Barry White


Or take a look at our Wedding Songs board in Pinterest and listen to songs chosen by some of our actual couples....


Follow Cheek2Cheek Dance's board Wedding Songs on Pinterest.

Style of Dance

The style of dance depends on the music chosen so have a think about what you'd like your first dance to be - romantic, elegant, fun? I tend to use more than one style for a choreographed routine, and there are always moves that look great and are fun to dance.

Whatever we do, it's tailored for you both and works with the size of your dance floor and the dress, kilt, trouser suit, shoes, whatever you're wearing!

If you want to segue into a flashmob then we can do that too - very simple routines with about 20 people can take as little as 2 hours to learn & practice.



For just a few basic steps, 1 or 2 hours of lessons is enough. For a relatively simple choreographed routine then you need 3 to 4 hours. An hour at a time is usually the best way to take lessons.

Ideally, make contact about 8 weeks before the big day so we have time to arrange your lessons. If it's closer than that, we can still put together a lovely dance. 


What will we cover in your lesson?

- Your entrance onto the dance floor

- How to take up dance hold

- Looking natural and confident while you’re dancing

- The steps – of course!

- What to do if you forget what comes next

- How to finish the dance

- When to ask the wedding party and other guests onto the dance floor


What do you need to bring/wear?

- Bring yourselves – we need both of you!

- Bring a CD, music player, smartphone or tablet with your music.

- Wear your wedding shoes (or similar) for at least one of the lessons



- Price per hour = £38

- Price for block 4 x 1 hour = £140

- Pay £15 deposit per hour with balance due on attendance

- Pay £140 total per 4 x 1-hour - book 1st lesson and log back in to book next 3



Deposit or full amount via the booking diary using your debit/credit card


Balance may be paid:

via BACS - bank details on Cheek2Cheek Dance Lover's Guide

in person by cash/cheque - make cheques payable to "Cheek2Cheek Dance"


Terms & Conditions

- Wedding couple only may attend

- Cancellation < 1 week's notice £15 per hour

- Refunds charged as cancellations


Times & locations

Times and locations are subject to availability - see booking diary at bottom of page.

The schedule below is for guidance only.

Day  Venue Available Times
  Monday   BOXFORD after 6.30pm
  Tuesday   LAMBOURN after 4.30pm
  Wednesday   LAMBOURN after 5pm
  Thursday   LAMBOURN after 5pm
  Friday n/a  none available
  Saturday   n/a  none available
  Sunday   LAMBOURN

after 3.30pm



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Monday classes


Village Hall

Rood Hill, RG20 8DD

Tuesday-Thursday classes:


The Walwyn Hall

Baydon Road, RG17 8NU

Friday-Saturday classes:


The Beacon

Portway, OX12 9BX

Call on 07780624784


Boxford: Monday

Lambourn: Tue/Wed/Thu/Sun

See booking diary for availability



Book classes and workshops.

Get instant availability for

- wedding dance lessons

- private lessons



Boxford - 11 September 2017

Lambourn - 12 Sept 2017

Wantage - 4 November 2017



Saturday 16 September 2017




- Sunday 17 September 2017


- Saturday 16 December 2017



Sunday 15 October 2017


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