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Wedding Dance Lessons Atlanta– Exciting, Effective, and Fun, while giving you more than you would expect.
Stop wasting your money on “standard” (robotic) dance lessons! Find out why our students believe here are “The Best First Dance Lessons in Atlanta ”:
This is what most wedding couples are usually accustomed to when learning their First Dance – memorizing choreographed steps of a certain dance (be it Cha Cha, Rumba, Fox Trot, or other), while (some) music is playing. Sure, it is doable, but by far not the best way to learn a relaxed and confident dance.
Also, chances are your fledgling choreography will fall apart during the actual dance as few (if any) wedding couples have a lot of time, resources, or even a desire to dedicate to learning the First Dance at a near professional level. It makes sense, considering they are not planning to become professional ballroom dancers.
So, is there a better way to learn Wedding Dance? Yes, now there is a better way to get you ready for a very special occasion! Here are some important advantages for taking lessons with us:
1. First, dance lessons are taught out of a private studio space in Buckhead. There is a special requirement for a Wedding Dance – you have to get intimately familiar with the music/song you chose. Having the music all to yourself is the best way to get very familiar with how to dance to it.
2. Secondly, the scheduling flexibility for you is nearly unlimited, provided there are no bookings by other couples for the times and days requested. I am available weekdays and weekends, some holidays, mornings, afternoons, and evenings. We could start at 8am or 10pm if you prefer. This is especially important for wedding couples, whose To Do list is a mile-long. If something happens and you have to change your appointment, I do not recall the instance when I couldn’t accommodate the rescheduling.
3. Then there is a custom song editing service (included in the package). Quite often you have selected a special song with a sentimental value attached and would love to dance to it. Sometimes it works right “out of the box”, but sometimes a certain “tweaking” has to be done to it to make sure it is suitable for dancing (as opposed to just listening). I will analyze the song, offer my advice on what may have to be done to the song and then implement it using special software. To date I recall of only one or two songs we could not make dance-able, and those couples had alternative choices.
4. I also have to explain here about what type of a dance we will be learning. The important point is that you start with a certain song, not a specific dance. Therefore I will not attach the song to a dance just to know which steps we have to learn. Quite the opposite! We will tailor the dance to your song.
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DO YOU KNOW ALL THE BALLROOM DANCES?
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A Latin style dance that originated in Argentina and was adapted for American style Ballroom dancing. It is characterized by its provocative figures, catlike walking action, and staccatto (sharp) head movements.
The Argentine style of Tango, which is usually danced in a close embrace, is characterized by grapevines, figure eights, and other interesting and complex leg and foot movements. The Argentine style does not travel as much as the American style and thus is better suited for nightclub dancing.
The Bachata is sometimes referred to as the "blues music of the Dominican Republic." Its music is usually romantic and grew out of the Bolero, but with time, became influenced by Merengue. The basic footwork pattern is three steps in one direction and then a hip motion. Then repeat other side. As with other Latin dances, the character of the dance is achieved through sensual hip and body movements.
The most popular ballroom dance in the world. Waltz has a slow easy-to-hear 1-2-3, 1-2-3 rhythm (3/4 time) and can be danced to music found in nearly all music genres, including rock, country, pop, and classical.
A slow Latin dance which originated as one of two forms of Rumba (Bolero Rumba and Son Rumba), and still shares many of the same figures. Bolero differs from Rumba in its tempo and style of music and movement.
An exciting, syncopated Latin dance which originated in the 1950's as a slowed-down Mambo. The Cha Cha gets its name and character from its distinct repetitive foot rhythm (cha cha cha).
East Coast Swing
A triple-step Swing derived from Lindy Hop and Jitterbug, making use of refined (American Style) ballroom technique that is typically danced to jump blues or to country swing songs.
Foxtrot is a smooth dance introduced in 1913 by Harry Fox. It is characterized by smooth, walking-style movements and can be adapted to fit a variety of musical tempi and style, or to fit onto small, crowded nightclub dance floors.
Hustle is a fast but smooth-moving dance which originated in the nightclubs during the 1970's disco era, as a modified version of swing. Hustle is the perfect dance for dance-beat, nightclub music including everything from pop to rap and hip hop.
An energetic Latin-style marching dance with Cuban hip motion that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now a subset of the modern club-style Salsa dances.
A light, bright, twinkling, happy dance with tricky footwork. It is a combination of the Foxtrot and the Charleston and includes hops, runs, syncopated steps, lots of momentum and rotation. Dance patterns are similar to the Waltz, but danced in a 4/4 timing instead of 3/4 timing.
Rumba is a slow to medium tempo Latin American dance which is characterized by sensual, provocative movements and gestures, Cuban hip motion, and playful and flirtatious interplay between the man and lady.
A popular Latin nightclub dance which evolved as a modified form of Mambo. Salsa displays a lot of shakin', shimmying, and hip action.
A fun, rhythmical Brazilian dance which has been adapted for modern Ballroom dancing. Samba is noted for its distinct style of movement, which incorporates both Latin hip motion and the signature "Samba Bounce".
A style of Swing (also known as Jitterbug) danced in single-rhythm, to very fast big band jazz music of the thirties, forties and fifties.
This dance was born in the suburbs of Vienna and in the alpine region of Austria in the 1700’s. Like the slow waltz, it uses ¾ time music, but the tempo is much faster. It is great for fast ballroom Waltz music or fast Country Waltz music.
West Coast Swing
A cool, sexy, slotted swing dance that spotlights the lady and is characterized by its smooth and linear style. This dance is perfect for nightclubs because it can be danced to many styles of music including pop, rap, blues, big band, disco, country and dance-beat techno.
This is a professional level course, and we cover a lot of material at a fairly fast pace. Missing class is not advised, as you can easily fall behind. If you do have to miss a class, you can generally arrange to work with one of the other teacher trainees to help you catch up. You can also schedule private lessons with Jonathan Doone or Matthew Gann (for an additional private lesson fee) to make up any work you miss.
CLASS TIMES & EXAM SCHEDULE
Classes are held at Ballroom Dance Academy on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (atlanta location), from 4:00 to 5:45 pm.
Exams are scheduled to be held during regular class times. If you miss an exam, you may schedule a make-up exam with Jonathan Doone or Matthew Gann (for an additional private lesson fee).
Each class meets a total of 3 hours a week per section.
Most teacher trainees spend quite a bit of time every week studying the material and practicing what they have learned. Though the amount of outside time varies greatly from person to person, please expect to commit one hour of study time for every hour you spend in class (about four hours of study time per week).
Becoming a dance teacher takes dedication and practice.
Materials will be provided.
Tuition is currently $525/month. Please note that tuition will be increased every May to reflect the current market. .
Tuition is due the first class of each new month. Teacher trainees who make a late tuition payment will be accessed a $15 late fee. Tuition can be paid in class by check, or online.
All teacher trainees will be expected to have proper dance shoes by the first class meeting. This is not an arbitrary aesthetic or fashion consideration. To teach dance, you need the "right tool for the job," and proper dance shoes are literally the foundation for your dancing!
There are different styles of dance shoes for different styles of dancing, but most BDTA teacher trainees wear a basic "practice shoe," a practical and durable suede-soled dancing shoe that is made to be comfortable and wearable for long periods. Some teacher trainees wear flashier shoes or high heeled dance shoes, but this is a matter of personal comfort.
You can purchase dance shoes from any dance shoe retailer.
Currently Jonathan is Artistic Director for Ballroom Unbound a ballroom dance company dedicated to helping young people get involved with Ballroom Dancing.
Jonathan Doone has competed or performed in over 18 countries and was the lead performer in "Burn The Floor" for 7 years.
Early in his career Jonathan joined scripted TV production "3 Men and a Baby Grand"
Jonathan was nominated in 3 categories for the Young Australian Of The Year award and won under the Arts Category.
Jonathan’s competitive titles are numerous with over 700 1st place awards and is
14 X Australian Champion,
9 X South Pacific Champion,
3 x All Star Latin Champion.
He has competed or performed in over 18 countries.
Jonathan was a dancer in The Worlds Greatest Dance Spectacular and Floorplay before becoming a Professional on Dancing with the Stars in Australia. Jonathan was adjudicator for Miss California pageant in 2011, Choreographer of Dance In Flight 2011, choreographed the opening
of The Peoples Choice Awards, was a guest of the Taiwanese Government as an ambassador for Australia and is an "API Sportsman of the Year". Recently Jonathan participated in the Dancing Stars of Atlanta where won the dancing competition.
He is currently developing a program with the young audiences group at The Woodruff Arts Center.