No matter the country or culture, just about everywhere in the world wedding dances are an integral part of the wedding ceremony and cultural tradition, as well as a memorable highlight for most. Although the types of ceremonies and dancing vary from place to place, overall, particularly in many Western cultures, certain trends tend to dominate wish lists and wedding programs everywhere.
Dances such as:
The Waltz is the oldest of the ballroom dances (dating back to the mid-eighteenth century), and also one of the most commonly performed at weddings and other formal events. It is a smooth, progressive dance known for its rise and fall, long, flowing movements and ethereal spins – giving the effect of dancers floating in air. The dance of fairy tales, it’s no wonder why couples feel like Disney Princes and Princesses while dancing the Waltz.
Nightclub Two Step
Created in the 1960’s to be danced in crowded spaces to slow, romantic music. The nightclub two step is one of the simplest of the ballroom dances, allowing beginners to feel at ease in almost no time. This was one of the most popular disco dances in the mid to late 1970’s, and is still a popular choice for weddings with it’s smooth, sultry flow.
Shaping the sound of modern salsa music, this style had its beginnings in 1930’s Cuba and grew in popularity as it traveled around the world and evolved into the many styles of salsa we know today. Add your own flair and sense of style with this rhythmic dance.
Fast, fun, flirty and full of dips, spins and dramatic flair; adding a spicy Salsa dance to the mix will help make your event a red hot affair!
This video shows a mash up of Swing, Salsa and Nigerian dancing during an opulent wedding reception.
Originating in Cuba, the International Latin version of this dance is considered by many to be the sexiest of the ballroom dances. Also the slowest, it calls for a lot of sensual hip action and playful flirtatiousness between the dancing pair, which makes it a perfect selection for a wedding dance. Then again, how one can’t go wrong in choosing something known as “The dance of love” for a wedding.
The quintessential dance of Hollywood’s golden era, often associated with the suave style of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The graceful long strides around the line of dance lend a sophisticated elegance that makes couples look as though they are gliding across the floor. A classic touch and a romantic mood are what this dance brings to any occasion!
Evolving from the Lindy Hop and sometimes referred to as a single rhythm East Coast Swing style, this up-tempo dance was born in the urban dance halls of Harlem, New York, then made it’s way to California. It then exploded into the mainstream with the help of music legend Cab Calloway and his catchy song of the same name.
The first of the many swing dance styles, originating in 1920’s Harlem with the thriving big band jazz music scene. As the dance was spread around the world during World War II, it evolved into several variations including East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Jive, Shag, Balboa, Rockabilly Swing, Bop, Imperial, Jitterbug, Boogie Woogie and Whip and Push.
Either of these swing dances, or their counterparts make great additions for a wedding dance. Even the most lively of occasions can become more jubilant with the upbeat tempos, energetic movements and joyous cheer infused by swing dance.
Hip-Hop Freestyle Mash-Up
Judging by the swarm of viral videos circulating the web, the latest trend in wedding dances has been the combination of a formal partner dance such as a waltz, with a hip-hop or freestyle dance to rap or other popular music. Many incorporate pop culture crazes like Michael Jackson moves, along with the Cupid Shuffle, the Wobble, Gangnam Style, and other iconic dances that are easy, fun and have everybody running to the dance floor.
While some couples prefer traditional, standard movements, others prefer something modern and fresh. Whichever your taste, or your experience level, ATOMIC has something for you. Whether it’s teaching you a standard dance, or helping you choreograph your own unique piece for your special day, we can customize something to suit your individual needs and ensure that you and your guests have the time of your lives at your wedding, anniversary celebration, or other special event!
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