|Private lessons in wedding waltz and other dances
About private lessons Time, place and fees How to book Before the first lesson Prepare for the first lesson What I usually teach Final preparations
The main focus for my dance school Nöjesdansakuten
is to give private lessons in dancing for couples and small groups in
Gothenburg. Most of the pages on the website is in Swedish, but below
are some short information in English. Just write to me and ask if you need further clarifications. You can also find information in English about different dances with some music tips here (see right-hand side of the pages).
About private lessions in dancing
I mainly give lessons in wedding waltz, but also in foxtrot and bugg. I
can also give lessons in the basics of a few more ballroom and folk
dances. Just ask if you are curious. Note that I only give lessons to
couples and small groups (preferably not more than at most three
couples) and not to singles. If you are single and want to have a
lesson, please bring a friend you can dance with.
Most wedding couples book 1-3 lessons, the number usually depending on
the length of each lesson, their ambition with the dance and how long
before the wedding they start practising. If you are happy with a
simple dance, that will just get you around the floor while looking as
good as possible, if your wedding is very soon or if you are willing to
practise a lot on your own, you can very well make do with just one
lesson (even a short one). If you, on the other hand, want something
more or just want more teacher-supervised practise, two or three
lessons may be a better option. If you need more lesson time, you are
of course welcome to book it as long as I have time available.
Time, place and fees
You can choose between the following length of the lessons: 1 hour (300
SEK/couple), 1,5 hour (400 SEK/couple), 2 hours (500 SEK/couple). I'm
available for booking on most weekdays (if I'm not already booked for
something) after 17.00 and on some weekends. Just write to me
and ask. I offer discounts if you take more than three (medium or long) lessons (ask me
for details), and if you are two couples booking and sharing a lesson.
The lessons take place either at your place (or a place you have access
to) or in my home in Västra Frölunda (near Frölunda torg), Gothenburg.
A fee for public transport may be added to the fee for the lesson, if
your place requires me to travel more than a couple of kilometres.
As for your information, I follow the General data protection
regulation (GDPR) and will not save any personal information any longer
than necessary for my bookkeeping.
How to book a lesson
Write an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you haven't heard anything in two days, you can also try to reach me by my private email
or by phone/SMS (0731-589659). It happens that emails end up in the
spamfolder and I sometimes forget to check it often enough.
If you need to cancel a lesson, you can do that until the start of the lesson without any extra fee.
Before the first lesson
There are a few things you need to consider before the first lesson. Here are things I usually ask:
- Have any of you danced any waltz (if you are
taking a waltz lesson that is) before and if so, which kind? It may be
a lot easier to repeat and build on old skills rather than to learn
new, especially if you don't have much time to practise.
- Have you got ideas or request about music for
the wedding dance? If you have not decided yet - wait until after the
first lesson. It is usually much easier to find a suitable song when
you have started and know more about how fast you want to dance (it's
easier to find a song in the tempo you find easiest to dance in, rather
than you having to adjust to a more difficult tempo).
- If you havn't choosen a song, you can find inspiration on my music page when you get that far. Here I have collected a long list of waltz music, ranged by tempo with the slowest first, and with links to youtube (on this page).
All songs I use in the lessons can be found in the list, in case you
come across a good song then. The list may also be useful to find
waltzes for practice (to get some variation) and if you want to have
more waltzes during the wedding, for exampel after your own dance. Here
is also a short list of waltzes that usually are easy to practise to. If you want something else than waltz, you can check my pages with information and music tips for other dances.
- If you have a song you want to dance to, you
must first make sure it's suitable for waltz and then that you can find
the beats in it. Some couples have choosen to learn foxtrot
instead, when the song in question was not suitable for waltz and they
didn't want to change it. A good rule to remember is also that most couples think the dancing gets more difficult the
quicker the music is, especially if you are a total beginner. Dancing to quick musik usually
also require more floor space than dancing to slow music.
- If you have a song you already have decided on,
I want to know which is it a few days before the lesson. In that way I
can check the song to make sure it will work and prepare the lesson
- Do you have any request of how you want your
waltz to look? I don't teach any choreography, but if you have ideas I
can help you to practise them. Just remember that the more things you
add in the dance, the more practise you will need to make it work. To
get more help with choreography you can come to me and learn the basics
and then book private lessons at one of the large dancing schools in
town. They are more expensive, but have more experience with teaching
choreograhy and more floor space for dancing.
Prepare for the first lesson
A few practical things that is good to remember before we meet for the first lesson:
- Shoes and clothes. Your can dance in shoes, in
socks or barefoot. If you come to my place you can bring shoes if they
are clean under and don't leave marks on wooden floors. It's easy to
accidentally step on each others toes in the beginning and therefore
it's good to avoid shoes with an open toe. For the same reason, avoid
having only one of you in shoes. Also, save the nice wedding shoes for
later practise to spare them from damage. You don't need any particular
clothing for the lesson, just avoid anything that restricts your
movements and remember that you will most likely get warm while
- If you have a choosen song, the best way to
prepare is to make yourself familiar with the song. By that I don't
just mean to listen to it, but to purposefully try to find the beats
all the way through the song, or at least for the part you intend to
dance to. If you don't hear the beats it will probably be easier after
the first lesson so don't panic (yet).
- Decide if you want to play the waltz from a
recording on the wedding, or if you will have an orchestra playing it.
In the latter case, you should ask early on what waltzes they play and
also if they can adjust the tempo of the song if you wish. If you
already know which waltzes they play, we can try to use the recorded
versions of them in the lessons.
What I usually teach
- As for waltz lessons, I usually teach a
simplified version of Viennese waltz that we dance to slower music.
Viennese waltz has easier steps and figures than the modern/slow/still
waltz but is, as a competition dance, danced to very quick music
(around 60 BPM, which means three steps/second). To dance this slower
will not only make it easier for you, but give you more time to focus
on hold, posture and other things that make the dance look good, and
you will also not get all sweaty on your wedding. A good rule to
remember is also that quicker music usually requires more space. If you
have a small space to dance on, it's usually best to stick with
slow(er) music. If you really want to dance a proper Viennese waltz, you can still do so, but just by choosing music that is a bit slower than the usual Viennese waltz-music it will get a bit easier.
- In the lessons, I usually start with the very
basics and then build the dance up by adding small elements one at a
time until you feel happy with the dance. I focus more on how you can
make the dance look good, than on how you make it technically correct.
If you can relax and have fun while you dance, it will be a much nicer
experience, both to you and to your audience.
- To frame the dance in a nice way, I also
usually show you an example of an entrance with a nice invitation to
dance, and ways to finish the dance in a nice way.
- I try my best to adjust the lessons after you,
and you are, of course, welcome to request what and how you want to
learn also during the lessons. You can also request certain waltz songs
that you want to try and I'll add them when we get to that tempo. Just
note, that if they are not in my list, I need to know which songs a few
days in advance so I can check and add them to my playlist.
Final preparations for the wedding dance
Welcome with your requests!
- Dance everything through, with entrance,
finish, choreographed parts or whatever you have added, and make sure
you don't get stuck anywhere.
- Record yourself with a camera and check how it looks in case you spot something you can easily fix.
- If you have the possibility to visit the venue
before, do a test dance there to check how the space feels and get
adjusted to the size of the space available.
- When you are at the venue, remember to also
check the floor with the shoes you will dance in. If the floor is very
slippery or very rough, you will need to adjust the length of your
steps to not fall over.
- Make sure that if you use recorded music, you
have someone who can turn the music down on your signal. In that way,
you don't have to dance a whole song and also don't need to be
restricted to a time limit. Usually, 1,5-2 minutes of dancing should be
- Decide if you want the audience to join in
while you are dancing or not, and make sure they get to know that. If
you want to finish your part first, you can choose another waltz that
will be played right after yours and for everyone else. It's your
wedding so you decide how you want it, just make sure that the key
people attending knows about it.
- Have fun!
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, this page was created 240116 and last updated 240117.