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Duet Dance Studio Chicago offers ballroom dance lessons and wedding dance classes. We teach salsa, swing, tango and waltz dance lessons. Privately and in groups, for adults and kids.

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Get useful tips on ballroom dancing and wedding dance preparation and watch tutorial videos created by Szewai Lee, founder of Duet Dance Studio.

18 Unique Father-Daughter Dance Songs

Szewai Lee

During a busy wedding reception, the Father-Daughter dance offers a few special moments set aside for you and your dad to spend some personal time together. It’s a chance for him to whisper in your ear how proud he is or a moment for you to thank him for his love and support. The Father-Daughter dance can be a playful expression of joy, or it can be a sweet and tender moment. Ultimately the dance should showcase your relationship, both past and present.

If you’re looking for a unique Father-Daughter dance song that isn’t corny, overplayed, or used by every other bride, you’ve come to the right place. The wedding experts at Duet Dance have assembled a list of songs and identified the dance style(s) which work best for each song. Make sure you check out our other blogs where you can learn the basic steps of several dance styles to DIY a very special Father-Daughter dance.

1. Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Velvet - Smooth Swing and Foxtrot

2. Memories Are Made of This by Dean Martin - Foxtrot and Single Swing

3. Wild World by Cat Stevens - Foxtrot and Single Swing

 

4. Sweet Child of Mine by Cheryl Crow - Foxtrot and Single Swing

 

5. I’ve Just Seen A Face by the Beatles - Smooth Swing and Slow Foxtrot

 

6. Here Comes the Sun by Nina Simone - Foxtrot

 

7. Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFarin - Single Swing and Foxtrot

 

8. Ain’t That Love by Ray Charles - Smooth Swing and Foxtrot

 

9. Sweet Pea by Amos Lee - Foxtrot and Smooth Swing

 

10. God Only Knows by The Beach Boys - Foxtrot and Smooth Swing

 

11. Wildflowers by Tom Petty - Single Swing and Slow Foxtrot (or Two Step if you’re up for a challenge!)

 

12. By Your Side by Sade - Slow Foxtrot and Single Swing

 

13. How You’ve Grown by 10,000 Maniacs - Slow Foxtrot

 

14. Jackie Wilson Said by the Belfast Cowboys - Foxtrot and Single Swing

 

15. My Darling by Wilco - Slow Foxtrot and Single Swing

 

16. Sweet Child of Mine by Vitamin String Quartet - Rumba and Smooth Swing

 

17. Turn! Turn! Turn! By The Byrds - Foxtrot

 

18. When I’m Sixty-Four by the Beatles - Single Swing and Foxtrot

 

What's your favorite Father-Daughter dance song? Please share with us! You may also want to check out our Favorite Wedding First Dance Songs!

Cover photo credit: Modern Wedding Solutions


The Duet Team is a group of friendly dancers who are passionate about helping people and sharing the joy of ballroom dance. And we love to make new friends and have fun at work! Our studio, Duet Dance Studio, is a boutique studio located in Chicago West Bucktown. We offer ballroom dance lessonswedding dance instruction and kids dance classesSkype dance lessons are also available! Dances we teach include Salsa, Swing, Tango, Bachata, Merengue, Waltz and Foxtrot. Sign up for an introductory dance lesson now to get started!

How to Dance to Pop Songs at Weddings

Szewai Lee

Picture this: You’re at a wedding, and your favorite song comes on. It’s the newest song by your favorite artist, and all the radio stations are overplaying it like crazy. Your plus one turns to you and says, “Oh! I love this song! Let’s dance!” At this point, one of the following occurs: Either you head out to the dance floor with your date and awkwardly jump and shimmy to the music probably scaring them in the process, or you suddenly panic, say no, and stand around by the open bar.

Fortunately, there is a third scenario that is far better than the previous options. Wouldn’t it be great to hop on that dance floor and actually know how to dance it out to that awesome song? The Duet team is here to help you get on your feet and dance the night away without making a fool of yourself or sitting it out instead.

How to Partner Dance to Pop Music

A fun little step that can be danced to most pop songs is a Smooth Swing. A smooth swing is similar to a march, and can be done easily with an even time beat, as demonstrated in the video below:  

 

How to Dance Alone to Pop Music

If you’re riding solo at a wedding, don’t worry! There are still some simple steps that you can do by yourself that won’t make you feel silly. In the video below, you’ll see a few steps you can do solo on the dance floor to almost any pop song.

So have no fear, wedding go-ers! After learning these steps, you’ll never have to wonder ‘should I sit it out or dance?’ because the answer should always be dance, dance, dance!!

Easy Country Line Dances for Wedding Receptions

Szewai Lee

Country line dances are a fantastic way to get everyone on the dance floor at your wedding reception, but many couples are unsure which dances to choose and how to perform them. The experts at Duet Dance Studio are happy to share two simple line dances which you can use at a wedding reception and are approachable for novice dancers.

First, here are our tips for incorporating a line dance at your wedding reception:

  1. Work with your DJ - Let your DJ know how many line dances you’d like to do and which songs you want. DJs are pros when it comes to reading the energy of a crowd and will play a line dance at the best moment in your reception. Ask your DJ to announce the song as a line dance and invite everyone to the floor to give it a try.

  2. Put in a few ‘Ringers’ - We recommend telling your wedding party in advance which line dances will be at the reception and sending them a link to the videos below. This way, as soon as the song starts they can rush on to the floor and start dancing right away. They can also serve as models for other dancers to follow along.

Copperhead Road

Arguably the most popular line dance ever, Steve Earle’s Copperhead Road has an excellent tempo and the dance is simple enough for everyone to pick up on. The video below breaks it down for you. Remember to rewind and replay as often as you need to feel comfortable with the movements.

 

Watermelon Crawl

This line dance classic is a little more complex than Copperhead Road, but Tracey Bird’s Watermelon Crawl is such a catchy song that it’s hard not to dance to. The video below demonstrates the most simple footwork for the line dance. Once you feel comfortable with the basics, you can dress it up with claps, stomps, or turns.

We hope you enjoy this blog post. How are you spicing up your wedding reception? Please share your ideas with us!

-The Duet Team


The Duet Team is a group of friendly dancers who are passionate about helping people and sharing the joy of ballroom dance. And we love to make new friends and have fun at work! Our studio, Duet Dance Studio, is a boutique studio located in Chicago West Bucktown. We offer ballroom dance lessonswedding dance instruction and kids dance classesSkype dance lessons are also available! Dances we teach include Salsa, Swing, Tango, Bachata, Merengue, Waltz and Foxtrot. Sign up for an introductory dance lesson now to get started!

10 Things to Know Before your First Ballroom Dance Class

Szewai Lee

Attending your very first ballroom dance lesson can be incredibly intimidating. You may be thinking ‘what if I look silly?’, ‘what if I can’t keep up?’, ‘what if I fall on my face?’, etc. When you’re not sure what to expect, it’s pretty normal to anticipate the worst. However, the experts at Duet Dance Studio are here to prepare you for a fun, comfortable and enjoyable class! Below are a few things you should know before your first ballroom dance class.

1. What to Wear

Like any event, there’s always the fear of being over/under dressed. For a dance class, it’s appropriate to wear something comfortable and easy to move in. You don’t have to show up in your finest tutu but you can wear something you look and feel confident in! As far as shoes go, make sure they’re clean and comfy. Shoes with thin, smooth soles and short heels are great for dancing. Open-toed shoes, flip-flops and rain boots aren’t recommended.

2. What to Bring

All you need for your first ballroom dance class is yourself and an open mind. If you’d like to bring water, that is also OK. Here at Duet, we have BYOB lessons for 21+ students, so feel free to bring your favorite liquid luck to ease those nerves! If you are learning to dance for a wedding and have a specific first dance song in mind, it's a good idea to let your instructor know about the song before the dance class.

3. Speak Up

As dance instructors, we’re here to create a relaxing, non-judgemental environment for you to learn and create. If you have a question or feel any discomfort during the lesson, feel free to talk to your instructor. We will not force anything upon you and we won’t push you beyond your abilities. We want this to be a fun, enriching experience for you and we’ll do anything to make it that way!

4. Keep an Open Mind

The first dance lesson can feel a bit overwhelming, especially if you’ve never had a dance lesson in your life. However, at Duet, you’re surrounded by people who want you to be the best you can be. We’ll help show you the key ingredients to creating an absolutely perfect experience. If you are negative and say “I will never be able to dance like that” or “I can’t do this step” then you never will be able to. Instead, stay positive and be open to learning the new steps.

5. Move Those Feet!

It is essential in any dance class to participate. That’s the absolute best way to learn! A step may feel awkward at first if it is new to you, but you’re in a safe space and we want to see you participating and having fun.

6. Don’t Be Shy, Be Social

Ballroom dancing is a social dance form and that means, you will be dancing with people! To help you learn better, your instructor may dance with you too. Don’t be afraid of dancing with an instructor or having him/her correct you. How else do you grow and develop as a student? In a group class setting, most likely you’ll be asked to trade partners and dance with someone new. It is all part of the experience and that’s how you get better at leading and/or following. So don’t be afraid of practicing with a new partner. You might even make a new friend!

7. Shake It Off

Sometimes when learning a new skill, it takes time and practice to perfect. This is only your first lesson and it’s not going to be flawless, but that’s OK! Try not to get frustrated or upset and just enjoy yourself. Take a break, have some water or wine and try again. Your instructor won’t give you any material they don’t believe you can handle!

8. Private vs. Group

Group classes tend to be a larger group of people all learning from one teacher. These sizable dance classes give you a little taste of different dance styles. It’s also a great way to socialize and meet new people. If you’d like to get more in depth in a dance style or you are preparing for an event, the one-on-one private dance lessons are best for you. In a private lesson, your instructor can personalize the experience based on your dance levels, interests and goals. You can also learn at your own pace. If you are unsure about which route to take, talk to our instructors or try both to decide what fits you best!

9. Be Aware of your Surroundings

Since partner dancing is a social dance, try to be conscious of your surroundings. Be aware of your partner and be patient with their progress. Also, in the event you’re attending a group class, be aware of your instructor and the people around you. Being a responsible and respectful dancer will make the class run smoothly and create a friendly learning environment for everyone.

10. Have Fun!

Need we say more? ☺

Any other things that you are concerned about for your first dance class? Let us know!

-The Duet Team


The Duet Team is a group of friendly dancers who are passionate about helping people and sharing the joy of ballroom dance. And we love to make new friends and have fun at work! Our studio, Duet Dance Studio, is a boutique studio located in Chicago West Bucktown. We offer ballroom dance lessons, wedding dance instruction and kids dance classes. Skype dance lessons are also available! Dances we teach include Salsa, Swing, Tango, Bachata, Merengue, Waltz and Foxtrot. Sign up for an introductory dance lesson now to get started!