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2412 West North Avenue, Suite 201
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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.

4 Unique First Dance Songs Recommended by Dance Experts

Szewai Lee

When searching for that perfect first dance song, it can be tricky to navigate endless lists on the internet and the overplayed recommendations from friends. You want a song that’s meaningful, unique, and sets the right tone for your reception, but is also dance-able. The wedding dance specialists at Duet Dance studio are here with their personal recommendations for one of a kind first dance songs that might be just what you’re looking for.

Instructor: Kathryn

Guilty Pleasure: Fuzzy socks and endlessly re-reading Harry Potter

Song Recommendation: You Make It Easy by Brett Dennen

Why: It’s a cheerful, happy song about how easy it is to love each other. The sweet lyrics and upbeat tempo make for a special moment on the dance floor that is both entertaining and memorable.

Dance Styles: Foxtrot and Smooth Swing

 

Instructor: Meghan

Guilty Pleasure: Disney movie marathons and eating unhealthy amounts of raw cookie dough

Song Recommendation: Home by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros

Why: It’s a precious little song that’s well-known, but not too overdone. It’s upbeat and fun, with unique lyrics about finding a sense of home in your partner. The song has plenty of personality, and together you and your spouse can dance and sing your heart out to this gleeful tune!

Dance Styles: Rumba, Smooth Swing, or Triple Swing

 

Instructor: Grace

Guilty Pleasure: Gilmore Girls and coffee, coffee, coffee!

Song Recommendation: You Send Me by Sam Cooke

Why: It’s a classic, simple song about the how it feels to fall in love. The combination of Sam Cooke’s smooth vocals and the lilting music give it a dreamy quality that will “send you” into a romantic whirlwind.

Dance Styles: Rumba and Smooth Swing

 

Instructor: Szewai

Guilty Pleasure: Anything on HGTV and “Long Lost Family” always brings tears to my eyes...

Song Recommendation: Around The World by Nat King Cole

Why: It’s a WALTZ! Believe it or not, there aren’t a lot of waltzes out there that have appropriate lyrics and tempo for a wedding first dance. Not only does this song have the sweetest lyrics, it also has the perfect beat for a romantic, classic waltz.

Dance Styles: Waltz

 

Need help with your first dance? Our wedding dance experts at Duet Dance are happy to help you!

Cover Photo: Duet's students, Natalie and Jimmy, performing their first dance at their wedding. Captured by Sky's the Limit Photography.


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!

What Not to Do at your Wedding | 6 Ideas that Lead to a Disastrous Wedding

Szewai Lee

Having a unique and memorable wedding is many couples' dream. Over the years, we have seen successful weddings incorporating bridal party flash mob, magic show or belly dance performance, but at the same time, we've seen so many failed wedding ideas. To help you create an unforgettable wedding experience without ending up in the hospital, the wedding experts at Duet Dance Studio have compiled a list of 6 disastrous ideas to avoid at your wedding.

1. Back Flip Fail

It’s generally a good policy to avoid any and all acrobatic tricks for a wedding- with the only exception being the marriage of a Cirque De Soliel dancer to an olympic gymnast, and even then we have some reservations. Weddings tend to spike adrenaline, and when that mixes with stress, nerves, and/or alcohol, most people find themselves unable to ‘stick the landing’. We’re going to say this again people: just don’t do it, please, for everyone’s sake.

2. Indoor wedding fireworks

Indoor wedding fireworks is definitely on the list of things we never thought we’d have to warn you about, but here we are. We suggest sticking with small sparklers, and even then you should use caution.

3. Hiring an Amateur DJ

Hiring a professional DJ sounds like an obvious piece of advice, but you should really be picky about your DJ selection. You are entrusting this person with the fun and atmosphere of your entire reception. We recommend asking for recommendations and testimonials as well as checking online review sites. Or you might end up like the poor couple in this video. So many…..long……. uncomfortable…….pauses….

Or like this DJ, who is the only person having fun...

4. Awkward First Dance

The first dance expresses a lot about a couple’s personalities and relationship. It’s a chance to have fun moving together, be romantic, and show everyone why you’re so crazy in love. So why on earth would you want to awkwardly hug your new spouse while swaying in a circle for an entire song? Yawn!

5. Over-the-Top First Dance Fail

If you’re performing something that doesn’t authentically represent you as a couple, it can come across as over the top. There’s a fine line between impressive and ‘cheesy’, and getting advice from a wedding dance specialist can help you find the right balance while building your confidence.

6. Drunk Guest Pole Dancing

Alcohol has an almost magical power to make dancing either really good or really really terrible. Use it wisely, or you might end up on the internet. You might even end up collapsing a huge tent.

Any other things we should avoid at weddings? Please share your thoughts!


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!

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!

Need help with your father-daughter dance? Our wedding dance experts at Duet Dance are happy to help you!

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!!

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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!