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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.

17 Unique First Dance Songs of 2018

Szewai Lee

The wedding professionals at Duet Dance Studio put their heads together and are pleased to present a list of the hottest, unique first dance songs for 2018. In the list below you’ll find new hits, beautiful country songs, and classic oldies. THE BEST PART? We’ve listed the style(s) of dance which fit each song, so that you can get started on your first dance right away! Need more help with your first dance? Book a lesson with Duet Dance Studio for a personalized lesson with one of our pros who can help you customize your first dance and meet your goals. If you don’t live in the Chicago area, check out our Skype lessons which make long distance learning a breeze! 

 

1. "It Ain't Wrong Loving You" by HONNE

Dance styles: Rumba and Smooth Swing

 

2. "Love on the Brain" by Rihanna

Dance Style: Modified Waltz

 

3. "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran

Style: Modified Waltz

 

4. "City of Stars" from La La Land

Dance Style: Rumba

 

5. "Something in the Way You Move" by Ellie Goulding

Dance Styles: Rumba and Smooth Swing

 

6. "Stay" by Zedd & Alessia Cara

Dance Styles: Rumba and Smooth Swing

 

7. "Electric Love" by Borns

Dance Styles: Rumba and Smooth Swing

 

8. "Something Just Like This" by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay

Dance Styles: Rumba, Smooth Swing, and Salsa!

 

9. "Mean to Me" by Brett Eldridge

Dance Style: Slow Foxtrot

 

10. "Head Over Boots" by Jon Pardi

Dance Styles: Rumba, East Coast Swing (Triple) and Slow Country 2-Step


11. "In Case you Didn't Know" by Brett Young

Dance Styles: Slow Foxtrot and Single Swing

 

12. "From the Ground Up" by Dan and Shay

Dance Styles: Modified Waltz and Smooth Swing

 

13. "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra

Dance Styles: Foxtrot and Single Swing

 

14. "L-O-V-E" by Nat King Cole

Dance Styles: Foxtrot and Single Swing

 

15. "How Sweet It Is" by Marvin Gaye

Dance Styles: Rumba, Smooth Swing or Triple Swing

 

16. "You and Me" by Penny and the Quarters

Dance Styles: Rumba, Smooth Swing

 

17. "Coming Home" by Leon Bridges

Dance Style: Slow Foxtrot

Cover Photo: Matt Andrews Photography featuring Duet's students, Megan and Donnie.


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 Ways to Get Your Wedding Guests on the Dance Floor (And Keep Them There!)

Szewai Lee

Picture the best wedding reception you’ve ever been to… Now picture the worst... Was it uneventful and low energy? Here at Duet, we believe the most surefire way to keep everyone entertained at a wedding is by keeping the dance floor packed with guests all evening. We’ve compiled a list of ways that help future brides and grooms ensure their dance floor is one that is not easily forgotten!

1. Song Requests

Before the big day occurs, have your guests write a song request or two on their RSVP. This helps your guests instantly feel excited to see if their song will be picked. Then, once it is, they’ll be so excited they’ll run to the dance floor! Everyone has that one song they can’t help but jam out to!

2. Don't Limit Yourself

When choosing songs for your wedding, don’t limit yourself. If you stick to one genre of music all evening, your guests could get tired easily. We suggest only playing about three slow tunes throughout the evening, that way the energy stays high!

3. Anniversary Dances

Anniversary Dances are a fun way to incorporate couples of all ages to join in the fun! Start by having all married couples on the dance floor. Then couples who have been married for more than one year stay on the floor, then more than two years stay, then five, then ten, and so on and so forth until you have older couples who have been together fifty years! It’s a fun, interactive way to get your parents, grandparents, and older married couples to have a good time.

4.  Invite Guests to Join your First Dance

If you’re keeping your first dance short and sweet, a great way to kick off the night is inviting your guests to join you at the end of your first dance. Get the party started by having everyone flood the floor to dance with the newlyweds!

5. Bridal Party Backup Dancers

A great way to keep guests consistently on the floor is by asking your bridal party to be your backup dancers. Tell them you need their help to rally the crowd and get them excited about dancing the night away! They won’t let you down on your special day.

6. Line Dances

Even though many people roll their eyes when they hear the “Cha Cha Slide” or the “Wobble”, line dances are an easy way to get guests out on the floor. Pick a line dance that you’re not horribly sick of hearing, and have your DJ use that song to get guests excited to dance!

7. Glow Sticks

As the lights start to go down, break out the glow sticks! It is actually quite fascinating how excited adults get over glow sticks (and the kids will love them too). If you keep the lights low and the glow sticks high, the party will never end.

8. Snowball Partners

If a lull ensues (maybe after a slower song), feel free to snowball partners. What this means is you and your new spouse will go find guests to dance with. After a while, give them instruction to go get another guest, while you also grab a new partner. Keep dividing and conquering until everyone is out on the floor! Again, your bridal party can help you with this task so the floor stays full.

9. Plan out a song for each table

Plan out a song for each table to dance to. Make sure when the DJ or band plays that song, everyone at that table gets up to dance!

10. Keep Dancing

Make sure you and your spouse keep dancing! If you lead by example, people will follow. Everyone wants to dance with the happy couple on their big day, so make sure they all get a chance to. Nothing pumps an audience up more than seeing you excited at your own wedding!

How do you get your dance floor packed? Please share with us!

This post is written by Duet's instructor, Meghan. If you like this post, you might also be interested in 4 Unique First Dance Songs Recommended by Dance Experts.  

Photos by Love Is A Big Deal


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!

Line Dance 101: How to Do the Wobble, Electric Slide and Hustle

Szewai Lee

Looking to maximize the fun factor at an upcoming wedding? Better brush up on your line dancing skills with our crash course! Line dances are a great opportunity to dance with all the guests at a reception, including dancers from different generations and friend groups. The experts at Duet Dance have provided easy to follow tutorials for three of the most popular line dances: The Wobble, The Electric Slide, and The Hustle.

 

The Wobble

VIC’s song ‘Wobble’ was originally released in 2008, and it’s popularity as a line dance has soared in the years following. The Wobble is a staple of many wedding receptions, and the simple repetition of steps make it an ideal dance for bringing together older and younger dancers. If you’ve ever wanted to shake it with your funky Great Aunt Erma, this is the dance for you.

 

The Electric Slide

This line dance dates back to the mid-1970s when everyone had disco fever! The foot patterns are very accessible for beginners (and those who’ve had a little to drink), and this simplicity also allows dancers to put their own little twist on the movements. We’re going to show you three popular options: the ground slap, the double lasso, and the knee kick!

 

The Hustle

This is the line dance your Uncle Mike is referring to when he’s waxing poetic about polyester bell bottoms and ‘the way music ought to be’. Also dating to the mid-1970s, Van McCoy’s hit has remained a popular line dance for decades. The footwork is a bit more complicated than the line dances above, but what it lacks in simplicity it makes up for in style- can you dig it?!

Need more help on your dancing?

This post is written by Duet's instructor, Kathryn. If you like this post, you might also be interested in Easy Country Line Dances for Wedding Reception


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!

 

 

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!