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Chicago, IL, 60647
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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.

Top Songs for a Surprise Groomsmen Dance!

Szewai Lee

While there are tons of ways to make your wedding unique, a groovy choreographed routine from the groom and his groomsmen to surprise the bride is one of our favorites.  No matter if your dance moves were the talk of campus back in college or you’ve never danced a day in your life, everyone loves some synchronized hip rotations to a throwback song. Besides proving to your new wife that she married that best dancer in the room, a choreographed routine is a great way to start off a night of dancing and have some silly fun with your life long friends.

Below is a list of the best songs to get your groomsmen up and cutting a rug.

Have two left feet and no idea where to start?  We have you covered! Book a dance lesson and our team will work to create a one-of-a-kind dance routine that is sure to amaze your guests. We offer Private Dance Lessons for groups who want to learn over a period of time. Not interested in showing off your moves, but interested in learning? We host Private Dance Parties that are perfect for groups that just want to have fun! If you or your groomsmen don’t live in the Chicago area, check out our Online Hip Hop Dance Program, which lets you get down from the comfort of your home!


Songs:

“Rock Your Body” by Justin Timberlake

“Let Me Love You” by Mario

“Pony” by Ginuwine

“One More Time” by Daft Punk

“Finesse (Remix)” by Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B

“Treasure” by Bruno Mars

“Classic” by MKTO

“Suga Suga” by Baby Bash

“Summertime” by DJ Jazzy

“I Want It That Way” by Backstreet Boys

“SexyBack” by Justin Timberlake feat. Timbaland

“Kiss Me Thru The Phone” by Soulja Boy

“Me & U” by Cassie

“Sexy And I Know It” by LMFAO

“Right Round” by Flo Rida

“Everybody” by Backstreet Boys

“The Boys Are Back in Town” by Thin Lizzy

“It’s Gonna Be Me” by *NSYNC

“Motownphilly” by Boyz II Men

“U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer

NEED HELP WITH YOUR SURPRISE WEDDING DANCE? CHECK OUT OUR ONLINE PROGRAM!


Duet Dance Studio is a group of friendly dancers who are passionate about helping people and sharing the joy of ballroom dance. Our physical studio is located in Chicago West Bucktown. We offer ballroom dance lessonswedding dance instruction and private dance partiesOnline Wedding Dance Lessons and 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!

How to Choose Ballroom Dance Shoes | 7 Things to Consider

Szewai Lee

You have taken a few ballroom dance lessons and are starting to get more serious about dancing. It's time to look into purchasing some dance shoes! A pair of quality dance shoes, with its special construction and materials, will help you learn better and dance longer. Below are 7 important things to consider when choosing the right dance shoes. 

1. Make Sure it Fits Like a Glove

When you first try on a pair of dance shoes, make sure they fit snugly without excessive pressure. This will give you the most control of your shoes even after they are broken in. I usually go a half or full size down for my dance shoes. 

2. Open Toe vs. Closed Toe

Generally, open toe shoes are designed for Latin and rhythm dances, such as Salsa, Rumba and swing, which require more pointing of the toes and articulation of the feet. The opening in the shoes allows you to point your toes easier and execute footwork more precisely. Closed toe shoes are designed for smooth/standard dances, such as Foxtrot and Waltz, as these dances require a more traditional classic look. For beginners who are learning multiple dance styles, open toe shoes or Latin dance shoes are recommended since you can pretty much do all styles in them.

3. Heel Heights

3" Flared Heel

3" Flared Heel

The heel height for Latin and ballroom dance shoes ranges from 1.5" to 3". For beginning dancers, you should choose a heel height that gives you the most comfort. If you are not accustomed to wearing heels, you may want to start with shoes that have a lower heel to start with. Also, there are different shapes of heel, such as slim and flared.  A flared heel is a popular choice as it gives you more stability. For men's dance shoes, a 1/2" heel is designed for ballroom dance styles while a 1.5" Cuban heel is designed for Latin dance styles. Unless you are participating in dance competitions, a 1/2" heel is generally sufficient for both ballroom and Latin dancing.

4. Suede Sole Shoes

Suede soled shoes are perfect for dancing.

Suede soled shoes are perfect for dancing.

It is recommended to have a suede sole for your dance shoes. The suede sole gives you the right amount of slip and traction so that you can feel more balanced and have more control when turning and moving around the dance floor. very once in a while, you need to brush the suede sole with a wire dance shoe brush to maintain its roughness.

5. Buying Dance Shoes Online vs. In Store

Whether you order shoes online or purchase them in a store, I suggest you first go to a dance supply store to try on some shoes. Since sizing can vary from brand to brand, it is best to try and compare various brands, sizes and models to ensure you find the right fit.

6. Maintenance

Moisture is the no. 1 thing that kills a shoe. After dancing, I usually use shoe trees to absorb moisture and keep the shape of the dance shoes. Cedar shoe trees are particularly great for fighting odor! Unfortunately, dance shoes are not made to last for a long time due to their delicate materials and the way dancers use the shoes. To extend the life of a pair of dance shoes, I recommend having 2 or more pairs of shoes (depending on how frequently you dance) to rotate between dance sessions. This allows each pair enough time to dry out before the next use. Also, never wear your dance shoes outdoors as the suede leather is very delicate and can be damaged easily by any harsh objects and water!

7. Cost

The cost of Latin and ballroom dance shoes range from $80 to $300 a pair depending on the brand and quality. For about $170, you can get a great quality pair of shoes. It is definitely worth spending a little more money since a good pair of dance shoes can last much longer and give you more comfort and support when learning to dance.

 

I hope this is helpful to anyone who is buying their first pair of ballroom dance shoes! Also, check out a video I’ve made about ballroom dance shoes below. Please leave me a comment if you have any questions. I'd love to help!


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! Duet Dance Studio is located in Chicago West Bucktown. We offer ballroom dance lessonswedding dance instruction and private dance partiesOnline Wedding Dance Lessons and 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!

 

How to Create a Surprise Wedding Dance

Szewai Lee

Surprise wedding dances are getting more and more popular these days. Some couples forgo the traditional first dance and replace it with a hip hop wedding dance. And it doesn’t limit to just the couple dance, you can involve your bridesmaids, groomsmen and even your parents for some fun and jaw-dropping dance performances. Possibilities are endless! Whether you want to surprise your wedding guests with a hip hop first dance, bridesmaids dance or father-daughter dance. In this blog post, we will show you how to create a surprise wedding dance that will wow everyone at your wedding.

Choose a Song

The best way to begin is to find a fun and exciting song that everyone will enjoy. Check out our list of Best Wedding Party Dance Songs.

Find Inspirations

It’s a great idea to see what other couples have done at their weddings and decide what you’d like to do with your partner or your wedding party. You will find a lot of ideas on YouTube. Also, check out these choreographed routines we’ve created below. Feel free to use them as inspirations. You can also receive step-by-step instruction by signing up HERE.

Learn Some Moves

Once you have decided on a song and ideas for your surprise dance, it’s time to get started with some cool dance moves. Don’t know where to begin? Start with these 3 beginner friendly hip hop moves!

Hire a Choreographer

Choreographing a dance routine is no easy task, especially for those of you who are totally new to dance. So, instead of trying to mimic what you’ve seen on YouTube, why not hire a professional choreographer who can create a routine based on your song choice, personalities and dance experiences? Our dance experts at Duet Dance Studio will be happy to help. Click HERE to get started.

Practice and Have Fun

To perform a choreographed surprise wedding dance with confidence takes practice! We suggest giving yourself at least 3 months to prepare for a choreographed wedding dance. It’s a good idea to set up weekly practices leading up to your wedding. That way, not only will you be able to perform confidently at your wedding, you can actually enjoy the process of learning to dance with your future husband/wife or your wedding party. It’s going to be a wonderful bonding experience and stress reliever before your big day. Enjoy!

What is your favorite hip hop dance move? Please comment below.

Need More help with your surprise wedding dance? Check out our online program!


Duet Dance Studio is a group of friendly dancers who are passionate about helping people and sharing the joy of ballroom dance. Our physical studio is located in Chicago West Bucktown. We offer ballroom dance lessonswedding dance instruction and private dance partiesOnline Wedding Dance Lessons and 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!




Top Songs for Mother-Daughter Dance and Unconventional Parent Dances at Weddings

Szewai Lee

Our favorite part of wedding receptions? The dancing of course!! Traditional formal dances usually include a first dance, a mother son dance, and a father daughter dance. But in some families, this dynamic might be different. For such a special moment with loved ones, we want you to find the right song no matter who you dance with. Maybe your aunt is stepping in for the mother son dance, or your brother for the father daughter. Whatever your unique situation, we have found a song to match! We have highlighted some of our favorites below, but check out the whole playlist for more options. The best part is we’ve listed what dance styles work with each song. Enjoy! Need help with your family dances? Check out our Online Wedding Dance Program!

Pop

Dance with any loved one:

“Always” by Andy Grammer -Slow foxtrot, bachata, single swing.

“No Matter Where You Are” by Us the Duo -Rumba, single swing.

“I’ll Be There” by Jess Glynne -Rumba, smooth swing, bachata.

“Thank You for Being a Friend” by Andrew Gold -Rumba, bachata and smooth swing.

Dance with mother figure/aunt/sister:

“Close to You” by The Carpenters -Rumba and smooth swing.

“Sweetest Devotion” by Adele -Modified waltz.

“Mom” by Meghan Trainor -Foxtrot, single swing, bachata.

Country

Dance with any parental figure:

“There You’ll Be” by Faith Hill -Slow foxtrot, single swing.

“Lullaby” by Dixie Chicks -Rumba, smooth swing.

“The Best Part of Me” by Lee Brice -Slow foxtrot and single swing.

Soul/Funk

Dance with any loved one:

“Reach Out, I’ll Be There” by Four Tops -Rumba, smooth swing and bachata.

Indie/Folk

Dance with any parental figure:

“Forever Young” by Bob Dylan -Smooth swing and rumba.

“Child of Mine” by Carole King -Slow foxtrot and single swing.

Dance with any loved one:

“Whole Love” by Wilco -Rumba, single swing.

Rock

Dance with any loved one:

“She’s a Rainbow” by Rolling Stones -Rumba and smooth swing.

“In My Life” by The Beatles -Rumba and smooth swing.

“I Love You Because” by Elvis Presley & Lisa Marie Presley -Slow foxtrot.

Hip Hop/ R&B

Dance with mother figure/grandma/aunt:

“Hey Mama” by Kanye West -Rumba, smooth swing, bachata.

Dance with any parental figure:

“Right by You” by John Legend -Slow foxtrot and single swing.

Interested in a choreographed mother-daughter dance routine? Click below to get started.

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Duet Dance Studio is a group of friendly dancers who are passionate about helping people and sharing the joy of ballroom dance. Our physical studio is located in Chicago West Bucktown. We offer ballroom dance lessonswedding dance instruction and private dance partiesOnline Wedding Dance Lessons and 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!