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Duet Dance Studio

2412 W North Ave., #201, Chicago, IL 60647

312.823.8199 |

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2412 West North Avenue, Suite 201
Chicago, IL, 60647
United States


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.

Wedding Waltz First Dance Tutorial - 5 Easy Steps (Video Instruction Included)


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

Wedding Waltz First Dance Tutorial - 5 Easy Steps (Video Instruction Included)

Szewai Lee

Waltz is one of the most classic and romantic ballroom dances and it is perfect for weddings. Wedding Waltz is fairly simple to learn even for those of you who are new to partner dancing. Let us guide you through a few easy steps to get you started with the first dance of your dreams!

1. Choose a Wedding Waltz Song

Finding a wedding waltz song can be a little tricky because of the specific time signature that waltz has. A majority of modern wedding songs have either a 2/4 or 4/4 time signature. In order to do a wedding waltz, you have to find a song that has a 3/4 time signature. Below is a video to show you how to count the Waltz timing. For beginners, we suggest finding a song that isn't too fast or too slow. Use this list of Wedding Waltz Songs that we have complied to get you started! 

2. Begin with a Graceful Intro

Wedding waltz is all about being elegant and graceful. So, it's a great idea to incorporate a grand intro to begin your first dance. It will help you set the tone of your dance and make you look more confident and prepared. Below is a lovely intro idea that you can incorporate into your wedding waltz. You may also use it as an inspiration to create something more elaborate. 

3. Learn the Wedding Waltz Basic

Surprisingly enough, you might already know the waltz basic. Remember the PE ballroom dance class you took way back when you were in grade school? Does the Box Step sound familiar to you? The Waltz Box Step is one of the most versatile and taught dance steps in partner dancing. Let's take a little refresher course on the box step here!

4. Incorporate a Lovely Waltz Turn

Once you have mastered the box step, it's time to spice up your first dance with a spin or two. The Under Arm Turn is an extension from the Waltz Box. It is a slow, elegant turn that gives you an opportunity to show off your gorgeous wedding gown. Make sure not to overdo it in your wedding dance though!

5. End with a Picture Perfect Dip

No first dance is complete without a picture perfect dip. Learn to perform the dip safely and gracefully from the video below. Make sure to pause at the dip for at least 5 seconds so that your photographer can capture this awesome moment!


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!