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2412 West North Avenue, Suite 201
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.


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

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Choosing the Wedding First Dance Song | 6 Things to Consider

Szewai Lee

Whether you have a special song or not, it is important to make sure the song you choose for your first dance is "danceable" and the lyrics are appropriate for your wedding. Below are a few things you should consider when choosing your wedding first dance song.

Dan and Amanda, students of Duet Dance Studio, did a fun swing dance routine to their first dance song, "Cheek to Cheek" at their wedding. Photo by  Love Is A Big Deal.

Dan and Amanda, students of Duet Dance Studio, did a fun swing dance routine to their first dance song, "Cheek to Cheek" at their wedding. Photo by Love Is A Big Deal.

1. Is the song danceable?

Find a song that has a strong beat. The beat of a song is similar to heartbeats; it is a consistent beat that determines the pace of a song. When you hear a song, particular one with an obvious beat, such as “Blurred Lines” (not that I suggest you dance to this), you would naturally want to tap your foot, nod your head or even shake your hips! And while you are tapping the beat, you can find out the tempo of a song. The perfect song should not be too fast or too slow. It is actually harder to move slow than fast. Imagine running on a track versus running through mud.

2. How do you want your dance to look?

Romantic? Elegant? Fun? Traditional? Contemporary? Upbeat? Slow and smooth? Depending on the style you like, you can choose a song that carries the same feel. If you are going to take dance lessons, tell your dance teacher about your vision so that he/she can help you choose a song that matches the style you are looking for.

3. Are the lyrics appropriate? 

The melody of a song may sound sweet and romantic but that doesn’t mean a song is appropriate for your wedding. Listen to the lyrics and make sure there aren’t any negative hidden meanings or inappropriate language. 

4. Can your band or DJ play the song? 

It is important to make sure that your band or DJ will play the version of your song that you have been practicing to. Any tempo or compositional changes can affect your dancing, especially if you have a choreographed or semi-choreographed dance.

5. Is the song too long?

A first dance should be no longer than 3 minutes. 2 to 3 minutes is the ideal length for a first dance. Keep it short and sweet so that your guests can enjoy the first dance and not get bored. Consider that professional performances are usually no more than 2-minute long.

Please also check out my favorite classic first dance songs and top 10 contemporary first dance songs of 2014!

What is your favorite first dance song? Please share it by commenting below!


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 parties. Online 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!