Finding a song for the First Dance at a Wedding comes with many challenges. There are a lot of factors to consider besides "that is our favourite song". I have surveyed many couples within Northern Ontario to find out how they chose their special song and what songs have been popular choices in Thunder Bay.
Why and how did people choose their Wedding Song?
I think everyone has a unique story but sometimes it's a hard decision to make. Here are some of the many reasons couples chose the song they did:
- it suited the theme of our wedding and the venue perfectly
- it's such a beautiful song and/or we both liked the song
- we chose it because we felt it really captured what we wanted our marriage to be like. If you listen to the lyrics it’s a beautiful song and when you compare it to marriage it fits
- it reminded us of where the Proposal happened
- the song we chose was by a band that we saw in concert together
- we heard it on the radio and it just kinda clicked for both of us
- we chose it because the lyrics fit with our relationship the best and we love that style of music
- the song made us feel like the lyrics could read our minds regarding our feeling for one another
- we wanted something classic and timeless with a new fresh spin on it
- I loved this song prior to getting married. I didn't even consider it initially for our first dance song until I really thought about the lyrics and felt they suited our relationship really well
- We didn’t have a traditional wedding so we wanted the song to be unique and non-traditional too
- we wanted to have a Canadian artist
I think the best advice I can offer is to choose a song that speaks to you both, as a couple, and a song that has a special meaning. Often people pick whatever the 'ballad of the day' is because it's trendy. This could be a great option for you if you want to commemorate the year you are married, as it can remind you of all the time spent leading up to your Big Day and any other relevant events that year. But, ultimately, this is YOUR WEDDING, it's not about pleasing your guests, it's about choosing music for a special moment that is just about the two of you. Really, how often do you get 2-5 minutes to listen to a great song in silence when your friends and family just stop, stare and listen with you!
Wedding Songs popular in Northern Ontario
A Moment Like This by Ryan Malcolm
All I want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey
Amazed from Lonestar
As long as the grass shall grow with Johnny & June Carter Cash
At Last by Etta James
Better With You by Michael Frantis
Big green tractor by Jason Aldean
Crazy Girl by The Eli Young Band
Don't wanna miss a thing by Aerosmith
Dream Come True by Frozen Ghost
From the Ground Up by Dan and Sha
From this Moment On Shania Twain
God Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts
God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton
Head over boots by Jon Pardi
Hey Pretty Girl by Kip Moore
I (Still) Do by Paul Branch
I see the light from the Tangled soundtrack
I think U Freaky by Die Antwood
I Won't Give Up by Jason Mraz
It's goes like this by Thomas Rhett
Long Time Running by The Tragically Hip
Lover Lay Down by Dave Matthews Band
My best friend by Tim McGraw
Ordinary Miracle by Sarah McLachlan
Shameless by Billy Joel
The Book of Love by Peter Gabrielle
The One by Kodaline
The Way I Am by Ingrid Michaelson
Thinking out Loud by Ed Sheeran
To Love Somebody by Ray Lamontagne and Damien Rice
True companion by Mark Cohen
Warmness on the Soul by Avenged Sevenfold
Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
Won't let go by Rascal Flats
You are the Best Thing by Ray Lamontagne
Your Guardian Angel by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Your kind of love by Ronnie Dunn
Your Song by Elton John
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this list. I hope it helps you to find something inspirational for you!
I have had the opportunity to choreograph First Wedding Dances for a while now and each couple is very different and diverse in their vision, abilities and song choices.
One of the most difficult and important decisions the couple has to make is about their First Dance song choice. As this is a complex subject, I will write about it in the near future. Let's assume the couple has their song chosen.
How do you know if you want a special choreographed dance at your wedding? Do you have to be a good dancer? What is involved with creating a special first dance? These are many questions I know that couples have. Based on my experience and how I like to work with people, I would like to share my "recipe" for creating a great first dance routine for your wedding.
First, how do you know you event want a special choreographed dance at your wedding?
Close your eyes and picture in your mind the vision you have on your wedding day. You likely already have the colours chosen, the location, decorations or theme and maybe even your wedding dress. Can you envision you dancing with your new spouse in front of your loving family and friends? What does it look like? Do you look like you're standing in one spot, hugging each other (grade 8 style) moving slowly in a circle? Do you look like your parents or grandparents when they dance? Do you look like that dreamy couple in that chick flick you love to watch or can you see the two of you on Dancing with the Stars??? This is an important clue as to what you want to do for a first dance. When you think of other weddings you have attended, what do you think of the first dances you've seen? Are they sweet? Are they boring? Are they interesting and intriguing? Did the couple surprise you?
TELL ME YOUR VISION
Do you have to be a good dancer?
NO! Absolutely not. No one needs to be a "good dancer" to dance a nice, prepared dance for their wedding. All you need is the will to try some new things, a bit of confidence in your ability, determination to practice and the support of your partner. I create a customized dance that will suit both the music, your theme and BOTH of the couples' abilities. You are not learning a full ballroom technique dance, you will not be asked to do moves that you don't feel comfortable with and you will not be forced to learn a dance that you will not look good doing. I work with each couple carefully to create something that you will enjoy doing, feel comfortable with and be proud to perform in front of your family and friends.
LET ME LEARN YOUR ABILITIES
What is involved with creating a special first dance?
I like to meet with both the bride and groom in person to get a feel of both personalities. See how they interact with each other and how they feel about the first dance song they have chosen together. Once I get to know their story, I like to learn a bit more about their overall wedding vision and how the dance fits in. I then have the couple do a few dance moves together to test their abilities. I do an overall assessment before developing any choreography and I always have a plan A & B once we test out the initial choreography at the first lesson. I continue to ask questions and ensure the couple is comfortable and happy with how everything feels. If you don't feel good, you won't look good. I can tell you that it's not always an easy process but it does get better with more practice and confidence.
TELL ME YOUR STORY
This is a quick review of how I like to create a unique first wedding dance with the couples I work with. I feel it is important that we spend time getting to know each other and we work TOGETHER to make your Wedding Dance Vision come true.
Please contact Wedding Dances by Heather to book your Free, no obligation dance consultation to see if you're ready to cook up a great dance for your special day. http://www.4dancebasics.com/wedding.html
The Dance Basics for Pre-Schoolers program is meant to give children the opportunity to "dance without boundries" and to explore a variety of dance styles with their parents present to help instill security and comfort. The introductory Dance Basics classes and ZUMBINI classes allow for freedom of expression in clothing and movement. The "On My Own" Dance Class is intended to bridge the gap between the casual class and a formal dance studio class to help condition the students and teach them some basic elements of a full semester "formal" dance class.
Most formal dance schools request and enforce a set dress code. This is an important part of "learning to become a dancer". A dress code ensures that a teacher will be able to see a dancer’s alignment and positioning. The teacher needs to be able to see a dancer's mistakes. Baggy clothing and loose hair can mask poor technique and be dangerous for both the dancer and other students in the class. Most dance studios require students to wear a leotard and tights for ballet, sometimes requiring pink or light-colored tights in order to make the lines of the legs visible. Hair should be pulled back and away from the face and eyes. Form-fitting dancewear is also a requirement in many jazz, tap or modern classes.
A dress code will also teach students discipline, helping with overall focus and energy. By "dressing the part," dancers feel like dancers. Dress codes can also create unity among the dancers instead of causing a few dancers to stand out, much like a school uniform policy. Dress codes go a long way in minimizing distractions, and help give classes a unified look.
An example of a dress code for primary dancers could be*:
Bodysuit—Short sleeved, Tank or Camisole
Ballet shoes—Pink Canvas or Leather
Hair pulled back in bun, if long enough, if short, pulled back
(BOYS) White fitted T-shirt
Black Lycra Pants/Tights/Shorts
Ballet shoes-black canvas or Leather
Hair out of face
*PLEASE NOTE - DO NOT PURCHASE ANY CLOTHING BEFORE REGISTERING YOUR CHILD AT THEIR DANCE SCHOOL. Many studios have strict dress code policies and request specific styles, brands and colours of clothing and footwear. This is a suggested example only.
Join Ms. Heather at the Walk to Fight Arthritis on Sunday June 7, 2015 at Boulevard Lake (10:00am-11:00am) for a FREE Demo of ZUMBINI. Discover the FUN & Ease of movement that the whole family can enjoy! Please come out and support the Arthritis Society of Thunder Bay along with Dance Basics! CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE EVENT ON FACEBOOK
Ms. Heather would like to help raise extra funds in support of the Shake Your Booty event on March 10, 2015 in Thunder Bay by inviting families who try the new ZUMBINI Dance Program to donate at least $5 towards the cause (in Lieu of paying for a class). You can DONATE ONLINE NOW (click here) or you can pay at the class.
Heather Syvitski has been dancing Zumba for several years and she is now a trained Zumba Instructor, ZIN Member and Zumbini Instructor. She has participated in Zumba themed fundraising events over the past years and enjoys helping to promote fundraising events for various charities.
If you would like to REGISTER for a Trial Zumbini Class, please complete the quick form on the home page of www.4dancebasics.com, space is limited but your spot will be confirmed. Classes will be held on Sunday February 22 from 3:15-4:00pm and Sunday March 8 from 4:15-5:00pm at the Peng You Tai Chi studio (regular Dance Basics class location).
About the event:
Get ready for three hours of fun at this heart pounding, sweat dripping, action packed night filled with Zumba, Salsa, Bollywood Dance and more!!!
Tuesday March 10th - St. Martin's School, 6:00-9:00pm
100-115 W Mary St, Thunder Bay Ontario
Details on the Facebook Event Page (click here)
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Heather Syvitski is proud to be a licensed Zumbini Insructor, operating in Northern Ontario and is presenting the program through Dance Basics. What is ZUMBINI and why should I consider participating???
The Zumbini program is where the science of child development meets the magic of Zumba. It's not a formal dance class, it's not a Zumba class... it's much, much more! Zumbini is a new world of music, movement and rhythm where little ones 0-5 years+ can sing, wiggle and grow alongside their caregivers. Classes are fun, energetic and full of movements set to cool global rhythms that stimulate early childhood learning and development.
Bursting with child-appropriate, grown-up friendly Zumba flavour, Zumbini classes are where children learn to dance, sing and move using their bodies, rhythmic instruments and scarves.
The mission of the Zumbini program is to introduce music and movement to children at a young age, so they become a part of their lifestyle and daily routines.
The Zumbini class is 45 minutes and is a mixed blend of infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and school aged children. It's an excellent opportunity to have the whole family participate together! Each family will receive a "Zumbini Bundle" (full colour book and a 2 copies of the CD for the session). This allows the family to continue learning and having fun outside of class.
Space is limited and classes will fill up quickly. Contact Heather at Dance Basics today or register online now!
This is a statement that, thankfully, is becoming more common in. today's world. Dancing doesn't have the "feminine stigma" it once had. There are more boys in main stream / mixed dance classes and there are many "boys only" classes available.
I have a son and I can sense he's got a good feel for rhythm and timing. We dance around to music and videos at home often... it's fun for both of us! I think he would do well in a standard dance class as he gets older and both my husband and I support this idea.
How awesome is it to watch well toned man glide gracefully across the floor, whisking their (female) partner around with ease. How about those Latin dancers who dance without their shirts! These men are very masculine, have a great physique and are adored by women everywhere... Why would this be a bad thing? Thanks to broadway shows, movies and television shows like Dancing With The Stars, we can see people not usually associated with dancing trying their best and sometimes succeeding (those Football players can move).
All children can get valuable exercise, flexibility, endurance and motor skill growth from dancing. Boys also need the lessons in fitness and discipline that are a part of dance. Dancing can help young boys grow into strong young men.
Dance class is not just for girls. If your son is interested in dance or you feel he would enjoy it, consider enrolling him. Dancing actually builds great strength and endurance. The exercise and principles of dance can help your son perform better in all areas of his life from athletics to academics.
Dance Class Benefits for Boys. Dance is art, exercise and sport all in one.
Boys can get the following benefits from taking a dance class:
Choosing the Right Dance Class for a Boy
Choosing the right dance class for a boy is important for success. Here are some tips for finding the best dance class for your son:
With a little research, you can find a good dance class for your son. If your son would enjoy dance, consider enrolling him in a class because dance will teach him skills that can help him succeed in other sports as well as academics.
Dance Basics offers great "mini movement" classes that allow boys to learn in a comfortable and relaxed environment WITH the support of their parent. Dance Basics also offers a Boys Only class (minimum 5 students to conduct the class) which uses more "boy driven" interests and "boy related" themes and music.
Sources:National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) site
How can parents help reduce anxiety for children starting new dance classes and activities?
Starting anything new can bring on anxiety, in adults or children. Starting a new Dance or Activity class with a very young toddler or pre-schooler can be a major milestone for experiencing anxiety for the first time. Here are a few suggestions to help you and your child work through their feelings and get comfortable in their new environment.
Prepare them in advance
Before attending a new activity or class, talk with your child about what they will be doing. View the website page about the class and show the child pictures or videos of the building, classroom, the teacher(s) and even previous students of children doing the activity. You can show in a story telling format, so they better understand what they will be doing and what will be expected of them in class.
If the activity has an open house or meet and greet, try to attend to better introduce them to the new environment before the activity starts. If they don't offer this, request a tour or to drop by and visit the classroom/teacher in advance.
Ease them in slowly
Be prepared to sit on the sidelines with your child just to observe the class. Don't pressure them to participate. While you're watching, create a dialogue that explains what is happening and how much fun it looks.
Bring a Friend
Sometimes, just having something accompany them to class is all they need. A doll or a stuffed animal sometimes does the trick. Sometimes the teacher may even allow them to dance with the item of choice.
Bring a little "Magic"
Sprinkle some imaginary "magic or brave dust" on your child. Tell the child that the dust makes them brave and strong so they can get through dance class with lots of fun and sparkle.
Implement the Buddy System
If the child is upset and hesitant to join the group, try pairing them with a buddy in class. Tell them that one is peanut butter and one is jam. They have to stick together. Keep in mind of who you are pairing them with. If you're trying a new activity, try to sign up with close friends or relatives so they go in knowing others. If the class involves parents, tell your child YOU are their BUDDY :)
Be Positive and Firm
Sometimes children just are not ready to separate. Even if they go to school and separate with no problem, an extra class might be pushing them over the edge. Each parent must feel confident that the child can do it. Changes in schedule, a new baby in the house, or a family move can all set off separation anxiety in an otherwise well-adjusted student.
Many classes hesitate to let the parents in the room for the classes, even for the first time, because then the students will want it to happen every week. Each studio has their own rules and you will need to stick to them, but remember, every child is different. Use your best judgement when it comes to helping young children separate. If you feel you or your child isn't ready to be alone yet, find an activity that allows for parent participation or observing the class with you. It can be an excellent opportunity for both child and parent to enjoy an activity together and get some fitness in at the same time!
Try Dance Basics for Pre-schoolers as your first step into the "Dance World", you can learn to dance along with your child in a relaxed and friendly environment.