Preparing for our First Dance (+ Bloopers Reel)

In my last entry, you saw our first dance along with a little bit of our practice footage. I probably showed a total of 20 seconds of practice footage. Y’all… it certainly took longer than 20 seconds to learn how to dance. That’s for sure.

Here we are bustin’ a move.

Mr. Knight and I took private lessons at the Imperial Dance Studio here in Gainesville. We signed up for their wedding package, which included 2 hours of private lessons, along with 2 hours of private practice (in our own studio, by ourselves) for $140. Not bad in our book.

At our first lesson our instructor listened to our music and danced quietly around the room by herself, figuring out which type of dance style fit best with our music. After a few minutes of humming and moving around she determined a fox trot would be perfect for our first dance song, “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz featuring Colbie Calliet.

The first practice consisted of loud sighs by Mr. Knight, lots of stepping on toes, and a few “scenes” by Mr. Knight. What I say Mr. Knight had a “scene,” I mean he had an all out tantrum. He got so frustrated during our first lesson that he laughed super loud and laid on the floor groaning. Yeah… he totally did this in front of me and our instructor. Soooo embarrassing.

While leaving our first lesson, Mr. Knight proclaimed that we would never get the dance down and that we should just go back to the trusty “slow swaying” motion for our first dance.

I, on the other hand, loved every minute of our practices. I smiled so much during all our practices that Mr. Knight had to tell me to STOP SMILING because it was distracting him. I grew up dancing, so being able to do something that I love with the person I love was so incredible for me. Plus, I love when Mr. Knight spins me. :)

I became so obsessed with being spun that I made everyone who danced with me (for the dollar dance at our wedding) spin me at the end. It was a requirement in my book. ;)

Anyways, after a few lessons we were starting to get the hang of it. Every lesson added more complexity – a new move here, learning how to start and end our dance, etc. We tried to practice in between lessons, but that didn’t always work out so well as we really didn’t have a large enough space and Mr. Knight was against practicing in our driveway. Some nights, we would try moving all the furniture out of our living room. After running into a side table, stubbing our toes on the couch and tripping over a cord, we decided to leave the practicing to the dance studio.

When we did get to practice, we always recorded it to view later and see what we did wrong (helped make the most of our very few practices). Check out a little bloopers reel below, to the tune of Lady Gaga’s “Just dance.” Felt it was totally appropriate. :)

First Dance Bloopers Reel from Mrs Gator on Vimeo.

Practices were fun, stressful, and eye-opening. We danced, we played, we made funny faces, we fought with each other, we laughed – we just had a good time.

As we neared our wedding, we both got more and more nervous about our first dance. We were more nervous about our first dance than we were for any other part of our wedding. We just wanted to get it right and show everyone what we had learned. Plus, we wanted to put on a show, because after all, we are the entertainment at the wedding. Har har.

As you saw in my First Dance post, things went off without a hitch… Okay, maybe there was a few hitches, and a big mess up that caused me to burst out laughing – giving us one of my favorite photos ever:

photo by Starks Photography

But, no one noticed our mess up (or at least they didn’t tell us!), and we pulled it off.

In the end I’m so incredibly happy we took dance lessons and I plan to encourage Mr. Knight to take lessons with me again, for fun. Well… I may have to black mail him to get him in a dance studio again, but it shall be done! For me, taking dance lessons was the most fun I have had in so long and I can’t wait to do it again. :)

What was your favorite wedding activity? Was your fiancee a big part in making that wedding activity fun for you?

7 Comments on Preparing for our First Dance (+ Bloopers Reel)

  1. Hannah
    March 2, 2011 at 9:54 am (6 years ago)

    So cute! I love how you matched in the second part, its like you planned it or something ;)

    When we first started dating we signed up for Salsa Caliente’s Latin dance classes where we learned basic steps. It was group format (so cheap) but we learned how to lead/follow and a lot of spins. Like you, I LOVE to be spinned and Pete learned a lot from those dances.

    As I admitted to you on twitter last night, we LOVE dancing around our house and considered the pre wedding dancing like fools around our house as “practice.” We had no idea how our dance was going to turn out but it was amazing. Pete even through in a Dirty Dancing style lift. We still don’t know how that happened. (Trust me, we’ve tried at home!)

    Bah. First dance was so fun! Thanks for sharing your bloopers, they were great!

    (Oh and to add to the longest comment ever. Pete just asked “what is this” and I was like “this is GATOR BRIDE you met her at Pet Smart!” – it felt good that he actually *knew* who you were, not just that Christmas card on the fridge!)

  2. Kira @ hernewleaf
    March 2, 2011 at 10:05 am (6 years ago)

    What were Mr. Knight’s opinions in retrospect? Worth the frustration and tantrums? I would love to have a choreographed first dance but I’m afraid someone would never forgive me, lol.

  3. Mrs Gator
    March 2, 2011 at 10:09 am (6 years ago)

    @Kira: He was happy he did it in the end, even with all his frustration. What sweetened the deal was how happy his grandparents were to see him dancing like a proper young man. :)

    @Hannah: bwahahha Pete is so funny.

  4. Brandi
    March 3, 2011 at 5:14 pm (6 years ago)

    Biggest Wedding Regret: We didn’t do the dance lessons. Rob wasn’t into it, we didn’t have a lot of extra time or money, but I wish we’d made it a priority. I’m not entirely sure it would have mattered, because my hemmed totally busted as we were making our entrance, which made even our lame dancing rather difficult. Maybe we’ll have a big 10 year anniversary party and rock it.

    I love the bloopers reel! I think it’s so awesome that you guys think to video so many of these things, it makes me all sentimental! If we did things other than sit at the table and study all day, I’d definitely make a bigger effort to film more.

  5. Emily
    March 3, 2011 at 11:26 pm (6 years ago)

    Aahh so funny! Definitely regret not taking lessons! Maybe just for fun…hmmm

    I lost count of how many butt taps he gave you…

    And I know the loud laugh you’re talking about. Hehe

  6. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking
    March 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm (6 years ago)

    This is such a cute post.I think that it is wonderful that you all took dancing lessons. Looks like it paid off beautifully!

  7. Sabina
    March 17, 2011 at 10:23 am (6 years ago)

    I am totally pro preparing your dance…I have a couple of friends who had the classic dance, but they even had a funny choreography on another song…the guests were really enjoying the moment.