Your first dance as a married couple is a special moment, and one in which all eyes will be on you and your beloved. While any dance will be memorable, why not try for more than the typical “hug and sway” and go for a routine that will really knock your guests’ socks off? Whether you want go with a full-out choreographed routine or just learn a few simple steps to elevate your footwork, here are the best dance classes in San Francisco.
Pick School of Ballroom Dancing
Founded in 1961, the Pick School of Ballroom Dancing is located in the Sunset District and offers classes in salsa, swing, tango, foxtrot, waltz, and quickstep so no matter what style you prefer for your first dance, they have a class for you. They offer both group and private lessons if you just want to learn a particular style, or you can arrange for lessons and choreography for your specific first-dance song. For couples short on money or time, they also offer a monthly 90-minue Wedding Workshop for $70 per person.
For couples who dream of a choreographed routine that will leave their guests speechless, The 8Count offers a great package that includes an initial consultation, customized choreography, soundtrack editing, and 2 hours of private lessons for $425. Additional lessons are available for $100 each. Bonus: dance instructor Annemarie doubles as life coach so once you’ve figured out the dance steps you can book a separate session for life coaching that can help you figured out your “next steps” in life too. Read real brides' reviews here!
Angie Major Dance Instruction
Certified professional dance instructor Angie has been teaching since 1994, and her expertise shows in her ability to turn even the most uncoordinated couples into confident dancers in just a few lessons. Students praise her for her patience, enthusiasm, and encouraging attitude. Her willingness to go above and beyond helps: she’ll not only choreograph your first dance and teach you the moves in small increments, but also video record every step so you can practice at home. Angie offers classes in both Pacifica and Potrero hill and will even come to your wedding to teach group dances to reception guests.
Genesis DanceSport Studio
Since 1994, Genesis DanceSport Studio has been offering ballroom dance lessons to enthusiasts of all ages, and racking up awards and recognition for its talented instructors and students. Located in the Richmond, the school offers both private and group lessons, as well as online classes and at-home instruction. Special classes are available for wedding dances, including first-dances, farther-daughter dances, and garter-removal dances.
Miss Frances Dances
Miss Frances Dances offers class options as individual as every couple. With two studios—one in the Mission and one in Japantown—they offer private classes every day of the week, and focus exclusively on wedding dances. Lessons include custom choreography tailored to your personalities and music choice. Services include basic song editing, video recording for practicing, and tips on recovering from mistakes, posing for your photographer, and moving gracefully in your wedding dress and shoes. Book a single lesson for some basic tips, or a package of five or ten lessons for a more intricately choreographed dance with spins, turns, tricks or even a grand dip. Read real brides' reviews here!