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1795 University Ave in Hillcrest
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Your First Dance should be as Unique as Your Bond...

From a slow, intimate low-key flow around the floor, to a romantic, sweeping number complete with dips, to a fun, flirty and bouncy swing or even a medley, I've got you covered. Let's figure out your vision of your perfect first dance and then make it as unique as you two. No matter whether you just want to feel comfortable and capable with basic moves and timing in a social dance approach or confident and show-stopping with complete choreography, I'll help you both learn how to feel connected on the floor the whole time and above all, we'll make sure you're having a great time and enjoying the quality time together.

Don't let the idea of learning to dance intimidate or overwhelm you and delay! You're going to love it! Let's start crafting your perfect first dance today. I'm here to help you from song selection all the way through to the nitty gritty details of capturing your perfect photos and moving with the dress. The more time you spend dancing, the better it will feel and the smoother it will go on your big day so don't wait! Book your first private lesson and wedding consultation today for only $30 (regularly $120).

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You’re getting married!  Congrats!

Your wedding is your day.  A day that the two of you will share uniquely as a couple.  It should be what you want it to be.

Your first dance is the most symbolic representation of who you are as a couple.

It should be as unique as your bond.


It’s not something you give to each other, it’s something you do together.  A true sign of trust, team work, and friendship.  One of the few moments on that day where you get to tune the world out, hear your special song together, and just be there in each other’s arms.  It can be as simple as knowing how to move together in rhythm or it can bust out into a show stopping routine that thrills both you and your guests.  But it should be whatever you want it to be.

And that’s where I come in.


My first question for you is what do you want?

That’s a big question so I like to take a little time to talk through options and preferences with wedding couples and see where your picture of your first dance starts.  This picture can absolutely change throughout the process but I like to work with you to make sure I can help get both of you what you want.  Creating your special dance is a fine balance of all the mission points below.


Are you nervous about dancing?  Or maybe just one of you is anxious about it?  Maybe you’re mentally comfortable with it but why does it physically feel so awkward?  My primary mission with any couple is to first teach you both how to feel more comfortable with dancing; to teach you some control and to give you the tools to actually enjoy dancing together and move in sync.  The key to all of this is learning how to use your connection.Mission

stephanie-and-stephen-circleTwo:  HAVE FUN, RELAX & ENJOY

Regardless of the intricacy of your dance, it is so important that you’re both enjoying dancing together.  I believe learning needs to be fun for everyone because when the mind and body are relaxed, we absorb far more information than when we’re nervous or stressed.  So let’s take a breath and shake off the nerves and enjoy the smiles and laughs!  It’s not a competition floor and I promise (most likely) that no one is holding up score cards at the end of your song.  It’s your wedding dance- it has one primary purpose- for you to love dancing together.

Mission Three:  SOCIAL, SHOWY, Something in betweenReception_172

Let’s figure out your style as a couple.  Do you want an intimate, low-key social dance a step above a high-school sway?  Do you want something social but with enough variety to be fun and exhilarating for both of you?  Maybe a little challenge?  Or maybe you want a fully choreographed routine full of shine and style and just a few over the top moments.  Or, maybe you want THE dance from Dirty Dancing complete with lift.  There is something for everyone and it’s my job to help you create it.

_dsc2269Mission Four: FEEL GREAT

Regardless of your specific wedding dance, I want to make sure you both know how to actually dance together.  Even if you learn choreography, it is important that you establish the ability to follow and lead the entire dance otherwise it will still look and feel like both of dancing separately…but in front of each other.  Moving as one is where the magic of partner dance happens.  Connection is what makes it look good but most importantly, makes you feel great doing it.  And you should feel great dancing for a lifetime together.

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The Song, The Dress, The Shoes, & The What Ifs

It all starts with a song.  If you have one picked out, great.  I’ll let you know which dance styles fit and you’ll choose what you like.  Don’t have a clue?  I can help you narrow down some options based on which styles you like the look of and your personal preferences.  The song should be something that moves both of you every time you hear it and makes you excited to be dancing together.  In order to not burn out on your song, we will often learn to a song with a similar beat and get more comfortable with your song closer to your wedding day.

I’ve been working with wedding couples a long time.  And you guys usually have lots of questions on how the details of your day will work.  I will happily talk to you about the logistics of your day- how will you move in your dress, if you’re worried about wardrobe malfunctions, will your shoes work for the dance, what do you tell the DJ, what do you tell the photographer, where do you go on the floor…and the list goes on.  I’m here for you and have lots and lots of insight and helpful hints to make your dance go smoothly on your special day.


When Should We Start?

The easy answer is the sooner, the better.  And it’s never too early.  But here are some tips to consider when planning your lessons:  When you’re faced with a definitive timeline, you should start at least 3 months in advance if the goal is comfort and a manageable social dance.  Start sooner if you want a choreographed dance with some wow factor.  If you’re really nervous about dancing in front of people, give yourself the gift of time and start well in advance (6 months or earlier) so that we have time to build up your confidence and battle those nerves on the dance floor.  If you’re reading this and you’re like “oops, my wedding is in 4 weeks”- I can help give you a basis for what you’re doing so you’re not doing the high school sway.

My final piece of advice to wedding couples: learning under stress makes the whole process much more difficult so starting early to develop your connection and abilities in an enjoyable hobby-setting, without the stress of learning a routine with a nearby deadline, is the way to go.  The brain and body will absorb more when it’s relaxed.  The weeks leading up to the wedding can be the most stressful and busy, so build in a month of extra time.  However you start, I’ll make sure you enjoy the experience and make it as stress-free as possible.

Dancing at your wedding is just the start of dancing together for a lifetime.  So let’s get you off to a good start!



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Cori is grand. My wife and I had a slightly crazy idea to learn a choreographed dance for our first dance at our wedding and happened upon Cori. As people who aren't the most graceful of dancers, we knew we were signing ourselves up for something way outside our comfort zone. But Cori made the whole process much more real and even fun for us! It ended up being one of the best things we've ever done together. Everyone who came to our wedding was impressed by the dance we performed and we couldn't have been happier with how it turned out.
Cori's process is fun and not strict or intimidating at all. She crafts the lessons around whatever you are looking for, whether its technical or more feeling based or whatever. I doubt we would've been able to push through all the uncomfortable dance moments without her calm presence and for that we're super grateful. We'll always be able to look back now on our wedding dance and remember how surprised all our family/friends were at what we pulled off :) - not to mention the videos! We are now thinking of continuing our dance education with some more social dance styles that we can use in future wedding settings or just to have fun with ourselves.
Highly recommend her to anyone looking to make learning dance fun and enjoyable! -Jonathan B.

I have a musical theatre background so learning choreography is something I am fairly used to. My fiance, however, not so much. Cori did amazing job to make us both feel super comfortable and confident learning the choreography. The dance itself was challenging for me without being too much for him to handle. We both so looked forward to going to dance lessons throughout the process and would absolutely recommend any couple to work with Cori. You will be hooked! -Josalyn and Austin J.

Cori is wonderful! My fiancé have been taking lessons with her for a few months now and she is awesome. She makes the classes fun and entertaining, while also very productive. She has a great amount of insight for brides. If any other brides are like me and have no idea what they are doing regarding the whole wedding thing Cori knows so much more than dance! Definitely will not be disappointed! -Stephen and Stephanie A.

Cori is the best. I messaged her late one night on Facebook as we were frantically looking for some help with our wedding that was weeks away. She responded right away and worked with our crazy schedules. I do not come from a dancing background and she made it look like we kinda knew what we were doing! Our wedding first dance was really well received! THANK YOU! -Regina and Dmitri L.

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