Experts: The Dance Doctors

Your first-ever romantic turn on the floor might have been awkward, but with a little practice, your first one as a married couple doesn’t have to be.

How long should the first dance be?
ML: Two minutes is a really great time frame. We often give couples a grouping that they’ll repeat. Most of our pros will have a minute of choreography and loop; that’s a really good idea for our students, as well.

How much can a bride and groom expect to spend on dance lessons?  

KK: Most couples’ lessons range from $600 to $1,500 if they want to go all out on a longer program that encompasses a great first dance and also the ability to dance throughout the whole reception to a variety of music.

Any thoughts for a dance-wary groom-to-be?  

KK: I had a groom tell me once that the only guy who doesn’t want to dance is the guy who doesn’t know how. So it’s just fun to watch them learn and have more fun than they ever imagined.

Arthur Murray dance studio, 20 Park Plaza, Ste. 300, Boston, 617-426-3335,  

Expert’s Tips: Five classic song suggestions for a foolproof first dance.


Photograph by Paramount/Courtesy of the Neal Peters Collection

“Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green

“Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra

“Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney

“Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole

“How Sweet It Is” by Marvin Gaye