Who else can vividly remember the awkwardness of high school dances? From fall formals and winter balls to spring flings and end-of-year galas (and let’s just throw in junior and senior prom, for good measure), there was no shortage of events to get all hyped up about. And usually by 10PM, we’d all be sequestered in different sections of the dance floor, sweating, shaking, and/or trying to shed the shy so we could #fakeittillwemakeit in the off chance we got the opportunity to dance with our crush. Sounds about right, right? It made for great memories, of course, but then you grew up — and when you’ve made it to your wedding day, no one wants to replay their high school days as they’re sashaying with their soulmate [in full view] in front of their squad. That’s why we’re HUGE fans of Wedding Dance School, created by world-class dancers, choreographers, and teachers, Pasha Pashkov and Daniella Karagach.
It’s true, if you and your partner aren’t the best dancers in the world, you can get a lot out of signing up for dance classes. But a lot of the time, these classes end up bringing you right back to the middle of your gymnasium or cafeteria — dancing among other freaked out peers and feeling judged no matter what you do. Your teachers may know each other or they might just be experts in their respective genres of dance and have a chemistry that can pass, at least for the afternoon or evening. Not saying that this is standard, but these in-person classes can often render inauthentic…
Wedding Dance School, on the other hand, is run by real-life couple Pasha Pashkov and Daniella Karagach (current DWTS Mirrorball champion, who danced with NBA titan, Iman Shumpert, in season 30), who’ve been married since 2014 and tango-ing together since the mid 00s. When you see them perform, it’s not all for show; they genuinely adore each other and you can see ALL the passion when they’re waltzing or pasodoble-ing. They’ve never wanted to keep their kismet energy and dance craft mastery to themselves, so they launched their online wedding/first dance tutorials to help couples perfect their own big-day dance floor debut. Their step-by-step instruction is offered in three dynamic packages ideal for dancers of every level, but particularly designed for beginners. You can learn in the comfort of your own home, without having to drag each other to a crowded dance studio. And when you’re planning a wedding, being able to save time and money in your life = everything.
Best pick if you want to learn a first dance to match ANY song
$ As low as $39/month
Best pick if you want to choose from Pasha and Daniella’s library of 140+ fully choreographed dances (to the most popular and trendiest first dance songs out there right now. **For real, out of the six most recent weddings I’ve been to, ALL of their songs had a dance in the WDS’s repertoire 🤯)
$$ As low as $55/month
Best pick if you want to get a personalized and fully choreographed dance to the song of your choice
$$$ For a total of $499
• All dance moves in your course are designed to fit ANY dress style (so, ball gown, mermaid, fit and flare, A-line, whatever you’re wearing will work with whatever moves you’re doing)
• You’ll have UNLIMITED access to your course until your Wedding Day (so, whenever you need a refresher on your routine, you can have it)
• You’ll get a video analysis by Pasha & Daniella (so, once you learn your dance, just record yourself looking like stars, send it to Pasha and Daniella, and receive feedback from the pros if anything needs polishing)
“Thank you just doesn’t seem to do it justice for creating a first dance for us that gave us memories beyond our wedding day! My now husband gifted me your courses for Valentine’s Day! The most clever and genius gift leading up to our wedding! We made each course a date night learning all the basic steps and lifts, spins, dips, and holds! You gave us memories throughout the year as we practiced in living rooms, parking lots, open lawns, and hotel rooms! We have had our song since high school. We found a very unique slowed version of our song and you worked with us to create the perfect dance to incorporate it! One of my very favorite memories on our wedding day was doing our first dance surrounded by all of our friends and family as they cheered in awe at every dip, lift and spin! (They did not see that coming) We even added under arm turns and dips into our introduction, photos, and sparkler send off! You both taught us so much and gave us an opportunity to come closer as a couple leading up to our wedding day! I wish we could relive that moment and these memories over and over again! So you can see how a simple thank you just doesn’t seem to be enough!” ~ Monique & Teddy
“From the bottom of our hearts, we want to say a big thank you for creating this incredible and meaningful dance for us. As my now husband says, I wish we could repeat this every day. Thank you for helping to make our wedding day so special.” ~ Olivia & Clark
“Thank you guys so, so much for helping us with our first dance! It went absolutely PERFECT! Everyone was so surprised and told us how amazing it was. It was so special and I love that we’ll have that memory forever!” ~ Savannah & James
“The classes were easy to follow and we quickly picked up the dance. I cannot recommend Wedding Dance School more! One of my favorite moments of our entire wedding was hearing the roars of the crowd when my husband and I did our big lift! It was such a special moment that I will forever treasure! We also cannot wait to use all of our new skills at all of the upcoming weddings we have this year!” ~ Kelly & Chris
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