You are probably choosing ballroom first dance songs because you have decided to take some classes and learn a specific dance for your first dance.
Be it a rumba, foxtrot, waltz or a mamba you have decided upon, choosing the songs can be quite tricky.
There are essentially two elements involved. The first element involved in choosing your ballroom dancing first dance song is the meaning the song has to you. The words and the melody must be meaningful to you and your fiance.
The second element is the dance-ability of the song.
You are probably choosing ballroom first dance songs because you have decided to take some classes and learn a specific dance for your first dance. Be it a rumba, foxtrot, waltz or a mamba you have decided upon, choosing the songs can be quite tricky.
There are essentially two elements involved. The first element involved in choosing your ballroom dancing first dance song is the meaning the song has to you. The words and the melody must be meaningful to you and your fiance. The second element is the dance-ability of the song.
The dance-ability of any song is dependent on the rhythm or tempo of the given song. This is measured by bars per minute (BPM). Every dance has certain unique characteristics that is tied to the tempo and rhythm of the music. The Waltz and the Foxtrot for example will fall in the range between 28 and 32 BPM.
The best advice is to consult your instructor as to what dance would be best for you to learn, and then to choose the song that would add meaning to your dance. The other option you have if you already have a great first dance song to dance to is to ask your instructor which dance would best suit your chosen song.
Below are a few first dance ballroom songs to suit certain dance styles best:
Rumba is a perfect choice for a first dance. Rumba music is infused with love and sensuality. Many artists like Stevie Wonder, The Drifters and Michael Jackson have made some of their most popular songs to this rhythm.
Many dancers consider rumba one of the most erotic and sensual of the Latin dances, as it incorporates a relatively slow rhythm and sensual hip movement. If you have chosen to do your first dance as a rumba then choose one of the Rumba first dance songs below:
Have a look in the video below how lovely a Rumba can be as a first dance:
The waltz is a very romantic and smooth dance and a perfect choice for a ballroom first dance. Most waltz songs invoke dreamy feelings and stirs the imagination... Choose from one of the following first dance waltz songs:
Have a look at how lovely this couple danced a waltz at their wedding to You and Me by Lifehouse.
The foxtrot is a fun and fast-paced dance for those of you who want something a little less traditional and soppy. Choose from the foxtrot first dance songs below:
The couple below chose Fly Me To The Moon by Frank Sinatra to do a foxtrot to for their first dance - very classy!
The Tango has a unique flavor unlike any other ballroom dance. The Tango is a very showy dance, but at the same time it is very intimate and as Al Pacino says in Scent of a Woman: "There are no mistakes in Tango. It's like life, if you get all tangled up, you tango on." Make your first dance a Tango with one of the following songs:
Por Una Cabeza (From Scent Of A Woman)
Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre) - Gotan Project (From the movie Shall We Dance)
Watch this wedding couple sizzle on the dance floor doing the tango:
Swing dancing is very versatile and the rhythms are very infectious. Choose from the following Swing Dance first dance songs:
This couple below are great dancers and watching them just makes you smile:
Mambo and salsa are both really sexy and work wonders as a first dance. Both of them can be danced on a small to medium dance floor. It is gripping and sexy.
The couple below do a lovely mambo to Dirty Dancing's Time Of My Life:
If none of the above are what you are looking for, then also have a look at our 100 top first dance songs list.
Still need some help to choose the correct style of dance? Have a look here.
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