8 Wedding Dance Lessons in Connecticut to Perfect a Memorable First Dance

Make magic one step at a time with the help of these pros.
Bride and groom sharing first dance, wedding dance lessons in Connecticut
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Raven McMillan
by Raven McMillan
Updated Jul 02, 2024

Planning your wedding is all about personalizing every detail—the attire, the venue, the music and the food, are all part of your new narrative as a couple. Why wouldn't your first dance be part of the story, too? For couples in the tri-state area, wedding dance lessons in CT can help add that special touch to your first steps on the ballroom floor. Here's how to find dance lessons in your area: Use The Knot Vendor Marketplace by typing in your desired location for the classes, then sort by distance, award winners, music genres or diversity to discover the right fit for you. To help you get started, we've curated our expert selection of dance pros across Connecticut.

Wedding Choreography by Laura in West Hartford, Connecticut

Laura Rugar, a The Knot Hall of Fame and Best Of Weddings winner for five consecutive years, offers personalized wedding choreography, including first dances, parent dances, wedding party routines and flash mobs through her company Wedding Choreography by Laura. She can host at her venue or travel to you, ensuring your dream dance becomes a reality.

  • Years of Experience: 30+ years
  • Dance Style: Laura loves to teach steps for ballroom, hip-hop, jazz, basic salsa, country line dance, Bollywood and disco.
  • What Couples Love: Laura is creative, hardworking and fun all while creating the wedding dance of your dreams.

Art in Motion Productions in Waterbury, Connecticut

Art in Motion Productions, with locations in Orange and Branford as well, offers a wedding introductory special that includes a 15-minute consultation and a 45-minute class. This Latinx- and woman-owned business, led by Kristen Prall, tailors wedding dance lessons in CT for first dances, parent dances and wedding party routines.

  • Years of Experience: 11 years
  • Dance Style: Inquire for more details.
  • What Couples Love: Kristen provides clear instructions and will never hesitate to revisit steps as many times as you need.

Ballroom Expression in Norwalk, Connecticut

Ballroom Expression, a woman-owned studio with locations in Norwalk, Connecticut, and Westchester, New York, offers one-hour or 90-minute classes in private studio rooms. They can also arrange a practice session at your venue so you can get a real feel for the floor you'll be on during your dancing debut.

  • Dance Style: Trish focuses on polishing up your moves in the ballroom and Latin styles of dance.
  • What Couples Love: Trish won't let you miss a beat—she will always text reminders before every lesson.

Arthur Murray in Danbury, Connecticut

Arthur Murray Danbury offers a 30-minute consultation and dance lesson for $29 for couples looking to make magic on the dance floor during their wedding day. Since 1979, their professional instructors have created a friendly and fun environment for wedding dance lessons, ensuring couples of all experience levels feel confident during the main event.

  • Years of Experience: Decades of collective experience
  • Dance Style: The team at Arthur Murray offers classes to learn the waltz, foxtrot, a variety of Latin styles and swing for your first dance.
  • What Couples Love: Arthur Murray instructors are well-equipped to correctly assess your skill levels, strengths and interests to design your dream wedding dance.

Miss Chantel's Star Dance Academy in Meriden, Connecticut

Miss Chantel's Star Dance Academy, a woman-owned studio, offers signature teaching methods to boost your confidence. Whether it's a first dance, mother-son, father-daughter or wedding party routine, Miss Chantel Martin is obsessed with creating magical moments and took home the title of The Knot Best Of Weddings in 2024.

  • Dance Style: Inquire for more details.
  • What Couples Love: Scheduling lessons is easy, pricing is fair and Miss Chantel makes learning a blast during her personalized, private lessons.

Dance in Rhythm in Branford, Connecticut

Owned by professional dancer Karen Pfrommer, Dance in Rhythm offers customized wedding dance lessons in CT in nearly any style for engaged couples. Lessons take place in a 2,300-square-foot studio, with each step tailored to your chosen song.

  • Years of Experience: 33 years
  • Dance Style: Whether you want to celebrate your first dance with a classic waltz, a lively foxtrot or an epic tango, this team of instructors offers American, social and international dance styles.
  • What Couples Love: The first lesson is free.

Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Southport, Connecticut

As the most popular offering at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, wedding dance programs here range from basic steps to full choreography, including wedding party routines. With a dance heritage dating back to 1947 and founded by Fred Astaire himself, their certified instructors help couples create choreography worthy of the silver screen.

  • Years of Experience: Decades of collective experience
  • Dance Style: Inquire for more details.
  • What Couples Love: Fred Astaire Dance Studio instructors take the time to explain the basics behind each step and movement.

Marissa's Dance Academy in Salem, Connecticut

Marissa's Dance Academy provides personalized wedding dance lessons in CT, from elegant first dances to surprise flash mobs. Marissa offers complimentary consultations to make sure her teaching style and services align with your vision before jumping into lessons. The dance academy's packages range from basic lessons to fully choreographed routines, all including expert guidance and in-studio practice sessions.

  • Years of Experience: 8 years
  • Dance Style: Inquire for more details.
  • What Couples Love: In addition to Marissa's patient approach to teaching, it's all about the bright and clean studio with plenty of parking onsite.
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