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Wedding Dance Lessons Cork

Make your wedding Dance your Best Dance...Ever!

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No dance experience required.

Quick and Convenient: One studio session (2 hours and 30 minutes in duration) with an online tutorial follow up, all at your convenience

Wedding Dance Lessons In Cork

Impress your Guests!

It's Your Wedding, Your Choreography, Your Decision:

We offer an extensive selection of dance options tailored to your chosen song, and together, we'll craft a choreography that perfectly complements your unique style.

Our goal is to make the process effortless, enjoyable, and fulfilling!

From Simple & Elegant

To More complex & Impressive...

Your Choreography, Your Choice....

Kevin & Jena learned their choreography entirely from our Online First Dance Tutorial

Kevin & Jena learned their choreography entirely from our Online Tutorial

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Wedding Dance Choreographers 

We are experts in Wedding First Dances.

We offer Wedding First Dance Lessons and workshops in Cork, assisting couples in choreographing their special First Dance.

Choose 1 of the following 2 options:

You can learn with a private Wedding First Dance Lesson, just you and your choreographer.

Or with our First Dance Tutorial and Online Course lead by a choreographer.

All options come with full access to our online Wedding Dance Tutorial.

Pick the option that suits you best!

NOTE: The choreography will be based on your chosen song, regardless of which option you choose below.

Studio Lessons

tailored to you

A 2.5-hour Private Lesson + Online First Dance Tutorial.

Approximately a week before your scheduled class, we will provide you with access to our video catalog and request that you look at a few short videos and also select a few moves and patterns that pique your interest.

During your Wedding Dance Lesson in Cork, our choreographer will guide you in creating a choreography based on your chosen patterns.

Following the class, you will use our online first dance tutorial to rehearse your choreography and ensure you don't miss any steps!

Online Course


Lead by a Choreographer

4 to 6 Week Long Course.

Our First Dance Tutorial offers a satisfaction guarantee: Your money will be refunded if you are not fully satisfied with the results!

While you won't have in-person meetings with your choreographer, they will provide continuous support throughout the course, offering advice, guidance, and feedback through video analysis and chats.

You will be required to submit progress videos on a regular basis.


95% of our clients have never been to a dance class before.


Neil and Sadhbh

Patrick was brilliant! He put us at ease right from the beginning, breaking down all the movements for someone like me who is a complete beginner whilst making it thoroughly enjoyable!! We are confident that our dance will be memorable for all the right reasons now! Would highly recommend Patrick's private classes! It was great fun too!

Emma and Colin

Jen was amazing! She put us at ease straight away, by being so friendly and high energy. We had great craic throughout the session and have ended up with a far better routine than we ever could have hoped for, even including a lift! Loved the way it was broken down into stages and built upon in a personalised way to the couple. The online Tutorial provided is also excellent! We would love to continue dancing after the wedding after this experience! So so good, thanks Jen!

Your Forever Wedding Dance!

Wedding Dance Lessons Cork

At First Dance Academy, we understand the stress often associated with performing a wedding dance in front of loved ones.

Our mission is to transform this potentially daunting experience into a cherished and enjoyable memory.

To achieve this objective, we provide private wedding dance lessons at our studios.

Our highly skilled instructors are committed to ensuring you feel confident and comfortable on the dance floor. They will assist you in selecting the perfect song and dance style or refining the dance to your chosen song.

Whether you're an experienced dancer or have limited dance experience, our services are suitable for all skill levels and can help you attain your desired level of proficiency.

With First Dance Academy, you can be confident that you'll shine on your special day.

Triona Gallagher

Absolutely brilliant teaching from Anthony, very good at explaining and demonstrating, and gives great advice. He had lots of enthusiasm and made us feel so comfortable.

Also love the online tutorial that we have access to in the lead up to the big day.

We just wanted to say, thanks so much to Anthony. We would highly recommend taking dance classes with him!


Highly recommend First Dance Academy! We were dreading our first dance as we’re both very uncoordinated and so signed up for the one-day workshop. First we received a fantastic online course that went through the basics with us ahead of time and then met Jen for our workshop. She put together a gorgeous routine on our favourite song for us which looked a lot harder than it was. I was amazed we managed it but she was so patient with us and we left feeling confident we could do it on the day. Jen is a gifted dance teacher. Thank you so much for giving us that moment to remember, we thoroughly enjoyed it!


Anthony Auffret

Anthony Auffret

Anthony is the owner of First Dance Academy and the lead choreographer.

He is French and now lives in West Cork with his wife and their 3 young children.

Anthony started dancing at a young age. While he enjoys dancing many styles he favours Latin dances such as Salsa, Cha Cha, Tango...

In 2002, Anthony and his then partner Coral Perez Garcia, were finalists in the Salsa World Championships.

In 2004, he created Dance Nation, the company behind Salsa Nation, Dancing Hen and First Dance Academy.

He has taught classes and workshops throughout Europe, the U.S.A, South and Central America, Asia and Africa and collected many awards along the way.

Private Wedding Dance Lessons Cork: What to Expect and How to Get Ready

Your wedding day is an extraordinary event, and you want every aspect to be flawless, including your inaugural dance as a newlywed couple. Private wedding dance lessons have gained popularity, and for excellent reasons. They provide you with the opportunity to craft an unforgettable and captivating dance that mirrors your love story. In this article, we will guide you through what you can anticipate from private dance lessons for your wedding, ensuring you're well-prepared to impress your guests on the dance floor.

  1. Song and Music Suitability:

The path to a perfect wedding dance commences with the selection of the right song. The moment you reach out to us, our seasoned instructors will evaluate the suitability of your chosen song. They will scrutinize factors like the time signature, tempo, and style to guarantee it harmonizes with your dance aspirations and skill level. If adjustments are necessary, they will assist you in identifying the ideal track that harmonises with the mood of your dance.

  1. Rough Choreography:

Once your song is deemed fitting, our proficient choreographers will begin to develop a preliminary choreography that complements the music. This choreography serves as a foundational blueprint that will be polished with your contributions during your lessons. It serves as the launchpad for your dance journey, delineating the steps, moves, and transitions that will render your dance distinctive and unforgettable.

  1. Preparation Before Lesson:

Before you rendezvous with your choreographer for your private dance lessons, we will furnish you with brief instructional videos to view. These videos are designed to acquaint you with fundamental dance steps and concepts, making your in-studio lessons more productive and enjoyable. This preliminary preparation ensures that you arrive at your lesson primed to maximise your time



  1. Lesson in our Studio:

The crux of your wedding dance preparation unfolds during the in-studio lesson. This 2.5-hour private session takes place at our  Cork studio, where you will convene with your designated choreographer. Here, you will learn and rehearse your choreography step by step. Your choreographer will provide guidance for both you and your partner, ensuring you feel at ease with each movement. This personalised attention allows for customisation, guaranteeing your dance reflects your individualities and style.

  1. Practice:

After your in-studio lesson, practice becomes pivotal in mastering your wedding dance. In the weeks following your lesson, we furnish you with access to our online first dance tutorial. This resource empowers you to revisit the choreography at your own pace, practice diligently, and assure you remember all the steps and nuances you acquired during your lesson. Consistent practice is the linchpin to feeling poised and self-assured on your momentous day.

  1. Video Feedback:

We know that honing your wedding dance can be a gradual process, and at times, you may seek supplementary feedback and direction. Hence, we provide you with the option to submit videos of your practice sessions. Our instructors will provide constructive feedback, assisting you in refining your dance and elevating it to an even more extraordinary level.

To conclude, private wedding first dance lessons are the quintessential way to prepare for your inaugural dance as a married couple. From evaluating song suitability to crafting a bespoke choreography and offering resources for practice, we are here to guide you every step of the way. Your wedding dance should be a mirror image of your love story, and with our adept instructors and tailored approach, you can transform it into a breathtaking moment cherished by you, your partner, and your guests for eternity. Prepare to illuminate the dance floor and create indelible memories that will endure a lifetime with our Wedding Dance Lessons in Cork.

Guidelines for an Elegant Wedding Dance

Tip No 1: Limit Your Dance to Under 3 Minutes. 

Creating a choreography for a dance that lasts around 2.5 minutes is far more manageable than attempting to fill a 5-minute song. In case the song you've chosen exceeds the 3-minute mark (which is often the case), there are a couple of strategies to address it.

One approach is to edit the music using readily available tools like Audacity if you have a DJ. For those with live bands, it's as simple as communicating your preference to them.

Another excellent option, in our view, is to involve your wedding party in the dance at a specified time. It's an easy arrangement, seamlessly transitioning to the next segment of your wedding celebration. It adds a fun element and presents beautifully.

Tip No 2: Develop a Thorough Plan.

Before diving into the dance itself, concentrate on an overarching plan for your first dance:

Prior to your wedding day, meticulous coordination of the timing for your first dance and entrance onto the dance floor is essential.

Open clear channels of communication with your partner and all relevant parties, including musicians and wedding party members, to ensure everyone comprehends their roles and responsibilities.

Ensure the music kicks off at the appropriate moment, whether it precedes or follows your entrance.

Have a strategy in place for what follows your first dance, especially if your wedding party is joining you. Guarantee that everyone is informed and well-prepared.

Consider designating a guest to oversee a smooth transition.

Perfecting these minutiae demands vigilant attention and an in-depth familiarity with your venue. When inspecting your venue, pay meticulous attention to the ballroom layout and the arrangement of guests to ensure your routine accommodates these factors.

Tip No 3: Maintain Proper Posture and Exude a Smile!

Maintaining impeccable posture and a cheerful countenance during your dance is pivotal for leaving a positive impression, despite its apparent simplicity.

Your body language and facial expressions wield substantial influence over your appearance on the dance floor.

Slouching or sporting a worried expression can detract from your dancing abilities, regardless of your actual skill.

However, standing erect and donning a smile radiates confidence and positivity, bestowing upon you an impressive look and a delightful experience during your performance.

Tip No 4: Elevate Your Prowess with Professional Wedding Dance Lessons.

If you're gearing up for your big day, ponder the substantial transformation that a dance lesson can bring to your dance floor performance.

Even if you possess zero prior dance experience, dedicating a few hours to a professional choreographer can bolster your self-assurance and ease as you seize the spotlight at your wedding.

While the notion of a dance lesson might daunt some, it represents a minor investment in elevating the memorability of your special day.

Do not permit the fear of performing before an audience to deter you. Instead, embrace this prospect to amass new skills and refine your dance moves.

Ultimately, opting for a dance lesson is a decision that will reward you abundantly. So, proceed confidently, invest in your wedding day, and cherish every instant of it!

Tip No 5: The Significance of Consistent Practice.

Once you've acquired the requisite dance knowledge and skills, consistent practice becomes pivotal.

Regular rehearsal not only sharpens your dance abilities but also amplifies your self-assurance, rendering the learning process gratifying.

The more you practice, the more proficient you become, so ensure that you allocate dedicated time for this indispensable phase of your dance journey.

Contact us now and find out more about our Wedding Dance Lessons in Cork.

Need help picking a song?

If you're seeking some inspiration for selecting your first dance song, explore our list of the Top 10 First Dance Songs

Wedding Dance Academy

Ardfield, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

tel: 087 9799671

wedding dance lessons
wedding dance choreography

Ardfield, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

087 9799671

wedding dance lessons
wedding dance choreography