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Wedding Dance

Wedding Dance Preparation

Special packages are available for engaged couples preparing for their wedding dance! You will WOW your family and friends by looking polished and professional after your lessons at Sway! We always suggest keeping things simple, and choosing music that truly brings out your personalities as a couple. Let our instructors help you pick a sassy Salsa, flirty Swing, classy Waltz, or passionate Tango to make your wedding dance special!

Having trouble finding the right song?  We'd be glad to make some suggestions.  Check out a list of our favorites.  

At Sway Dance, it's our mission to provide quality instruction in a comfortable learning environment. We pride ourselves in being great instructors, not pushy salespeople. It is against our policy to require up-front, long-term "contract" payments.


Private lessons are 45 minutes long and may be purchased individually, or in convenient and economical packages. Registration for group classes is available by the session or by the class via a 10-class punch card. All lessons may be purchased securely online or at the studio.

Get to know Sway Dance Owner/Instructor, Teresa:

Tell us about a favorite, unusual or very interesting experience teaching wedding dance:

One of my favorite experiences while teaching a couple for their wedding happened about six years ago. I was waiting for my new students to arrive and they were about five minutes late. When they did enter the building, I could see something wasn't right. The bride came in with red eyes and a desperate look on her face. The groom about 20 seconds behind, arms crossed with a very unhappy energy. The issue was clear. He didn't want to take dance lessons. It was her dream to do a memorable first dance. A Tango. They tried dance lessons at another studio and it was a disaster. After reading reviews about Sway, it was her last attempt.
He was reluctant. But, after a few lessons I believe I not only won him over, I'd even go as far as saying he enjoyed his lessons. I won't kid myself and think that they will be life long social dancers and that's OK. I'm just happy knowing they accomplished their goal. They did a beautiful Tango. Not only did they complete their dance, they called me from the honeymoon to let me know it went well. I'll never forget them.

What drew you to this field/how did you get started?

I started teaching dance lessons right out of high school. I studied Performing Arts with a dance emphasis at Iowa State University. While there I taught ballet, jazz, tap and modern. I did this for 6 years before moving to Chicago. I was tricked in to teaching Latin, Ballroom and Swing when I answered an advertisement for a "dance teacher". I arrived in my leotard and tights to find a beautiful ballroom instead of ballet barres. I fell in love.

What are 3 words that describe your personality?

Determined. Unusual. Determined-to-be-unusual.

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Shopping for a gift card?  We'd be glad to send a printable gift certificate directly to your email.  Gift certificates available in the amount of a single lesson, group classes or private lesson packages.  Or, you choose the dollar amount and let them decide how to use their credit.  Contact us for details. 

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Reviews from Real Brides & Grooms

“My then-fiancé and I knew the style we wanted, chose the music and had a sense of some moves we wanted to incorporate. Teresa listened to us and brought many great ideas that she tailored to meet our needs, skills and level of comfort. Overall the choreography was hers with a lot of feedback from us along the way. The final product was incredible and a great collaborative effort!”

“Our guests and family still rave about our first dance. It was flawless and everything we hoped for.”

“Sway provides a relaxed and friendly learning environment free of the stress and pretension of many traditional studios.”

“From day one, Teresa treated us like friends, not customers. So much so that I still keep in touch with her. She understood and cared about how important this dance was to us and it showed. She was as invested in the dance as we were and that meant everything to us.”

“Teresa gave us the skills and choreography through a number of private sessions and we were able to practice on our own time. We put in a lot of time to make sure it was perfect, but when we needed her, she was there!”

“I have zero skills in the dance department, but Teresa was able to make it look like I did. I had a vision for this dance and she helped it come to life. I am so grateful for everything that she did for us!”

“Teresa stood out because of her excellent training and instructional method, but it was her small and laid back classes that really appealed to us.”

“If you aren’t comfortable with parts of your dance, they are always willing to make adjustments to help you shine.”

“Sway is perfect for people looking to learn dance in an approachable setting.”

“When friends are envious of our dance moves, we always encourage them to start classes at the studio.”