As little girls, we dream about being a Disney princess getting married. Many of these dreams come to life as Disney themed weddings. In my 30 years teaching wedding dance, I have taught more than one Cinderella how to dance for the ball. Just this year I taught a kingdom dance from Tangled, and the Viennese Waltz from Maleficent to the song “Once Upon a Dream” by Lana Del Rey.



All brides look like enchanted princesses arriving at the ball, however most of the animated Disney princesses dance a Viennese Waltz. It is a classic dance, but just like glass slippers, it does not fit every girl, or groom for that matter. When it does fit, the Viennese Waltz is a match made in heaven. I had the pleasure of adapting the waltz from the live action Cinderella for the father of the bride this year. It was truly enchanting, and they did a lovely job.



Princess Dances

When the Viennese waltz does not fit, there are plenty of other dance moves to adapt to fit your favorite princess and their songs. For example, I love the movie Beauty and the Beast, as many of you do, but the song Belle and Beast dance to in the movie is not a waltz although the dance they perform is a waltz. One of my delightful couples let me adapt pieces from the movie into a lovely wedding dance. They delighted their guests with a dance as old as time.



When working on your perfect princess dance you can have something old, and something new. You could start with a historically accurate princess dance, then breakout into something contemporary. I did this for a bride who wanted to begin with “The Sleeping Beauty Waltz” by Tchaikovsky, then broke out into a contemporary dance to “Say Hey”.



For your wedding, you get to be a princess for a day and you can add a little magic with your first dance. Here are some tips for success:

  1. Pick your favorite princess song
  2. Learn to dance to your song
  3. Rock your reception!



Many thanks to Holly Collins from Adventures in Dance for this blog. For more information, please visit them here.