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Every bride and groom dance at their wedding reception. Our goal is to help you feel comfortable and look natural while doing so! We have enjoyed helping all of our couples and look forward to helping you and your fiance too. Please take a moment to see what our brides and grooms are saying about their Wedding First Dance experience with us here at Orange County Wedding Dance.
"Joe is such an amazing dance teacher! We had very little dance experience and he made us feel so comfortable from day one. We had a wonderful time at each lesson and learned so much from him. He took the time to really get to know us and what we really wanted out of our dance for our wedding. Highly recommended if you are looking for a great dance instructor!"
"My fiance and I had no plans to take dance lessons and definitely did not include it in our wedding budget to do so. Somehow after some conversation, we decided that we would try it out because I had heard how great Joe and Sara are. From the very first moment we met Joe and Sara, they've been so warm and wonderful to us, always encouraging and patient in their teaching. Our schedules also constantly change due to being in the thick of wedding planning and hanging on to our full time jobs and they've been super understanding and flexible. To give some background, my fiance and I are not dancers and we're honestly terrible at it...but somehow this activity has been my fiance's favorite and he ALWAYS looks forward to going. It's definitely something worth investing in, as your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life!
Warning: each lesson goes by super fast! That's how much fun it is!"
"Long overdue review but because we had such a busy last few months due to our wedding. Didn't think I was able to learn legitimate moves and actually be ready for our wedding in such a short amount of time but these guys made it possible!! Joe and Sarah gave us some really helpful tips and also really took their time with us. So glad we found them because dancing is definitely not my forte."
"Joe and Sara are extremely talented dance teachers! They transformed me and my fiancé to a dancing machine, and it's going to be an amazing performance in our wedding. Thank you"
"Joe and Sara are so patient and knowledgeable. They taught us actual steps aside before we started dancing so that we could dance to any music. Our last lesson we put what we learned together to make an awesome "show" to put on for our wedding guests. Neither my fiance nor I have ever danced before so everyone will be incredibly surprised and impressed when we get up there and show them all our fancy dance. Five stars, highly recommend OC Wedding Dance's services."
"Sara and Joe are the best. They worked with our schedule and our ability. I took lessons with my fiance and mother so we would look good on our wedding day. Sara was very patient and professional. She made this virtually painless."
"JOE was AWESOME! My fiance and I were really nervous about dancing solo in front of all our guests so we decided to get some formal lessons. After reading all the positive reviews, I called the number and Joe answered. It was SO SIMPLE to make an appointment! As a procrastinating bride, I had 2 weekends left before the wedding and Joe was flexible to accommodate our schedule. We got a private 1-hour lesson, and scheduled for 1 more hour next weekend. He set very clear and achievable expectations for us to learn how to dance. Joe had great analogies on explaining the steps and made it simple for us to understand. He mentions considerations to think of for our wedding that you'd never think of but glad he prepared us (type of shoes, how the dance floor is staged so that your guests will see the best parts of your routine). It was so fun! Thank you, Joe! I highly recommend coming here to learn dancing for your wedding (or any occasion)!"
"We came to seek dance lesson and met the team. They were great. Super helpful and friendly."
"Joe and Sarah are extremely talented, they gave my fiancé and I the confidence to do a great performance for our first wedding dance. They know their stuff and know how share their gift with others. If your looking for ballroom dancing excellence, look no further this is it!"
"My fiancé and I are just home from our first dance lesson. We had NEVER danced together until tonight. Our goal was to keep it simple & easy. Neither of us see the need to show off any fancy moves, and we don't have a ton of time for lessons .....but we don't want to look like total newbies. Joe took it slow & easy with us, starting with the basics. By the end of the hour, we actually had a few moves ....came home & practiced in the living room Next lesson in a week. THANK YOU JOE!! - Nick & Carrie (1/21/17)"
"I am a full-time student doing hospital rotations and planning a wedding so I have very tight schedule. I had to reschedule my first dance lesson with this studio three times and I could see this was going to be an issue in the future as well so my fiance and I were very embarrassed and ended up not taking lessons here. Frankly, that might be a foolish reason, but my fiance and I felt guilty wasting their time because they were so patient with us and never showed any sign of frustration. They were great with following up quickly, answering all our questions, and being understanding of our situation.
Well, months down the road, my wedding was coming up and the dance studio sent my fiance and I a kind note, wishing us a wonderful wedding! I was so touched because we hadn't even followed up with dance lessons and they kept our information anyway and wished us a wonderful wedding. The thoughtfulness of the owners at this studio is truly remarkable. I had great customer service with them through and through and this small act just pushed them above and beyond.
I would highly recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a studio that truly cares for their clients."
"Joe is just fantastic. My fiance was super nervous about doing our first dance, and actually took the initiative to set-up our first dance lesson. Joe was extremely patient, and kept our moves simple but beautiful. Within two lessons, we had our entire first dance choreographed with beautiful spin moves and steps that I did not think in a million years we would master. We felt so comfortable with Joe -- he was always on time, professional, encouraging, and listened to us regarding what we wanted and what we didn't. I didn't feel comfortable doing any lifts, and although he taught us some, he listened to us when we wanted to take it out and instead put in some great spins and twirls that we felt more at ease with. My fiance and I loved this experience so much that we even talked about coming back for dance lessons just for fun. There are so many stresses that can come with wedding planning, but taking dance lessons from Joe was not one of them. SERIOUSLY, he's the best and I cannot wait to dance our first dance at my wedding!!"
"Joe and Sara were really - hands down - so outstanding with choreographing and teaching us our 1st couple's dance for our wedding back in March of this year. Like many guys, my fiance at the time (now husband) was reluctant to take dance lessons, but after we completed our first/introductory lesson, he really enjoyed the experience and was even the one who booked the next lesson! We only had 3 weeks to learn a routine, and Joe and Sara were excellent in choreographing an easy (yet impressive) dance that best fit our dancing "skills". We only were able to book 3 lessons with them given our schedules, but Joe and Sara went above and beyond by extending some of those lessons past the time we were scheduled to ensure we learned and understood the dance moves. We received so many compliments from our wedding guests about how romantic our dance was, how at ease we were on the dance floor, and most of all, how natural the choreography was that we didn't look like we were trying so hard with crazy, professional-level dance moves. Thank you so much, Joe and Sara, for helping us put this extra special touch on our wedding day and giving something extra for our guests to enjoy. The most important take away my husband and I got out of this experience was that taking dance lessons really felt like it brought us closer because we were able to take a break from all of the wedding-planning-chaos to have some quality time and engage in a really fun activity together. I would recommend Joe and Sara to all couples and just about anyone looking to book some dance lessons! Much love to you both!"
"Joe and Sara are simply the best!!!
I was seriously contemplating removing the first dance from our reception program as I wasn't too excited to stand up in front of everyone and either slow dance in a circle for 4 mins or mess up trying to do anything fancier.
Then we found Joe and Sara on Yelp and decided to give dance lessons a try. After our first lesson we were hooked and couldn't wait to learn more! Joe was so helpful, patient, and fun. He understood my nerves and helped to ensure we felt comfortable and fabulous.
Our first dance was a huge success! All of our friends and family were very surprised and we were so proud of ourselves for performing a dance. Thankfully no one noticed the areas where we messed up and it looked perfect to those in our audience.
**Obvious tip to other brides - do your first dance BEFORE you start drinking champagne!**"
"Want to wow your friends at your wedding with an amazingly choreographed dance that is easy to learn but guaranteed to make jaws drop? Then go no further than Joe's dance studio Orange County Wedding Dance studio. We were on the fence about doing a choreographed first dance up until about 6 weeks before the wedding, and finally pulled the trigger. We were worried we wouldn't be able to learn an interesting dance to our non-traditional first dance song (Young Blood - Naked and Famous) in such a small time window, but Joe made it work!
In just 5 practices he was able to come up with, teach, add, improve, and refine an awesome rumba choreography to the song that got the highest praise on our special day.
Highly recommend this studio for ANY choreographed dance you want to learn, or even if you just want to find a social place to dance!"
"WE LOVE JOE & SARA.
We starting searching for our first dance choreographer fairly early (7-8 months in advance) because we knew that we would need time to work on something amazing for our wedding and we were eager to impress! We went through three other potential dance studios and even did 2 trial sessions, but neither suited us very well. We were beginning to lose hope when we did a trial with Sara and loved it. Here's why:
1. Affordable. We did a lot of comparisons, and one-on-one time with a professional dance instructor for the many hours of instruction and practice you will need is not cheap (and shouldn't be, for the service you're getting). Joe was very accommodating for our budget, understanding that weddings cost a down payment on a house and was more interested in teaching us and helping us improve than with making money. What a relief off of our shoulders! For a session or two we didn't have cash on us, and he let us pay the difference the next time around. They are incredibly understanding. For an estimate of the costs, the first consultation is $20, and we had 12 lessons for $900
2. Flexible. Like I said, we found them early and started dancing early, which was an amazing experience for us because we also have a baby at home, and our dance lessons amidst crazy wedding planning were our "date nights" over the year. It was something we looked forward to. That being said, with a baby, it's very unpredictable when a baby sitter might cancel last minute or how much time you can take off to actually practice. Joe & Sara were both very understanding about last minute schedule changes and were SO GREAT about working around US! They even let us practice with them the week before the wedding to work out kinks free of charge. "Whatever you two need," Joe said. So amazing T.T
3. Professional & Talented. Joe and Sara are amazing dancers. I have a newfound respect for dancers after having spent almost 4 lessons learning basic steps and turns and still not always getting it right... Sara is very into the details: where the guests will be sitting, what kind of dress you'll be wearing and what moves will be possible given the circumstances, et cetera. All of these details will definitely come into play and be important!!! Joe is great at advising on technique. Neither are arrogant or condescending. There were so many times that my husband and I were frustrated and confused because we couldn't get something right and Sara was so patient with us. It is so important to have in a dance instructor someone who understands technique and movement, but also someone who can explain clearly and in terms that their students can understand. (Also important -- teaching the man how to lead! It's easy to get so caught in choreography that the man doesn't lead)
4. Passionate & Caring. Dancing takes a lot of trust and a lot of practice. We have come to see that Joe and Sara really have a passion for teaching and for dancing. We can't praise them enough for doing what they do and to have done it for so long. We are so grateful to have spent almost a year working with them on one of the best memories of our wedding and our relationship. We had no idea how to dance, and we danced the viennese waltz at our wedding! Everyone still talks about it and we can't be happier with the results.
"Sara and Joe have been amazing during our preparation for our first wedding dance. Its sad that tonight will be our last session to practice. We cant wait to perform the amazing choreography! Thanks again Sarah and Joe for the memorable experience!"
"Finding Joe and Sara, and scheduling dancing appointments with them was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. My husband and I have no history of dancing, besides doing the robot, but Joe made sure that we would be fine the day of the wedding. Although we booked our sessions the month of our wedding, we were still able to get 3 sessions in before our wedding which gave us the confidence that we would look half way decent dancing! I would recommended doing more than 3 sessions, but Joe was able to text us the format of how our dance would go, which was very helpful.
Joe is very patient, and choreographs a dance that can be traditional, classy, fun, and tailored to your own style and preference. They were extremely easy and accommodating to schedule with, and genuinely cared about us as a couple, and our first dance.
When our wedding came, and it was time for our first dance, everything flowed perfectly to what they taught us...and we had fun doing it! Everybody complimented us on our dance since it was tailored to our style, and it was fun!
Search no more, book with Joe and Sara and you will not be disappointed!!"
"My fiance and I selected Joe and Sara to get a little assistance with my two left feet before our wedding. We came in a little late, no more than 2 or so months out. Joe and Sara worked with our crazy schedules, helped us craft a natural first dance, put our minds at ease and even helped edit our song to cut down on length. Every step of their service was phenomenal and I would most certainly go back to them for other dance lessons as the need should arise. Would wholeheartedly recommend them to any couple who wants to put their nerves at ease for their first dance."
"Joe and Sara are awesome!! I can't dance AT ALL, so when I got engaged I knew I had to take dance lessons. We only took 6 sessions and Sara made it so easy and fun to learn how to slow dance! Who knew how much goes into dancing period. I learned so much from her and our first dance at the wedding was great. Yes we were nervous but probably more nervous about dancing in my ball gown as we only practiced in jeans or shorts! Thank you Sara for helping us feel comfortable and having the patience to teach us! I will recommend you to everyone and anyone I know!"
"We had such an amazing experience learning how to dance with Joe n Sara. They are such great instructors, extremely patient and super nice. We learned how to dance our 1st wedding dance in just a few lessons with a well choreographed created by Joe n Sara. Everyone who want to learn how to dance or wish to have Joe and Sara choreograph for your 1st dance, should choose Joe and Sara (Orange County Wedding Dance Studios) because you could never go wrong with these 2 instructors."
"We've loved our dance lessons with Joe and Sarah. Joe is patient with our learning style and he provides effective feedback to improve the flow of our dance. We've learned something new each class and Joe always takes the time to make sure we understand and are comfortable. Joe and Sarah are also very flexible with their scheduling. Both my fiancé and I have hectic schedules and were nervous about being able to schedule classes but it was not an issue here. At the end of each lesson we scheduled our next lesson so it was easy to compare schedules and come up with the best time for the following week. It's been a great experience and I would recommend this studio to my friends and family."
"My fiancé really wanted to take dance lessons and I'm so glad we did! Sara and Joe were awesome and really know what they are doing! I can't wait for the big day and to show off our first dance."
"Joe and Sara are an excellent and understanding couple! They helped my fiancé and I edit our song multiple times on their own time and never complained about the extra work until I was completely satisfied 100% with the song, length, etc. Joe was extremely patient with us especially my fiancé who had 0 exposure to ball room dancing. He worked with the song we liked and the style we liked even if it wasn't particularly that type of dance for that song. They are very competent at what they do and very flexible. They were able to meet us any time that works best for our schedule and especially coming from NY And staying for only one week they were extremely flexible in every way. They made us feel very comfortable and catered to our needs and interests. They helped us record our dance before I returned to NY so we we can practice it on our own time. They are a great couple and compliment each other. They give positive re-enforcements to each other and to us during practice and were very supportive. We highly recommend them to any newly Weds! Well be back in July for more!!"
"We have our wedding celebration coming up in a few months. So my husband surprised me one night and brought me to this dance studio! I was so shocked and excited at the same that were officially getting dance lessons. We got to meet Joe and Sara and they both are extremely sweet and happy to choreograph our song. Joe was very patient at our first session and helped us narrow down and pick our song. So far we have gone to a couple sessions and were thrilled with our dance. Joe is very open to our suggestions and incorporates what styles we want. Highly recommend Joe and Sara to choreograph your wedding dance!"
"We cannot say enough great things about Sara and Joe. From the moment we arrived for our appointment they were so friendly and easy to talk with. We told them our wants and needs for our first dance and they knew exactly what we wanted. Joe started off making us comfortable showing us some basic steps. I was nervous to have dance lessons but Joe made it so fun for both my fiancé and I. I know our first dance will be very memorable with Sara and Joe's help"
"Joe & Sara are absolutely amazing. I don't write many reviews, but felt like I needed to with our experience. My fiancé and were very nervous trying out the dance studio never having done dance lessons before, but Joe and Sara were so accommodating. They started slow and made sure we were comfortable along the way, we already feel so much better about our first dance and have only taken a coupe lessons. I would absolutely recommend them to anyone!"
"Joe was amazing, we just went in to get some practice for our first dance and he was so patient and knowledgable. He started slow and made sure we understood the rhythm in terms we would understand and incorporated it in our steps. He made us feel comfortable and did not push anything on us, we are looking forward to our next lesson. Thank you!"
"Joe and Sara are great instructors! We went to our first lesson not knowing anything and came out with an entire routine for our first dance at our wedding. Can't wait for our next lesson!"
"My fiancé and I had one lesson with Joe and we had so much fun and learned a lot! We both had zero experience dancing and now we feel totally comfortable having the wedding dance in front of our guests! Great teacher and great atmosphere!"
"Joe and Sara are amazing instructors! They are very skilled at what they do. When my husband and I came in and asked for our 1st dance to be choreographed, Joe asked us what kind of dance we were looking for and then listened to the song for the first time and immediately came up with the choreography for our dance. We predominately worked with Joe and let me tell you - he is very patient! My husband and I have two left feet and somehow he made us look like dancers! Sara also helped us perfect some of our form. The two of them make a great team!
Another thing that we liked was that they are not pushy salesmen at all. In fact, they told us to come in and decide later if we would like to take more classes or not. We ended up taking two classes about two weeks apart and practiced a bit on our own between so that we knew what areas we needed more help on on the second meeting. Joe and Sara also recorded us dancing (with and without the instructor) so that we could review it on our own at home in case we forget any of the moves. That was a big help!!
We could not be happier with how our first dance came out and are very thankful we consulted Joe and Sara's services! We would highly recommend them to anyone wanting to learn how to dance or planning a choreographed dance."
"I would highly recommend Orange County Wedding Dance Studios. I came to Joe and Sara to help with the first dance and the father/daughter dance at my upcoming wedding. We all came in with zero dance experience and some anxiety over dancing in general. Joe and Sara asked questions to get know our wedding and what kind of setting we will be dancing in. They asked questions ranging from what my dress looked like to the setup of the ballroom. They personalized a dance for us from beginning to end even thinking through the fine details like leading me onto the dance floor and where to set down my bouquet. They tailored the dances to each persons comfort level and strengths. Their teaching style is easy to understand and they had the utmost patience. My dad was dreading having to dance and by the time we left everyone had a great time and we all feel comfortable going into the wedding. Joe and Sara definitely exceeded all expectations. Thanks again!"
"Five star rating for a reason! Best wedding dance instructors ever! Joe & Sara are extremely thorough, and after we sent our song over to them, Joe had gone through the song and broken it down to work with us at our second lesson. We talked about where we would walk in, where our guests would be seated, where we would face, size of the dance floor, etc. I had never even thought that we'd need to cover all of these, but of course Joe & Sara knew it all. We went through different moves and they tailored the choreography to suit what we were comfortable with. You don't need a heap of lessons when you have the right instructors! Joe & Sara make it so easy and we are going to get a few more lessons to refine and work on some fancier stuff later. Thanks a bunch Joe & Sara!"
"I was pretty nervous at first when my fiance told me we needed to do a first dance at our wedding! Finished our second lesson and I am already feeling pretty confident - Joe & Sara are great at what they do and make it super simple for those new to dancing. Thanks Joe & Sara!"
"I'll keep this short and sweet. My wife and I worked with Joe and Sarah, and as everyone else has said, they were phenomenal. We only were able to do 2 sessions, but they were able to choreograph everything and teach us the moves in just 2 sessions. We would have done more but ran out of time, but we still got tons of compliments and people thought we had to have done way more lessons than we did. If I could go back, I would 100% use them again. Also, after working with them it actually would probably be a pretty fun date night too..."
"With my busy work schedule, I could barely find any time to take the dance lessons with my fiancée. But Joe was very kind with the hours to make it work for us. At the studio, we were introduced to Sara. Before we even started any moves, she carefully documented all the questionnaires regarding not just our outfits but also the venue. It took me by surprise that she knew our wedding venue extremely well, from the entrance to the size of the dance floor. Sara is very knowledgeable and wonderful to learn from. She carefully listened to the lyrics of the song to make it more personal to us as the couple. She didn't just throw the moves out and expected us to follow. Instead, she gave us many options and guided us throughout the process. Joe and Sara made these lessons fun and enjoyable. And that alone helped dialing down some of the daily stress and craziness. I highly recommend you seeking out Joe and Sara for your dancing lessons, and it doesn't have to be your wedding first dance."
"Joe was very accommodating when I first contacted him. He welcomed us to come in for the initial consultation. Here, we met Sara. Sara was very thorough during our consultation. She asked very detailed questions to not just the shoes, but my hair, my dress, etc., and the same went for my fiancé. She kindly reminded my fiancé to watch my hair with the twirl, which I really appreciated; the guy would have never thought about that. Hahaha. Taking the dance lessons with Sara is the only non-stress wedding activity that I've encountered. Joe and Sara are not just professional but also very wonderful people who genuinely would go out of their ways to help you get to goal. Thank you."
"I'm not a "writes a review for everything" kind of guy. In fact, this may well be the first review I've ever written. Typically I can't be bothered because if they did a good job, well, that's the company/service's job, right?
That said, I cannot say enough good things about me and my (new) wife's experiences with Joe and Sarah at Orange County Wedding Dance Studios. Both Joe and Sarah are phenomenal dancers in their own right, but what really makes the experience amazing is their teaching style. I'm not very coordinated on the dance floor, but in less than three month, Joe and Sarah made me and my wife look like we've been dancing for years. From introductory dance basics to custom dance choreography, Joe and Sarah are encyclopedias of dance.
Additionally, Joe and Sarah where every flexible with our dance lesson schedule, especially when I needed to be out of town for work. We simply just added a second lesson on the following week. As the big day approached, they allowed us to move up to a twice-weekly schedule that really paid off in our first dance. They use positive reinforcement and a light touch to make learning to dance easy and fun.
If you are looking for someone to teach you and your partner to dance, you can do no better than Joe and Sarah at Orange County Wedding Dance Studios. They are the very best OC has to offer."
Joe & Sara are the PERFECT instructors. They absolutely love what they do and it really shows. We worked with them for about 3 months prior to our wedding. We did two dances with them. Our first dance was to Thinking Out Loud and an encore dance to Uptown Funk. It became our weekly "date night". They have a unique ability to take your skills and combine them with some fun and creative dance moves. Sara is very patient and helps break down the steps to help you learn them and make them look smooth. They are very interactive during your rehearsal time to make sure you like the dance you are doing and are comfortable with the style. They are friendly, outgoing and lots of fun to work with. We enjoyed our time with them so much we invited them to our wedding. We would recommend them to any couple that wants to put that special touch on their first dance."
"We are taking a Waltz and Salsa lesson for our first dance for our wedding. Joe and Sara are very patient and supportive while we are struggling to learn the steps. We love the choreography and they consider the details of the movement like which step looks smoother, which way we should face when we pause, etc.
On top of that, they are super friendly and easy to talk to. They ask for your opinion with choreography making sure that you feel comfortable with each move. So don't worry about any overwhelming choreography!
Another thing I like about them is that they helped us choose a song. When we got there the first time, we didn't have any song in mind. As soon as she found out I'm Japanese, Sara suggested one Japanese song from a famous movie and we loved it! Instead of spending hours to decide the song, they made the process very easy.
We cannot wait for upcoming lessons!"
"5 stars hands down! Joe and Sara helped us feel confident preparing for our first dance. Not only are they extremely professional, but they are so nice and genuinely interested in our success. Who thought we would make two new friends in the process!"
"When we first decided that we wanted to take lessons for our wedding dance, we were very concerned about the quality and level of understanding of our dance instructors. After an exhaustive search, we finally decided to try out Orange County Wedding Dance. Immediately when we arrived, we were warmly greeted by Sara and Joe and right away we felt comfortable. By the time we finished our first session, we knew they were perfect. Both Sara and Joe listened to the ideas we had for our first dance, and they immediately helped us find the perfect songs. The next session, Sara amazed us with the perfect choreography and taught us many dance moves. We've only had three sessions so far, but we already feel like we'll have the most amazing first dance ever at our reception. Thank you Sara and Joe so much!"
"Joe and Sara are awesome! Their schedule is super flexible and their rates are very affordable. They were able to show us a ton of useful steps and moves for our first dance. My fiance and I had never slow-danced together and they were super patient. I highly recommend them."
"If you are looking for a dance instructor or more specifically dance instruction for your first wedding dance, look no further! Joe and Sara are 2 very kind and thoughtful people that really care about each and every one of their clients. They are very thorough and understanding and will pay attention to all the details to make sure that you are ready for your big day! They are patient and fun to work with. They treat each client as if they are their most important client. They are very easy to communicate with and have very flexible hours so its easy to talk to them and schedule an appt anytime. And they will come up with a specific dance package to fit your schedule and budget! For those of you worried about making sure you have the right dance steps, they will take care of that for you and put your mind at ease. But just as important, Joe and Sara are very thoughtful, kind, and caring. They are the type of people you hope to work with. We got soo many compliments on our first dance! If you are getting married, you probably are having headaches finding all your vendors so put your mind at ease, and hire Joe and Sara immediately. You will have no regrets!!" [Updated from 07/08]
"Joe and Sara are amazing.
I called a bunch of dance instructors that I found on Yelp, and they were the only ones who didn't try to pressure me over the phone to buy dance packages up front. They listened to what I was looking for and then said that they thought I probably only needed an introductory lesson and possibly one additional lesson (since I was just looking to learn some basic moves for my wedding). My husband and I ended up taking one intro lesson and 2 additional lessons, and Joe not only choreographed a simple dance routine for us, but he also edited our song to be the perfect length! Despite the fact that my husband has two left feet, Joe and Sara were very patient and made learning very easy. Our dance routine turned out perfectly on the day of our wedding all thanks to Joe and Sara!!"
"Right from the first lesson Joe made us feel confident and comfortable dancing. I don't really have any dance experience but Joe made me feel like a born natural! Looking forward to more lessons with them."
"Joe and Sara are the best! My fiance and I were in need of some help for our first dance. We gave Joe a call and he was very nice and easy to work with. When we met them, they were very thorough with the entire process noting all the details of our wedding. They are very experienced and checked with my fiance on what type of dress, shoes, floors we would be dancing on etc etc. They are very reasonable with their pricing and very flexible to work with. They will come up with a specific dance package that will meet your schedule and budget!! Great teachers and very serious about their business. They will not waste your time. Highly recommend!!"
"My fiance and I have been taking dance lessons with Joe for a few weeks now and we've learned so much already. Joe is helping us coordinate our first dance, for our wedding. He has been very patient, and has taught us steps that we can practice at home. I look forward to dancing our first dance with confidence. Thank you Joe!"
"We don't have any dance experiences. but we learned a lot and it seems easy to us because Joe is the best."
"I'm so glad we decided to meet with Joe and Sara. On our first meeting, they are so friendly, patient and thorough. They asked some questions that me and my fiancé had never thought about before regarding the wedding day. Joe easily found out what was the best way to teach us and made the learning so easy and fun! My fiancé was very nervous before going to the dance lesson but now he can not wait for our next lesson! Thank you, Joe and Sara!"
"My fiance and I have been taking dance lessons with Joe for a few weeks now and we've learned so much already. Joe is helping us coordinate our first dance, for our wedding. He has been very patient, and has taught us steps that we can practice at home. I look forward to dancing our first dance with confidence. Thank you Joe!"
"I can say without any uncertainty that Joe and Sara are the absolute best. One of our goals was to perform a dance that all of our guests would remember--a tall order since I had almost no dance experience to speak of!
We started our dance lessons nine months in advance, earlier than most couples, but we wanted to get as much practice in as possible. We started with very basic moves that became increasingly complex over time yet at a pace that we were able to handle.
Because we started so early, my talented fiancee (a far better dancer than myself) was able to choreograph an elaborate routine with plenty of time to spare before our wedding. Many of our lessons were about learning, feeling out, and substituting different types of steps into what we had put together. Even though we ended up throwing a lot of things out, attempting and practicing a different variety of moves definitely made me a better dancer in general.
One thing in particular that helped me was Sara using my phone to take video of our dance lessons. Sometimes it's difficult, in the moment, to tell exactly what you could be doing better. By watching recordings in my free time, it was much easier to fix things I was doing that didn't quite look right. We were also able to hold a lesson at the venue itself, which gave us a good idea of spacing and made us more comfortable dancing in the actual environment.
On our wedding night, we danced to a three song medley that incorporated several different genres and tempos. It was a difficult routine that involved lifts, spins in the air, dips, twirls, running around, and waltz steps. I'm happy to say that our dance surprised and wowed the crowd, and it was definitely the highlight of a wedding that went perfectly in almost every way.
Joe and Sara are amazing teachers who went out of their way to help us so much. I'd easily recommend them to anyone."
"Joe and Sarah are very professional and nice. When we first met them, we haven't decided our first-dance song. They actually showed us different steps for each song to give us an idea. We were very impressed and knew it right away. Highly recommend for couples who need helps with their first dance."
"My fiancée and I had an initial visit and lesson with Joe and felt very comfortable. Joe is very patient with beginners and made it fun"
"Sara and Joe are amazing! My fiancé and I have been taking lessons for only a couple of weeks and have already learned so much! My fiancé was nervous about dancing in front of friends and family, but during our lesson, he feels so confident! We're having so much fun and both look forward to each lesson among the crazy wedding prep! I know our first dance will be amazing with some custom choreo by Joe and a little surprise twist! ;)"
"Joe and Sara are extremely nice and professional. Joe is extremely helpful and has been great! These dance lessons have helped me be more comfortable and confident with dancing."
"This is a review that is long over due. We started our lessons in February which was the perfect amount of time for us for our April wedding. We wanted to make sure that we had enough time to learn the steps for the waltz. Joe and Sara taught us the basic box steps and then introduced more intricate turns and routines as we got more comfortable.
Suffice it to say that Joe and Sara will not give you steps that are too complicated for your skill level. They will work with you to make you and your partner look like you've been dancing for a long time.
Learning how to dance can be a little stressful, but Joe and Sara makes it fun!"
"My husband and I will be missing dance lessons with Sara and Joe. It was a pleasure having them teach our two dances for our wedding. They had so much patience from teaching us how to dance, but as well as scheduling issues. What I loved about taking dance lessons with Sara and Joe is that it wasn't just about learning how to dance it was also about learning things you would never know about yourself and each other. I would recommend them to newly engaged couples as well as couples who have been married for awhile what a great way to bring spice back into the marriage!"
"My fiancé wanted to make our wedding dance special, so we wanted to get professional help. She found Joe and Sara thru yelp and they have been phenomenal. I took some ballroom over 10 years ago in college, so I was completely rusty. We wanted to choreograph a slow dance and a surprise dance. The slow dance is a mixture of rumba with some highlight moves on the chorus. The surprise dance will be 8 count hustle. My fiancé has always had the rhythm but never really knew how to follow. My lead was rusty. We have had only 4 classes so far (45 minutes each), and we have 3 months left before the big day, but I feel our progress is OUTSTANDING and it's all due to Sara and Joe. You can learn a lot in 45 minutes ! We have spent a lot of time on learning the steps and we started from the very beginning. We add to it each time and review what we already went over. The speed increases each time to be more in rhythm to your song, so don't try to jump right in and do it full speed. I also like how Sara looks at the hands a lot and the joints to fine tune the arms so leading and following can be done! If the arms are all loose, it's tough to get dance as a couple. We were so impressed with our first 4 lessons, that we decided to buy a package and commit to weekly practice schedule. Sara was also adept at listening to our song in detail, and breaking it down to parts so that we can count out what steps/dance fits in to what parts. She asks us what we like and what we don't, but we are now gluing it all together piece by piece so we can start to see a light at the end of the tunnel! I really think it's going to come out great."
"I discovered Orange County Wedding Dance through my wedding coordinator who gave me a list of vendors she recommended. I am extremely glad I took advantage of the list of vendor and called.
When I called, I spoke with Joe. He was very friendly and helpful, so I decided to book a consultation with him for my fiancé and I. Our consultation was great. We showed Joe our song and learned a few steps for the song's intro. After our first meeting, my fiancé, who initially did not want to do any choreographed dancing, was happy to come back. Our second meeting was even better than the first. Joe taught us at a very good pace and time flew by as my fiancé and I learned moves that we are excited to show our friends and family.
I would recommend Joe if you would like to learn how to dance for your wedding or just because. He is flexible, accommodating, and conscious of wedding related concerns such as budget, time, and attires."
"Incredible studio! Sara is fantastic! Need to learn first dance for my wedding, for a person who is not musical at all and cannot even catch a beat, I actually didn't find it too hectic and most importantly enjoying it after our first lesson with Sara. Sara has been very patience and understanding. She start out by asking us about the setup of our venue, the song we choose, what we are expecting, making sure we learn what fit us the most. That made me feel at ease right away, she taught us from the very basic and even made my fiancée wear a long skirt to let me get use to not seeing her toe. Sara is very professional and for the quality of service she did for us, the price is unbeatable! Highly recommended for couple who want to learn the first dance or just enjoy a fun experience with your significant one."
"My fiancee and I (we get married May 17, 2015) have had two visits with Joe and Sara. The first was a free consultation but included a number of initial steps for our dance.
I was initially quite reluctant about all of this; my fiancee signed me up without asking me, lol. I have never been confident in my dancing, but it was important to me to make this first dance count for my bride-to-be so I went along with it. I was pleasantly surprised by Joe's laid back demeanor and I'M ACTUALLY the one who enthusiastically scheduled the next appointment.
When we returned for our next appointment, Joe had already taken the song we wanted to use and edited several different mix options for us (in order to give us options in length). He had clearly spent time studying the song (not a famous one) and coming up with great ideas that worked with the rhythm.
Sara and Joe both explain things in ways that are easy for beginners like myself to understand, but also clearly know their stuff.
Awesome company, awesome couple!"
"We had a great experience with Joe and Sara. They worked with our budget so that we were able to have a great first dance. Sara was so awesome to work with and very encouraging through out the whole process. We really love the dance that we ended up with!"
"My fiancee and I don't know how to dance at all, so we thought having first dance lesson will be a must for our wedding! We came in nervous and don't know what to expect. We walked into this huge beautiful studio, Sara and Joe greeted us and made us feel at ease already. Sara asked us detail about the venue, what material the dance floor is made of and how the floor and table will be set up so that we will be facing the audience when we are dancing. She is truly experience and want the best for us! Throughout the lesson Sara have been very patience and taught us the basic step to make sure we get the idea, we found it really fun and can't wait to learn more! Our first lesson is only $20 and I highly recommend it for skeptical people who want to give it a try, you won't regret! We can't wait to go back for our second lesson, Thank you Sara!"
"Sara and Joe were amazing to work with! From the beginning to the end my now Husband and I felt comfortable and were confident to show off our new dance moves on our wedding day. These two are able to choreograph any type of dance styles to accommodate your skill level. We had a blast with them and would recommend OC wedding dance studios to any couple that wants to have a memorable first dance!"
"Joe has been the most patient instructor ever, and was so nice about rescheduling lessons to fit around my schedule. I started lessons with Joe for the father/daughter dance (we both have two left feet) and he's been a doll! I would drag the fiancè here as well, but he's in New York! I would recommend Joe and Sara wholeheartedly, it's been such a great experience so far and they've been terribly nice and helpful."
"Sara and Joe did an amazing job. We took multiple sessions for our wedding dance and even did some sessions with our parents. Worth every penny. Sara is very open to creating the dance experience that you want and comes up with lots of creative options."
"Sara and Joe are awesome teachers, getting people with two left feet (myself) to look graceful on the dance floor. They also make the learning process so much fun.
I was taught my wedding dance with them and now as a wedding planner am very happy to send my clients to them. My clients are always thrilled with their services and give me wonderful feedback.
They are also a pleasure to work with as a vendor. Use them and your wedding dance will look flawless and you'll feel confident on your wedding day. They are also great if you just want to touch up your dance moves for a fun night out."
"Joe and Sara were such great teachers! We had NO dance experience and they helped us feel like we can dance the night away at our daughter's upcoming wedding. Give them a call, don't wait"
"Sara and Joe are amazing! So easy to work with. Sara is not only an excellent dancer and instructor but so patient as well. They are both so flexible and willing to work around your schedule. Our wedding dance turned out so great! Can't thank you guys enough!"
"My fiancé and I were scrambling a month before the wedding trying to find dance instructors for our first dance. We both were beginners with no ballroom dancing skills. Then we found Sara and Joe on YELP. They were very accommodating and encouraging during our first lessson. They assured us we still have enough time to learn a nice choreographed first dance. They allowed us to take multiple lessons a week to catch up and always were flexible with scheduling. Five lessons later, we were abled to do our first dance routine from the start to the end of a 4 minute 20 seconds song."
"My fiancé and I have been taking dance lessons with Sara and Joe to prepare for our wedding and they are awesome! Great instructors who are creative in developing a routine for our song choice."
"Sara and Joe have been a huge help for our first dance. My fiancé is not the greatest dancer and they have been able to help him out so much that he will look great on our wedding day."
"Never thought I'd be taking a dance class and definitely didn't think I'd enjoy it so much but I have! Sara and Joe and both incredibly talented with music and dance and have choreographed an amazing dance that fits with our abilities yet still impresses. Looking forward to learning the rest of the dance and showing off at the wedding!"
"My fiancé and I have now taken 2 dance lessons with Sara and plan on taking 2-3 more. Sara is so fun and easy to work with! We've really had a good experience so far. Sara and Joe are very flexible with scheduling and accommodating. They're very nice people and just want to give you the best experience they can!"
"We are having great time with Sara and Joe. We were very anxious to learn our first wedding dance. Fortunately Sara made it easy and fun. We still have a few lessons to go but we feel more confident. Thanks, Sara and Joe!!!"
"My husband and I got married on September 27, 2014 but months before our wedding we decided that we wanted to take dance lessons for our first dance. We found Joe and Sarah on Yelp and made an appointment with them and found them to be quite pleasant and friendly from the getgo! We both did not have any dance experience but Joe and Sarah were always patient with us in each of our 10+ sessions with them! We decided that we wanted to be creative so we chose to do a mix of Celine Dion's "If You Asked Me To" and then switch to Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel." My husband and I were pretty nervous that we weren't going to get down our routine in time for our wedding but in the end the dance was a success and our guests absolutely went NUTS for it! Thank you very much Joe and Sarah!! Our guests were definitely entertained!"
"Sara and Joe were exceptional. They were creative and easy to work with. My husband and I had so much fun in our lessons leading up to the wedding. They were very flexible with scheduling lessons and accommodating us at each lesson to make our dance fit our song. They worked at our level as well. Highly recommended!"
"Joe and Sara are fantastic! At first we were a bit hesitant to take on another task along with planning the wedding, but it turns out it was the best decision we made! They are great at putting together a dance that fits perfectly with your chosen song, as well as making dancing easy for those that lack rhythm =]
If you're thinking about putting something special together for your first dance or any other event in your life, I'd highly recommend Joe and Sara! They are a great couple - very relaxed, very understanding, and always have a smile on their face! They truely enjoy what they do which makes the whole experience completely worth it! Can't wait to show off our skills on Oct. 4th!"
"We were referred by Joe and Sarah by our wedding planner to help choreograph our first dance for our wedding and the experience was amazing! We both had no prior ballroom dancing experience and they just made it so easy. We decided to be very ambitious and did a tango/salsa dance. Both were very patient with us and was always very accommodating to our needs. They even cut the music for us! I thought it would be impossible, but with their guidance, we made the impossible possible. And everyone raved on our dance. We had alot of things going in the dance, including lifts and alot of technical details, but we managed to pull it off. They even went out of their way to go to our venue to help figure out how the dance was going to go with the dance floor at our venue!
They are such great people that we even invited them to the reception! They are just wonderful people and such great teachers!
I highly, highly recommend them for your first dance! They are very affordable and even works with your budget, because they really care about making your first dance one to remember!"
"We have been working with Sara and Joe for a few weeks now and we have made excellent progress! They are very good at offering constructive criticism, as well as tailoring the lessons to our skill levels and goals! We are definitely looking forward to showing a great first dance at our wedding!"
"My fiance and I knew we wanted a different and fun first dance, and when we found Joe, we knew we found the perfect professional to make that happen. First off, Joe is very responsive and answers all inquiries and phone calls right away. Once you get into the actual lesson, he is so accommodating! He is really responsive to the style you want your dance, listens to you and asks if there is something in particular you want to do, and breaks down steps and the lesson to accommodate any learning speed. We absolutely love our dance lessons and look forward to it every week! It has seriously been one of the funnest parts of the whole wedding planning process and you couldn't pick a better team to help you bring your first dance vision to life!"
"I love you Sara & Joe!
If you're here on yelp wondering if you should call them and get information about possibly taking dance lessons for your special day... Do it.
Our wedding is 9.14.14, and I will be uploading a video as soon as I can!
My fiancé and I have zero rhythm and we came here looking for some guidance on not looking like idiots when it came time for our first dance. My fiancé was pretty nervous about taking lessons, but Sara makes everything so comfortable. We took about 6-7 lessons, and I'm so glad we did. There was one part in particular that we were having a problem with, and Sarah changed it for us no problem and no questions asked. She was always asking what we liked and what we didn't.
Joe is amazing with counting and fitting ideas (dance moves) into the song at the right places. He's great at math (;.
They both were just so warm and welcoming that I really am going to miss them! They are great at what they do!
This has been one part of the wedding planning process that I have really enjoyed!
Thank you both for everything!!"
"If you have no rhythm and are nervous about looking good for your first dance, look no further! Joe and Sara are there to help! My husband and I had no previous dance experience but we wanted to feel good about our first dance. Joe and Sara were always patient and encouraging and helped us create a beautiful first dance. Our song was "The Story" by Brandi Carlile.
As busy professionals and grad students, we didn't always get to practice as much as we would've liked, but Joe and Sara helped us through it and we were confident on our wedding day. Joe was always quick to respond to my texts and to work with our crazy schedule. One week, I completely blanked on how to do a sequence, and Joe was quick to respond to my panic. They always listened to our needs, especially when we realized we needed to keep it a little more on the simpler side.
We are thrilled we found Joe and Sara and recommend them to anyone wanting a beautiful first dance at their wedding. Thank you, Joe and Sara!"
"Sara is beautiful patient dance teacher. She is so patient to teach you dance lesson from step by step. I didn't have plan to get dance lesson at first. I thought i might not have time schedule with my fiance and their schedule. Joe follow up with text message and explained how they can make it flexible schedule time with us.
By the way, My wedding dance is very first dance with partner in my life. I don't have any experiences of any ballroom dance in front of a lot of people. Imagine how i am so excited about it. My wedding venue is at Hyatt Regency Huntington beach on July this year.
They direct you from beginning to the end by choosing which dance songs to the last step of dance floor including which direction you have to face at the start and finished it by which direction.
Thump up for Joe and Sara."
"Sara and Joe are such wonderful people! Our dance was choreographed by Sara and she really made it fit our personality and style :) We had so much fun crafting the dance and practicing the moves with her and Joe! They really listened to what we wanted and incorporated our thoughts. So glad that we found them!"
"Joe and Sara are Ahhhh-mazing!!! They pulled off a miracle in teaching me how to not only swing for my wedding, but instilled the confidence to be able to go out and try other dancing styles.
I am a nerd who hated dancing only because I did not know how to move my body, feet and soul to the rhythm of the music. The only time I'd dance is when I play the DDR (dance dance revolution) at home with my cousins. Even then, I could only do easy and not the advanced levels like everyone else :(
Sara has a unique way of teaching from many perspectives. She is also VERY PATIENT and creative :) Pick your favorite song and the dance style and Sara will choreograph a magnificent dance for any occasion.
Thank you so much! Joe and Sara have cured my phobia of dancing! We will definitely come back for lessons!"
"I loved our dance lesson with Sara and Joe! I wish we had more time to do more than one lesson!! Still, they did such a great job teaching us our dance and it was exactly what we wanted. They are not only great teachers, but really nice people. If I ever need choreography again, I'll definitely go back to them."
"Sara and Joe are awesome! They really helped us create and work through a special and unique dance for our wedding that brought the house down. We had a great time with them and they really helped make our day special. I would strongly recommend them if you want to make that first dance really special!"
"Orange County Wedding Dance is the place to go for any and all of your dance needs. Joe and Sara were great to work with. My husband and I used them to create a unique first dance where it started slow and went into hip hop. They put together a dance that was easy enough for the both of us and worked with my husband's bad shoulder. You should definitely contact Orange County Wedding Dance for your first dance!"
"Joe & Sarah are awesome. They were able to teach us our first dance in 4 sessions. They even offered us to do the last practice in the hotel that we were getting married. We did a great job on our first dance and it was all because of them. Highly recommed Joe & Sara"
"Our first dance turned out to be Amazing!! Joe and Sara really took the time to teach us well. For a couple that had no dance experience, we actually looked like we knew what we were doing. Not only did we dance well, but we had fun dancing!"
"I strongly recommend Joe and Sara, especially if you do not have any experience with US weddings like me (from South Korea). For our first dance, we chose "L-O-V-E" by Nat King Cole. Sara had great creativity and provided amazing dance moves to fit with the lyrics to the song. More than anything else, she has great patience - amazing! All of the choreography was customized just for us. I love her details! She also considered my ballroom gown dress and gave my fiancé special dance moves to prevent stepping on my dress.
We actually planned to take only 3 dance lessons in the beginning, but as time went by we realized that we loved taking lessons here a lot. Not only for the wedding, but also for our own entertainment and relaxation. If you are a bride and the big day is coming up, you will become very sensitive and easily frustrated in spite of very small things. In my case, when I dance together with my fiancé to romantic music, I can recover the enjoyment and appreciate our happy moments dancing together. I will never forget this great experience!"
"My fiance and I have been taking dancing lessons from Sara and Joe for several months now. We felt very comfortable with our first dance lesson and decided immediately to sign up for more (13 more to be exact). We had such an amazing and fun time taking dancing lessons here. I highly recommend them, especially if you have very little dancing experience."
"Joe and Sara are the best.
I have zero dance moves, and zero rhythm, but Sara broke everything down for me step by step. She is a great coach!
My fiancé and I walked in a bit hesitant during our free 45 minute first lesson but we immediately signed up for 6 more lessons. We knew right away that we wanted to work with Sara and Joe. And they even worked within our budget and our worked around our work schedules.
Go see them!"
"Joe and Sara are Awesome! If you are planning on choreographing your first dance, I wouldn't go to anyone else. There were so patient and made great recommendations on how to make the dance more exciting and fun for us. They are super friendly every time we sere them and they make you feel like they have known you for years. They even helped us work through some of Thriller because my wife and I were planning on doing a flash mob. Hands down the best first dance instructors there are. Do yourself a favor and go see them."
"Sara and Joe were amazing! My wife and I took dance lessons with them for our wedding and they were so helpful. We don't know much about dancing but Sara and Joe made everything seem so easy. We were well prepared for our first dance on our wedding day. They choreographed everything in one lesson but my wife and I went back for a second lesson to make sure we had all of our steps down. They even stayed late with us to make sure we were ready. Additionally, it was really nice to have two people teaching us the dance instead of just one. We would highly recommend you talk to Sara and Joe if you are interested in dance lessons! You won't regret it!"
"Joe and Sara are amazing!
I had almost never danced in my life before but with their assistance, boy, I pulled this off. We almost did not have to do anything except for showing up for the lessons. Once we told them about the songs we were considering (which we finally opted to do a mashup), they started to come up with ideas and then pieced together a whole choreography for us (everybody who has seen us performing it on our wedding day loved it by the way). They are both very patient with you and encouraging. They do whatever it takes until you learned the moves. This includes Joe even dancing with you (yes, the groom).
We have spent couple of weeks with them and have taken seven lessons overall. It all paid off and my wife and I were very confident on the dance floor on our wedding day. I would highly recommend Joe and Sara to anybody who are seeking the services of some dance professionals.
"Sara and Joe choreographed our first dance and they are amazing teachers! They were able to choreograph a dance to our song from listening to it at our first meeting. They were easy to work with and always worked with our comfort level. My husband and I went into this unsure of how our dance was going to turn out and swore we were going to screw up someway, somehow at the wedding but alas it went perfectly and even better than anytime we rehearsed it previously! Sara and Joe helped us gain the confidence we needed on the dance floor since my husband nor I had professional dance lessons! They were very easy to work with and like I said, worked with what we were comfortable with so that helped put us at ease!"
"Let me just say that Sara and Joe are awesome instructors! We were referred through them from friends who gave them rave reviews.They are very patient and put you at ease if you have two left feet like me. Sara is a great instructor and focuses on your strengths and pulls you through your tough steps. I would highly recommend them to any couple trying to put together a choreographed number or anyone looking to learn dance in general, they know their stuff!!"
"Well, what is there to say that has not been said? My husband and I took lessons from Joe and Sara on a recommendation from friends and we could not be happier. Joe and Sara are so patient, encouraging and supportive, even when dealing with a couple like us who began with two left feet. Our biggest fear was to look rehearsed and like we were simply trying to remember the steps. With the process that Joe and Sara used, we did not have to worry about that and were told by a number of people how natural it looked.
My husband is an engineer and he has to analyze everything over and over again before moving on. Joe and Sara never rushed him and always made sure we left each lesson with confidence that we could master what we learned. Many times we were not able to practice as much as we should have and spent a majority of the next lesson reviewing what we had been over the prior lesson. But Joe and Sara never got frustrated and always kept a smile on their faces and gave us helpful feedback and spoke to us in a way we would understand. And in the end, despite our concerns, we had a complete dance thanks to Joe and Sara.
Now that our first dance is all said and done, we could not have been more happy with the end result. Our only disappointment is that we will miss our weekly dance lessons."
"Joe and Sara were very great! They suggest us doing a mash up song with two different move of dancing which is slow and fast dance.They bring us such a beautiful inspiration.After performing first dance performance,we were amazed and impressed by guests.Very helpful! Thank you so much! Khine and Koray"
"Joe and Sara are amazing teachers! My fiancé and I had absolute zero ballroom dancing experience before we met with them. I had two left feet when it came to any kind of dancing. Sara was very sweet and thorough when teaching us different moves and style of dancing. Joe helped me work on some moves and my footwork as well. Both of them did an excellent job choreographing our first dance. One of the parts I liked best was the fact that both of them catered to what we wanted to have in our first dance. Whether it was to be flashy or it was meant to be romantic they were very flexible and versatile whilst creating the perfect wedding dance. I would recommend them to all of my friends and they are a wonderful studio!"
"These reviews are spot on! We received dance lessons as an engagement gift and couldn't be happier! We came into the first lesson with no experience, one song, and four left feet! Joe and Sara are simply amazing at what they do! I would highly recommend them to anyone who wants a beautiful first dance. Sara not only pieced together our first dance for our wedding, but gave us confidence on the dance floor. My fiancee is not one for dancing at events in general, but now we can take the moves that we have learned and use them anytime. I look forward to our dance lessons each week!
Also, due to the fact that both my fiancee are full time students with part time jobs, timing is always an issue. Joe was very flexible with our schedules and understanding if we needed to reschedule. I am very pleased with the entire experience!
"Sara and Joe are wonderful teachers! They were able to listen to our first dance song and work out the first part of our song and started teaching us right away. My fiancé is a technical guy and I have no experience in dancing so we needed to pay extra attention with certain moves. Sara and Joe were able to break down the steps in a manner that we could both understand and put the pieces together to make our first dance flow beautifully.
I truly enjoyed working through the creative process with them. I was able to express to Joe and Sara what I had in mind, which was then incorporated into our dance. Even when my fiancé and I were not sure what we wanted for certain parts of the song, Sara and Joe showed us different dance moves appropriate to our song. My dress was even taken into account!
Both are patient and were able to work around our busy schedules."
"Joe & Sarah
You guys are amazing! Our guest were amaze that we could dance... lol. I can't believe we pull it off. Both me and my wife has ZERO back ground on ball room dancing. Both Joe and Sarah instructed us base on our personality, and I must say.. it works! We had a 4 1/2 mint song. Didn't think we can pull it off and remember all the steps, 3 chores and 4 verses, but we did, thanks to Joe and Sarah!
Price is extremely fair
Overall Best instructor I ever came across!
Thank you once again!!
Linda & Jason"
"My fiancé and I had our wedding in October 2013. We knew we wanted to do a first dance that was more than just a side-to-side sway for 4 minutes...so we sought out dance lesson companies around Orange County. We are so happy that we found Sara and Joe.
True to form, we started our lessons just a few weeks prior to our wedding date. Needless to say, Sara had her work cut out to help us learn a dance that met our expectations and conformed to our skill levels. The process started with us telling Joe and Sara about the song we wanted (Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years") and the type of dance we envisioned (Waltz). Throughout the process, Sara programmed our lessons at a progressive and appropriately-challenging pace.
Of course, on our wedding day, with so many other things going on, we had just 20 minutes to talk about and quickly rehearse our dance steps. Thankfully, Sara instilled in us the idea of building muscle memory. And she did an amazing job of forcing us to hear the words of the song and using those words as cues for our dance.
We are so thankful that Sara and Joe helped us learn a dance that we were very proud to show to our wedding guests!"
"Joe and Sara were wonderful! Neither my fiance or I dance so we were very concerned about getting up in front of our family and friends for our first dance, so much so that we almost decided not to do it!
Luckily, we found Joe and Sara on Yelp and decided to give them a call. They were patient with us, no matter how many times we messed up the routine or did the same step over and over again. Sara choreographed the perfect routine for us, including twirls and dips and managed to make it look like we actually knew what we were doing! Come our wedding day, I wasn't even nervous before our first dance. I felt confident and we surprised all our guests, who had no idea!
We highly recommend them! You won't be sorry."
"Joe and Sara are amazing! Very creative, patient, and understanding. They are a great couple to work with and will help in whatever way possible. They listened to what we were going for as well as had great suggestions about what will be crowd pleasers.
As the days before our wedding came upon us and last minute practices happened and tensions grew between my husband and I Joe and Sara were able to calm us both down and help us get through the tough parts.
We would highly recommend them to anyone that wanted to learn how to dance or wanted to help with them with their first dance."
"Let me preface this review by saying I have had no previous dance experience, consider myself to have no rhythm and could never hear the "count" in a song. So with this in mind when my fiancée suggested we get dance lessons for our upcoming wedding I was understandably reluctant. When we first met Joe and Sarah they made me feel so comfortable and their desire to help was clear. They found out both me and my wife's skill level and began planning a wedding dance that catered to both of our abilities. They started with the basic fundamentals to make us comfortable and slowly worked in more advanced moves and techniques. Their teaching style is very dynamic, with the ability to teach both verbally and with physical interaction. They consistently provide words of encouragement and give recommendations and suggestions on how you can improve throughout your classes. Being professional dancers, Joe and Sarah have so many styles to teach making it perfect for each occasion. Whether you are looking for a new hobby, attending a special event or are aspiring to be a dancer yourself, these two are simply the best. Joe and Sarah are two of the nicest people I've met and are perfect for beginners and advanced dancers alike. After being able to shock and impress all of our wedding guests with a beautifully choreographed dance, I can't emphasis enough how thankful I am to Joe and Sarah."
"I love Joe and Sara and I am very grateful to them for making our 1st Dance amazing. I was debating about choreographing a 1st dance, but I decided to give this studio a call based on the great yelp reviews. Joe answered and offered a consultation for a very reasonable fee. So my fiance and I went. He felt comfortable with them so we went ahead and decided to choreograph our first dance and it really was the best decision we made. We had a great time learning from Joe & Sara and both of us had a great time. They were so patient with us and took extra time to make sure we felt comfortable with the dance steps. I really appreciated their stellar service and Sara came up with a great dance that fit our personality and provided a little show for our guests. They even went above and beyond by going with us to the venue to make sure we felt comfortable doing the dance at the venue. Thank goodness they did because on our first trial run we ended up doing it in the wrong direction. They also brought a big skirt so we can practice dancing as if I had my wedding dress on. They even snapped pictures of us practicing so we can see how it looked. They are passionate about their profession and making sure their clients have the most memorable first dance. We are so thankful to this dream team!"
"Joe & Sara were the best dance instructors we've ever had. They were patient and knowledgeable. They knew how to push us to be our best.
We entered the studio for the first time not knowing what routine we wanted to execute for our first dance, but Sara & Joe were able to help us conceptualize and execute something that we were proud of.
Sara & Joe's great personalities led us to a really great experience during what could normally be a pretty stressful time. We ended up looking forward to each of our sessions!
We would highly recommend Joe & Sara for tutelage in the art of dance for any occasion."
To sum up our time with Sara & Joe is to say it was a truly wonderful and enchanting experience.
Our wedding's "first dance" song was a mash-up of "From This Moment" by Shania Twain and "Grow Old with You" sung by Adam Sandler. Two meaningful songs in our lives that we wanted to include in our wedding dance. A personal friend of ours, was able to put them together in such a way that it made them sound as if they belonged with each other. But we had no idea of how to dance to this song, almost to the point of frustration setting in and with time "running out", we had to get professional help!
Enter Sara's gifted and artistic talent for coming up with an amazing dance routine, coupled with Joe's unwavering patience and constant encouragement toward us both, as he worked closely with Sara; both of them "saved the day"! :)
During each of our sessions, Sara & Joe worked with us and our song to come up with a routine that we can only describe as "pure genius". Our wedding dance started up slow and graceful for about 2 minutes, kinda of like a waltz, and then transitioned, with a kiss to the bride, into a happy minute and a half feeling of a swaying side to side back and forth foxtrot and ended with a ballroom style "grand finale" presentation of a happily married couple.
We really enjoyed each and every one of our 8 lessons with Sara & Joe. Starting with our first one, which was free, by the way. We learned the "basics" of several dancing types and on how to move gracefully across the dance floor. We so enjoyed our first meet and dance session with them, that we both agreed on the spot that they were the ones who could teach us how to dance to our song.
The "icing on the cake", so to say, was our final dance session with Sara & Joe, which took place 2 days before the wedding, at our reception's location. Sara & Joe drove all the way to meet us there and help us polish up our routine. Which was a good idea on their part, because they were able to add some last minute changes to our dance routine to match with the size of our location's dance floor.
Sara & Joe were very patient and understanding with us throughout this whole process, not only did they provide us with the "moves" and an awesome dance routine to match our "first dance" song, but they also gave us the confidence & encouragement to make our wedding's first dance together, a truly wonderful and enchanting experience. Thanks Sara & Joe. :D"
My fiance and I needed a first dance for our wedding and we didn't know where to begin. We both didn't have any dance experience and we did not want to look like we were slow dancing at a high school prom. Sara and Joe were extremely helpful in teaching us how to dance. Especially for me because I have two left feet. They were professional and very good dance instructors with lots of knowledge. Sara and Joe made our lessons fun and exciting. They were even able to work around our busy work schedules. My fiance and I are both excited to show off our new moves on our very special day. We can't thank Sara and Joe enough."
"Sara and Joe are awesome!!! Thanks so much for helping me and patrick look like all-stars for our first dance at our wedding. You guys are wonderful to work with and I highly recommend to friends and family!!!"
We signed up for 10 lessons, and Sara choreographed a custom dance for us starting with a slow song that changed to a fast paced song. Her input on what the length should be and some good transition points was key to making our dress fun and successful!
Sara and Joe were very flexible with our schedules and were so fantastic about making adjustments when needed. Sara even helped us with some improvisational pointers.
We had a wonderful time taking lessons, and Sara picked moves that were not only fun for us but within our capabilities. Sara and Joe even sent us a Good Luck note on the morning of our reception to let us know they were thinking of us. They had even offered to come to our reception site to help with blocking questions or last minute jitters. They really enjoy their work and made sure that we had a fun, memorable first dance!
We would love to take more lessons just for fun when our schedule allows!"
"Loved working with Joe and Sara! They were very flexible with our schedule and willing to listen to our ideas and create memorable dances! They choreographed 2 dances for us. One was our first dance and the second was my father daughter dance with my Dad.
My dance with my handsome groom was more to get my now husband comfortable on the dance floor. We learned some simple steps and turns, which was mixed with his our natural sway. We wanted our dance to look natural and not choreographed and Sara and Joe gave us just that.
For my Dad I wanted more of a fun and silly dance. Our song was very Waltz-EE sounding and they taught us some waltz moves and other very Cinderella like turns. In the middle of our dance we had the song skip to some hiphop, which Joe made for us on a CD. It was hilarious and everyone said it was by far the best father daughter dance they had ever seen! My Dad and I had a blast learning the moves and he said he can't stop humming the song and thinking about it!
Working with Joe and Sara was easy and they are such a sweet and profession couple who make u feel comfortable no matter what what level ur dancing abilities are. We both feel more comfortable on the dance floor and are looking forward to taking some more lessons with friends!
Thanks Joe and Sara!"
"Thank so much for choreographing the dance for my friend's wedding today at the Langham Huntington Hotel Pasadena!
The practice that we had yesterday was so efficiently executed that we managed to learn a dance within just two hours! =)
i will definitely recommend your wedding dance services whenever I have the opportunity to!"
"My husband and I took lessons with Sara for our first wedding dance. We came in with 2 songs we wanted to use and somehow blend into 1 dance. We wanted a choreographed dance but not a cheesy dance. Sara did an AMAZING job bringing our ideas to reality. Our first dance came out just as we dreamed and we received so many compliments from our guests. We even did 1 lesson at our wedding venue to familiarize ourselves with the actual room and dance floor to ensure a flawless dance. My husband came into the lessons with very little dance experience and left with some awesome moves. He also wants to continue taking dance lessons because we had so much fun together. Sara and Joe are so nice, funny, and an absolute pleasure to work with. We cannot wait to get the wedding video of our first dance. We have already seen some amazing action shot photos."
"We had Sara as our instructor for our 5 star wedding . I must say, Sara made our routine not only classy but easy and fun. Before we started, we knew nothing about dance, and after only 5 lessons we had a fully customized choreographed dance based on the song that we had chosen. Her help made us go from stressing out about the 1st dance, to looking forward to the 1st dance. Working with Sara was a wonderful experience and we highly recommend this service. Sara is also such a sweetheart and such a great dance instructor, that we looked forward and enjoyed every session we had."
"I wanted a nice choreographed dance routine for a First Dance with my fiance. So I dragged my fiance to a group class. We were both getting frustrated with the group class because we didn't have a more personal and guided instruction. While everyone in the group class was moving along, we were still trying to catch up. So my fiance and I decided to take private dance classes with Sara & Joe. They were excellent! Sara was very patient and nice. She helped us choreograph our entire First Dance. My fiance and I couldn't have had performed the waltz for our First Dance without Sara and Joe. Thank you so much Sara and Joe!"
"Sara and Joe were great! They're both so helpful and we were able to choreograph an entire dance for my fiancée and myself in a few weeks, despite neither of us having prior dancing experience. Sara was always an extremely patient teacher, and a lot of fun to be around. Joe is a really great guy and always willing to help out if you need anything. They were willing to work with us on almost anything we needed.
We highly recommend them!"
"I cannot say enough about how amazing Sara and Joe are! First off, my fiancé and I are NOT dancers, so Joe and Sara really had their work cut out for them! And, they did an incredible job. They created a custom choreographed dance to our song and worked so patiently with us to make sure we got it, felt confident, and that we had fun!
I am a teacher, and I have to say, Joe and Sara's teaching skills are spot on. They are kind, patient, funny, understanding, flexible, and really, really wanted us to have a great experience. This is not just a job for them--it's a passion, and it shows!
Not only was this a great way to surprise our guests at the wedding, but it was also a great bonding experience for me and my fiancé. Even more, there were so many lessons that we learned about relationships from our work with Joe and Sara on the dance floor. We practiced patience, communication, how to rebound from mistakes, and how to have fun with each other through hard times (like I said, we are not dancers!). We weren't always perfect, but these lessons made us better dancers and better partners in life. I bet you didn't think you would learn so much about yourself and each other from dance lessons! I think every couple should have this experience.
I will forever be grateful to Sara and Joe for their time, humor, and the amazing experiences we shared with them as we prepare for the best day of our life. I only hope to do them proud on the dance floor! With all of the support and expertise they have given us, I know we will."
"My fiance and I have taken several dance classes with Sara. She has prepared us for our first dance. My fiance feels she has tremendously helped him to learn how to be a better leader when dancing, and the ability to feel comfortable dancing. Our song we picked was a un-traditional first dance song, which is "So Nice" by Sergio Mendes. The style of dance was Bosa Nova. Sara's knowledge of dance is incredible and her ability to help beginner dancers like us was sooo niceee. She has made our whole experience amazing and I am so excited to finally have our first dance in July. I would recommend Orange County Wedding Dance to all of my friends. Thank you so much!!"
"My fiance and I had several lessons with Sara, and she teaches a good amount in a short period of time. I especially liked how we were paced to keep learning something new, yet Sara was very patient whenever there was anything either of us wasn't getting (I know I've had more than my fair share of "Can you repeat that?" moments). It felt like nothing was too impossible and this was part of the wedding planning that I actually started looking forward to with each lesson."
"My fiance and I were referred to Joe and Sara by our friends who had them as instructors for their wedding. We wanted to do a viennese waltz for our first dance and didn't know anything about waltzing, so in comes Sara!
Sara is quite energetic and enthusiastic when it comes to the lessons and knows how to teach people with minimal experience like us. I never thought I could actually learn to do a waltz. Best of all, Sara even choreographed our first dance with us! Joe mostly coordinated our schedules (fairly busy when planning a wedding!) and was extremely flexible with days/times.
Can't think of any negatives with Joe and Sara, we would definitely recommend them to any of our friends that may be getting married =)
Bonus: both of them are interesting to chat with after lessons, ask Joe about dancing with the stars and you'll find out"
"I had always imagined the first dance at our wedding to be something special and amazing. My financee signed us up with OC Weddng Dance, and honestly I didn't klnow what to expect. I was a little nervous considering that I had never taken any dance lessons before. The first lesson we had with Joe and Sarah went so well. They are so nice and personable. Sarah is sweet and very patient with me. They were always able to work around our busy schedules. My job can be very stressful and when I came to the lessons each week all that stress went away. I always went home smiling. We knew that we wanted to learn the Waltz and we had our song picked out. Sarah was able to have our dance moves go along with the music, which was so cool. The basic moves she taught us looked so professional and with a little practice we were able to feel like real dancers!
Joe and Sarah made learning something new, fun, exciting and very afforable! I couldn't be happier with this experience!"
"Our wedding was a week away and I realized the only thing I was a little nervous about was our first dance. Mark and I haven't danced together and we have minimal dance experience (swing dancing in college...wait, did you just guess that we graduated in the early 2000s because you're totally right!).
Anyway, I saw the glowing reviews for OCWD and had a good feeling. It also helped that on their testimonial page, there were two from couples who only had one session with Sara and Joe. So, I emailed through their webpage and within half a day, had a date and time. I had to adjust the time once (the same day I booked) and Joe was super-accomodating and quick with confirming the new time.
So, Mark and I headed over. *NOTE* FOLLOW JOE'S TEXTED DIRECTIONS. I used Apple Maps and ended up a half mile away. We were 5 minutes late as a result, which we really hated, but Joe and Sara acted fairly nonchalant although I know it was annoying.
Anyway, after talking to Joe, we decided to proceed with a 90 minute double session. The other option was an "introductory lesson," which sounded like more of an overview discussion followed but a lesson, but Mark and I wanted all the active practice time possible so we went with two single lessons, back-to-back. To be totally honest, it was a little confusing what the difference even was apart from a small difference in price, but we went with the slightly more expensive double session. It wasn't awkward, just slightly confusing.
Sara was our actual instructor and she was great! Mark and I were kind of nervous, but she is really straight-froward and an excellent teacher. She spent a little more time with Mark because of the more complicated job of leading and I noticed that she really broke things down in different ways to help things click. This included verbal step-by-step, walking through the steps slowly, repetition and analogies. Mark's an engineer so there was discussion of grids and angles that I didn't quite get, but helped Mark out a lot.
Sara is also inadvertently hilarious because she is super direct. When Mark asked if he had to worry about the 45 degree angle to allow for best viewing by our "audience," she said, "No, not if you don't care how it looks." But what I got from that is that she will work with whatever the couple wants, whether it's being wrapped up in a "just the two of us" moment or being more concerned with how things look. Either way, she doesn't judge, she just seems to go with it. I would suspect that most people care how it looks since they're paying for a lesson, but who knows?
I also suspect that they are pretty inclusive and work with same-sex couples too since Joe corrected himself once when he referred to a guy leading and instead he said, "The person leading." While Mark and I are a hetero couple, it's nice to know that my same-sex couple friends would have a place to go too!
So, what did we get out of it? A 2 minute dance routine that has a sequence of moves that we repeat once. It looks great and we're practicing to make it look even better. Thanks Sara and Joe! (And it you're still reading, thanks for sticking with it!)."
"Sara makes our wedding dance the most joyfully memorable dance of our life. I purchased 5 sessions with her and learned the basic dance skills and confidence needed to look great and feel relaxed on the dance floor. We were so happy we found Sara and Joe through yelp. With nothing but 5 stars, I knew they were the one we were looking for. They added a stress-reliever to our wedding planning as we count down to our Big Day. We bought and have her listen to our first dance song and Sara came up with all the beautiful dance moves to synchronize with our song. It was a beautiful dance. It was so much fun and I am starting to love dancing!! After each session, Sara and Joe talked to us for an additional hour to get to know us better. They are the sweetest couples. I recommend Sara and Joe to anyone looking for a fun, professional dance instructor."
"My fiance and I went to Sara with almost zero dancing experience and after a few lessons we were able to create a very beautiful and memorable experience for our wedding day. We are so glad that we chose to work with Sara because she has the best attitude/energy and yet is extremely effective with her instruction techniques.
Joe was very helpful and understanding towards our busy schedule and was very accommodating. I would highly recommend Sara & Joe to anyone looking for dance instructors."
"My fiance and I knew we wanted something different for our first dance. We didn't know what to expect and what we wanted to do. When we met Joe and Sara, we knew we were in good hands. They were so warm and welcoming. We were excited to learn our dance which we thought was a complicated one. They made it so easy for us to learn and they were so accommodating with our busy schedules. We learned how to Tango in just a few weeks, and everyone at our wedding loved our dance. Sara and Joe are so creative and inspirational. They made the experience so much fun, and we are so thankful to have them as our instructors. They are so pleasant to work with and they both took the time to walk us through each step of the way. We highly recommend Joe and Sara. Thank you for making our night memorable!"
"While planning our wedding, my fiance and I really wanted to 'WOW' our guests with a special 1st dance. I found OC Wedding Dance online, and once I spoke with Joe I knew this would be a great experience. He informed me that his wife Sara would be our insructor and that she LOVES working with couples.
Having no formal dance training, Sara had her hands full with the two of us! She is patient and understands how to connect with her students. This experience was probably the most fun of all the wedding planning and it definitely brought us even closer as a couple. The lessons were the highlight of each week!!
Joe and Sara couldn't be nicer people! Our 1st dance will now be something that we are very proud of and will never forget.
"I and my fiance decided to take a dance lesson for our wedding and we found this place with yelp's great reviews.
Even though my fiance can dance well, I did not have any dance lesson experience before and I was little worried about taking lessons. But after taking few lessons, we actually could start dancing together well and it was really fun experience.
Sara and Joe are great teachers. Each time I confused with steps, they thought me steps in very easy and clear way. Sara is also very talented about creating beautiful choreography with our opinions and taste. We really loved what she created for us and exited to dance at our wedding.
Overall, we are very happy about lessons here and would love to be taken back. We are really glad that we could find best place to practice our wedding dance in orange county.
I definitely recommend Sara and Joe's lesson for all of you who are looking for wedding dance practice!"
"So, my fiance and I were trying to figure out ways to make our reception more exciting, I got the crazy idea of having a choreographed dance for our first dance as a couple. Nothing is more boring than watching a couple rocking back and forth slowly for 3-4 minutes. BORING!
We had google searched wedding dance choreographers and found a couple of them somewhat in the area. I found Orange County Wedding Dance first and decided to fill out the inquiry form. Within 20 minutes, I got a call from Joe inviting us to come to an introductory lesson for tips and such.
After the first lesson with the wonderful Sara, we were hooked. She was very helpful and had a lot of patience for us. We are not dancers at all, but she took the time to break down each step. She is also very conscious of how much space you have to dance and also where the audience is sitting. Very knowledgeable - you can tell she has had years of experience!
Overall, I was extremely happy and excited with the lessons that we took. Our wedding is in around 10 days now, and I can't wait to show everyone our new moves. We have told NO ONE coming to our wedding yet, and can't wait to surprise them! They will definitely be taken back.
If you are looking for some way to spice up your wedding, I highly recommend Sara and Joe of Orange County Wedding Dance!"
"Sarah and Joe have been absolutely great. My fiance has a dance background so she caught on fairly quickly. I've never danced a day in my life and Sarah has had a tremendous amount of patience with me. After just a few lessons, I'm insisting on doing a box step any time I need to dance from now. Sarah has helped us put together a really nice first dance and we can't wait to show off our new skills to our family and friends."
"Joe and Sara are the best dance teachers ever! My fiance and I were looking for lessons for our first dance at our wedding and they listened to our ideas and made an awesome first dance for us. Neither of us have previous dance experience, and Sara taught us a beautiful Viennese Waltz. We are so thrilled with how far we have progressed and can't wait for all to see our first dance. This will make our wedding day even more special because of their amazing dance lessons. On top of that, they are the nicest people that you will ever work with. They are more than accommodating and we highly recommend working with Joe and Sara for your dance lessons. We loved our first dance so much that we brought our parents in for a lesson! Thank you so much Joe and Sara for all you have done for us."
"As a person who frequents yelp for good finds, I hope this review will help anyone looking for dance lessons! Sara and Joe are wonderful to work with! Sara is very patient - you would have to be to work with my fiancé and I who have 4 left feet! She broke down each of the dance moves and simplified them so we could catch on. She also let us videotape our lessons so that we could practice at home in preparation for our wedding. She put us at ease during our lessons, made them fun and enjoyable - so much so that we signed up for ten lessons! Not only to help us with our first dance but our grand entrance as well.
Joe was very flexible and accommodating whenever changes needed to be made to the schedule - and he was also very reliable. I could text or call him and expect a response right away.
Both my fiancé and I highly recommend Sara and Joe! We can't thank them enough for making our wedding that much more memorable!"
"This is the couple you want to work with you to make your first dance the best it can be. We started with another instructor and was not very excited. Then we were introduced to Joe and Sarah and everything changed. We got very excited. They put together a mother-son dance for us
that was so fun and then one for the bride and groom. So professional and patient. We had to cancel a few times and they were so nice about it. If you are looking for a great instructor for any kind of dance then Sarah and Joe are your must call. They get back to you right away if you
leave a message. An A++ for this couple.
"Joe and Sara are awesome! My wife and I took five dance lessons with them to prepare for our first dance during our wedding on March 9th, 2013. Both Joe and Sara are bubbling with energy and enthusiasm for dance. We had taken a few dance classes before at local junior colleges, but none of those classes compared to the experience we had with the one-on-one instruction from Sara.
Sara was open to teaching us dance steps and letting me lead or putting together a choreographed set of dance moves to our song. Much to my chagrin we went with a choreographed dance. Personally, I enjoy leading and I enjoy executing a move with the correct lead such that the dance looks smooth and planned, but my wife didn't want me stepping on her feet...which I firmly declare has NEVER happened before!
Sara taught us at least two different moves a lesson and we didn't repeat a dance step for our entire 4 minute song. I know she spent some time and effort outside of our lessons thinking about which moves to teach us and what choreography she was planning to put into our song. Both my wife and I had a great experience and a ton of fun learning all of the steps. The lessons were really fast paced, but the second either of us had trouble with a move Sara slowed it down and reviewed the move with us until we both felt comfortable with it.
Joe always had everything setup and ready for us at the beginning of the lesson and was eager to help show me the correct leads and footing when I was having trouble with some of the moves. Sometimes, it is very helpful to have another male dancer available to give you tips and help teach. With Joe and Sara teaching us I felt like we were in great hands! They never failed to give constructive criticism and a huge helping of encouragement which really made us feel comfortable with what we were learning.
The first dance at our wedding was great! We executed every move perfectly and we felt like a king and queen up there dancing elegantly for all of our guests. We both received many comments after the wedding telling us how great we looked during our first dance. Thank you so much Joe and Sara! We had a ton of fun during the lessons and our wedding was a huge success, in part because of you two!
I highly recommend Joe and Sara at Orange County Wedding Dance! How many stars can I give? Just five? Not nearly enough!"
"Sara and Joe are not only know their stuff but they are very patient. I have had experience with only one other dance instructor when I was much younger and it was a horrible experience. So I was really happy when Sara and Joe didn't act like my old instructor at all.
We used OC Wedding Dance to create a unique first dance for our wedding. Sara was amazing, she was able to create something unique and tailored just for us. She continued to innovate all the way up until our wedding.
They also helped me learn to dance a few other steps so I could do the mother/son dance. Not to mention the other dances at the wedding. If you are in the market for dance instructors you could do a lot worse than Sara and Joe."
"Because of Joe & Sara, 300+ guests from our wedding said the "Father Daughter Dance" was one the most memorable parts! There wasn't a dry eye in the room - we even heard the band cried it was so meaning and well choreographed! If we could give them "10+ stars" we would.
From the first moment we met Joe & Sara, they embraced us with kindness and sincere care, which made us that much more excited about the process. Both Dad and I are not much of dancers to start, but Joe & Sara helped give us the confidence we needed and steps to make us look like we knew what we were doing. We appreciated that, since the fist lesson, they listened to all we had to say, helped us brainstorm a wonderful dance for us to learn in weeks to come and most importantly understood how important this was for us and how special our time together while practicing would become.
They make a wonderful team, teaching both the female and male dance steps as needed with patience, kindness and more often than not, much needed encouragement. They are both wonderful people inside and out and if there was a reason to use them again personally or provide as a recommendation, both Dad and I would say "call Joe & Sara" in a heartbeat. There is no doubt in our minds they are the reason they made our dance as special as it was, if only they could have been there to see it, too! A million thank-you's again Sara & Joe and we'll be sure to send the video as soon as we get it!"
"Joe and Sara were one of the best finds of our wedding planning process. They are incredibly patient and adapted easily to mine and my husband's taste of moves we liked or didn't like. My husband doesn't like to dance and I do so he agreed to take dancing lessons out of pure love for me, but Joe and Sara made it an enjoyable process for both of us. We will definitely be back for any dancing lessons in the future! Thank you Joe and Sara!"
"My husband and I got married this past Sunday on 11/11/12. We had 5 lessons with Sara. I most highly recommend Orange County Wedding Dance. Sara and Joe are so helpful. They went the extra mile to make sure that my husband and I were comfortable with our first dance. They even offered to go to our reception site for a final touch-up lesson with us at no charge!
Our weekly dance practice was one of the most stress-free parts of planning our whole wedding!
Thank you again Sara,
"Joe and Sara are THE BEST!! No matter where you are in SoCal, it is worth every minute to go to them!!
The only thing my husband was nervous about was our first dance and it was his idea to take lessons. Good thing because he has two left feet and is very difficult to teach. I am SO happy we found Joe and Sara. We couldn't have done it without them.
They are so patient, kind, accommodating and make it so much fun. Even on our first visit they got started right away, coming up with a game plan and beginning with the basic steps. Throughout the lessons they taught us a few different steps and tricks to keep the routine interesting and fun without being too difficult or beyond our skill level.
I only wish we would have started sooner. We waited till the last minute, not giving ourselves time to learn to our full potential. Even so, they did such a great job in that little amount of time! If you think you'll only need a couple of classes, think again!
Because of them our first dance was exactly what we wanted, memorable. I was even able to get in a last minute lesson with my dad for our dance. My dad lives in another state and was only able to fly in for the weekend of the wedding, yet we looked like we had been practicing for years!
We had such a great time with Joe and Sara that we are going to continue taking lessons from them! My husband and I figured out dancing is something we love to do together and are eager to learn more!!! And Joe and Sara are so awesome! They even came to our wedding!!!"
"My fiance and I have had four dance lessons with Sara and Joe for the past few weeks in preparation for our wedding. My wife-to-be likes dancing, and I have never danced before. You can probably imagine my apprehension with going to a dance studio to learn how to.
During our initial consultation and first lesson, Sara made it super easy and comfortable to learn. I felt at ease and found how nurturing, patient, and encouraging she is. My fiance and I really like her, and although the dance moves seemed very basic, as our "skills" progressed, she modified our dance routine to include more elaborate, romantic sequences. We knew she was customizing our dance based on how she felt we were doing, and encouraged creative collaboration.
Our previous lesson added [with] some mind-boggling moves and will require some practice, but we know that we'll be able to pull them off and wow our friends and family. I know I will -- after all, they have never seen me dance before.
Will we screw up the sequences? Possibly. Will it matter? Not really. I just love the fact that I have some basic moves down at least! :)
We have two lessons remaining to perfect our routine and timing as much as possible.
Possible future lessons: hip hop? I need to learn how to do basic moves during non-ballroom type music.
Joe has been great as well. Quite flexible with scheduling, and always welcoming and accommodating. He hasn't pressured us into anything, and we like that.
All in all, Sara and Joe are great individuals -- we had the opportunity to talk a bit about their personal history, dance passion, and various business topics.
Last week, one of my friends pointed out that they had hired Sara and Joe a few years ago to teach them their wedding dance too. And just like us, they liked their instructors as well.
Highly recommended. They also do business as 'Time-Out!' Dance Studios."
"Thank you Sara and Joe for making our wedding dance such a success! It took my wife and I quite a long time to learn our wedding dance, but they were very patient and helpful in choreographing it from beginning to end. We even practiced the ball room entrance and the transition from the entrance to the dance.
I am definitely not a dancer, but with enough practice and guidance from Sara and Joe our first dance went flawless.
"Groom here and never danced before. Sara is extremely patience and always makes it a nice experience. After a couple lessons I already feel much better about dancing that first dance at the wedding."
"My fiance has never danced before and was really nervous about doing a spotlight dance at our wedding. So he thought dance lessons would be great. I found Orange County Wedding Dance online and sent an email asking for more information. Joe sent me a reply that night. We had our introductory lesson that week. Joe and Sara are fantastic. Sara is really patient with us, especially my fiance! Even at that intro lesson, she taught us some steps and talked to us about what types of dances we would be doing for each of the songs we were thinking about. We have had 2 lessons since and have learned so much! My fiance is getting more comfortable each time. Joe and Sara really have gotten to know us and remember things that we talked about a month ago. I highly suggest going to Orange County Wedding Dance for your spotlight dances!"
"Our wedding party is as disparate a group as you can imagine. Engineers. Computer geeks. Accountants. Nurses. But we had something in common: We were all uncoordinated and awkward in our skin but were united in the goal of doing something special for our wedding--a surprise Thriller group dance.
We found Joe and Sara of OC Wedding Dance through Yelp. When we told Joe and Sara of our idea, they shrieked. They thought it was a great thing to do to set the fun tone of the wedding, Sara seemed as excited to teach us as we were to learn it. She told us, in fact, that she had already taught a group just like us to do it weeks before. It brought the house down.
We met at a dance studio near the airport. She broke the dance down to simple moves we could remember, using laymen's terms to explain how to do it (stretch your arms out and clench your fist like cinnamon rolls to show the audience). She even let us tape it so that we could show members of our group who couldn't make it to the rehearsal.
I don't think we could've picked more perfect and more knowledgeable person to make our wedding memorable. Sara has the patience of a saint and the encouraging, you-can-do-it spirit of a kindergarden teacher. Above all, she's a miracle worker: she has transformed a bunch of geeks and made them dancers, if only for an evening."[*]
"I was married this past August and wanted to make my first dance with my husband something unforgettable for our guests and for us as we started our lives together. Joe and Sarah of Orange County Wedding Dance and "Time-Out!" Dance are 100% responsible for helping make our first dance as husband and wife everything we hoped for and more!
For our first lesson, we were a little nervous because my husband and I had never done ballroom dancing together before. But, Joe and Sarah made us feel so comfortable and genuinely listened to what we wanted for our first dance.
Throughout our sessions, they tailored a dance routine to fit our specific levels of ability and personal music choice with sheer professionalism and confidence. My husband and I looked forward to dance class each week with Joe and Sarah because they made us feel so comfortable and helped make our dance routine fun and exciting.
Lastly, Joe and Sarah are extremely flexible, which is great for busy couples! They worked with our schedules and were completely accommodating if we needed to reschedule. Additionally, they offered to drive out to our reception venue for our final session to help tailor our dance routine to the dance floor space we would be using on our wedding day.
The first dance at my wedding was PERFECT, and I am so thankful to Joe and Sarah and OC Wedding Dance for making it possible!"
"I'm long overdue to write this review, but... Hands down Orange County Wedding Dance is the place to go to when you want to plan an unforgettable first dance!
Sara and Joe are extremely helpful and listen to your needs and what you envision for your first dance. My husband and I wanted something really unique - a dance that started off slow, then kicked off to something more upbeat. We went with Babyface's "Every Time I Close My Eyes" and then it went to Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel." We weren't sure if Sara and Joe would be able to help us out with this, but they were very open to it and helped us choreograph an unforgettable first dance. Our first meeting we met for at least an hour to go over our plans and we got the chance to practice some basic steps. Thereafter we had several lessons to go in detail all the parts of our dance, and they really worked hard with both my husband and I. They're really good at gauging your dancing abilities and adjust their teaching style to make sure you feel comfortable during your lessons.
My husband was a beginner when it came to choreographed dancing and Sara was extremely patient in teaching him the steps. She made sure to it that he felt comfortable as well as confident in what he was doing. Sara also worked hard with me in making sure I got my steps down and she took the time to also make sure my husband and I were good with our timing. There was never a time in which we felt stressed out in learning all the steps. At the end of each session, I remember Sara going over and reviewing with us what we've learned and that was a big help. The studio where we practiced is a really good size with mirrors all around and a good sound system. All our guests were pretty pleased with our performance, and many guests said it was very unique and one of their favorite parts of the reception. My husband and I got married over 2 years ago, and we still highly recommend Orange County Wedding Dance without any hesitation."
"Sara and Joe are a dynamic team devoted to meeting the needs and desires of wanna be dancers. I was a bit ambitious about the mother/ son dance, and Sara has been patient and very professional in helping us w/ a creative and meaningful routine. Thank you Sara for the opportunity to make a memorable experience extraordinary!"[*]
"Orange County Wedding Dance was perfect for us! Sara and Joe were so great in teaching my fiance' and I exactly what we wanted for our first dance.
I highly recommend them to anyone who wants to create a memorable dance, and do it within the time frame you want... at a budget you can afford."[*]
"We absolutely love learning from Sara! (and Joe but Sara has been doing most of the lesson for us). We came in unsure of what to expect. We had what I would classify as an "odd" or "different" first dance song. It wasn't a standard ballroom dance song and I didn't know if we could be helped in our lesson because of it. Sara blew us away. She was into the alternative song and truly inspired us! She had ideas for different steps and changes we could do to show off the musical changes. It has turned from what I thought would be a standard dance to something much more. Each lesson brings new moves to the floor. Our wedding is just over three weeks away and we are definitely excited to show off the moves at our wedding."[*]
"Joe and Sara where AMAZING!!! They are both very friendly easy going and most of all Patient! They really know what they are doing. we learned are First dance on just 4 weeks and the compliments still have not stopped! we even made youtube!!"[*]
"I was recently in a wedding, and we all attended a class at Orange County Wedding Dance so that we could learn the many moves of our group dance: Thriller. I"m not the most coordinated person, so I was a little worried about performing a dance in front of 200 guests, but the instructors at Orange County Wedding Dance made the learning process so easy. They broke down the dance step by step, so that we all had the dance easily memorized within just an hour. On top of that, the instructors were kind and patient. I highly recommend Orange County Wedding Dance!"[*]
"My fiancée and I wanted to do a memorable first dance. We met with Sara and Joe for a consultation and they listened to what we would like to do and to which song. By the time we left we had already learned a few steps to practice at home before our first lesson. The personal attention during each lesson was phenomenal. They were both very patient and choreographed our dance to our skill level.
They both did their best to make us comfortable with the dance and not feel like we were just another wedding couple passing through. For somebody who has never danced anything remotely organized, they made me feel like I can actually dance! If you are planning a first dance, schedule some time with Sara and Joe, It will definitely be worth it!"[*]
"My fiancee and I were unsure of our first dance. We choose a not so traditional song, but Sara was able to pull together a dance that not only goes great with the song but is something that I can dance to."[*]
"The thriller dance they put together for my friends wedding was amazing!!"[*]
"My daughter just got married a couple of weeks ago. For the couple's first dance they did a customized version of Michael Jackson's Thriller. When she and her fiance first told me they (along with the entire wedding party) were going to take dance lessons I was really a little nervous. I had always thought the first dance should be to a romantic classical tune. But when the couple (and then later joined by the entire wedding party) broke into Thriller it brought down the house! Everyone did a fantastic job thanks to Sara and Joe. All of the guests, from grandparents to young adults have done nothing but rave about how much fun it was to start the reception off with such an incredible, unique dance. Thank you Sara and Joe for creating such an amazing routine that everyone managed to perform as if they had taken lessons for years."[*]
"Amazing! The Dance Instructors made it so simple and, most importantly, fun!"[*]
"The experience was wonderful! My fiancé and I not only feel so much more comfortable about our dance, but we are so excited now! And now we know how to dance together for the rest of our lives! Such a wonderful couple, I would highly recommend lessons for ANYONE... Especially if you think "prom dance" style will cut it! :)"[*]
"We had so much fun at Orange County Wedding Dance!!! Sara and Joe were SO patient with us and definitely made the process fun!! We were a little nervous to take dancing lessons but they made us feel so comfortable and relaxed!! We would recommend them to anyone!!"[*]
"Joe and Sarah taught my husband and me our wedding dance and we loved them so much we recommended them to our friends and they loved them too! They are so patient and can teach anyone from any experience level to look like a pro!
They are also really creative with their choreography and can really do any type of dance you want! For my wedding, I wanted to do salsa and foxtrot so they invented 'foxy salsa' for me, and my friends wanted a version of THRILLER, so yeah, they can do it all!!!"[*]
"One word for Sara and Joe......AMAZING!!!! When I told my fiance I wanted to take dance lessons for our first dance, surprisingly, he was up for it. But on our first night, I was worried he wouldn't like it. Fortunately enough, because of Sara and Joe, he really enjoyed himself and was ready to come back for more!
They are so patient, friendly and talented. Don't worry if you're not a dancer, because they will make you a dancer. Before you know it, you will be dancing the night away!
They really have worked with us and choreogrpahed such a beautiful first dance, I can't wait to show our family and friends.
This is place to go for all you engaged couples out there!!! You will not be disappointed!!!"
"AMAZING! There are no better instructors than Joe & Sara. My Fiancé (now husband as of 4/28/12) Brian and I took lessons for our first dance. It was a beautiful waltz that was entirely choreographed by these very talented instructors, just for us. Joe and Sara were both very kind and PATIENT with us as we were not he most graceful of dancers. We looked forward to going to our lessons each week and by the end of it, we both felt overwhelmingly confident and were able to walk out onto that dance floor for our first dance as husband and wife with no hesitation and.... we nailed it! Our family and friends were so impressed by what we had learned. Joe and Sara were flexible with our work schedules and made time for us. They truly care about making this experience positive and they share in the excitement you have as well for this very important moment. We could not have asked for better instructors. This experience was filled with laughter, fun and was BY FAR the best part of our wedding preparations. We owe Joe and Sara so much for making our first dance what it was. If we could give more than 5 stars, we would."
"My Finance and I are getting married on September 1st so we figured we needed to get some practice. This is such a great experience. They are great teachers! Very knowledgeable, kind, and encouraging. We enjoy the classes very much. We even get some homework so we can learn faster and improve before the big day. It is the best dance lessons I have even gotten. Very nice people and very flexible with our busy schedules."[*]
"Trust me when I say this... Sara and Joe made a believer out of me. More importantly they made a dancer out of a guy that was hesitant to do a choreographed 1st dance. Pardon the pun but they made every step of the experience fun and made me want to come back for more. Take the time to schedule a visit and I guarantee you will walk out with a overwhelmingly positive experience that you'll want to share with family and friends."
"I had no idea how to dance or what to do for a first dance at my wedding. Joe and Sara choreographed our first dance for us and helped us look like we know what we are doing. Without them, my first dance probably would have been an embarrassing experience.
In general, I would highly recommend private lessons rather than group classes. My wife and I took a few group dance lessons and learn pretty much nothing. Joe and Sarah are great teachers. They also helped create customized first dance based on our song and what we are able to do."[*]
"My fiance and I drive 1 hour from Santa Monica, Ca each and every time we have dance lessons just to see Sara and Joe. THAT is how wonderful of a couple these two instructors are. Wedding planning is stressful enough just sifting through the dozens of venues and vendors. Why waste anymore time when you can make the easy choice of ORANGE COUNTY WEDDING DANCE?
Sara spent an hour on our very first visit, even before we committed to taking lessons with her, teaching us the very basics of dancing. It was then that I knew that we had selected the right people to teach us our first dance. It is so refreshing to meet people so genuine like Sara and Joe.
Why spend money on your first dance when you can just sway side to side for 5 minutes? Because you've already invested so much in your special day... why begin your reception with something so boring? Sara and Joe will instill in you the confidence you need to bravely dance your way around a dance floor! Our first dance has us waltzing from one end of the dance floor to the other, twirling and spinning and circling in rhythm!
My fiance and I have recommitted ourselves to several packaged lessons because we can't get enough. It's addicting to learn the steps, and the rewards pay off when you get to ultimately show them off for the crowd on your wedding day!
Infinitely patient, immeasurably kind, and so knowledgeable. I'd give them 6 stars if I could! Stop reading reviews and give Sara and Joe a call. You won't regret it!"
"Joe and Sara are amazing wedding dance instructors. I used them for my first wedding, which ended up being short-lived for good reason. The second time around, I found my soulmate and I wanted to do everything different from the first wedding...that is, everything different other than working with Joe and Sara. I insisted that we work with them and my Fiance was very agreable after meeting them and taking the first lesson. We had an amazing experience with Joe and Sara, who created our first dance for us and made the learning experience so pleasureable. Our dance lessons actually brought us even closer together. Joe and Sara are very knowledgeable in many forms of dance and can taylor your first dance to meet your vision of that special first dance. They really are awesome to work with and I can only give them my highest recommendation."[*]
"My bride and I have taken well over a dozen lessons from Joe and Sara preparing for our first dance. They developed a specially choreographed dance around our song "Then" by country music star Brad Paisley. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Joe and Sara and always looked forward to our time learning from these masters of dance. They are a pure joy to work with, very patient, full of encouragement and always took ample time with us. We enjoyed our relationship with them so much that we even invited them to our wedding. I highly recommend Joe and Sara to any bride and groom looking to create "The Bomb" first dance. Thanks Joe & Sara!"[*]
"Joe and Sara are so patient and knowledgeable. They taught us actual steps aside before we started choreographing the dance so that we could dance to any music. Our next lesson we put what we learned together to make an awesome show to put on for our wedding guests. Neither my fiance nor I have ever danced before so everyone will be incredibly surprised and impressed. Five stars, highly recommend OC Wedding Dance's services."
"Joe and Sara are amaaaazzzinng! I don't even know where to start! My fiance has two left feet and now that we are taking lessons we have figured out he isn't too shabby with a little TLC! Joe and Sara are very patient and they don't make you feel dumb or hopeless. They take time and instruct you without frustration and if you are struggling too much they will create a variation just for you. My fiance and I actually look FORWARD to our dance lessons, because we have FUN!
For our grand entrance, we want to do something fun and exciting so we gave Joe and Sara the music and videos hoping we can do something similar. At our most recent lesson they taught us a routine that is completely unique and custom to us! I am so excited and I know our guests will be so impressed. We are having a small wedding and weren't sure if we wanted to incorporate costs of dancing lessons into our budget, but we are SO GLAD that we did!"[*]
"My fiance and I are working on our first dance (east coast swing!) with Joe and Sara and they have been wonderful to learn from. Such gifted teachers, and they come up with the best choreography on the spot! They teach at just the right speed, and in just three lessons so far we have learned enough to look pretty good. In two more lessons, I think we'll be looking pretty great!"
"I am so thrilled to have met Joe and Sara! They are a beautiful and amazing couple. They have so much patience and have their best interests for us. My Finace and I are currently taking lessons with them for our first dance in March 2012. They would choreograph right in from of us, and would immediately teach us. At times, the would even go over the time for us to feel comfortable about our steps so we can practice it beyond the studio. They offer that we record the dance, so we can reply and remember our steps! HOW SWEEET! If you are looking for honest and great teachers, you don't need to look any further. I would highly recommend them! The best in OC, hands down!!!"
"Joe and Sara are great to work with. We had a unique request where we only wanted part of a song to be choreographed for our wedding because we are using a mix of "classic" songs with more Top40's Club songs. Both Joe and Sara work extremely well together and really provide a great balance of creativity and logic to the sessions. Although we have not performed the dance for our wedding yet, we have the moves down and it has exactly the look and feel we were looking for."
"Absolutely Amazing experience! Joe and Sara were so patient and so fun! They really worked with us to make our first dance perfect!
I have tremendous stage fright and my husband (before coming to Joe and Sara) had two left feet. After calling many places to discuss pricing, etc, we felt the most comfortable with Joe and Sara and after our initial consultation, we knew that they were who we wanted to work with. Joe and Sara both took a genuine interest in our special day and wanted it to be as perfect as we did; never did we feel like just another client. And not once did I ever feel that they had pre-written choreography that they taught to everyone. The entire dance was built to our capabilities and to our comfort level.
I am happy to say that our wedding day was our best performance and I can't thank Joe and Sara enough! Our first dance was definitely one of the highlights and one of the most memorable parts of the entire day. We are so happy that we spent the time and money on making our first dance so special! Thank you Joe and Sara!"
"Joe and Sara are awesome. First dances are like a language they speak fluently and teach easily. My now-husbandthen- fiancé was very shy and struggled to shift his feet even a little on the dancefloor, and I wanted an elegant first dance for our wedding. Joe and Sara choreographed something really sweet inspired by the Venetian Waltz, and our guests were really surprised and blown away by it.
Learning with them was so easy. You never feel embarrassed or self conscious if you struggle to get a move down, they are just so easygoing and fun. I can't recommend them enough for the couple that wants something extra special at their wedding reception."[*]
"Orange County Wedding Dance is a MUST HAVE vendor for any engaged couple looking to wow their guests with their first dance. Joe and Sara are not only extremely talented; they are patient and excellent instructors. From our first meeting, my fiancé (now husband) and I felt very at ease. Neither of us are great dancers and Joe and Sara worked with us to create an incredible first dance. The lessons were filled with laughter and were the perfect stress reliever through all of the wedding craziness.
Once I grasped the entirety of Joe and Sara's talent and how easy they made dancing seem, we decided my dad and I should take some lessons for the all important Father/Daughter dance. They worked with my very nervous father to make him feel comfortable and taught him some steps to really impress our guests.
I really can't say enough great things about Joe and Sara, our experience or the final product of the lessons. You can't go wrong working with them!"
"My now husband and I went to Sara and Joe to learn our first dance for our wedding. It was great! I have a shy and nervous honey, and Sara and Joe put him completely at ease! We had a free first session which convinced us that lessons would be worth it and fun. We had 3 more lessons to learn our dance. We probably could have gotten by with one less, but would have been nowhere near as comfortable. One more session would have been perfect if we had had the time!
It was great to have two teachers in the one hour. I believe we learned the dance in half the time because while Sara would be working on choreography, Joe would be teaching. Other times one would be teaching me and one would be teaching my hubby.
I thought they were great, not pushy, and I would definitely recommend them to any couple looking to learn their First Dance."[*]
"THE best experience in all of our wedding planning!
I am so glad we met Sara and Joe, from the beginning it was a great experience. We had a really off-beat song and ideas of our own to give, and they were absolutely great about working with any ideas, input or concerns we gave them.
It's really fascinating to watch Sara devise a brilliant choreography right in front of your eyes, and Joe was always dependable to work with us until we got a part that we were struggling with. They make a great team, and although we knew their days were filled with appointments, it didn't feel like we were just another couple. They give you all their attention, remember all the things you've discussed in the past, and are so invested and excited about delivering the first dance of your dreams that it might as well be their first dance.
I recommend fitting in as many lessons as you can afford in your budget (we did 5 + a venue visit), I personally didn't feel absolutely ready until the last rehearsal. It involves both practice and tweaking the routine until both parties (couple & instructors) have arrived on a choreography that both reflect the personalities of the couple getting married, and show the expertise that went into crafting it.
It can be done in less lessons if you commit to practicing at home A LOT (harder than it may sound considering how busy planning a wedding makes you, plus the difficulty of finding time alone in a proper space if you're keeping the dance a surprise), and probably would have to keep to a more simple routine (unless both bride & groom are experienced dancers). And keep the song short, believe me it starts feeling really long when you start filling it with stuff!
I love that they are perfectionists, they would not be satisfied with anything if they weren't sure it looked great and we were comfortable doing it. By the end we knew the dance like the back of our hands and were not nervous at all going into it, just excited! Everyone was on their feet cheering for us, and were very surprised and impressed. It was so worth it, it is a wonderful memory to share with all your loved ones. I can hardly explain it unless you experience it, really!
Best of all, there was not a moment when this felt like work. It was a great time for my now husband and I to have fun in the midst of all the craziness, and we have great memories from the entire experience.
Thank you so much Sara and Joe!"
"Let me just start by saying: I was pretty sure I was unteachable when it came to dance. The one dance teacher I'd had previously (college "fun" course) tended to stare at me blankly when I couldn't "do it just like this".
I can't say Joe and Sara have made me love dancing (they're good but not magical), but the process of choreographing and learning our wedding dance was about as fun and painless as it possibly could have been. After eight lessons (not super cheap but reasonably priced and well worth it for the personalized attention), I'm proud of how our dance looks and feels.
This has been a great investment in turning one of the scariest parts of our wedding (for me) into one I'm truly looking forward to."
"My fiance and I just finished our lessons with Joe and Sara. It's been wonderful!! My fiance was very worried about taking lessons because he has really struggled learning to dance before. In fact, the closest we've come to breaking up was during dance lessons before this! But with Joe and Sara we not only survived but came away with a really wonderful dance. My fiance even commented that he would miss Joe, Sara, and our lessons!!
They were always flexible in scheduling and easy going when we had to cancel last minute for work reasons. It's easy to get an evening or weekend slot which was a must for us. The price seemed very good and they were willing to work out deals to help us get the lessons we needed. They created a really fun, beautiful dance for us that I know is going to blow our guests away. I'm so excited to show off our new skills and so thankful to Joe and Sara!"[*]
"My wife and I had a wonderful experience learning our routine with Joe and Sara, OCWD. The couple was knowledgeable, patient, and dedicated. As teachers, and inexperienced dancers, we certainly appreciated their professionalism.
To be more specific, Joe (who handled our scheduling) was always good about communication and working around our busy schedule. For her part, Sara helped us with the fine details of the dance routine until we were able to get the steps just right.
I really liked the fact that they basically "team" taught us throughout the whole experience. It was really beneficial to have both a male and female experienced dancer to help guide both my wife and me. I would certainly recommend Orange County Wedding Dance to friends and family!"[*]
"My fiance and I found Orange County wedding Dance on http://www.theknot.com as one of the highest rated dance instructors.
Joe and Sarah have been amazing. They are always prompt, courteous, and professional. They took my two left feet and turned them into magic. Joe and Sarah felt like two old friends that were able to help us for our big day. I would recommend everyone for their services."[*]
"For my wedding, we wanted to learn a dance. My fiancee at the time was a pretty good dancer overall, but not me. I've always hated dancing, so you can imagine how a dreaded taking lessons. We researched over 2 weeks for different dance instructors and we finally came across Orange County Wedding Dance.
They offer a free lesson on the 1st lesson. Can't go wrong with that right? We made an appointment with Joe and Sara (instructors). They are very nice and friendly. At first I thought that they weren't really going to show us anything, but they actually taught us different basics steps to a Waltz. I can honestly say that I had lots of fun dancing. They really know their stuff. If they can teach me how to dance, they can teach anyone. The bottom line is this: there are so many dance instructors in LA and OC. I'm so glad I took advantage of the 1st free lesson."[*]
"My fiancé and I are in the middle of our classes to prepare for our first dance at our wedding. We want to make sure our guests will be entertained by our dance, but without making it overly complicated. I thought this was going to be very difficult, since we are not very good dancers. However, after only 3 classes Sara and Joe have taught us so much!. We are half way through learning our routine and I can't believe we are ACTUALLY GOING TO PULL THIS OFF...our guests will LOVE our "little performance". They really are great teachers.
I recommend Sara and Joe 100%. They are talented, sweet and patient. We are loving our classes so much that after the wedding we are going to come back to take swing dancing classes and salsa with them."
"I can't say enough great things about Sara and Joe... they make a great team! They are skilled dancers, personable, professional, and most importantly... patient! This is critical when teaching non-dancers :)
We met with them for a first consult, which was totally free... as others have stated. We sat for the first 20 minutes to discuss our vision, timeline, our dance background, and songs we were considering. I came prepared with our own CD. Then, we jumped right into the dance lesson where they showed us the different dance styles that would go with the three songs we were considering... that helped us narrow down our choice. There was no payment due on our first visit, nor pressure to purchase a dance package. Nevertheless, we were hooked and wanted to learn more! They worked out a reasonable package for us and we were grateful that they were able to accommodate our tight deadline. We waited until the last minute to book dance lessons, so we had one week to learn our first dance before leaving for our destination wedding.
We purchased 4 lessons, took them back to back, and as I've already mentioned... they were extremely flexible and patient with us. I'm a dancer, my husband is not... there were some frustrating moments... Sara and Joe could sense my frustration and had the best strategy for working through those challenging moments. I was impressed.
After each lesson we had plenty of new steps to practice. They also provided written notes and allowed us to video the lesson to help us practice at home.
Be warned: the dance studio is used by multiple people at once (professional dancers preparing for competitions, other couples learning their first dance, etc). There may be times where the CD player is being used by others so you have to wait your turn to play your song; however, the learning never stops! This was not an issue for me since I'm not easily distracted and was able to focus on our dance moves... I only mention it so you know what to expect. If anything, I was inspired by some of the kids in the studio who were dancing with such ease."[*]
"Joe and Sarah are great. I had originally only wanted to make my fiance happy, but they made it simple and enjoyable. They worked with us until we were comfortable with our dance. On top of working with our budget I would recommend them to anyone in the area."[*]
"Our experience with Sara and Joe differed greatly from their other two reviews on here.
We visited Orange County Wedding Dance twice, first meeting with Joe who was very nice and personable. Our first session was an introduction where we explained our vision for our wedding dance and received a half hour lesson. Joe seemed quite knowledgeable and took time to explain each new dance move he taught us. At the end of our session, Joe explained that their rates are $80 per session, but if we sign up for two sessions and write a review for them online, that one of the sessions will be free.
When we arrived for our second session, we explained to Joe that we would take him up on his offer: we wanted two dance sessions and would gladly write a review for them. When he explained this to Sara, she became visibly agitated, overtly sarcastic, and highly standoffish - not just t oward Joe, but with us. It seemed as though they had some type of misunderstanding, and we were put in the middle of it.
Sara insisted on continuing with our session despite our asking what was wrong, and made us highly uncomfortable for that entire hour. She was rude, and made the whole thing awkward.
Needless to say we never went back for the second, but we did write a review for them, just as we promised. While it was clear that both Joe and Sara are very talented and knowledgeable (we did end up using a lot of what they taught us in those two sessions), the entire experience left us no choice but to not recommend Orange County Wedding Dance to anyone else."
"Love, Love, Love Sara and Joe!!! Me and my husband (fiancé at the time) went here for dance lessons for our wedding dance. I did a lot of research ahead of time and compared a lot of prices. Private dance lessons can be really expensive. Our experience with Sara and Joe was amazing and totally worth every penny. Everyone at our wedding was amazed and we got tons of compliments!!
We choreographed our dance to be a three parter. It was to three different songs and each dance was different. The first song was a slow dance, so the type of dance was called Nightclub two step. Our second song was the song from Greece, titled "Greece Lightning". We did a swing for that song and our last song was from Dirty Dancing, titled "I had the time of my life", which was a salsa. Three totally different dances, they help us put together every step, every transition, and every detail. It was amazing and soo soo much fun!!
Sarah can teach anyone to dance. My husband and I are both not a dancer!! They are the best teachers ever!! And I know because we took dance lessons some where else first. This other dance studio was having a special so we tried them out first. We learned more in one lesson with Sarah than we did in 3 lessons somewhere else.
If you want to WOW everyone at your wedding with an amazing dance routine this is the place to go. We drove 40 miles every weekend and it was totally worth it. With only 10 lessons, we looked comfortable and professional at our wedding!!!"
"As two techies, dancing outside of a club after a drink or two, really isn't our thing. After combing the internet and reading a lot of "what to expect" type blogs, I stumbled upon Orange County Wedding Dance's website. They had some videos that showed their skills as teachers being played out by students at various weddings. They all looked elegant and put together. Now, the questions arose, what does something like this cost, can they teach us as more technical thinkers, did I really want to tackles this? So I filled out the contact form on their website and within 1 hour, received a call back from Joe. He gave me an overview and said we were welcome for 1 full hour consultation at no cost for them to assess what it would take to help us look like dancing queens on our wedding day. Okay, so I added that dancing queen part.
I made our appointment for a Saturday at 12. At our appointment, we were immediately greeted by Joe and he asked some pertinent questions about the groom's shoes and my dress (he had the forethought to ask my fiance to walk away while I discussed my dress!). After that, he listened to our song and gave some suggestions along with the pros/cons of each routine. Joe then helped us look at the dance not just creatively but also in a logical fashion. He helped us get past stepping on each others feet here and there.
I had fully expected the "free" consultation to either be chocked full of random useless information as a means to eat up the "free" time or for it to be followed with a lengthy, expensive lesson plan. Turns out, not the case at all. Instead Joe gave us the full time slot and taught us more than just a few basics. We had enough to start practicing at home. When the pricing came, at first I winced when he gave us the 5 or 10 lesson plans but soon found out they are willing to work within whatever budget you have and have many different packages.
Joe and his wife Sara are great instructors and they are good people. They are sincere and are able to parlay that into a beautiful dance for your special day. I really appreciate the time and energy they put into ours."
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