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Publication Article
The Times –
22nd August 2015

Wedding couples vie for viral videos

A great article in The Times aout how wedding dance lessons are on the rise, especially those opting for something a little more extravagant.

We were quoted with our opinions of how YouTube has had a lot of impact on this trend.

You can view the article online on their website.

Wedding Ideas Magazine –
15th February 2013

Make your first dance unforgettable

For some of you, it’s up there as one of the key moments of your wedding day. Others will probably be dreading it – all eyes focused on you, under the spotlight and it’s probably going to be caught on film. So now is the time to make your first dance an unforgettable moment for you and your guests – for all the right reasons…

Read the article and the quotes from First Dance UK here:

Wedding Ideas – Make your first dance unforgettable

Sunday Express –
27th May 2012


An increasing number of couples decide that planning a wedding just isn’t stressful enough and add dance lessons with a choreographer to their already lengthy list of “wedmin” chores.

Read the article and the quotes from First Dance UK here:

Express Newspaper – Darling, with this swing I thee wed

Wedding Magazine –
2nd April 2012

A step-by-step-guide to your first dance

Taking to the floor for your first dance can be nerve-wracking so make sure you get it right with these pointers…

Read the article and the quotes from First Dance UK here:

Wedding Magazine – A step-by-step-guide to your first dance

BBC1 Breakfast –
5th July 2010

Wedding couples seek dance tips from choreographers

First Dance UK had one of our couples and their teacher featured on BBC1 Breakfast this morning. See the item here:

First Dance UK on BBC1 Breakfast TV

Mark & Kim who got married on 3rd July 2010 had one of their first dance lessons with our teacher, Jennifer, filmed a couple of weeks ago. The BBC then filmed their first dance at the wedding.

The BBC also featured our top 10 wedding first dance songs that couples choose for their first dance.


Daily Mail – Femail
24th September 2009

Whose wedding is it anyway? Kitty confronts her dance floor fears and Bel Mooney remembers Dirty Dancing

By Kitty Dimbleby & Bel Mooney

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Sunday Telegraph – Life Magazine
23rd November 2008

Article on dance

Unfortunately we don’t have access to the copy of this article. We were mentioned in the ‘Put your best foot forward’ section.
Wedding TV – The Wedding Experts
26th October 2008

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Gemma Rogers, Partner in First Dance UK, was interviewed about teaching couples a routine for their first dance. The interview includes footage of Gemma teaching a First Dance UK couple.

See the full video here: First Dance UK on Wedding TV
View from 10 minutes into the video and onwards

You & Your Wedding – July 2008

Personalise your day

…with our 27 favourite ways to add the extra special finishing touch to your big day celebrations

You & Your Wedding Article
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Channel 4 Bite – June 2008

Season 2 Ep 9

This week, Ami kicks shins, Zena dirty dances, Laura goes Italian & Gemma talks hair.

First Dance UK has been featured on the Channel 4 bite show. You need to watch from 1:20 and then First Dance UK is featured.

Viiew it down the list on their Facebook Page:
Channel 4 bite Season 2 Ep 9

Daily Sport – 10th June 2008
Daily Sport National Newspaper Article Title: Groom Roo will need dance tips

Unfortunately we can’t display the article due to copyright, or link to it as it’s not online. However, in essence the article included a quote from First Dance UK about the fact that Wayne Rooney could probably do with help for his first dance at his forthcoming wedding.

Wedding Path – June 2008

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Celebrating your hen night is not for the faint-hearted. It is a real step closer to being MrsX and is a great time for bonding with new sister-in-laws and friends. Add a fun activity and you’ll be in for a never-to-forget experience. This week we check out dance lessons…
Wedding Ideas – May 2008

First Dance UK adds new venue

See the article online here: Dance UK, the leading UK dance company, is pleased to announce that it has added Winchester to its list of UK towns in which it offers Hen Party dance lessons and dance routines. With a network of over 220 dance teachers and choreographers across the UK and Ireland, First Dance UK offers an unforgettable unique Hen party experience.First Dance UK arranges for hen parties to learn a dance routine to a specific song of their choice or a dance routine from a film such as Fame or Grease. A professionally choreographed routine is created to accommodate the hen party size, time frame and dance abilities. The dance classes are held in a dance studio, hall or hotel in the hen party’s local town or in a private residence/location.Dance lessons are offered in every type of dance style from the usual styles of salsa and street jazz, through to the more unusual belly dancing, flamenco and pole dancing. The list is endless and the company’s dance teachers will work to any dance routine, style or song requested. If the Hens have difficulty in choosing a song, then First Dance UK can recommend suitable lyrics and routines.Gemma Rogers, Partner of First Dance UK commented:“ A large number of our clients perform the routines that they learn during the Hen party at the wedding reception itself and/or whenever the girls all get together socially at a disco or club. We offer a truly memorable Hen party experience that clients can recreate over and over again in the future.”First Dance UK Hen party dance lessons cost from £185 (inc VAT) upwards. Prices depend on class sizes, location and the number of hours of lessons required.

For further information about First Dance UK’s Hen parties, please visit their website

Wedding Professional – Sept 2007
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Couples wow guests with dance moves

Mary Ferguson

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Couples wow guests with dance moves

An increasing number of couples are using the first dance to add the ‘wow’ factor to their wedding, according to choreography experts.
Gemma Rogers of First Dance UK, who specialise in choreographing wedding dances, said the company has seen a strong increase in demand for their services. She said: “It’s been getting busier and busier and I think a lot of it is to do with the raised profile of dance in the media.”

“Programmes like Strictly Come Dancing show non-dancers mastering professional looking routines, and this instills confidence in couples. It especially helps the men, who look up to the celebrities they see on the screen.”

As well as more couples choosing to hone their dancing skills, there has also been an increase in original choices of song. First Dance UK have choreographed routines for everything from Sophie Ellis Bextors’ Murder On The Dancefloor – appropriate for many – to the theme tune for Coronation Street. Gemma added: “For years the first dance at many weddings has been a quiet affair, with the happy couple desperately clinging onto each other as they shuffle around in awkward circles.
“This is changing though and because of it’s raised profile, dancing together is making a real comeback, which is having an effect on the first dance.

“A lot of grooms have confidence issues, worrying they have two left feet, but many of the men we work with enjoy it so much they continue lessons after the wedding.”

Wedding TV – August 2007

The Wedding Experts – First Dance

Kate Smallwood

Gemma Rogers (Director of First Dance UK) was interviewed by presenter Kate Smallwood and gave advice to engaged couple Stephen & Arti at the TV studio. Gemma also showed them a couple of steps whilst there.

Wedding TV also filmed Gemma teaching the couple at their own home. Stephen and Arti had a traditional church wedding with an Indian taste. They were taught a routine to Fred Astaire’s, ‘Dancing Cheek to Cheek’.

Norwich Evening News – July 2007

Save the first dance for me

By Nancy Wedge

Norwich Evening News article featuring First Dance UK
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Norwich Evening News 24 – Save the first dance for meIncludes a video of the couple dancing their choreographed routine!
The Sun Online – June 2007

First dances rocking the web

By Corinne Abrams

The Sun newspaper featuring First Dance UK
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The Sun Online – First dances rocking the web
Bolton Evening News – July 2006

Ballroom blitz…

By Gayle McBain

Bolton News article featuring First Dance UK
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SUNDAY MERCURY – 9th October 05

Dance Fever

By Adam Aspinall

Read the full article online here:
Sunday Mercury – First Dance UK article – Dance Fever
TIMES NEWSPAPER – 10th September 05
Page 41

There are now three of us in this wedding – you me and a dance coach

By Gabriel Rozenberg


Read the full article online here:
Times Newspaper article on The first dance and First Dance UK
BRIDES – September/October 05

Alice Guillemet & fiancé John learnt a routine with us for their wedding first dance.
Brides Magazine article featuring First Dance UK
NOW Magazine – 27th July 05 (page 22)
Now Magazine 2005 article Now Magazine article Featuring First Dance UK
Wedding Ideas – June 2005 (page 12) Wedding Ideas 2005
Wedding Ideas 2005 Wedding Ideas article featuring First Dance UK

First Dance UK has also had the pleasure of being featured on the following radio channels:

  • Five Live
  • BBC Southern Counties
  • BBC Gloucestershire

First Dance UK Press Releases

7th Sept 2010 – First Dance UK Prepares 5000th couple for their Wedding Dance

3rd December 2009 – TV Dance Shows are Enticing More Grooms onto the Dance floor

24th April 2008 – Dancing Hens Across The UK And Ireland

Beautiful wedding first dance

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