For those who believe they do not want any choreography at all, it would serve well to first understand exactly what choreography actually is, before making any decisions about it.
The Collins English dictionary defines choreography as: ‘the steps and sequences of a dance’ or ‘the composition of dance steps and sequences’.
The word choreography can refer to the composition of an entire production, say for instance, the ballet Swan Lake, or to just two or three dance steps joined in a sequence.
To those in the dance profession the word ‘choreography’ is as familiar and everyday as the word ‘recipe’ is to a chef. In virtually any type of cook book, be it basic food or gourmet cooking, you can find very simple recipes and very advanced recipes, depending on the type of food you want to prepare.
The recipe for spaghetti bolognaise using a jar of prepared sauce and packet spaghetti is very very simple and suitable for a novice cook, even a child, but the recipe to make the bolognaise sauce from all raw ingredients and the spaghetti from flour and eggs is very different and requires more cooking skills.
Both recipe’s result in a meal of spaghetti bolognaise, but the aroma, the taste and also the nutritional value are quite different. When the end result required is ‘an edible meal’ a beginner cook would of course have a greater chance of success with the simple recipe.
In dancing, choreography works on a similar principle; a beautiful Waltz can be choreographed for any level of dancer, but the choreography for beginners would be much different to that for advanced dancers or professionals. The end result is still a Waltz.
And like a recipe, choreography can be simple and easy to learn and perform, or complex and technical, requiring greater skills to perform.
Whether you want it or not, any dance you do will have choreography, as the moment you join two steps together you are choreographing, so can you see now that the subject of choreography is not really the issue it is the quality and suitability of the choreography that determines the outcome.
A beautiful and creative choreographed dance can look just awful if it is not suited to the skill level of the dancers as they will be too immersed in remembering steps and struggling to execute them. Simple choreography with variations of easy steps and some creative modification of twirls to make them easy but interesting, can make beginner dancers look much better than they really are and in the case of learning a dance specifically for your Bridal Waltz, this would be ideal.
Your teacher (who is also the choreographer) must be able to visualise through your eyes and adjust the choreography to suit your skill level, personalities and your desired outcome, not the teacher’s own vision.
This is one of the reasons that teaching and choreographing a wedding dance is a specialist field because you are simply trying to look like you know what you are doing as you dance your First Dance on your wedding day and you want to be able to achieve that in just a few lessons.