Editor Hannah Faulder tries out her moves with Bristol wedding choreographer Steph Kelsall of Kelsall Choreo

Editor Hannah Faulder tries out her moves with Bristol wedding choreographer Steph Kelsall of Kelsall Choreo: Image 1 I think it's important to point out straight away that I have never danced in my life. Well, I did ballet classes until the grand age of five, but other than that a shimmy on the dancefloor cocktail-in-hand is as close as it gets. I was excited to meet the lovely Steph Kelsall in person, so when she offered to give me a dance lesson I agreed without hesitation, but as the day drew close, the nerves set in. I was going to have to bust out some moves in front of a professional dancer – and she's not just any professional dancer. Steph worked in New York for three years for a company owned by the pros of Dancing With The Stars (America's Strictly Come Dancing). She was the most booked female dancer in the company where she choreographed shows, created first-dance routines and competed. She also appeared on ABC News as a specialist in a segment on wedding etiquette, where the news anchor was so impressed that Steph ended up choreographing her wedding dance. So as you can imagine, it was pretty intimidating!

I absolutely shouldn't have worried though. As soon as Cal (my husband, who I dragged along) and I walked through the door of the private dance studio, Steph's infectious smile and friendly personality made us totally at ease. Following a chat a few days previously, Steph had lined up two songs for us to dance to – You Never Can Tell by Chuck Berry and Happy Together by The Turtles – two songs Cal and I had chosen for our own wedding. We started with a box step, or America rumba. Once we got the basic moves nailed Steph soon got us sashaying across the floor in the perfect hold – Craig Revel Horwood would be so proud! We even got to a stage in just over half an hour where we were adding in little spins, leans and turns, which would definitely get the crowd cheering if it were a first dance!

We soon moved on to the rock step. A bit more lively, with Steph's expert guidance it soon felt like something clicked and we were moving to the music, doing the dips and working the room – all at the same time! I could just imagine how incredible it would be performing it on your wedding day in front of family and friends. But best of all, it was so much fun, and I could see how having a weekly practice session with your other half would give you a chance to connect and spend time together away from the pressures of normal life and wed-min.

Cal and I certainly caught the bug. We even performed for the dog when we got home and sent a video to Steph to show our progress – like the good little students we are!

Find out more at www.kelsallchoreo.com

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