Sample Songs for your
"First Dance"

First of all, please do not choose a song for your Honor Dance because you think it's easy to dance to or because other people will think it's an appropriate song for a First Dance. This is not about "other people"'s about you as a couple and what "both of you" like for this very special part of your ceremony. Instead, choose a song or medley of songs (I always encourage medleys blended together at different tempos) that you really like or that is special to both of you. In my almost 40 years of teaching wedding couples and my unequaled experience in every style of social dance known to man, I have never come across a song that can't be danced to. Plus I can usually come up with several dances to the same music that the couple can choose between. Sometimes the more off-the-wall and funky types of music can make really fun and unexpected First Dance performances; especially when starting with a slower more traditional type of music.

Song - Artist - Album
A Groovy Kind Of Love - Phil Collins - Hits
A Kiss To Build A Dream On - Louis Armstrong - Sleepless In Seattle
A Long And Lasting Love - Crystal Gayle - Great Wedding Songs
A Smile Like Yours - Natalie Cole - A Smile Like Yours Soundtrack
A Whole New World - Peabo Bryson & Regina Bell - Aladdin Soundtrack
A Wink And A Smile - Harry Connick, Jr. - Sleepless In Seattle Soundtrack
After All - Peter Cetera and Cher - Collection
After The Lovin' - Engelbert Humperdinck - 16 Most Requested Songs
Against All Odds - Phil Collins - Hits
All I Ask of You - Michael Crawford - Performs: Andrew Lloyd Weber
All I Want Is You - U2 - Joshua Tree
All My Life - K-Ci & JoJo - Love Always
All My Life - Linda Ronstadt / Aaron Neville - Cry Like Rainstorm, Howl Like Wind
All The Way - Frank Sinatra - Best Of The Capitol Years
Always - Irving Berlin / Benny Goodman - Greatest Hits
Always - Harry Nilsson - Little Touch Of Schmilsson
Always - Atlantic Starr - Greatest Hits
Always - Frank Sinatra - The Columbia Years (1943-1952)
Always - Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine - Irving Berlin Songbook
Always And Forever - Luther Vandross - Songs
Always And Forever - Heatwave - Greatest Hits
Always On My Mind - Willie Nelson - Always On My Mind
Amazed - Lonestar - Lonestar
And I Love Her - Beatles - A Hard Day's Night
Angel Eyes - Jeff Healey Band - See The Light
Annie's Song - John Denver - Back Home Again
Anytime You Need A Friend - Mariah Carey - Music Box
As Long As I Live - John Michael Montgomery - John Michael
As The World Falls Down - David Bowie - Labyrinth Soundtrack
As Time Goes By - Jimmy Durante - Sleepless In Seattle
As Time Goes By - Harry Nilsson - Little Touch Of Schmilsson
As Time Goes By - Dooley Wilson - Casablanca Soundtrack
At Last - Etta James - At Last
Baby I'm A Want You - Bread Anthology
Beautiful - Gordon Lightfoot - Gord's Gold
Beautiful In My Eyes - Joshua Kadison - Painted Desert Serenade
Beauty & The Beast - Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson - Beauty & The Beast
Because - Dave Clark 5 - History Of Dave Clark 5
Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion - Up Close & Personal Soundtrack
Can You Feel The Love Tonight - Elton John - Lion King Soundtrack
Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon - Greatest Hits
Can't Get Enough of Your Love - Barry White - All Time Greatest Hits
Can't Help Falling In Love - UB40 - Best Of UB40 Volume 2
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli Anthology
Chances Are - Johnny Mathis - 16 Most Requested Songs
Change The World - Eric Clapton - Phenomenon Soundtrack
Cherish - Kool & The Gang - Best Of...
Colour Everywhere - Deana Carter - Touched By An Angel Soundtrack
Colour My World - Chicago - Greatest Hits
Colour Of My Love - Celine Dion - Colour Of My Love
Come Rain Or Come Shine - Bette Midler - For The Boys Soundtrack
Come What May - Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor - Moulin Rouge Soundrack
Could I Have This Dance - Anne Murray - Urban Cowboy Soundtrack
Crazy - Patsy Cline - Greatest Hits
Crazy - Kenny Rogers - A Decade Of Hits
Crazy - Julio Iglesias - Crazy
Don't Know Much - Linda Ronstadt / Aaron Neville - Cry Like Rainstorm, Howl Like Wind
Dream A Little Dream Of Me - Mamas & The Papas - Best Of...
Dreaming Of You - Selena - All My Hits
Embraceable You - Frank Sinatra - The Columbia Years (1943-1952)
Endless Love - Luther Vandross & Mariah Carey Songs
Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie - Motown Love Songs
Eternal Flame - Bangles - Greatest Hits
Everybody Loves Somebody - Dean Martin - Everybody Loves Somebody
Everything I Do (I Do For You) - Bryan Adams - Best Of...
Fairy Tale Love - Princess Bride - Soundtrack
Faithfully - Journey - Greatest Hits
Fields Of Gold - Sting - Best Of
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack - Best Of...
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra - Very Good Years
For You - Kenny Lattimore - Kenny Lattimore
Forever - Kenny Loggins - Vox Humana
Forever - Kiss - Hot In The Shade
Forever -Nat King Cole - Best of Nat King Cole
Forever And Ever, Amen - Randy Travis - Greatest Hits Volume 2
Forever's As Far As I'll Go - Alabama - Greatest Hits Volume 3
Friends -Elton John -Rare Masters
From This Moment On - Shania Twain & Bryan White - Come On Over
Give Me Forever (I Do) - James Ingram & John Tesh - Grand Passion
Giving You The Best That I Got - Anita Baker - Giving You The Best That I Got
Greatest Love Of All - Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston
Grow Old With Me - Mary Chapin Carpenter - Working Class Hero
Happy Together - Turtles - 20 Greatest Hits
Have I Told You Lately - Rod Stewart - Vagabond Heart
Have I Told You Lately - Van Morrison - Avalon Sunset
Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman - Bryan Adams - Don Juan De Marco Soundtrack
Hawaiian Wedding Song - Elvis Presley - Blue Hawaii Soundtrack
Hawaiian Wedding Song - Andy Williams - 16 Most Requested Songs
Heaven - Bryan Adams - Best Of...
Hello - Lionel Richie - Back To Front
Here And Now - Luther Vandross - Best Of Love
Here, There & Everywhere - Paul McCartney - Unplugged
Hero - Mariah Carey - Music Box
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me - Mel Carter - Best Of...
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me - Gloria Estefan - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
Honestly - Stryper - To Hell With The Devil
How Do I Live - Trisha Yearwood - Songbook: A Collection of Hits
How Do I Live - LeAnn Rimes - You Light Up My Life
How Sweet It Is - James Taylor - Best of...
I Believe In You And Me - Whitney Houston - Preacher's Wife Soundtrack
I Can Love You Like That - John Michael Montgomery - Greatest Hits
I Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley - Blue Hawaii Soundtrack
I Could Not Ask For More - Edwin McCain - Messenger
I Cross My Heart - George Strait - Pure Country Soundtrack
I Do - Natalie Cole - Good To Be Back
I Do - Paul Brandt - Wedding Day Music
I Do (Cherish You) - Mark Wills - Wish You Were Here
I Don't Want To Live Without You - Foreigner - Very Best & Beyond
I Don't Want To Miss A Thing - Aerosmith - Armageddon Soundtrack
I Finally Found Someone - Barbra Streisand & Bryan Adams - Mirror Has Two Faces Soundtrack
I Get A Kick Out Of You - Frank Sinatra - Best Of The Capitol Years
I Got You Babe - Sonny and Cher - Beat Goes On - Best Of...
I Knew I Loved You - Savage - Garden Affirmation
I Live For Your Love - Natalie Cole - Everlasting
I Love The Way You Love Me - John Michael Montgomery - Greatest Hits
I Love You - Climax Blues Band - 25 Years
I Only Have Eyes For You - Art Garfunke - l Best Of...
I Only Have Eyes For You - Flamingos - American Graffiti Soundtrack
I Only Want To Be With You - Vonda Shepard - Ally McBeal Sountrack
I Swear - All-4-One - MTV Party To Go - Volume 6
I Swear - John Michael Montgomery - Kickin' It Up
I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner - Very Best & Beyond
I Want You I Need You I Love You - Elvis Presley - Worldwide Gold Hits
I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton and Vince Gill - I Will Always Love You
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston - Bodyguard Soundtrack
I'll Always Love You - Taylor Dayne - Greatest Hits
I'll Be - Edwin McCain - Misguided Roses
I'll Be There - Mariah Carey - Number 1's
I'll Make Love To You - Boyz II Men II
I'll Stand By You - Pretenders - Last Of The Independents
I'll Still Be Loving You - Restless Heart - Wheels
I'll Try - Alan Jackson - Greatest Hits Collection
I've Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra - Very Best Of...
Ice Cream - Sarah McLachlan - Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
If - Bread Anthology
If You Say My Eyes Are Beautiful - Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston's Greatest Hits
In My Life - Beatles - Rubber Soul
In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel - Say Anything Soundtrack
Into The Mystic - Van Morrison - Moondance
Iris - Goo Goo Dolls - Dizzy Up The Girl
Is This Love - Bob Marley - Legend
It Had To Be You - Harry Connick, Jr. - When Harry Met Sally Soundtrack
It's Your Love - Faith Hill and Tim McGraw - Everywhere
Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel - Greatest Hits Volumes 1 & 2
Keeper Of The Stars - Tracy Byrd - No Ordinary Man
Killing Me Softly - Roberta Flack - Best Of...
Kiss From A Rose - Seal Batman - Forever Soundtrack
Kissing You - Desiree - Romeo + Juliet Soundtrack
L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole - Greatest Hits
L-O-V-E - Natalie Cole - Unforgettable
Lady - Kenny Rogers - 20 Greatest Hits
Lady In Red - Chris DeBurgh - Only Love 1985-89
Let It Be Me - Jackson Browne - Bye Bye Love Soundtrack
Let It Be Me - Everly Brothers - All-Time Greatest Hits
Let's Get Married - Proclaimers - Sunshine on Leith
Let's Stay Together - Al Green - Pulp Fiction Soundtrack
Longer - Dan Folgelberg - Greatest Hits
Look At Us - Vince Gill - Souvenirs
Love - John Lennon - Love
Love And Marriage - Frank Sinatra - Very Good Years
Love Can Build A Bridge - Judds - Love Can Build A Bridge
Love In The Library - Jimmy Buffett - Fruitcakes
Love Is All Around - Wet Wet Wet - Four Weddings & A Funeral
Love Is Forever - Billy Ocean - Songs That Say I Love You
Love Me Tender - Amy Grant - Honeymoon In Vegas Soundtrack
Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley - Worldwide Gold Hits
Love Of A Lifetime - Firehouse - Good Acoustics
Love Of My Life - Jim Brickman / Michael W. Smith - Destiny
Love Will Keep Us Alive - Eagles - Hell Freezes Over
Loving You - Elvis Presley - Worldwide Gold Hits
Luna - Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
Make Someone Happy - Jimmy Durante - Sleepless In Seattle Soundtrack
Mama He's Crazy - Judds - The Judds - Number One Hits
Maybe I'm Amazed - Paul McCartney - Greatest Hits
Me And You - Kenny Chesney - Me And You
Meant To Be - Squirrel Nut Zippers - Hot
Misty - Johnny Mathis - 16 Most Requested Songs
Moondance - Van Morrison - Moondance
Moonlight Serenade - Glenn Miller Orchestra - In A Digital Mood
More Than Words - Extreme - Best Of An Accidental Collision
My Best Friend - Tim McGraw - Greatest Hits
My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder - Motown Love Songs
My Girl - Temptations - Big Chill Soundtrack
My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion - Titanic Soundtrack
My Special Angel - Bobby Helms - '50s Romantic Hits
Never My Love - Association - Greatest Hits
Never Tear Us Apart - INXS - Greatest Hits
Never Thought (That I Could Love) - Dan Hill - Greatest Hits
Night And Day - Frank Sinatra - Very Good Years
Nobody Loves Me Like You Do - Anne Murray - Greatest Hits-Vol 2
Nobody Loves Me Like You Do - Whitney Houston - Whitney
On Bended Knee - Boyz II Men II
One In A Million You - Larry Graham - Best Of...
Only You - Platters - Very Best of...
Ooh, Baby Baby - Linda Ronstadt - Living In The U.S.A.
Open Arms - Journey - Greatest Hits
Our Love Is Here To Stay - Frank Sinatra - Songs for Swinging Lovers
Our Love Is Here To Stay - Natalie Cole - Unforgettable
Power Of Love - Celine Dion - Colour Of My Love
Power Of Two - Indigo Girls - Boys On The Side Soundtrack
Promise Me You'll Remember - Harry Connick, Jr. - The Godfather Part III
Reasons - Earth Wind & Fire - Smooth Grooves 1
Sea Of Love - Honeydrippers - Volume One
Sea Of Love - Phil Phillips & The Twilights - Cruisin' 1959
Search Is Over - Survivor - Vital Signs
Shameless - Garth Brooks - Ropin' The Wind
She's Got A Way - Billy Joel - Greatest Hits Volumes 1 & 2
Shining Star - Manhattans - Smooth Grooves 1
Since I Fell For You - Al Jarreau - Best Of...
Since I Fell For You - Lenny Welch - Cruisin' 1964
Slow Boat to China - Jimmy Buffett - Boats
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Platters - Greatest Hits
Someone Like You - Van Morrison - Poetic Champions Compose
Something - Beatles - Abbey Road
Sometimes When We Touch - Dan Hill - Greatest Hits
Stand By Me - Ben E. King - Atlantic Soul Classics
Stardust - Nat King Cole - Love Is The Thing
Still - Commodores - Motown Love Songs
Storybook Love - Princess Bride Soundtrack
Suddenly - Billy Ocean - Greatest Hits
Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra - Very Good Years
Take My Breath Away - Berlin - Top Gun Soundtrack
Tell It Like It Is - Aaron Neville - Tell It Like It Is
Thank You - Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin 2
Thank You - Dido - No Angel
That's Amoré - Dean Martin - Mob Hits
The Dance - Garth Brooks - Best Of...
The Flame - Cheap Trick - Lap of Luxury
The Gift - Jim Brickman - The Gift
The Other Side Of Me - Michael W. Smith - I'll Lead You Home
The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra - The Very Best Of...
The Wedding Song - Kenny G - Breathless
Theme From 'A Summer Place' - Percy Faith - Greatest Hits
These Are The Days - Van Morrison - Avalon Sunset
This Guy's In Love With You - Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass - Greatest Hits
Three Times A Lady - Commodores - Motown Love Songs
Through The Eyes Of Love - Melissa Manchester - The Essence Of Melissa Manchester
Through The Fire - Chaka Khan - Top Gun Soundtrack
Through The Years - Kenny Rogers - 20 Greatest Hits
To Make You Feel My Love - Garth Brooks - Limited Edition
Tonight I Celebrate My Love - Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson - The Wedding Album
Tonight's The Night - Rod Stewart - Greatest Hits
True Companion - Marc Cohn - Marc Cohn
Truly - Lionel Richie - Lionel Richie
Truly, Madly, Deeply - Savage - Garden Savage Garden
Try A Little Tenderness - Commitments - Commitments Soundtrack
Twelfth Of Never - Johnny Mathis - The Ultimate Hits Collection
Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers - Best Of...
Unchained Melody - LeAnn Rimes - Early Years - Unchained Melody
Unforgettable - Nat King Cole - Greatest Hits
Unforgettable - Natalie & Nat King Cole - Unforgettable
Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker / Jennifer Warnes - An Officer & A Gentleman
Valentine - Jim Brickman / Martina McBride - Evolution
Waiting For A Girl Like You - Foreigner - Very Best & Beyond
We Are In Love - Harry Connick, Jr. - We Are In Love
We're In This Love Together - Al Jarreau - Best Of...
We've Got Tonight - Bob Seger - Nine Tonight
We've Only Just Begun - Carpenters - Singles '69-'73
Wedding Song (There Is Love) - Paul Stookey - Giving You The Rest Of My Life
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong - Good Morning Vietnam Soundtrack
When A Man Loves A Woman - Percy Sledge - Atlantic Soul Classics
When I Fall In Love - Nat King Cole - Love Is The Thing
When I Fall In Love - Celine Dion & Clive Griffin - Sleepless In Seattle
When I Fall In Love - Natalie & Nat King Cole - Stardust
When I Grow Too Old To Dream - Nat King Cole - Northern Exposure Soundtrack
When I See You Smile - Bad English - 80's Rock Hits - From The Heart
When You Say Nothing At All - Alison Krause - Now That I've Found You
Will You Still Love Me? - Chicago - Greatest Hits 1982-1989
Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler - Beaches Soundtrack
With Or Without You - U2 - Joshua Tree
With You I'm Born Again - Billy Preston & Syreeta - Vol. 2-Pop Hits Of The '80s
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton - Best Of...
Wonderful Wonderful - Johnny Mathis - 16 Most Requested Songs
You and I - Eddie Rabbitt & Crystal Gayle - Great Wedding Songs
You Are My Lady - Freddie Jackson - Rock Me Tonight
You Are So Beautiful - Babyface - For The Cool In You
You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker - Greatest Hits
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life - Stevie Wonder - Best Of...
You Decorated My Life - Kenny Rogers - 20 Great Years
You Give Good Love - Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston
You Had Me From Hello - Kenny Chesney - Everywhere We Go
You Light Up My Life - LeAnn Rimes - You Light Up My Life
You Mean The World to Me - Toni Braxton - Toni Braxton
You Send Me - Sam Cooke - Best Of...
You're In My Heart (Final Acclaim) - Rod Stewart - Greatest Hits
You're Still The One - Shania Twain - Come On Over
You're The Inspiration - Chicago - Greatest Hits 1982-1989
Your Song - Elton John - Greatest Hits


In no time at all, you'll go from dancing like

"A Couple of Swells"

Fred Astaire and Judy Garland perform their "Couple of Swells" routine in "Easter Parade" (1948...the year I was BORN!)


"The Barclays of Broadway"!!


Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in their last film together, "The Barclays of Broadway" (1949)

I guarantee that I'll make your "First Dance" at your wedding an

"Honor Dance to remember"...

Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers dancing on the grand piano in "Roberta" (1935)

Don't you think it's time to "STOP WATCHING" all the fun....

...and "START HAVING IT"?!!

Contact: Terry Chasteen, 202-462-0870

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(I promise that your "dancing" will "never" be "the same"!!)

Private coaching
Terry is available to completely choreograph and teach you a fun-filled
performance for your "First Dance" from beginning to end. Not the typical
"Stand and Sway" routine, but rather a fun and easy-to-learn routine that
will be remembered for years to come.

(And PLEASE! yourself a favor and not put this part off to the last minute...The last thing you will want
to be doing at the last minute before the wedding is to learn and begin to practice your "Honor Dance"
with all the other details that must be tended to before the big event. It is strongly suggested that you
begin to train in classes at least 2 to 3 months beforehand to really learn and start to enjoy
your dancing before this important performance. Visit
for a complete schedule of weekday and weekend Black-tie and Wedding dance classes)

Start with beginner classes in the Black-tie and Wedding dances

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brand new beginner wedding couples, click here.

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Suggested First Songs for your wedding

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