First Wedding Dance: Leave Your Comfort Zone with Matteo Cruciani

For many people the best part of the wedding is probably the party, so it is important to make people want to move their bodies… but only after the first wedding dance!


Today I met Matteo Cruciani, a dance and fitness teacher born and bred in Rome, and whose love for dance brought him to London.

Hello Matteo, tell me about your passion for dance?

I grew up with a huge passion for dance, movement and creative expression since I was child. I trained in classical ballet and contemporary dance at the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in Rome, where I performed with the company in numerous shows, such as Allah N’est Pas Oblige, Kamariskaya and Amore & Psiche. I also  trained in jazz and street dance style in renowned Italian dance studios, such as Maison de la dance and the Ialts in Rome.

Are you still training in London?

Of course… As a dancer I have always loved to experience different styles. Since I moved to London I have taken countless classes at Pineapple Dance Studios to broaden my dance styles, particularly in street, commercial and contemporary.

Where have you performed in the UK?

I have performed in many shows, music videos, corporate events and tours such as Bollywood Showstoppers at the O2 Arena London and LG Arena Birmingham, Clockwork UK Tour, Cleó the singer Live at The O2 Academy Islington, London Fashion week events, Becky Hill and a Grace Rodson music video.

How long have you been teaching and creating choreography?

I have been teaching dance for many years and enjoyed choreographing ever since I was a little boy. I am director and choreographer for Haven Holidays (part of the Bourne Leisure Group), but my experience of wedding dance choreography started about a year ago.

If a couple have never taken dance lessons in their life what advice would you give them?
Just be ready to leave your comfort zones, be ready for a great physical and physicological challenge, but most of all be ready to have fun and be patient.
For a beginner couple how often do they need to take lessons?
It depends on what they want to achieve with the performance itself, and if they want to perform just one song or a medley of tracks. I would suggest practicing once a week, 3 months before the big day.
Which is the most requested dance?
Tango, salsa or usually a love song which has some special meaning for the couple.


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