Walker Ballroom Dance can help make your wedding day even more special. Create the memory of a lifetime, pictures to talk about for years, and moves that last by creating a first dance, parent/child dance, and bachelor/bachelorette party experiences for your wedding.
We are excited to help you create a unique and magical experience. In order to fully prepare you for your dance, we assist in taking care of everything surrounding the experience of learning your dance, as well as performing it on your wedding day.
Finding moves with the perfect balance of accessibility, romance, and flair to make sure you have as much confidence and has a little stress as possible, while creating meaningful memories.
A unique and personal approach with every couple.
Private dance rooms for learning.
A chance to learn other types of dance you may have always been curious about.
When appropriate, professionally and seamlessly editing your song to a manageable length.
Aesthetically pairing your moves with your chosen song.
Splicing two or more songs together to bring extra personality and character to your dance.
Unique song? We've created dances for everything from Etta James to Hans Zimmer to Justin Timberlake to Iron Maiden.
We work with your band or DJ to keep things organized and everyone on the same page, bringing your vision to life.
Parent/child, bridesmaids and groomsmen, and themed bachelor/bachelorette party experiences available (see below).
LGBTQIA+ couples welcome.
Whether you have two left feet, or already have an illustrious dance background, our goal is to keep your experience streamlined and stress-free all the way through your wedding day.
We discuss the venue, the shoes, the dress, the floor, the music, everything important to making you feel prepared and confident the day of your wedding. Your first lesson is always free and there are packages to fit every budget. Looking forward to getting you on the dance floor!
Walker Ballroom Dance has two locations: Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia and Belmawr, NJ, We have availability most afternoons, evenings, and weekends.
One of the most popular and romantic ways to make your day even more special it’s the customary “First Dance“. For many couples, this can be exciting! And, for many other couples, this can be stressful.
Whether you’re just taking your first steps on a dance floor, or already have years of dance experience under your belt, I’m here to help you look natural and create the perfect vision for your first dance and everything around it. I’ve helped hundreds of couples create unique and personalized dances that made them feel comfortable, look effortless, and became the centerpiece of their special day.
The lessons are fun and we’ll go over everything from the basics of where to put your hands and feet all the way to eye-popping moves that will be shared all over the Internet.
To turn your wedding into the event of the season, and create a one-of-a-kind experience between you and your friends, inquire about our bridesmaids and groomsmen dances as well!
Your wedding will not just be one of and your most memorable moments, but will undoubtedly be one of the most memorable moments in your parents lives as well. Make it even more special by learning a father/daughter or mother/son dance.
Whether you want to create something simple to enrich the moment in which the first person you ever loved gives you away, or create something showstopping to show off your skills and impress the crowd, I’m delighted to help guide you through.
This is just the final touch to make your magical day truly the experience of a lifetime for you and your whole family.
Looking for a unique experience for your bachelor or bachelorette party?
Spice up any bachelor or bachelorette party by joining me for a themed dance experience. Bring wine, bring tequila, bring the drink of your choice as I introduce you and your closest friends to some of the hottest dance steps around. You can break them out on the dance floor at your wedding, or just have fun learning them whenever the opportunity arises.
Have fun creating some of the most epic photos and videos and lasting memories from your bachelor or bachelorette party.
Special themes include:
One hour and two hour experiences available.
We took dance lessons with Derek leading up to our wedding. We knew we wanted a fun, creative dance that was personal for us, and Derek exceeded our expectations. Not only did Derek choreograph the perfect dance for our first dance, but he made every lesson leading up to our wedding, fun, intimate and always entertaining, even for my hesitant to dance husband!!! He was personable, always willing to push us and actually made what could have been a stressful 60 minutes, full of laughs and amazing memories! People still talk about our dance and we continue to say how that was one of the most special 3 minutes of the whole night! Thanks Derek for the amazing time and incredible dance!
Derek is amazing!!! Three years ago, I took my 1st dance lesson with him—and his outstanding knowledge of dance and his enthusiasm make Derek the best instructor!!! When I arrive for lessons, I love seeing the joy of wedding couples when Derek choreographs their first dance. As a teacher myself (but someone who had never danced), Derek impresses me with his ability to teach even the most complicated dance steps. I will forever remember how Derek gave me the confidence to perform the dances that he specially choreographed for my first showcase. It’s definitely his years of experience, his professionalism, and his warm sense of humor that make Derek the instructor I’d highly recommend for your dream wedding dance.
I can highly recommend Derek as a dance instructor - not only is he incredible knowledgeable about many styles of dance, he made me, as a beginner, feel totally comfortable and confident in learning new routines. You can tell that Derek puts a great deal of care and thought into his choreography. He takes the time to walk through everything, and encourages students to ask questions. His energy, enthusiasm and sense of humor are contagious. And finally - his disco-themed class was one of the top highlights of lockdown! I had so much fun working with Derek, he truly epitomizes what dance is all about.
Well, that all depends. There are different packages to fit different ability levels, visions, and budgets. During the first introductory lesson, we discuss all of those aspects to decide which is the best package for you. Not to worry, we find a package that fits every budget.
You’ve come to the right place. It’s our job to introduce you to your first steps, the basics of dancing with a partner. We pride ourselves in teaching you just the right moves to take away the awkwardness and get you looking and feeling natural on the dance floor.
If you already have your perfect song chosen, wonderful! It doesn’t matter how main stream or obscure, we can dance to almost any song, any artist, any genre. If you have not chosen a song or need help choosing a song, do not worry, we will discuss lots of options and find some thing that speaks to your own personal music taste and would be great for your ceremony.
The more time the better. Most couples begin learning to dance 3 to 6 months before their ceremony. This gives us plenty of time to learn the basics, get them looking natural and authentic, and add some moves that bring out each couple’s individuality. That being said, we can still create some thing with much less time. As little as two weeks is all that’s needed to give you and your fiancé a couple moves and pointers to take away the awkwardness and look natural on the floor.