Dance A Success!

July 2nd, 2019 by admin

What a welcome surprise! A brand new testimonial and some very beautiful pictures just showed up in my inbox.

I just wanted to thank you and tell you our dance was a success! Thanks for your help and here are some pictures! ~ Sarrah and Parker

I’m over the top with happiness that my couple’s dance was a rousing success!  They looked absolutely stunning dancing the moves we learned in lessons in their gorgeous wedding attire.

The Pretzel Move!

The Pretzel Move!









Parker has just lead the pretzel, a fun move to get into and out of during the dance.

I like it a lot because it shows off the bride and groom’s faces as they look at each other walking in a small circle.













Sarrah does her twirl so well with her arm elevated by Parker just 2″ over her wedding hair!

If Parker had raised her arm too high for the twirl, it would have thrown Sarrah’s center off and made her wobbly in her heels.

Too low with the arm… well there goes the bride’s wedding hair and no one wants that, haha!


Hope you all are enjoying the sunny weather and are looking forward to a very Happy 4th of July.

If your wedding is coming up please consider taking a couple of dance lessons to review your walk out onto the dance floor, basic dance steps in dance frame, twirls, movement around the floor and the big dip for the end.

Even if your wedding is minimalist and low key – a fun dance can be a great memory and provide lots of cute pictures for later.

Text me at 619.871.0241 and let me know what song or songs you’re considering and your availability.  I have a two lesson special which is $149/couple for two hours of dance instruction.

Click here to sign up or learn more!

Happy 4th of July

Daisy & Zelda wish everyone a Happy 4th of July!





Who Me? Who You?

June 6th, 2019 by admin

Who needs to take wedding dance lessons?

A lot of times my couples will ask me this question.

My answer is – everyone! – of course.

Naturally I’ve had hundreds and hundreds of brides and grooms come in to perfect their dancing together to their special song.

But who else?

Well, moms and dads for one.

These days more and more moms and dads are being asked onto the dance floor to help open up the dancing.

Moms and dads can really benefit from some quick lead and follow tips and a some cool moves to keep them feeling fun and comfortable on the big day.

Often my mom and dad students tell me that dancing is something they’ve been meaning to do but just hadn’t gotten around to it.

It’s just great to look out on the dance floor during our lesson and see the sparkle in their eyes as they dance to a favorite song.

For another… brothers and sisters.

Many of my brides and grooms have a sibling or two along on their dance lessons especially it mom or dad is there to take a few, too.

It isn’t long before mom’s got brother up dancing with her and dad is twirling sister a time or two.

Several of my brides and grooms have even said they’re definitely going to have a dance with their siblings for old time’s sake.

I’ve noticed that most siblings love to be involved with the dancing and learning some cool things to do the day of.

A third – the wedding party.

It isn’t uncommon these days for the wedding party, with or without the bride and groom, to perform an ensemble dance to an upbeat song meaningful to the bride and groom.

The whole group will show up for a lesson or two and learn some simple formations and steps to do together for maximum audience entertainment.

I’ve choreographed group dances for all types of groups from silly to sassy to serious to sensational and the results were definitely Instagram material!

Finally a fourth would be anyone who is super special to the bride and groom like a grandparent or friend of the family that will be dancing with the bride or groom on the big day.

Grandparents are often great dancers pulling steps and choreography from their “salad days” out of their back pockets when the music starts to play.

My brides, especially, often ask me how they can dance with these special guests and we go over lead and follow so they can follow along with “whatever is being lead” with confidence and ease.

A friend of the family might be an amateur ballroom dancer or the hustle king or queen and it’s so helpful to go over a few tips and tricks so everyone can enjoy dancing during the reception.


Contact me today to schedule the special people in your life for a dance lesson or two.  I can be reached through phone or text at 619.871.0241 or email me at

Don’t forget to check out my pricing special which is two 6o minute lessons for $149/couple!

Happy almost Summer,


Happy Almost Summer!

Happy Almost Summer!

Why Wedding Dance Lessons

March 26th, 2019 by admin

Good question!

So many of my couples say they came to at the very last minute about their dance and suddenly realized, Wait – we need a dance?

Others say they were thinking about it at first but then with all the planning and craziness it just fell off the list.

Then some say they’ve seen a couple of their friend’s wedding dances and they were cheesy or overdone and their wedding is so not.

First off I think anyone who even sets foot in a dance studio during their wedding preps is super great!

What with all the DIY and family stuff going on, just carving out a couple of hours to dance can be a challenge and a half.

Second, a wedding dance needs a song and that can be a time consuming project to find one that meets all the criteria you may have for The Song.

(While I don’t tell my couples what song to choose since it’s their special song and day, if you’re wondering what dance you can do to a certain song text me at 619.871.0241 and I can give you some feedback!)

To help out I make the experience as “painless as possible” by working on tips for lead and follow and simple but strong steps to guarantee maximum impact for minimum time.

I video the steps and technique we work on at each lesson at the end of each lesson so you can review with a visual outside of your time with me.

We concentrate on just what you need to highlight your wedding dance song and your special relationship with each other.

Most of my couples want simple steps that they can do successfully in the wedding clothes that will be Instagram fun to look at later.

With wedding dance lessons you get the confidence you need to do your first dance with more skill and fun than just “winging it” on the day of.

I have a two lesson special which is 2 hours for $149/couple and I teach out of Starlight on El Cajon Blvd.

Text me or call me at 619.871.0241 to get started today!

Happy Spring! ~ Jillian

Stretching out!

Stretching out!






Wedding Show Love

February 13th, 2019 by admin

It’s that time again!

Time for wedding shows of all shapes and sizes.

Should you go?

I say yes!

I’ve been a vendor at wedding shows for years and it’s always an inspiring and fun day to meet the brides and their fiances and family.

From super big ones where the crowds have been unbelievable and the number of vendors legion to intimate garden restaurant ones where the food smelled amazing coming right out of the nearby kitchen.

You can learn sooo much at a wedding show and in a relatively short amount of time.  Everything you need, and a few things you didn’t know you needed, are available right at your finger tips.

Plus… well, free food and stuff!

Bring a large bag to collect things, wear super comfy shoes and get your fiance, bestie and/or fam to come along for the ride.

I’ll be at the 2nd Annual Layfayette Hotel Wedding Show Saturday, February 23rd from 1-4pm at 2223 El Cajon Blvd San Diego 92104.  The event is free.

This fabulous vintage venue has a super cool history of celebrities frequenting its beautiful pool, cabanas, bar and retro restaurant.

We’ll be giving away vintage keys that double as bottle openers and demonstrating some mini five minute lessons on turns and dance frame as well as wedding dance moves on the dance floor.

Come get your wedding show on and get ready for THE Big Day.

You can reserve your dance lessons now with plenty of time to put the moves in your muscle memory.

Text me at 619.871.0241 and let me know your availability and your song.

I offer 2 sixty minute dance lessons for $149/couple – bride and groom, father daughter, mother son, mom & dad.

Happy almost Valentine’s Day!


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Dance Lessons Gift

November 29th, 2018 by admin

‘Tis the season to be jolly…

and find fun gifts for your nearest and dearest.

I really love shopping on line, maybe I shouldn’t admit it!

  • No fighting for parking places and sales help. 
  • Delish munchies and libations just steps away.
  • Visiting lots of stores without wearing myself out.

Along those lines I thought I would offer up the idea of wedding dance lessons as a super fun gift or stocking stuffer for your friends or family tying the knot in 2019.

You can message me by text with their names and what you’d like to say on your gift certificate.

Also, let me know if you’d like to pay for them to have dance lessons in their home (we go to them) or at the studio where I teach.

Wedding Dance Lesson Gift Certificates

Text: 619.871.0241


I can invoice you and you can pay on line through PayPal with your own credit card.

Then I create the gift certificate and email it back for you to print out or email to the lucky couple.

What could be easier?

You’ve got one gift checked off of your Santa list and everything can happen over the internet.  No parking problems!

Once your couple has the gift certificate they can contact me after the holidays to schedule their lessons and let me know their special song.

We’ll meet and learn lead and follow, twirls, dips, fun get across the floor steps and picture poses.

Before they know it they will have their wedding dance in their muscle memory, ready to wow their guests on The Big Day.

Wedding Dance Gift Certificates are good for one year from purchase date, longer if you let me know.

To get started click here for a convenient fill in form for wedding dance gift certificates for that lucky couple in your life.

Happy, Happy Holidays and have fun at all the tree lightings and festive celebrations around San Diego, Jillian

Happy Christmas from the Grinch Tree at The Old Globe

Happy Christmas from all of us in front of the Grinch tree at The Old Globe

Dancing in the Fall

September 21st, 2018 by admin

Is the weather getting cooler or am I just wishful thinking, haha?

If you’re thinking cooler weather and wedding coming up in the Fall, then it’s time to get those dance lessons on your busy to-do list for the final count down!

Whether you’re planning on a simple slow dance with some twirls or dips or you and your love really want to knock the socks off of your guests with a real “wow-weeee” – a few dance lessons can really help out.

I’ve had hundreds of couples come to me for just two lessons and learn lead and follow, twirl techniques, a “get across the floor step” and a dip for maximum return on The Big Day.

Let’s face it, you both will be out there all alone aaaaand who even does this type of dancing that much these days?

Ease your mind about the whole first dance thing and contact me right away.  My partner and I can teach you in the privacy of your own home or I also work out of a lovely ballroom off of El Cajon Blvd.

Either way it’s fun to learn a new skill together and dancing is one you can literally take anywhere you go.

Perhaps a romantic honeymoon dance by moonlight…

A  twirl or two at your best friend’s wedding…

Date night out to move to your fav band…

I can be reached at: 619.871.0241

Can’t wait to hear what song you’ve chosen and get started on the dance of your wedding day dreams :))

xxoo Jillian

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Let's Dance!

Let’s Dance!

Wedding Dance Lessons in North Park, South Park, Hillcrest and Mission Hills, San Diego!

July 27th, 2018 by admin


Moving is sooo much work!

Hundreds of boxes and a move of 80 miles and I can now say my businesses and I officially reside in North Park, San Diego!

Currently I am offering two choices for dance lessons!

Choice 1:

In Studio Private Lesson Special

1:30pm-7:30pm Monday – Saturday

Starlight Ballroom at 6506 El Cajon Blvd San Diego 92115

TWO 55 minute private lessons for $149/couple


Choice 2:

We Travel To You Special

Daily after 12Noon and before 8pm

Serving Mission Hills, Hillcrest, North Park and South Park, San Diego

TWO 55 minute private lessons for $169/couple


Please wear comfortable flats and have access to your song on your phone.

If we’re coming to you, please clear some space so we can have room to learn steps and technique.

My partner and I have decades of experience teaching and look forward to working with you and your love on your wedding dance for The Big Day.

Get those dance lessons on your busy calendar today by filling out my Wedding Dance Contact Form and pay for your lessons through PayPal.

Meanwhile, stay cool this Summer – it’s certainly a hot one!

Hugs all around, Jillian

Phone or Text me at : 619.871.0241

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It’s Official!!

May 10th, 2018 by admin

Our Wedding Dance is relocating to San Diego this Summer.

After decades of great dancing in Orange County, I’m moving to be closer to my daughter and the rest of my family.

So if you were thinking of taking a couple of dance lessons with me in Orange County before the end of the year…

go ahead and book my remaining few Sunday afternoon slots while I’m still close by!

Or you can always plan a fun day in the sun in San Diego and take a lesson with me down there.

I’ll be teaching group classes and private lessons and will post location updates here on my blog.

It’s been a great time in Orange County with all my wonderful dance students over the last 17 years.

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard, “Hi Jillian!!  Remember us?” from my former and current students at a mall, restaurant, beach or even my church.

Just the other week a couple who took from me for mid life fun years ago were back to take lessons again for their daughter’s wedding.

She brought her groom and we’re busy learning a wedding dance, father daughter dance and mom and dad dance.

Good times!

Email me and let me know if you would like to get in on the last of my Orange County lessons.

Thank you, thank you for all the great memories and here’s to a whole bunch of new ones,

Hugs and Happy Weddings, Jillian :))

See You In San Diego!

See You In San Diego!

Dippity Dos

March 20th, 2018 by admin

Whoa!  Is March almost gone?  What happened?

Spring is basically here!

If your wedding is coming up in April, May or June, it’s a great idea to get in a couple of dance lessons for some lead and follow pointers, pretty twirls and yes…

some practice on that all important final move – THE DIP at the end of your wedding dance!

Some dip dos and dip don’ts:

* Do get some professional help with your dip! 

We all sort of know how to dip by osmosis.  After all who hasn’t dipped or been dipped in the heat of the moment during a fun song with a bunch of friends and shall we say, a few spirits.

It’s not a good idea to rely on your “instinctual dipping ability” when dipping your lovely bride in her gorgeous gown, with just the two of you on the dance floor, in front of loads of people on such an important day of days!

No one wants to create an Instagram or SnapChat sensation of sheer terror or possible peril of outfit or limb.

* Do let your dance teacher know if you have any physical or outfit limitations for dipping.

I always inquire of my “dippees” (is that even a word?) if it’s ok to dip them at the level that their dipper is dipping them at?!

Should we keep the dip modest due to a possible equipment failure?  Is the dippee worried about going “too low” and falling with her high heels on?

Also should we watch which side we do the dip on for the dipper due to an injury or left or right side strength preference?

Remember, your dance teacher doesn’t know about your outfit limitations or your recent bike mishap unless you share!


For dip and dance help, contact me through text at 619.871.0241 or email at

Who knows, after some dipping pointers you might just feel empowered to practice dipping at your friend’s wedding coming up right before yours.

Happy Spring! Jillian

My Paddy's Day Piggies!

My Paddy’s Day Piggies!

One Is Better Than None!

February 12th, 2018 by admin

So many times I’ve heard, “OMG, Jillian, we totally forgot about the first dance!! We’re a bit dance challenged but can you squeeze us in for just one lesson???”

“Sure!”, I always respond because…

One is definitely better than none!

If you’re on the fence about coming in for just a single dance lesson for your big day, which may be just around the corner, don’t hesitate.

It’s so much fun to dance to your special song with your love in the final weeks before you say I Do.

Taking a little bit of “us” time when you may be up to your ears in last minute details can be a great time-out.

I can give you technique tips and tricks for lead and follow, turns, dips and movement across the floor to make that dance go much more smoothly.

Just the act of getting out there on a dance floor with each other beforehand is worth it to see how you work together.

Towards the end of the lesson, I videotape our final product on your phone for you to refer to during your practice and viola! you’ve got some helpful and fun dance ideas you didn’t have just an hour before!

Of course, if you do have a bit more time you can benefit from repetition and more explanation that multiple dance lessons offer.

But let’s face it, sometimes stuff just falls through the cracks.  So don’t worry, be happy and come dance with me!

I can be reached by email at or by text at 619.871.0241

Happy Spring Wedding Planning!

xxoo Jillian

Dance with Jillian!

Dance with Jillian!

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