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CSB 2020 Best Wedding Dance Instruction on Cape Cod logo

So proud to announce

that for the third year running

Cape Sands Ballroom Dance

has been selected as winner of 

Best Wedding Dance Instruction on Cape Cod!


2020 Pick - the knot Best of Weddings


With gratitude for this prestigious award

representing highest-rated wedding professionals

as reviewed by real couples, their families,

and wedding guests on The Knot


We are not taking new students at this time

Please watch for updates.


You've got the shoes. You've got the Tux and Gown. 

Now, have your fun and affordable Wedding Dance lessons

with instructor Karen Shackleford of Cape Sands Ballroom,

winner in The Knot Best of Weddings 2018, 2019 and 2020, and

voted "Best Wedding Dance Instructor" in NH Magazine Bride’s annual "Best Of" poll, 2015 and 2016!

Karen will make your first dance together special and fun!  No "high school shuffle" for you! And no worries.

During Karen Shackleford’s 25+ years of teaching, she’s helped countless couples get ready for their big day. 

Your wedding dance will be complete with an entrance, an exit, and all of the memorable moves in-between.


To get started click Wedding Dance Lessons with Karen to learn more and for pricing and policies.

Choose your music for your first dance.  

And contact Karen at to book your lessons.

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To get started, choose your music for your first dance.  The rhythm of the song you choose will dictate the type of steps you’ll learn so it is important to know your music before booking your lessons.


When you’re ready to book your wedding dance package, consider whether you’re looking for some basic instruction or something more complex.  A very basic dance can usually be accomplished in five lessons.  If you wish to have memorized pre-set choreography, multiple themes within the dance, or a dance that travels around the floor, please plan on ten lessons.


To determine your optimum lesson start date, decide on the number of lessons you’ll want to take and add four to that number.  That’s how many weeks in advance of your wedding you should start your lesson package.  Why is “four” the magic number to add?  It’s because you should leave two weeks for unplanned reschedules (when planning your wedding you’ll be pulled in all different directions and you never know what could come up), and an additional two weeks between the end of your wedding dance package and your wedding date (too many other last-minute details will be competing for your time and attention during those last two weeks).  Please keep in mind that lessons are not available on holiday weekends and that you will need to add an extra week or two to your start date

in order to accommodate those weeks. 


Pricing and policies for wedding dance lessons with Karen:

  • Due to the specialized nature and high degree of customization in wedding dance lessons, Cape Sands Ballroom only offers

                wedding dance lessons in packages of five or more. 

                of weeks in advance of your wedding (excluding holiday weekends) that you need to consider for your wedding dance start                     date.  We regret that we cannot book wedding dance lessons with a start date that would fall outside of this requirement. 


  • Please don't wait until the last minute! Book NOW to give yourself lots of practice time and to make your first dance the very best.  Booking early will also afford you a wider choice of appointment times.

  • Lessons are 45 minutes long.

  • Location for wedding dance lessons is

                        Cape Sands Ballroom at Cape Cod Health and Fitness, 305 Hokum Rock Road, East Dennis, MA 02638.

  • Five or more lessons are $55 per lesson (in one package payment please), payable to “Cape Sands Ballroom” by check or cash only, on the day of your first lesson.  Pricing is per couple.  Please ask about pricing if you will have Mom, Dad, or members of your wedding party joining you for your lessons.  Lessons when not part of a package are $60 per lesson.

  • Lessons may be rescheduled with 24 hours notice if appointment times are available. Unused lessons are non-refundable.


That’s it!  Your wedding dance is off to a great start!  Contact Karen to book now:

What will your wedding dance be?  Will it be a waltz? As beautiful as waltz is, it is not the only dance suitable for your first dance. Maybe it will be a wedding waltz, or a rumba, or nightclub two-step.  Maybe something lively like cha cha.  Or maybe you'll start off with a peaceful, understated feel and surprise everyone by breaking into an upbeat swing. The possibilities are endless!  Learn to dance with Karen of Cape Sands Ballroom and you’ll dance with confidence on your big day!

Wedding Dance Lessons are held at

Cape Sands Ballroom

at Cape Cod Health and Fitness

305 Hokum Rock Rd

East Dennis, MA 02638

Learn more: Contact Karen.

Absolutely wonderful dance instructor! We had so much fun and felt so prepared for our first dance. Thank you Karen! 

- Ashley T

Karen was awesome! She taught us everything from Swing dance to the Salsa! She helped us create an unforgettable first dance and bridal party intro! 

- DeeDee F

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