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<August 2006 Wedding Dance 411>

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August 2006 Newsletter

Dance Tip: Dancing with the Bouquet

Despite the images in magazines of a wedding couple dancing together with a bouquet in the bride's hand, don't do it! These models are not really dancing. They are staged poses. The first dance is a moment dedicated to showing the wedding couple moving together as one, a symbol and celebration of how the newly married will dance through the rest of their lives as a married couple. Holding a bouquet in your hand complicates things and may interfere or block the photographer from getting a good shot.




Wedding Planning Tip: Bridal Shower Ideas

Who came up with the idea of holding a shower for a bride before her wedding day?  In the days of arranged marriages, a bride was given a dowry to take into her marriage.  Her dowry came in the form of money or land, which is given by her father to her new husband upon marriage.  However, in the case of an unsuitable match her father would withhold the dowry.  In this case, local villagers would sympathize with the young bride and shower her with goods for her new home.  Thus, we host a bridle shower to help present-day brides establish their own homes.  Here are two suggestions that will put a new twist on your bridle shower.

Have a shower where guest bring suggested gifts related to a theme.  For example, if the couple is honeymooning in the tropics, celebrate by holding a tropical shower where guest bring beach related items such as beach towels, chairs, coolers, etc.  The hostess can provide a Caribbean menu and decorate with palm trees and flamingos.  How about a Gourmet Kitchen Shower where guest can bring gifts to help set up the brides kitchen? 

Another idea is to host a bridal shower in an unconventional place.  Try inviting guests to a local hotel or bed and breakfast for High Tea.  The bride and her guests can relax in an elegant setting while sharing stories over a cup of soothing tea, scrumptious tea sandwiches, and delicious pastries.  If the bride has already established a home then host a bridle shower at a spa resort and bring gifts that center around bath and shower luxuries.  The possibilities are endless to make your bridle shower unique and fun!


Featured Dance Style: Cha Cha

The Cha-cha is the newest of the "Latin" dances. It is a true American dance, developed in the dance studios in the early 50's as a mid-tempo variant between Rumba (slow) and Mambo (fast). It is believed to have started as a step in Mambo - a triple step to replace the slow one to accommodate slower musical rhythms. This developed into an entirely new dance. Slower modern music has often inspired the evolution of popular dances such as Single Swing into Triple Swing and Quickstep into Slow Foxtrot. Cha-cha music is slower than Mambo/ Salsa but not much. It it quite a common upbeat musical tempo. The dance is alive and well in ballrooms and studios today. It is flashy, sassy and full of itself. The Cha-cha styling is very similar to Rumba and Mambo. Like most Latin dances, your weight is forward and most of the movement occurs below the ribcage. The steps are small, taken with the ball of the foot first to better execute the hip action commonly known as "cuban motion". Cha-cha music is composed in 4/4 time. The rhythm is danced 2-3-4 & 1 ( "rock step cha cha cha".) Cha-cha is a flirty dance great for couples or just to catch someone's eye!


"Smooth" by Santana
"You're My First, My Last, My Everything" by Barry White

Song Suggestion List

Dance and Romance

Dancing is symbolic of love and unity and a celebration of life. That is why watching world renound dancers is so inspiring and romantic. We encourage you to take advantage of the limitless opportunities and venues to appreciate the art of dance at it's finest! The D.C. metro area dance world is your oyster! Escape from wedding planning stress and enjoy a romantic date night while learning about the exciting world of dance! It's time to hit the town!

Halau O Kekuhi at the craterWolf Trap presents the next of the Face of America series with Hawai’i.  Experience the spirit of Aloha with Grammy Award Winning Keali’I Rechel, the Halau O Kekuhi Dance Company, and Ledward Kaapana instrumental music.  Halau O Kekuhi portrays The Myth of Pele while audiences view breathtaking footage of the Hawaiian Islands broadcasted through HD video accompanied by the sounds of traditional and contemporary music.  Hurry tickets are going fast!

Event:  Face of America:  Hawai’i
Date:  September 9, 2006
Price:  10.00 Lawn to 36.00 Box
Location:  Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts


Shall We Dance? New season premieres on ABC, Tuesday, September 12 @ 8/7c.

Each week, the celebrity and professional dance pairs will perform live choreographed Latin and traditional ballroom dance routines to popular live music performed by a 15-piece orchestra led by musical director Harold Wheeler. The expert panel of beloved and sometimes maligned judges, former ballroom dancer Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba, will return for a third season to weigh in on the pairs' performances. The viewing public also gets to weigh in, by phoning in or voting online for their favorite performers. The scores are combined and the outcome will be announced during a results show the following evening.

Each Wednesday the suspense will build as the dancing couple with the lowest combined score is eliminated on Dancing with the Stars, The Results, premiering WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET). Each results show will feature exciting live performances by award-winning, multi-platinum selling pop, country and Latin musical artists.

Dancing with the Stars is the U.S. version of the international smash hit series, Strictly Come Dancing. This version is produced in America by BBC Worldwide. Conrad Green is executive producer and Izzie Pick is co-executive producer. Rob Wade and Matilda Zoltowski are supervising producers. Alex Rudzinski directs.

Movie Review:  Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, directed by Stanley Donen for MGM Studios, captured the hearts of movie goers in 1954.  In the backwoods of Frontier Oregon, Adam Pontibee (Howard Keel) goes into town and in the same day returns with a blushing bride.  Milly (Jane Powell) arrives at her new home and discovers she has the daunting task of cooking and cleaning not only for her husband, but his six younger brothers.  Not to be intimated by her uncouth in-laws, Milly quickly establishes order and soon the brothers are using their new courtly manners to woe their own brides. 

Brides choreographer Michael Kidd, also know for his work on Guys and Dolls, utilizes the talents of jazz dance legend, Matt Mattox, ballet star Jacques d'Amboise, and champion gymnast Russ Tamblyn.  Kidd creates some of the most memorable dance sequences in Hollywood history with his famous “Barn Raising” sequence and “Lonesome Polecat” ballet.  Enjoy this riveting Academy Award winning musical tonight!

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Dance Bloopers

High School Prom Sway.
Anticlimatic for such an elegant occassion.
Awkward and embarrassing to have others staring at you just swaying in place for 4 long minutes.

Wedding Etiquette: Announcing Your Engagement

Once an engagement is announced to family and friends there is no holding back the whirlwind of activity that surrounds the event.  Follow these quick steps to help smooth the way to your wedding day.

The Telling
There is an order to how you announce your engagement.  It is important to tell those family members that are at the top of your priority list.  This usually includes parents, grandparents, and any children from a previous relationship and best done in person. Then, think about who deserves special attention among your family and friends and tell them next.  Share the responsibility and finish the rest of your list.  It is acceptable to complete your list in person for that personal touch or over the phone, either way is acceptable.  Finally, tell your colleagues and coworkers by simply speaking to a few people and watch the news spread quickly. 

Dream to Reality
Your dream wedding is about to become reality and certain stages of the wedding should be set before promises or invitations are extended.  In order to avoid an embarrassing situation by taking back an invite, simply review the cost of the wedding and finalize the guest list before discuss the wedding with relatives and family.  Also, as a couple, decide upon who will be in the wedding party before discussing it with others.  This will help you avoid awkward social situations, friendship will remain intact, and everyone is happy. 

Reviewing the Situation
At a time when you would like everyone around you to be just as happy as you are, it is sometimes not possible.  You may have to change your level of excitement when you share your news, especially when telling those are dealing with difficult situations in their own lives, such as the recent death of a loved one, a divorce or illness.  Your willingness to be sensitive to their situation will help you maintain your relationship and eventually they will join in on the excitement. 

To summarize, when announcing your engagement it is recommended that you develop a plan of action by following the announcement hierarchy, try to live in the moment and refrain from making promises too early, and consider other people’s feelings when you relate the good news.