The Wedding Dance Specialists The Wedding Dance Specialists

" We turned our dance lessons into a dinner and dancing date! It became a welcomed weekly escape from our hectic wedding planning." Cindy Rich, Newlywed and Assistant Editor of Washingtonian Magazine "

December 2006 Newsletter

Dance Tip: Alcohol and Stage Fright

We suggest you perform your “First Dance” directly after the cocktail hour/pictures and try not to drink very much alcohol beforehand. The first dance is a lasting image your guests will have of you as Husband and Wife, you want to appear dignified and in control. When you have dance skills you don't need luck and you don't need liquor. Nevertheless, if you want one drink to relax you, one drink won't interfere with your dancing. However, at your wedding there will be waiters continuously filling up your glass with champagne. Between the nerves, the waiters and the festive atmosphere it is possible to get tipsier than you had intended. Sip slowly and enjoy the party. Doing the First Dance right after the cocktail hour minimizes the risk of becoming too tipsy to dance. The whole day will go by quickly and you don't want it to be a complete blur. In sum, if you are nervous about dancing in public, drink in each others eyes rather than the “liquid courage”.

Gift Certificates Available!

The holidays are just around the corner and so is the wedding! Are you looking for the perfect gift? Giving the gift of dance is a gift that lasts a lifetime. Since social dancing enriches lives and relationships it is a thoughtful and elegant gift to give to a newly engaged couple or their parents. Gift certificates are available for any of our a la carte lessons, Wedding Packages or Other Packages. Purchasing the gift certificate can be handled online or over the phone at (703) 626-7016. We will gladly snail mail or email the gift certificate to you or whomever you designate as the recipient.

Wedding Planning Tip: The Guest List

Do you dream of a small intimate wedding with just your closest friends and family?   Maybe your looking to celebrate with everyone you both know.  Either way, a lot of your decisions will be based on the number of people who will attend your wedding. 

Your guest list will determine the location of your wedding as well as your budget.   Sit down with your partner and create separate guest lists.  Your lists can include as many or as few people that you would like.  Consider your friends, colleagues and family.  After creating your lists, compile them to determine your starting point.  In most cases, your guest list will have to be edited to accommodate for your budget or your location.  Here are some questions you might want to consider when you are editing your guest list.

  • Are we inviting this person because we feel obligated to?
  • When is the last time I saw this person?  Has it been longer then a year?
  • Is it necessary for this person to bring a date?
  • Should we allow children to attend?
  • Are we inviting our co-workers?

When determining how to reduce your wedding guest list, be considerate of each other’s needs.  Both parties need to be willing to compromise on their lists so that a limit can be reached.  Once your limit is determined, be prepared for some awkward situations.   How are you going to handle the questions of those you aren’t inviting?  What about the couple that just recently separated?  These situations are not uncommon, but we have a few suggestions for you to help you get by.

We composed a list of possible problems and resolutions that might help you when you are preparing your guest list.

  • Are you having a small wedding?  Are you tight on your budget?  If you are honest and up front with your friends about your circumstances and let them know why you cannot invite them to your wedding, the situation will less likely to be a stress for you later. 
  • Are you close with a recently separated or divorced couple and aren’t sure which spouse to invite?  Be diplomatic and send both parties an invitation.  Leave the decision up to them as to who will attend. 
  • Do you want friends and family with children to attend?  It’s up to you, but our advice is that you stick with your choice.  If you make an exception to your rule and allow one child (even if it’s a newborn) to attend your wedding, you are bound to have some resentment or hurt feelings.

It takes a great deal of inner strength to face opposition from those around you.  Be honest and upfront with your family and friends.  Don’t put yourself under anymore emotional stress by feeling compelled to invite people who you might not otherwise invite.  Don’t forget, your wedding is about you and what you want, not what someone else wants or expects.

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!

When: Dec 28, to January 1, 2007.
Where: The JW Marriott Hotel 14th and PA Ave.W DC
Organizer: Ron Bennett
Details: The New Year's Eve Gala features the
WD & DSC World Professional South American Show Dance Champions Maxim Kozhevnikov & Yulia Zagoryuchenko
Contact:, 301-972-2416


Event: Dancer's Open House Party (Leon's Snowflake Ball)
Date: Dec 16
Details: Salsa, cha cha, tango, swing, and merengue.  Holiday dressy Black Tie Optional.  Bring finger food/dessert, a bottle of wine, or beverage, intimate cozy home atmosphere, meet lots of young couples who love to dance just like you!
Time: 5-6 pm champagne and hot rum toddy reception, Finger food and exotic desserts Dancing  6 -11 pm on two floors.  
Cost: $10 with a  refreshment $15 without
Where: La Casa de Baile, 1250 NJ Av., NW, Washington, DC 20001,
Contact: (202) 638-3589 (Leon).   

Movie Review:  Take the Lead

 Inspired by a true story, this movie is about a prize winning ballroom dancer and instructor who pushes inner city kids to exceed expectations through dancing.  Pierre Dulaine is living in Manhattan working with students at a high school in the Bronx.  Pierre is asked to work with students in detention, some of the toughest kids in the school.  When Dulaine starts work, he shows the students his dance moves while the kids show him theirs.  In the end, the kids have combined both styles of dance, ballroom and hip-hop, creating a new style. 

Vendor Special Offers

We pre-screen and negotiate with wedding vendors on your behalf to make your wedding planning easier!

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2. a FREE HOME APPRAISAL (value $350)
3. 2 FREE private ballroom dance lessons when you use his services for purchasing your home. (value $170)

The Wedding Dance Specialists - 10% OFF SALE!
SAVE 10% on our rates on any wedding or hobbyist dance lessons! This sale rate applies to privates, semi privates or customized mini groups at any of our locations! You can schedule your lessons anytime within one year from date of purchase. Sale expires January 2, 2006. Must mention this coupon to qualify for discount
. Gift certificates available for the holidays!

Dance Bloopers


Wedding Etiquette: The Role of the Usher

  • The number of ushers in usually determined by the “one usher for fifty guests” guideline.  This gauge will help you be able to seat guests expediently.
  • One usher should hand out a program while the others seat the guests.
  • The usher is to offer his right arm while escorting a lady to her seat. 
  • Relatives of the bride and groom are to have the first sets of pews reserved for their seating.  Guests are then seated from the fourth row back.
  • If guests of the bride and groom are to be seated in separate sections, proper etiquette states that the friends and family of the bride are to be seated on the left while friends and family of the groom are seated on the right. 
  • The parents of the groom are to be ushered in.  After they are seated, the mother of the bride is to be escorted and seated. If parents of the bride or groom are divorced, usually the father is seated in a row behind the mother. If everyone is amenable to being seated together, you may do so.
  • The mother of the bride is usually seated by the best man or head usher.  Many ceremonies have set aside this time to play special music, making this a queue that the wedding ceremony is about to start.  Typically when the groom and best man are in place, the ceremony actually begins.