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 "

February 2007 Newsletter

Dance Tip: Dance Before You Eat

We don't recommend eating before you dance. After you eat, blood rushes from your head and other extremities to your stomach to aid in digestion. This tends to contribute to a feeling of being sluggish or tired. Additionally, if you haven't taken dance lessons and are feeling nervous about people watching you, this may tend to make you feel a little queasy as well. We recommend starting the reception with Your First Dance when you first make your Grand Entrance as Man and Wife. Usually this occurs right after the cocktail hour as you may need some time for pictures, to privately rehearse your warm up dance and to refresh yourself before joining the reception. To maximize your time at your own reception, we recommend a pre-ceremony photo shoot so you can relax and enjoy posing for the majority of your bridal party configurations and individual poses without feeling rushed. Although this popular arrangement is efficient you may find that you still don't have time to attend the cocktail hour because after the ceremony, there may be a few more shots to include those who couldn't arrive extra early. So your grand entrance when the cocktail hour is winding down and everyone has had a chance to nibble. Perfect timing as their attention will be on you and your first dance not on their hunger!

Gift Certificates Available for Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is 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: Securing a Marriage License in DC, MD or VA

If you are getting married in Virginia, the cost of your marriage license is around $30 dollars that will need to be paid in cash.  There isn’t a waiting period for your paperwork and you do not have to be a previous or current resident in Virginia, but your license expires within 60 days after receipt.  Both parties will need to provide photo identification in the form of a military ID or drivers license or passport as well as a certified copy of your birth certificate.   Blood tests are not required and you can receive your certificate the same day you apply.

In Maryland you need to provide an ID in a form of a drivers license and a birth certificate, but only one applicant has to be present while applying.  The cost varies from $35 to $60, but you can pay in cash or by credit card.  Your license will not expire for 6 months but there is a 48-hour turn around time to be able to receive your paperwork.

For Washington D.C. the cost of your license is $35 and you do not have to be a previous or current resident.  You will have a 5-day waiting period that does not include weekends or the day of application and a blood test is required.  Your blood tests need to be analyzed by a state certified laboratory and recorded on a state form that you can receive through your doctor or clinic or town clerk.  Although your blood test is only good for 30 days, your license will never expire once issued.

Movie Review:  Marilyn Hodgekiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School

This is an emotional story based on love and life.  Robert Carlyle is Frank Keane, a man who spots an accident and meets a dying man who was headed to dance school to meet a woman he loved years before.  Frank, who was depressed since his wife passed away, joins the school and becomes involved with an assortment of people. This a story of two men’s lives and how the actions of one, changed the direction of another. And it's really about a group of people who all have encountered some kind of loss in their life. They are all drawn to this funny little dance hall like a magnet, It reminds us that we are never really alone in this world if we allow ourselves to be touched by others. My favorite line in the movie is, "Dance is a very powerful drug, Mr. Keane. If embraced judiciously it can exercise demons, access deep seated emotion, and color your life in joyous shades of brilliant magenta that you never knew existed. But, one must shoulder it's challenges with intrepid continance if one is ever to reap it's rewards. Are you up to it, Mr. Keane?"

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!

Salsa Dancing Saturday nights at :
Enjoy steamy hot dancing to flavorful latin rhythms at any of these area nightclubs
Cafe Peju 4867 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, MD at 9pm
Carribean Breeze at 4100 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA w/Ramiro "El Padrino"- internat'l latin
Cecilia's at 2619 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA with JCJ Band -- international latin
Taliano's at 7001B Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, MD at 10pm
Club Mate at 3612 South Hanover St. Brooklyn, MD

Event: A Night in Vienna: Annual Viennese Ball
When: Saturday, February 24, 2007 at 7:00 PM
Where:Grand Ballroom of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington DC 20005-3920
Organizer: The International Club
Details:We cordially request the pleasure of your company at our Annual Viennese Ball at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on Saturday February 24. You are welcome to attend without a date, as we expect the gala to be equally well attended by both singles and couples. Join us for a magical and unforgettable Viennese celebration of music, food, wine and dancing. Austrian wine and food, delectable desserts, the music of a 30 piece classical orchestra and an exquisite marble floor of one of the most magnificent venues in town adorned with artwork await you for an unforgettable evening of elegance. This is a great opportunity for a private viewing of the museum’s permanent art collection, experience the elegant atmosphere of a European Ball, as well as meet international professionals and members of the diplomatic community.
Attire:White Tie or Black Tie Optional (dark suits are also fine!), vintage formal attire from the renaissance era or the 1900s welcome!
Parking: PMI (202) 785-9191, 1325 G Street, NW - 24 hours/day, 7 days/week  (verify hours of operation at time of parking.)
Cost: General Admission Tickets are $89, Gala Patron Tickets are $130, Gala Benefactor Tickets: $150

Event: Flamenco Festival
Date: Feb 9 and Feb 10
Time:  8pm
Cost: $35-$75
Where: Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St, NW
Contact: 202-397-SEAT


Vendor Special Offers

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

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Present this coupon to receive:
1. A FREE Home buyer's Seminar with expert advice from a real estate professional, mortgage lender & settlement co. (value priceless). Next scheduled seminar: Saturday, February 24th in Alexandria to cater to the increasing homebuyer demand. Ellen Coolidge Burke Library located at 4701 Seminary Road in Alexandria, VA. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch provided) Details here
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 - Valentine's Day 15% OFF SALE!
This is our biggest sale of the year! You can celebrate dance and romance while SAVING 15% on private lessons for any wedding or hobbyist package at any of our locations! You can schedule your lessons anytime within one year from date of purchase. Sale expires February 15, 2007.
Gift certificates available for Valentine's Day!

Dance Bloopers

1. Holding a Lady's elbow is considered poor etiquette.
2. This frame looks like they are bracing eachother for bad news...not an elegant dance.

Wedding Etiquette: What dances are expected at the Wedding?
With so many different styles of dancing and a large variety of customs, there are a few general guidelines for dancing at your wedding reception.  Here are a few guidelines that Peggy Post suggests in her book Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette Cherished Traditions and Contemporary Ideas for a Joyous Celebration:

  • At a seated dinner, dancing should not start until after dessert has been eaten.  If the reception is in the afternoon and the meal isn’t served until later, guests may dance before the bridal party goes to its table.  If your reception is buffet, you may start dancing as soon as you have left the receiving line.
  • You and your new spouse are the first to take the dance floor and dance to your song.  Your dance is normally followed by the bride dancing with the father in law with the father of the bride cutting in to dance during the same song.   While the bride is dancing with the father and father-in-law, the groom should be dancing with the mother in law and then with his mother.  Next, the bride’s father may ask the grooms mother to dance and the grooms father asks the brides mother to dance. 
  • As soon as the groom and bride take dances with the maid of honor and best man, everyone else is free to dance.  The guests are also free to dance if the make-up family is complicated, with more then one mom or dad to include step-mom and step-dad.  The bride and groom should make a point of dancing with all of their parents during the reception.
  • At some point during the dancing, about a half hour or so prior to the bride and groom leaving the reception, the bride and her father may have their special dance.  They can choose to dance the entire song on their own or be joined later by the brides mother and the groom.

    In summary, an elegant demonstration of family unity and proper etiquette would include all of the following combinations are:
    First Dance with Bridal Couple
    Bride/Father and Step-Father
    Groom/Mother and Step-Mother
    Bride's Father/Groom's Mother
    Bride/Best Man
    Groom/Maid of Honor