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February Newsletter

" 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 2005 Newsletter

Dance Tip: Dancing As One

During dance class, just as in marriage, it is important to be supportive of one another. There is a running joke among dance instructors that we are cleverly disguised marriage therapists. While you do need to learn steps, it is the teamwork and patience that will make you “move as one.” Isn’t that what marriage is all about?

Both the bride and groom have common goals, to look comfortable and have fun on the dance floor especially with an audience watching. There are three basic rules for “dancing as one”. Following these tips will enable the Bride to look and feel beautiful while the Groom can appear competent.

  • Alternate your weight: Dancing is just fancy walking so switch your weight L-R-L-R
  • The Groom is the Leader, the Bride is the Follower
  • Smile

Wedding Planning Tip: Glamour

Deborah Joy, Newlywed and Founder of The Wedding Dance Specialists suggests:

Make sure you have a trial session with your make up artist well in advance of the wedding. Do not put this off until the last minute as there are a lot of variables to consider when choosing a quality artist. You may have to interview several make up artists until you find the right match. It’s best to go with referrals from other brides or wedding vendors that way the make up artist has previously proven themselves and feel more accountable. If a bride refers you, ask to see her wedding pictures to preview the make up artist’s work. Ideally, the make up artist should have a portfolio for you to view and a list of references for you to call. Also wear the make up all day to test out any claims the artist makes about the products like sweat/water-proof, shine-proof, long-lasting lipstick, etc… The quality of the make-up job is important but so is the customer service. Did the session start on time? Did the artist listen to your concerns? Can they provide you with touch up make up for the big day? Are they available on the big day? Will they travel if necessary? If arranging to have an artist come to your location, make sure they have the address and directions well in advance and encourage them to take a dry run to find the location. Since the make up session occurs on the big day and can affect the timetable of the rest of the day, arrange for the artist to arrive at least an hour earlier than you really need them to prevent any possible delays for the ceremony or reception, which may result in additional costs.




Giselle, Stylist for Elegant Hair By Giselle has the following advice:

Wedding Hair Essentials:

  • Get a head start by booking a “consultation or mini-trial” to meet your stylist, review style ideas, Determine whether you want “on location” services or “in salon” services and prepare for the main trial like what to shop for, whether you need to grow out your hair, what hair products work best for you.
  • At the consultation and main trial: Bring hair and dress photos, wear a button down shirt, arrive with dry hair
  • Book your hair services once you know your date. It’s best to establish hair services well in advance
  • Choose your gown first. Second choose your hairstyle. Third choose the accessories (headpiece/veil/jewelry)
  • When choosing accessories make sure everything is streamlined and to scale with your face shape and head size
  • Determine the hair beginning and ending time for bride and bridal party (coordinate this with your photographer and wedding planner) 
  • Schedule your main trial any necessary trims and color touch-ups no later than 10 days prior to your actual event.
  • If you have very thin or oily hair, wash your hair the morning of your wedding day. Otherwise, wash your hair the night before and use conditioner sparingly.
  • During the wedding day, if a hairpin is hurting your scalp, wiggle the closed end of the bobby pin
  • After the wedding, if hairpins get tangled, wet and condition the hair first to help the pins slip out easily.

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Featured Dance Style: Tango

Tango has a flavor quite unlike any other dance. The basic rhythm is an 8 count Slow-Slow-Quick-Quick-Slow. The music itself leads to excess. It is a dance that is ironically both showy, yet very intimate. Tango has also been immortalized in such films as "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse"(Rudolf Valentino), "Scent of a Woman" (Al Pacino), "True Lies" (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and "Assassination Tango" (Robert Duvall). Further explanation of Tango can be found on the Dance Descriptions Page of this website

"There are no mistakes in Tango.
It's like life, if you get all tangled up, you tango on."
Al Pacino in "Scent of a Woman".


"La Cumparsita/Tango Please"(Medley) Strictly Ballroom soundtrack
"Por Una Cabeza" by Tango Project
"Habanera" from Carmen


Galas, Performances and Competitions

There are so many opportunities and venues to enjoy your dancing skills! The D.C. metro area dance world is your oyster! Whether you're in the mood to just soak in the atmosphere, meet up with friends, practice your new moves or escape wedding planning stess and enjoy a romantic date night, it's time to hit the town!

Swizzle – 1930’s Big Band Supper Club, Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra
Event Details: Enjoy a magical evening at DC's glamorous supper club. Enjoy cocktails dining, a vintage show and dancing and romancing.
Reservations: 202. 397. SEAT,
More details:
Location: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 2000
Reviews: "Perhaps the best show in town"— The Washington Post

An Enchanting Viennese Ball
Location: the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Grand Ballroom, 1250 New York Ave NW, DC 20005

Date: Saturday February 26, 2005, 7pm
Event Details: magical evening of private viewing of museum's art collection, music, food, wine, open bar and dancing.
More Details & online reservations:, no sales at the door
Cost: $79 - $139 per person depending on level of preferred service
White Tie requested or Black Tie Optional, Vintage formal attire from Renaissance Era or 1900s welcome!

Fifth Annual Flamenco Festival
Date: Feb 9 & 12
Time: 8pm
Location: Lisner Audiotorium, 730 21st St NW,
More Details: 202-397-7328




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Movie Review - "Dance With Me "

A drama and a romance-- most people either love this film or hate it. I recommend viewing it from the perspective of dance appreciation rather than character development or plot.

Rafael Infante (Chayanne), a Cuban native who never met his real father, immigrates to America. Taking up residence in Houston, he begins searching for his illegitimate fatherand takes up employment as a superintendent at the world renowned Excelsior Dance Studio run by John Burnett (Kris Kristofferson). While working as a handyman, Rafael meets Ruby (Vanessa Williams), a striking dancer. Together they enter into the Las Vegas World Open Dance competition and embark in a heated romance.

DANCE WITH ME is a warm heartfelt film with elements of suspense and romance Chayanne demonstrates to men that dancing is both a sexy art form and a mode of expression for confident and empowered men.




Romantic Quote

Love makes more love.
To love, to love anything
or anybody is to
start some kind of engine
that makes more.

(Ann Rivers Siddons, American writer b. 1936)

Dance Bloopers!
These are NOT our students!
We promise you will never look like this! We GUARANTEE that you will look and feel more elegant after ONE lesson with us than if you just try to "wing it". There are no "accidents" in dancing. Every mistake can be corrected or prevented using a specific technique. Dancing is a science made to look like an art!

"The High School Prom Sway"

Wedding Etiquette: Thank You Notes (Reprinted in part from Emily Post)

Gifts can come in many forms both tangible and intangible. Expressing your gratitude can also come in various forms but one guideline is consistent—gratitude should be prompt. A prompt response notifying that a gift has arrived safely is particularly in order if a gift has been mailed to you.  Ideally, a separate, handwritten thank-you note (never pre-printed) should be sent for every wedding present you receive. Try to send out a letter on the day you receive the gift and no later than three months after the wedding. The Bride and Groom should share in this courtesy.

I was able to send my notes to all my guests within one month because although we had specialty cards with our wedding photo printed on the card our photographer was very efficient and sent them to arrive when we were returning from our honeymoon. If your specialty cards will have a photo inserted manually then you can write the notes and addressed them well in advance so that when your photos arrive you can quickly insert them and send them off in a timely manner. In the note itself, always include a reference to the specific gift and your appreciaton for the thought and effort regardless of how much you like the gift itself.