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" 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 "

June 2008 Newsletter



Dance Etiquette: Putting the "social" back into Social Dancing

Dancing with your guests is not only polite but a great way to spend some time with each of them. Once you learn the basics you will feel more confident and excited about dancing with your guests who may have gone to great trouble and expense for the privilege of sharing in your special day. And after all, you have the rest of your life to dance in the arms of your spouse! Here are a few guidelines when dancing socially:

  • Thank your partner after the dance is over. Always thank your partner for the pleasure of their company and for indulging you in a dance with them. Your graciousness will increase the chance that they will want to dance with you again in the future.
  • Offer to escort your partner off the dance floor. It is gracious and courteous to escort your partner off the floor when the dance is over, to ensure her safety and to avoid the embarassment of leaving her alone on the floor without a partner as you begin a new dance with another partner. This is not required if both of you are ensured of a new partner or actively looking for one for the next song.
  • Try to dance with everyone you know. Social dancing is just that, social, so you should try to dance with many partners, especially ones that you haven't seen for a while or who have travelled great distances to see you.
  • Avoid dancing with the same person consecutively. Try to avoid dancing with the same person many times, particularly in a row. If you and your partner both wish to keep dancing with each other, then it is still more social to change partners once in a while. There are other people that want to dance with both of you, too!

Planning Tip: How to Avoid Common Gown Shopping Pitfalls, Part 3

Buying your wedding gown is an incredibly exciting and emotional experience. It will be the fanciest and most likely most expensive article of clothing you will ever purchase and the process is more complicated than just purchasing a regular dress. We want to empower you to anticipate and overcome common pitfalls like the ones below so your gown shopping experience is exhilarating instead of exhausting. There are so many details Here are some of our suggestions:

  • Penalty fees for "special" sizing - "special cuttings" for petites or "extra fabric" costs for larger sizes are justifications the bridal gown shops may use to charge you extra money. What is frustrating is that only bridal stores charge them. Department stores and catalogs generally do not. However, wedding gowns are less likely to be mass produced, are more open to customizing and are often made with more expensive materials. Regardless, it is helpful to anticipate that this could arise as a potential obstacle to navigate. For petites, it may be more affordable to order a regular size and have it altered.
  • Extra charges for "rush" orders - What is the definition of "rush?" 3 months? 6 months? Find out what they charge and what the cut off date for "rush" is before you tell them when you need it. Also compare their deadlines with other shops who carry the same gown. Perhaps it's better to get a dress "off the rack" or consider negotiating down the fees.
  • Huge markups on imported gowns - shop around to get comparison prices and make sure to inspect the gowns for ripped out labels. How can they justify charging exhorbitant prices for gowns that could be cheap imitations? Verify with the manufacturer that they are authorized dealers. If a label is missing ask why.
  • "Discontinued" gown designs - This is a tactic used to pressure brides into quick decisions. Although some gowns are discontinued seasonally, you should be suspicious if the shop uses this reason to get you to place your order that same day. Check with the manufacturer to confirm the gown's status. Even if it is discontinued, that does not mean that tons of other shops carry the same gown at a better size or better price.
  • Deposits - if a gown agrees to temporarily hold a dress for you and requires a deposit, make sure you are clear as to whether it is refundable or nonrefundable and get the terms in writing.

    Stay tuned next month for more gown shopping saga survival tips..

So You Think You Can Dance?


"So You Think You Can Dance" is an American dance reality show competition aired on the FOX network and broadcasted around the world.  It was the #1 rated show in summer 2006 for adults aged 18-49, and in July 2007. In August 2006, spinoff versions of the show aired internationally.

The series premiered on July 20, 2005 and has a similar premise to the American Idol series of singing competitions, with nationwide auditions leading to the discovery of the next big star.  Contestants are chosen for the show, ranging from unknown street dancers to winners of national championships. All contestants work their way through a rigorous audition process, and are assigned different dance styles and partners each week to test their versatility.

So You Think You Can Dance holds auditions in major cities across the U.S., looking for the top dancers in each city. All types of dance backgrounds are encouraged to audition. Salsa, ballroom, hip hop, street dancing, contemporary, jazz, ballet and many other types of dancers can be seen auditioning for a chance to win the grand prize—which, in the past, has included a new car, $250,000 in cash, a dancing role in Celine Dion's Las Vegas show and the title of "America's favorite dancer."


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