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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 "

March 2008 Newsletter



Dance Tip: The Honors Dance

You can assist your parent in selecting a song by providing him/her with our list of Honors Dance song suggestions. However, remember that your parent might already have a song in mind. Since it is their big moment at the wedding, you should let your parent have a say. He/She will move better to familiar music and be much less nervous about dancing in front of the crowd. Even one hour of preparation will make a huge impact on the way The Honors Dance looks and feels. These are special moments for Mom and Dad and they may be even more enjoyable with a little preparation.

If your parent lives out of town, a creative solution is to schedule a lesson for the week he/she is in town for the wedding. The hour spent together preparing for this dance will last a lifetime in your memory as a special moment shared between the two of you.The Honors Dance is traditionally reserved for the Mother/Son and Father/Daughter although other combinations and other relatives are also incorporated in some weddings and for certain circumstances where parents are deceased or not in attendance. Anyone who is honored by a spotlight dance will always feel more comfortable if they feel prepared.

Still haven't picked a special song for the Honors Dances? Here are some ideas!


Planning Tip: How to Avoid Common Gown Shopping Pitfalls, Part 1

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 overcome common pitfalls like the ones below so your gown shopping experience is exhilarating instead of exhausting. Here are some of our suggestions:

1. The gown shop goes bankrupt - pay a partial deposit and only with a credit card, report this immediately to the credit card company, place the order atleast 6 months before the wedding, monitor the store monthly, have a Plan B for a backup dress

2. Bait and switch - designers and retailers sometimes lead brides to believe the exact gown they saw in an ad is available for purchase at a particular location when it is not. Make sure you call and get an email verification that they have the exact model and designer before making the trip over there. Also ask them to put a 24 hour hold on it. Otherwise, you may find yourself being offered "the next best thing."

3. Unnecessary or inflated alterations bill - don't accept guesswork or size estimates or general "recommendations," using a vinyl tape measure (not cloth) take your exact bust, waist and hip measurements, realize that all manufacturers' sizing charts are different so ask to see it personally to determine the corresponding size you will need to order, pick a size that most closely matches your largest measurement, make sure the store notes the size and measurements ordered on the sales receipt.

4. Manufacturer labels the dress the wrong size or sends a damaged gown - This is very common and it is the Manufacturer's responsibility to pay for replacement, repairs and shipping, you've got your receipt to prove it was their mistake. Measure and try on the gown before removing it from the store.

5. Manufacturer sends the wrong or modified gown - ask for a contract in writing that promises the same exact gown with the same exact features, take a picture of the gown in the dressing room, or ask the store to provide a catalog picture of the gown or for them to find it online and print it out at the store.

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


Featured Dance Style:

D.C. Hand Dance originated in the Washington, D.C. area in the mid-1950s. It is very similar to Hustle or West Coast Swing.The dance style is characterized by very smooth footwork and movements, and close-in and intricate hand-turns, danced to a 6-beat, 6 or 8 count dance rhythm. The footwork consists of smooth and continuous floor contact, sliding and gliding-type steps (versus hopping and jumping-type steps). There are no lifts or aerials. The partners generally move in a slotted format; to, from, around and/or in front of each other while executing hand-turns and other dance moves. The two partners’ hands (either one or both) are always joined in some way, thereby receiving the name “Hand Dance”. It is basically a “street” hustle dance with an “attitude”, This dance is best danced to rhythm and blues or other sensual-type West coast swing music (such as funk or blues rock and beach music. D.C. Hand Dance has very “sensual” and lanquid qualities. Photo from The Washington Post.

To learn about other dance styles click here


Date Night Idea ;)

There are so many opportunities and venues to enjoy your dancing skills! The metro area danceworld 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!

Event: Step It Out!
Details: Ultimate Challenge Step Show
Cost: $20
Location: Show Place Arena
Date: March 29
Time: 7pm
Tickets: showplacearena.com

Event: National DanceSport Championships
Cost: $45 per person
Date: Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, 2008
Time: 7-9pm general dancing, 9-midnight competitions
Details: general dancing for audience and ballroom dance competition for spectators to watch and enjoy!
Location: Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland


Vendor Special Offers $$

Brian Block - RE/MAX Allegiance

Now that you are about to merge your life with your fiance, you may be looking to sell or purchase real estate. Click the banner to leisurely view Northern Virginia Area homes from the comfort of your home. Brian Block is a Real Estate Agent and Real Estate Attorney plus a newlywed, Co-Founder of The Wedding Dance Specialists and Assistant Instructor for Wedding Dance Practice Sessions.
Be notified of the next Free Homebuyers' Seminar where you can learn everything you want to know and get your individual questions personally answered about the real estate market, the home buying process and mortgages! Experts in real estate, titles and mortgages will all be there! Free lunch provided.

Print this out, work with Brian and get a FREE HOME APPRAISAL (value $350) plus 2 FREE private ballroom dance lessons.


Nesting Newlyweds: - Brian Block, Real Estate Broker/Attorney

Every homebuyer wants to know: Will the Sellers Come Down on the Price? Other variations of this question include:

-For how much do you think we can buy this house?
- What would the sellers accept for their home?
- Is there negotiating room on this one?
- What should our initial offer be?
- How low should we go?

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Movie Review - Swing Kids
The story of a group of best friends. They are members of a subculture of young kids in Nazi Germany called The Swing Kids who listen to banned swing music from the US. Soon dancing and fun leads to more difficult choices as the Nazi's begin tightening the grip on Germany. Each member of the group is forced to face some tough choices about right, wrong, and survival. In a world on the brink of war. You either march to one tune or dance to another.






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!



They may look blissfully happy but clinging on to each other still does not qualify as dancing.

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