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The staff at TWDS are outstanding! My husband and I started taking classes from TWDS to prepare for our wedding. We learned our “first dance” and had so much fun! After our wedding we really missed our weekly dance class so we quickly signed up for more lessons and before we knew it we had a weekly dinner and dance date! We love learning new things together and dancing is one activity where we are at the same level so it’s really easy to enjoy. TWDS teaching style helps us to relax — taking classes with TWDS has introduced us to a whole new world of married life fun! - - Lauren and Jason Gerbsman, married June 5, 2004

November 2006 Newsletter



We hope you'll take some time to snuggle up and enjoy the newsletter about love, life and marriage! We are excited to offer you this newsletter designed to help newlyweds with useful resources and advice and of course, we encourage you to keep dancing and romancing! We wish you a happily ever after! Sincerely, Mrs. Deborah Joy and Mr. Brian Block, Founders of The Wedding Dance Specialists

 

 


Filling the Nest:  Selecting Your Pregnancy Practictioner (reprinted in part from What To Expect When You Are Expecting)

Consider which type of medical credentials would best meet your needs.

An obstetrician-gynocologist is trained to handle every conceivable aspect of pregnancy, labor, delivery and the postpartum period. They can also take care of all your nonpregnancy female health needs. If yours is a high-risk pregnancy you will most likely need an ob-gyn.

A family practicitioner provides one stop medical service for the whole family and has training in primary care, obstetrics and pediatrics after recieving an MD.If compklications occur, an FP may send you to an obstetrician but remain involved in your care.

A certified nurse-midwife is a registered nurse who has completed graduate-level programs in Midwifery and is certified by the American Colleg of Nurse-Midwives. CNMs are likely to focus on "natural" birthing methods and treat birthing process as a human condition rather than as a medical one. A CNM is trained to care for women with low-risk pregnancies and to attend uncomplicated births. Most CNMs use a physician as a backup in case of complications; many practice with one or with a group of doctors. She may work in a hospital, birthing center or do home births.

Direct-entry midwives are trained without first becoming nurses. Though they may hold degrees in other health care areas. They work in birthing centers and do home births. Check to see if your insurance will cover these services and if the State requires certification for DEMs. Those who are certified through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) are called Certified Progessional midwives. For more information call the Midwives Alliance of North America at888-923-6262.


On the Town

Dancing is symbolic of love and unity and a celebration of life. That is why watching world renound dancers are 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 everyday stress and enjoy a romantic date night while learning about the exciting world of dance! It's time to hit the town!

Event: Cirque du Soleil: Corteo
Date: Friday, October 26, 2006 - Nov 19
Location: DC Convention Center

EVENT: Belly Dance Show with live band and some of the finest local performers!
DATE: Thursday, January 11, 2007
TIME: 7 pm
COST: 15$ at the door
LOCATION: Colony South Hotel, 7401 Surratts Road, Clinton, MD 20735
Tickets: online at www.bellydanceforlife.com or call 703-509-9682

Event: The Producers
Location: Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW, Washington, DC
Dates: 8 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Nov. 21-22
2 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 24-25
1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26
Information: 202-783-4000
Price: $34.50-$64.50


Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Time: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Nov. 24-26
Location: Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC
Information: 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324
Price: $47-$125

 



Dance and Romance

Keep the honeymoon alive and seize the chance to keep your dance skills fresh too! Enjoy a romantic evening together or with friends while dressing up and showing off your steps!

Event: 20th Annual Yuletide Ball Championships and The New Year's Eve Gala
Location: At The JW Marriott Hotel, 14th and Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, DC
Dates: competitions from December 28, 2007 to January 1, 2008. Gala on Dec 31.
Details: 3 days of Ballroom & Latin dance competition and spectator events, Dinner, Performances and General Dancing, Champagne Toast at Midnight, group table reservations available.
Tickets:(301) 972-2416
Email:www.yuletideball.com/index.cfm/showsection/contact/showsubsection/contact_us/page.htm


Vendor Special Offers
We have done market research, pre-screened and personally used these vendors and negotiated these savings on your behalf to save you time, money and energy so you can focus on enjoying newlywed bliss! Click on the banners below to view their websites.

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 below to leisurely view Northern Virginia Area homes from the comfort of your home. Brian Block is a Real Estate Agent and Real Estate Attorney. 703-626-0715. Present this coupon to receive:

1.Information about upcoming, local FREE Home buyer's Seminar with expert advice from a real estate professional and a mortgage lender. (value priceless)
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 - 15% BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR!
SAVE 15% on our posted rates at select location on any wedding or hobbyist dance lessons! This sale rate applies to privates, semi privates or customized mini groups. You can schedule your lessons anytime within one year from date of purchase. Sale expires November 20, 2006. Gift certificates available for the holidays!


Dollars and Sense :

Are you shopping on Black Friday?  Known as the busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday creates mad rushes out of pajamas, to the mall all before 5 o’clock in the morning.  Why?  We’re looking for the best products at the best prices.

With the holiday season being the time for gift giving, many newly weds can get themselves into financial trouble.  With a new place to live, new traditions, events and a whole new set of relatives to buy for, it’s easy to see how credit card debt can take a hold of us. To avoid Black Friday all together you might consider

1. Throughout the year, create a gift folder where you collect gift ideas and ads for various gifts for each person in your circle of friends and family. Then as the holidays draw near, narrow your selection down to the best gift and order it to be wrapped and shipped directly to the recipient in time for the holidays.

2. Giving "experiences" instead of physical gifts. For example, gift certificates for a full spa treatment or scuba diving or dancing lessons! ;) (shameless plug) You can find many companies online that offer a plethora of ideas on "experience" gifts.

3. Handmake your gifts. The personal touch is always appreciated.

4. Hire a personal shopper. Give her a list of your gift ideas and have her research the best quality for your budget and wrap them for you. If you are at a loss for ideas, personal shoppers are experts in that area!

5. Window shop throughout the year, make lists of your ideas. Find it cheaper online!

If you plan to shop on Black Friday, here are some survival tips:

  • Before you shop, do your research.  If you are planning on buying something electronic, make sure you understand what features you want.  You don’t want to make a quick uneducated decision.  It is not unusual for computers or other electronics to be sold without all of the cables, batteries, carrying case or software.  This adds to the final cost of the product preventing you from getting the great savings that you thought you were getting.
  • Look at the ads and coupons for that weekend and bring them with you when you shop.  Some stores will match another’s price but only if they see the advertisement.  Organize your day using the ads.  Most stores will list when the item will go on sale.  Arrive early.  The great deals are offered when the store opens, normally at 5 am or at midnight the night before. 
  • Don’t forget to surf the Internet for sales.  More and more companies offer free shipping plus great sales on their products.  Stores will typically post sales at midnight Thanksgiving night or the Monday after Thanksgiving.
  • The key to holiday shopping is to set guidelines for you and your spouse.  Create a list of people you would like to buy gifts for and how much you would like to spend on each person.  Once you have done this, verify that your total is within your budget and stick to your list and allowance. If you have a tendency to overspend, avoid purchasing your gifts on credit cards and pay in cash. If you do use a credit card, make sure it has a low interest rate and you can earn mileage or hotel points. If you are tight on money, consider buying a gift for the whole family verses buying separate gifts.

Whatcha Cooking Good Looking? Banana Bread

For a low fat and low calorie version of banana bread, I eliminate the typical eggs and butter often used in banana bread recipes.
Ingredients:
6 very ripe bananas
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup coarsely chpped walnuts or pecans

Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease bread pan. Mash the bananas and sugar together. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Stir in the banana mixture and the vanilla; Once blended, pour into breadpan and bake for 55 mins. Check with a toothpick to see if cake residue sticks. If toothpick comes out clean then it is ready. This recipe will be more dense and moist than traditional recipes that use less banana and more sugar or sugar substitute.


Everyday Etiquette:

With the holidays coming up, we thought we would pass on some useful tips for those couples that are engaged or recently married.  Splitting the time between your family and friends isn’t always easy, especially if you get along with one side of the family better then the other. This advice is for how to be a great guests when you have less than gracious hosts. However, this advice is not to be taken in place of professional, clinical advice for cases of abusive environments where you emotional or physical health is at stake. The following tips can be useful in becoming a better guest, even at times when it’s extremely difficult.

  • Be low maintenance by happily entertaining yourself when your hosts are busy.
  • Smile and say you’re comfortable if seating accomodations are a little tight. If you see the table is seating a lot of people, try to arrange sitting next to your spouse.
  • A great guest is upbeat, passionate and REAL about whatever they are discussing…even if it’s talking about something simple like the food that is being served.
  • You can be entertaining by animating your discussion; your words should have feeling.   Example: I love your dessert verses I love your dessert. 
  • Create keywords between you and your spouse to let each other know when being nice is just not going to be possible.  If you provide your spouse the opportunity to intervene and change the direction of conversation, it might alleviate conflict before it starts.
  • People love to talk about themselves so listen to your hosts… that story about Uncle Bob and his lawnmower might actually be funny.
  • For the Uncle who tells the off- color jokes…dont give him any reaction or make a joke back about keeping things G-rated.
  • If you bring children, plan activities to keep him or her busy and speak up, if necessary, to restate and reinforce your rules.
  • help out in the kitchen or help clear the dishes.
  • Don't forget to send a thank you note!

Even though you may not want to spend the holidays with your spouse’s friends or family, look on the bright side, it is only a short time and you may have a better time then you thought…you may even earn bonus points with your spouse!


Inspirations: A Special World
A special world for you and me
A special bond one cannot see
It wraps us up in its cocoon
And holds us fiercely in its womb.

Its fingers spread like fine spun gold
Gently nestling us to the fold
Like silken thread it holds us fast
Bonds like this are meant to last.

And though at times a thread may break
A new one forms in its wake
To bind us closer and keep us strong
In a special world, where we belong.

- Sheelagh Lennon –

 

 

 


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