November 2004 Newsletter
Dance Tip: The Dance Floor
‘Traveling’ dances such as Foxtrot, Tango and Waltz require a larger floor, whereas ‘spot’ dances like Rumba and Swing can be danced comfortably in a very small space. Arrange for the MC or DJ to announce that guests should remain along the perimeter to respect your dancing space, maximize everyone’s visibility and allow the photographer and videographer adequate angles for good footage. Below are some dance floor tips:
1. If the site has a wooden or marble floor, make sure to leave a minimum of 10x10 section for dancing. If the reception site is carpeted, usually a portable floor is available for rent.
2. Avoid encouraging guests to toss petals, rice, bird seed or confetti on the dance floor as they can make the floor slippery when dancing. If you want to include this for dramatic effect, orchestrate it as a grand finale gesture and then have the floor swept before further dancing occurs.
3. Make sure that the dance surface is swept and completely dry.
4. Ensure that you have adequate space to dance before approaching the floor for your first dance. Request that the DJ or band director announce, “Please gather along the edge of the dance floor for the couple’s first dance.” Another solution is to pre-arrange for the entire wedding party to subtly hint to your guests where to stand by positioning themselves along each side of the perimeter of the dance floor outlining where the guests should fill in the space. Since many people do not really dance, the assumption is that you don't need any room and the well wishing guests will sometimes crowd around you. Aside from feeling a bit claustraphobic, not enough dancing space can also compromise the quality of your video and photography footage.
Wedding Planning Tip: Favors
Meredith Sellers, Professional Bridal Consultant for Elegant Engagements suggests:
Wedding favors should be something that reflects the couple and wedding theme. General ideas
include; candy hearts, Italian Wedding cookies, a colored flower at every place, hot chocolate recipe,
flower bulbs, mini pumpkins (for October weddings) or sparklers and of course there is an option for
donations to charities. See our special offer below!
Featured Dance Style: Love Song Too Slow? "The Foxy" Can Outfox This Problem!
The Foxy is a style of dance that is a hybrid between a Waltz and a Fox Trot. It can incorporate patterns
from both dance and the tempo can vary from all slow beats, all quick beats or a combination of both
depending on the speed of the song. Like Waltz and Fox Trot, the Foxy travels elegantly around the
perimeter of the room and incorporates twirling the lady. However, it is smoother and softer in
appearance than Fox Trot and generally danced to 4/4 timing unlike Waltz. Very slow love ballads are
the ideal songs for this dance style. Examples include:
"At Last" by Etta James and "What A Wonderful
World" byLouis Armstrong
Galas, Performances and Competitions
Bellydance Superstars and The Desert Roses
Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Time: Doors open 6pm / Show 7:30pm
Location: Birchmere Theatre, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305
Event Details: variety of styles of solo and group bellydance performances
$25 per person
business casual to cocktail is acceptable
2004 Yuletide Ball Championships
Date: Saturday, January 1, 2005
Location: The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road, NW Washington, DC
Event Details: ballroom dance competitions, performances, general dancing, awards & scholarships
Recommended Main Attraction Details: Session #5; Amateur Championships, Professional Championships, Professional Exhibition Show Dance
Attire: Business Casual or better is fine, wear comfortable shoes for dancing and standing. Seating is sometimes limited so try to arrive a little early.
Swizzle – 1930’s Big Band Supper Club, Doc Scantlin and his Imprial Palms Orchestra
Event Details: Enjoy a magical evening of dining, dancing and romancking…a glamorous supper club and show.
Date: December 16 &23, January 6, plus more dates in 2005
Reservations: 202. 397. SEAT, www.ticketmaster.com
More details: www.docscantlin.com
Location: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
Movie Review: Shall We Dance?
Richard Gere stars as John Clark, a man with a wonderful job, charming wife (Susan Sarandon) and loving family who still feels that something is missing in his life. Every evening on his commute home, John sees a beautiful woman (Jennifer Lopez) staring with a lost expression through the window of a dance studio. Haunted by her gaze, John impulsively jumps off the train one night and signs up for dance lessons hoping to meet her.
While John proves just as clumsy as his equally clueless classmates on the dance-floor, he nonetheless falls in love with dancing. Struggling to keep his new obsession from family and co-workers, John feverishly trains for Chicago’s biggest dance competition. His friendship with Paulina blossoms, as his enthusiasm rekindles her lost passion for dance. With his wife becoming suspicious and his secret about to be revealed, John will have to do some fancy footwork to keep his dream going and realize what it is he really yearns for. Opens October 15, 2004. Starring Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon
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