The Wedding Dance Specialists The Wedding Dance Specialists

" 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 "

October 2009 Newsletter

Dance Tip: Alcohol and Stage Fright

We suggest you perform your “First Dance” directly after the cocktail hour/pictures and try not to drink very much alcohol beforehand. The first dance is a lasting image your guests will have of you as Husband and Wife, you want to appear dignified and in control. When you have dance skills you don't need luck and you don't need liquor. Nevertheless, if you want one drink to relax you, one drink won't interfere with your dancing. However, at your wedding there will be waiters continuously filling up your glass with champagne. Between the nerves, the waiters and the festive atmosphere it is possible to get tipsier than you had intended. Sip slowly and enjoy the party. Doing the First Dance right after the cocktail hour minimizes the risk of becoming too tipsy to dance. The whole day will go by quickly and you don't want it to be a complete blur. In sum, if you are nervous about dancing in public, drink in each others eyes rather than the “liquid courage”.

Wedding Dance Group Workshops

Sample a variety of slow dances perfect for love songs to see which style you prefer.
Develop your individual composure as a dancer by learning foundation techniques.
Learn the fundamentals of partner dancing.
Get acquainted with dancing before committing to private lessons.
Is your wedding isn't for a while and you haven't chosen a special song yet, this is the perfect way to get your feet wet!
Meet other engaged couples in the area!
Maximize your investment in private lessons by getting a head start with this comprehensive workshop.
Dance with your partner the whole time - no partner switching

Workshop attendees qualify for a discount on private lessons!

Location: Alexandria, VA
Date: Sunday, October 25
Time: 3:30 - 4:45pm
Price: Only $25 per person!

Location: Columbia, MD
Date: Sunday, October 25, 2009
Time: 4:00-5:15pm
Price: Only $25 per person!

To register call us at 703.626.7016, email us at or fill out the contact form and we will be happy to assist you!


Gift Certificates Available!

The holidays are just around the corner and so is the wedding! Are you looking for the perfect gift? Giving the gift of dance is a gift that lasts a lifetime. Since social dancing enriches lives and relationships it is a thoughtful and elegant gift to give to a newly engaged couple or their parents. Gift certificates are available for any of our a la carte lessons, Wedding Packages or Other Packages. Purchasing the gift certificate can be handled online or over the phone at (703) 626-7016. We will gladly snail mail or email the gift certificate to you or whomever you designate as the recipient.

Wedding Planning Tip: Avoiding Bridal Makeup Mistakes

We asked Ky Washington, Founder of Richie Image Consulting Firm, specializing in makeup, hair, skin, and fashion services for tips on preventing makeup blunders so you can look amazing for your big day. Here's the scoop!

  1. Leave it to the professionals: The first mistake some brides make is not having a professional do your makeup.  Ladies, think of having your makeup done as insurance that your photos will turn out awesome.  (Personally I think any item of clothing over $1000 deserves pro makeup.)  Why pay for a photographer and hairstylist and then have a visible zit or under eye circle ruin all the photos?
  2. Using the wrong type of products is also a no no.  Unless you are going for the Courtney Love look on the cover of Hole?s first album (look it up, it’s scary), I would strongly suggest wearing waterproof eye makeup.  Also, mineral makeup is great for everyday but it can look a little like a disco ball once the flash goes off on a camera.  Testing out products first is a must do to avoid allergic reaction. 
  3. ALWAYS have a trial run for makeup.  You want to make sure you not only avoid reaction but that you and the makeup artist share the same vision (i.e. if your idea of natural is more Kate Hudson and your makeup artist is thinking Amy Winehouse). 
  4. If you have a great makeup artist, she will also be well versed in skin care, so ask her what you need to do to get your skin in shape for the wedding.  Remember makeup always looks better on smooth, glowing skin. Most makeup artists are very visual so bring photos or magazine clippings of makeup you like, along with a picture of your dress and flowers to give them a good idea of what you will look like. 
  5. Finally, wear white to your trial.  It seems like a small thing but it makes a huge difference.  If you wear something bright (like red), you will want less color on your face because those colors automatically add color and your makeup will be too pale on your wedding day, wear something dark and the makeup will be too strong with your wedding dress.

So ladies avoid these bloopers and have a wonderful, beautiful wedding and marriage. Ciao! About the Author: Ky Washington is the Founder of Richie Image Services, a complete image company specializing in Makeup, Hair, Skin, and Fashion Services. She has been in the industry for 12 years and has worked with countless brides and celebrities.  She lives her beautiful life in the Washington Dc area with her husband, family, friends, and enormous shoe collection. Website:, Email: , Phone: 571.332.3170

Dance and Romance

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

When: Dec 31, 2009 to January 3, 2010.
Where: The JW Marriott Hotel 14th and PA Ave.W DC
Organizer: Ron Bennett
Details: competitions, workshops and performances
Questions: 301-972-2416

Movie Review:  Take the Lead

 Inspired by a true story, this movie is about a prize winning ballroom dancer and instructor who pushes inner city kids to exceed expectations through dancing.  Pierre Dulaine is living in Manhattan working with students at a high school in the Bronx.  Pierre is asked to work with students in detention, some of the toughest kids in the school.  When Dulaine starts work, he shows the students his dance moves while the kids show him theirs.  In the end, the kids have combined both styles of dance, ballroom and hip-hop, creating a new style. 

Vendor Special Offers

We pre-screen and negotiate with wedding vendors on your behalf to make your wedding planning easier!

Brian Block Esq.- RE/MAX Allegiance licensed in DC and No. VA - 703-626-0715
Dance into your new home! 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 Broker and Attorney plus Co-Founder of The Wedding Dance Specialists Click on the banner to go to Present this coupon to receive:

1. A FREE HOME APPRAISAL (value $350)
2. 2 FREE private ballroom dance lessons when you use his services for buying or selling a home. (value $170)

Richie Image Consulting - Ky Washington - 571.332.3170

Indulge yourself with a personal spa day is a facial and hand treatment. An hour and a half session includes a skin analysis using the SAM machine (like a derma scan) to determine your skin's condition. (value $100 ) Richie Image Consulting is offering this complimentary offer exclusively to WP411 readers who present this coupon.Website:, Email:, Phone: 571.332.3170

The Wedding Dance Specialists - 703.626.7016
January and February 2010 weddings qualify for a discount off of our posted rates on private or semi private dance lessons when you mention this special offer. Contact us for details! Offer expires: November 3, 2009

Dance Bloopers


Wedding Etiquette: The Role of the Usher

  • The number of ushers in usually determined by the “one usher for fifty guests” guideline.  This gauge will help you be able to seat guests expediently.
  • One usher should hand out a program while the others seat the guests.
  • The usher is to offer his right arm while escorting a lady to her seat. 
  • Relatives of the bride and groom are to have the first sets of pews reserved for their seating.  Guests are then seated from the fourth row back.
  • If guests of the bride and groom are to be seated in separate sections, proper etiquette states that the friends and family of the bride are to be seated on the left while friends and family of the groom are seated on the right. 
  • The parents of the groom are to be ushered in.  After they are seated, the mother of the bride is to be escorted and seated. If parents of the bride or groom are divorced, usually the father is seated in a row behind the mother. If everyone is amenable to being seated together, you may do so.
  • The mother of the bride is usually seated by the best man or head usher.  Many ceremonies have set aside this time to play special music, making this a queue that the wedding ceremony is about to start.  Typically when the groom and best man are in place, the ceremony actually begins.