September 2007 Newsletter
Dance Tip: Smile and the World Smiles With You!
The idea of performing publicly can be intimidating. Whether or not you have
taken the time to take dance lessons, your first dance is the first thing you will do as a couple. The First Dance is the primary intimate moment during the reception. Try not to think about the fact that everyone is watching you. Surrender to wedded bliss as you gaze lovingly at one another, smile and think about the honeymoon!. Sometimes, when we are on display we may feel nervous or judged, therefore, pretend the two of you are alone and whisper sweet nothings, kiss or say you love each other. Not only will you enjoy the dance more, but you will also transport your guests into a lulled reverie as they watch a fairytale unfold!
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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!
The expensive shoe dance.
I spent so much on these shoes that I want to admire them as much as possible.
Planning Tip :The Rehearsal (Reprinted in part from Emily Post)
The wedding ceremony itself must appearorganized and elegant. The rehearsal may be the first time all the wedding party
participants are together and it is imperative that each person fully understand their role and responsibilities. Some things
to consider are:
Who should attend? The bride, the grooom, the attendants and ushers, the coupl'es parents, the officiant, the musician, the wedding consultant, ring bearer and flower girl.
When is the rehearsal held? Usually the day before the wedding.
What should participants wear? It varies from informal to dressy depending on the location and subsequent events. Whenever in a place of worship, dress respectfully and conservatively.
What happens during the rehearsal?
The officiant may review the order of the ceremony and ask the couple to practice a short verse to get used to public speaking and be aware of their speed, articulation and volume.
2. Simulate the bride's train with a sheet or fabric matching the length of her actual train pinned to her outfit as she proceeds down the aisle. This also gives the maid of honor an opportunity to practice arranging the train.
3. Timing and procedures for handling the rings and veil
4. Ushers are instructed in how and when to roll the aisle runner (if there is one), escorting guests and removing pew ribbons noting which pews have been reserved for special seating.
5. The pace and order of the processional and recessional of the entire wedding party.
Wedding Etiquette: The Rehearsal Dinner (reprinted in part from Emily Post's Wedding Etiquette)
The rehearsal dinner is a popular tradition of the wedding weekend. It's a time to celebrate and savor the upcoming nuptials. Here are some guidelines to consider when planning a rehearsal dinner.
When is the rehearsal dinner held? The rehearsal dinner generally takes place the night before th wedding, regardless of when the rehearsal is actually held.
Who hosts? It is customary for the groom's family to host the rehearsal party. It can be in the form of a picnic, a simple buffet or a formal dinner. The only caveat: The rehearsal party should never be more formal or elaborate than the wedding reception, particularly if hosted by the groom's parents.
Who is invited? The guest list traditionally consists of the bride and groom, all attendants and their spouses, the couple's immediate families and clergy person and spouse. It's a nice gesture to include out of towners if your budget allows, otherwise you might consider meeting up with guests who are visiting from afar informally at a restaurant at a different time.
What happens during the dinner? This event is the perfect time for
1. the presentation of gifts to the Maid of Honor of Best Man or vice versa and speeches or toasts.
2. Toasts and speeches made during dinner starting with the groom's father and bride's father, then the wedding party and continuing to other guests.
3. A speech by the Bride and Groom and toasts to their parents and guests.
4. Additional creative touches might include the exchanging of wedding gifts between the bride and groom or a slide show presented by someone highlighting the couple's individual and joint lives.
Event: Tango Buenos Aires
Date: Saturday, October 27 at 8pm, Sunday, October 28 at 7pm
Location: George Mason University Center for the Arts
Cost: $44, $36, $22
Details: "Swirling, fast-paced tapestries of movement, laced with proud postures and sensual couplings," reported The Washington Post. This show is Argentina's greates cultural export with a dozen talented dancers, a vocalist and six gifted instrumentalists. Together they trace the history of the Argentine Tango, an integral part of their culture that was born in the dance halls and brothels in the late 19th century and swept Europe as high scociety embraced this new dance sensation. Tango Buenos Aires never fails to mesmerize and astound audiences as the various style of tango are performed with dazzling intricacy, dramatic flourish and deep emotion.