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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 Senior Writer of Washingtonian Magazine "

A full decade before Twitter, blogs, chat boards, online review sites, and Groupons ever existed, The Wedding Dance Specialists had compiled all of these concepts into our complimentary Wedding Planning newsletter! Our intention was and remains to provide engaged couples with a head start on wedding preparations and wedding dance lessons from both the newlywed and wedding vendor perspective!. We know how stressful planning a wedding can be even under ideal circumstances and since life happens while you are making plans, our goal is to help you stay sane so you can dance down the aisle to "I Do!" -- Sincerely, Deborah Joy and Brian Block, Founders of The Wedding Dance Specialists

September 2012 Newsletter



Nesting Newlyweds: Buyer's Strategies for a Sellers Market by Brian Block Esq, Managing Broker RE/MAX Allegiance and co-Founder of The Wedding Dance Specialists

In case you haven't heard, Northern Virginia's real estate market is strongly in the grips of a seller's market. There's only 2 month's worth of inventory of homes on the market. In August 2012, the average home in Northern Virginia sold in just 46 days, 42 days in Fairfax County alone, and 38 days in Falls Church! The days of homes languishing on the market for months on ends are gone.

Northern Virginia buyers are realizing that they're no longer in the power position when it comes to buying a home and negotiating. Why? Too many buyers and not enough homes. As discussed many times on this site, a normal balanced market has about 6 months of inventory. More and it's a buyer's market; less and the market favors sellers. These days, there's a growing number of homeseekers on the hunt for the right home confident that the the market has hit the bottom and is slowly on the way back up. Since many sellers are underwater on their homes and don't have to move or don't want to because their home value took a hit in the last few years, there's a severe lack of inventory.

It comes down to supply & demand, my friends.

Visit one of the Metro Area's top real estate blogs to continue reading Buyers Strategies for a Seller's Market

To keep a pulse on the real estate market, for answers to your real estate questions or to search for area homes contact:
Brian Block Esq, Managing Broker RE/MAX Allegiance - as seen in the Washington Post, CBS and FOX Business News
703.626.0715,
brian@brianblock.com

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Pre-Marital Tips for Communication by Deborah Joy Block, Founder of The Wedding Dance Specialists

People often ask me, "How do you get a challenging couple to cooperate when preparing for the spotlight and are already under pressure?" The answer lies in the beauty of the act of dancing itself. No words are allowed or necessary! I do believe that getting a couple's marriage started off on the right foot is my mission and I view it as a form of pre-marital counseling. As someone who is happily married for 11 years and has worked with engaged couples for 15 years, I have a few tips for successful nonverbal communication with your fiance.

  • Write a letter to express your deepest feelings if words are getting in the way
  • Be willing to expose your vulnerabilities without fear of rejection.
  • Give your partner a chance to speak. Avoid talking too much or raising your voice.
  • Make sure your actions always match your words.
  • Really listen intently to your partner.
  • Share articles that cover topics that are important to you and your relationship.
  • Never lie by omission.
  • Make eye contact during atleast 80% of any communications
  • Demonstrate physical tenderness by holding hands, hugging, stroking, etc..
  • Listen
  • Express gratitude and provide positive reassurance
  • Seek out an objective third party to mediate if communication falters
It’s important to recognize that in marriage sometimes the wife leads and sometimes the husband leads. The dance floor is more black and white. The man always leads and the woman always follows. The subtlety lies in the fact that the man is elected the President of the Dance. He is not the dictator and the woman chooses to relinquish control and relax in order to look elegant and have fun. When the couple dances together,two souls are conversing. The skills learned in partner dancing are powerful tools for enhancing patience, teamwork, trust, respect and cooperation - - all the same assets that contribute toward a happy marriage!

Wedding Planning Tip:  Wedding Surprises

Weddings are rooted in traditions and rituals. However, there is nothing like having a unique twist to make it memorable! Surprise your guests with these creative surprises for your wedding celebration:

  • Theme Weddings: These are great when paired with the right location, setting, décor and not to mention make great wedding pictures. There are countless of ideas to choose, from a picnic to winter wonderland to anything you want. What is important is that the theme is based on something significant for you and your significant other.
  • Centerpiece alternatives: You could have your centerpiece break-away into mini individual baskets, vases, or other holders with a small bundle of flowers in each that when put together create a large bouquet. Each mini bouquet can be taken home by guests at the table as souvenirs.
  • Dove release during the ceremony
  • Regal red carpet lining the aisle
  • Carry a single rose dipped in gold in place of a big bouquet
  • Instead of the usual jazz, introduce an international flavor to the cocktail hour with a flamenco guitarist
  • Serve a different flavor for each layer of your cake

 


Celebrity Interview with Dancing With the Stars Star Tony Dovolani
Written by: Kimberly Irwin, Publicist for The Wedding Dance Specialists

Do you LOVE Dancing with the Stars? We sure do! We are thrilled to announce that The Wedding Dance Specialists recently held an exclusive interview with DWTS celebrity dancer Tony Dovolani!

Tony is a professional ballroom dancer who began dancing at the age of three, and is acclaimed for his many performances and World Champion Titles in Latin style dance. Overall he has won an astonishing seven championship titles in world-renowned competitions, including an Emmy nomination for his incredible choreography of a Jive dance routine that was aired on Dancing with the Stars in 2006. Tony’s newest partner for the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars is Melissa Rycroft who is best known for her appearances on The Bachelor.  Tony and Melissa were also partnered together on the show in 2008 and placed third in the competition.

Now that the introductions are out of the way, (even though I’m sure you’ve already heard of him) let’s turn to the scoop on what we learned from Tony during our interview with him! Tony divulged some tips for us.  His favorite dance move is the over-sway on a dip. He likes the move's versatility as you can begin and end a dance with it. When asked about dance trends, Tony remarked that ballroom dancing has played second fiddle to solo dance styles like ballet for decades. However with the popularity of the hit show Dancing with the Stars it has been brought to the forefront again and no longer lingers as the step-child of the dance world. Another fantastic point Tony made was, “You have to love dancing to truly excel at it and love teaching it to be a good instructor.” Tony also said to become a great dancer one must believe that they are capable of dancing in the first place.

But how can you dance like a pro if you don’t have the right attire? Tony gave us advice on that too! Tony is excited about the new Dancesport ballroom shoe collection that Capezio dance shoes company offers and encourages engaged couples to consider using proper ballroom shoes for their wedding dance instead of struggling with street shoes.

He is also excited about the latest Zumba craze that incorporates Latin ballroom dance moves with aerobic exercise. While he is an esteemed ballroom dancer, he admits that his favorite dance style is Latin.

At The Wedding Dance Specialists, we believe in always improving upon our dance knowledge base so that we can provide you with an even better dance experience. We hope that Tony’s tips have inspired you to become even better dancers. He’s sure inspired us! Thanks Tony!


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