The Wedding Dance Specialists The Wedding Dance Specialists
January 2005 Newsletter

" 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 "

January 2006 Newsletter

Dance Tip: The Warmup Dance
Regardless of how prepared you are, we always recommend a warm-up dance on the big day.  The best way to calm pre-dance jitters is to review the entire dance once, in your wedding finery. This five-minute exercise gets you mentally focused in the “dance zone” amidst all the excitement of the big day. A current trend is posing for formal pictures before the wedding to maximize time enjoyed at the reception. This pre-ceremony photo session also allows you more time during the cocktail hour to sneak off and warm-up together. If you plan a more traditional approach where you will not be seeing each other before the nuptials, then immediately after the ceremony will serve as the best time. If you are not doing a receiving line, you can sneak off into a vestibule somewhere or the bridal chamber which has the added benefit of encouraging your guests to make a swift bee-line for the reception hall.

Wedding Movie Review: My Best Friend's Wedding

When Julianne (Julia Roberts) and Michael (Dermot Mulroney) were in college, they dated for a “one hot month” after that they broke it off and became very close friends. Later in life, the two pledged that if neither married by age 28 they would marry each other.  As her 28th birthday approaches, Julianne gets a phone call from Michael and instead of popping the question to her (as she has anticipated) he tells her he is getting married in four days. When Julianne hangs up the phone, she finds herself a little more than jealous and begins a plot to break up the wedding. She travels to Chicago to meet the cute, sweet and rich fiancé, Kimmy (Cameron Diaz).  Kimmy is everything Julianne has dreaded; so, in desperation, she calls her gay friend George (Rupert Everett) to pose as her fiancé and help sabotage the wedding.  The movie continues at a quick pace as Julienne becomes more desperate to break up Michael and Kimmy. If you haven’t seen this one, go out and rent it.  The soundtrack is fun and you’ll giggle at Julia Roberts as she plots to destroy the wedding.  Although you could watch it on a stay at home date night with your fiancé, it is also a great movie to watch with your best girlfriends before your big day.  It’s a romantic comedy that not only appeals to your heart, but to your mind as well.

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Dance Bloopers!
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 Bride's right arm looks awkward and stiff. If she gently held her gown her arm placement would look logical, natural and relaxed.

Wedding Etiquette: Exchanging and Returning Gifts

What happens when duplicate presents are received? 
If you receive a duplicate present, you may exchange it. 

What happens when an unwanted gift is received?
If the gift is not a duplicate, but is something you do not like or wish to keep than you may exchange it.  When the gift is from someone you seldom see, write a thank you note for the gift that was given, even though you intend to exchange it.   It is not proper etiquette to exchange gifts given to you by your own families unless they specifically tell you to do so.  

Do I let the giver know I exchanged the gift?
When writing your thank you notes, thank the giver whole heartedly; you do not have to explain that you exchanged the gift for something else.

What happens if a gift arrives broken?
First check the outside wrapping to see if the gift was insured.  If so, contact the giver at once, so she can collect the insurance and replace the gift.  If the gift was not insured, you need not mention it to the giver, or else she feel obligated to replace it.  If a gift arrives broken from a store, contact that store, and/or bring it back to the store immediately without mentioning it to the donor.  Any reputable store will replace merchandise that arrives damaged. 

Is it proper to return gifts to the donor?
The only time gifts are returned to the donor is when a wedding is cancelled.   All gifts received prior to the cancelled wedding must be returned.  If you postpone your wedding, gifts should be put away and stored until the wedding takes place.  If after two months it looks doubtful that you will get married, than gifts should be sent back to the donors.

Wedding Planning Tip: Top 5 Reasons to choose a DJ over a band

by: Jake Ritchie, award winning professional DJ, owner of Dream Day DJ’s and a newlywed

1.) Bands can perform their own music and limited cover pieces.  DJs have more variety and carry the original artists and variations. Your audience will identify better with the familiar versions they love.

2.) A band is live and therefore louder. A DJ has complete control over the volume to accommodate for the size of the room or audience preferences.

3.) A physical performance requires rest breaks. A DJ never takes a break and therefore entertains the crowd throughout the entire wedding.

4.) A band usually consists of 3 to12 members. This increases the COST of a band, plus the cost of feeding all of them. A DJ is less costly and will require a meal for only one or two people.

5.) Using a band increases the chances of emergency absenses and since the replacement will not be the same as the original, a DJ service can better absorb emergencies. After all, it is easier to find a skilled dj than a skilled musician. Be sure to ask your DJ what his/her “back-up plan” is. Some DJ associations across America offer emergency DJ services to DJ’s if they are members of their organization.    

Dance and Romance Date Night Ideas

Event:  Swan Lake
Dates:  January 17  - 22
Location:  The Kennedy Center Oprah House -  The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, NW , Washington, DC 20566
Details:  The National Ballet of Canada under the direction of Karin Kain will perform Swan Lake at the Kennedy Center Opera House. 
Cost: Tickets range from $29 - $84
Reviews: "The entire company soars…pure gold"--The Toronto Sun
“Visually spectacular”--Toronto’s National Post

Enjoy a romantic dinner before the show at the Roof Terrace Restaurant located above the Hall of Nations on the Roof Terrace level of the Kennedy Center.  The restaurant offers modern American cuisine and a spectacular skyline view of the Potomac River through two story windows.  Reservations are highly recommended for dinner at 202-416-8555

Event:  Swing & Blues Dance with Barbara Morrison
Date:  January  7 - Swing & Blues Dance with Barbara Morrison
Location: The Glen Echo National Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo, MD 20812 (accessible to 495)
Contact: or call Glen Echo Park at 301-634-2222.
Details:  A Swing and Blues Dance in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, MD featuring Barbara Morrison from Los Angeles, CA. The dazzling Barbara Morrison has been featured on over 20 recordings in almost every genre, from traditional jazz and blues to gospel and pop. Her melodic voice, with its two-and-a-half octave range, is known worldwide, as are her rich, unique, soulful and highly spirited interpretations of familiar jazz and blues classics and original contemporary tunes. An hour beginner swing lesson starts at 8 pm with dancing from 9 pm – midnight. Admission is $20 per person at the door or advanced sales through

Date Night At Home:
Event: Dance TV Series: Dancing With The Stars
Airs: Every Thursday at 8pm starting Jan. 5 on ABC
Details: Demonstrations of Waltz, Foxtrot and Cha Cha Cha.
Starring: Tia Carrere – Television and movie star  partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy.Giselle Fernandez – Emmy Award-winning journalist partnered with Jonathan Roberts, from last season.George Hamilton – Actor and international bon vivant, partnered with Edyta Sliwinska, second appearance.Stacy Keibler – World Wrestling entertainment diva partnered with Tony Dovolani, Drew Lachey – Recording artist and former 98 Degrees partnered with Cheryl Burke.Kenny Mayne – One of ESPN's most-recognized personalities, partnered with Andrea Hale.