The Wedding Dance Specialists The Wedding Dance Specialists
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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 Assistant Editor of Washingtonian Magazine "

January 2008 Newsletter

Dance Tip: Selecting Elegant, Affordable and Comfortable Footwear

Formal wedding shoes are notoriously uncomfortable. The ideal solution is to purchase formal wedding ballroom dance shoes from a ballroom dance catalog or online. In addition to being generally more comfortable and softer than street shoes, these shoes have suede on the bottom to provide traction and slickness simultaneously. Elegant nude colored and dyeable white satin are available for women and sometimes offer adjustable width options. Black patent leather are more comfortable than typical tuxedo rental shoes for men. The arches of all ballroom shoes are supported with a steel shank and the soles are pliable and bendable to minimize sore feet and maximize your balance during dancing. The shoes shown above are all sold by and cost around $75. Here are a few tricks to ease general shoe discomfort:

1) For slippery leather soles, scuff the bottoms on cement.
2) Use Dr. Scholl's "moles skin" pads wherever blisters may develop (Achilles’ heel, bunion, knuckles)
3) Use “moles skin pads”  to make a loose shoe fit more snugly. (example: Low on heel for loose heels)
4) If you select shoes that do not hold your ankle in place with a strap like Mules, sling backs, or pumps you can use a nude or white colored elastic band or rubber strap to slip over your shoe and arch to hold the shoe securely on your foot. You can make these straps or order them from ballroom dance shoe catalogs or online.
5) To manage sore feet, bring a second pair of shoes with a different size heel, either higher or lower. Wedding sneakers or slippers are a comfortable alternative and a new trend.
6) If there is room in your shoes for padded inserts, wear them. Avoid the liquid gels as they may leak ink and damage your shoes and dress.
7) If your feet hurt at the end of the night, rinse them alternately with cool water then warm water, while massaging them. You can also rub a mentholated or peppermint foot cream on them to increase blood circulation.

Planning Tip: Save Money on Gourmet Cakes

Deborah Joy, Newlywed and Founder of The Wedding Dance Specialists suggests:

If you are having a hard time deciding which flavor you'd like your cake to be, why not have different flavors on each layer. Often times this doesn't add much to the cost of the cake and allows for a variety of preferences. My cake flavors were Tiramisu, Lemon mousse and Apricot mousse.The three local bakeries I recommend because they use all natural ingredients, have a superb reputation and yummy cakes are; Alexandria Pastry Shop, Cake Love and Something Extra Cakery.

I have some secrets to saving money on a cake:
1. A great way to save money and still have a formal wedding cake is to order a smaller version of the cake and have a sheet cake cut in the kitchen for the rest of your guests. They will never know the difference and you will save a bundle.
2. Insist on avoiding the middle man and outsource your own wedding cake when using a caterer, hotel or banquet hall and negotiate to remove "cake cutting fees." Often the cakes selected by these facilities are of lower quality than what you might prefer anyway.
3. Avoid expensive labor costs by minimizing icing decorations and use flowers or petals to decorate the cake instead.
4. If you are offering a sweets table or groom's cake, cut back on the number of servings of wedding cake.
5. Choose an independent or out of home baker. They have lower overhead so they can afford to charge less. But check with local health department laws and the facility to make sure the baker is in compliance and the site will accept the cake on their premises.
6. Skip the anniversary cake top.
7. Roll the sides of the cake in nuts to save on any labor costs associated with fancy or even smooth and simple icing work. This should bring the cost per slice down closer to that of a regular cake instead of a "wedding cake."
8. Take a cake decorating class and then hire the baking teacher.
9. consider off-beat places for cakes like the Walmart Superstores!
10. Have each layer be a different flavor to eliminate the urge to get a groom's cake.

Featured Dance Style: Fox Trot

Although often associated with the style of Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers, the Foxtrot was actually introduced into the mainstream by Harry Fox in 1913. Foxtrot is a "Ballroom" or Smooth dance, traveling around the line of dance (the perimeter of the room in a counterclockwise direction). Foxtrot is a lot like walking or strolling. Musically it is very easy to hear the Foxtrot rhythm. Foxtrot is an extremely useful dan ce socially and can be danced to a variety of jazzy musical styles. American Style Foxtrot has a fun "theatrical" quality because the couples can open up to allow for spinning the women. Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly both used the long, smooth movements of Foxtrot to cover a lot of ground gracefully in their routines. The basic beginner rhythm of Foxtrot is Slow-Slow-Quick-Quick. Higher level is often danced Slow-Quick-Quick.

Song samples:

"A Wink and a Smile" by Harry Connick, Jr.
"L.O.V.E." by Nat King Cole
"Fly me to the Moon" by Frank Sinatra
"World On A String" by Peggy Lee.

Date Night Idea ;)

There are so many opportunities and venues to enjoy your dancing skills! The D.C. metro area danceworld is your oyster! Whether you're in the mood to just soak in the atmosphere, meet up with friends, practice your new moves or escape wedding planning stess and enjoy a romantic date night, it's time to hit the town!

Mid Atlantic Championships
Details: This is the biggest swing dance party in the Mid-Atlantic!The Largest Pro Staff - Over 50 Dance Experts, 4 Nights of Amazing Social Dancing, Incredible Performances by many Dance Superstars, Over 40 Dance Workshops for all levels,
Giant Ballrooms with Huge Dance floors, Saturday Midnight Breakfast Buffet
Cost: !15 - $155 depending on which options you select.
Location: Sheraton Premiere at Tyson's Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22182

Vendor Special Offers $$

Brian Block - RE/MAX Allegiance

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 to leisurely view Northern Virginia Area homes from the comfort of your home. Brian Block is a Real Estate Agent and Real Estate Attorney plus a newlywed, Co-Founder of The Wedding Dance Specialists and Assistant Instructor for Wedding Dance Practice Sessions. Present this coupon to recieve a FREE HOME APPRAISAL (value $350) plus 2 FREE private ballroom dance lessons when you use his services for purchasing your home.

You Might Actually Afford a Home in 2008!
Opportunities abound for Northern Virginia buyers in the new year. You've been wary about jumping into the real estate market. Perhaps rightly so. You hear daily reports on television, on the radio, and read about it in the newspaper, magazines, and online. Real estate is going to hell in a handbasket. Mortgage lenders are going out of business and those that stay in business have tightened their purse-strings.

Maybe you are comfortable renting and waiting for the real estate market to settle down. Or you need more space than your current home provides but you are willing to tough it out and see what the prices do before making a move. You want to move to a new neighborhood but you are willing to wait. If you've been keeping a pulse on real estate in Northern Virginia, you know there are increasing foreclosures, bank owned properties, increased inventory, and some desperate sellers. Article continued...

Grand Opening SALE of our new Gaithersburg Location!
SAVE 10% on any private lessons when you take lessons at the Gaithersburg Studio. It is conveniently located just 1 mile from exit 11 on Route 270. Classes are available on Sundays from 11am -6pm. Sale expires Feb 1, 2008. You have one year to complete the lessons from the date of purchase.

Movie Review

Max Washington has just been released from prison after serving time for burglary. He returns to his old hangout, a hoofer club. (Tap dancer club). His old girl friend, Amy, who still works at the club as a Tap instructor, is less than thrilled to see him. Her father, Little Mo, is happy to see him, because he has plans for a show involving Max. In addition, Max's old partners in crime have another job they want him to do.

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!