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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 "

August 2007 Newsletter

Wedding Concepts: What is the "Honors Dance?"

The Honors dance acknowledges the important and evolving relationship between the Groom and his Mother and the Bride and her Father. The roles of a nurturing mother and a protective father are delicately yet publicly transferred to the next generation. This lovely tradition pays appropriate respect to the parents of the wedding couple and acknowledges the special and evolving relationship between them.

Learning an Honors Dance with your parent can be one of the most memorable and pleasurable moments you will share your parent during the wedding planning process even if your parents arrive just days before the wedding. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about preparing for the Honors Dances. In addition to the following song suggestion list, you might also consider elegant and timeless classical pieces with a Waltz tempo like "Fur Elise" that have no lyrics at all.

Encourage the bridal party (including any children) to look "Courtly" and "Elegant” by walking gracefully, slowly, smoothly and fluidly! The goal is to avoid a staccato affect by pausing too noticeably with every stride. Since your bridal party may not have had the benefit of dance lesson preparation or may be shy in front of crowds, a gentle reminder (from the rehearsal coordinator) about posture would be helpful. Remind everyone to roll their shoulders back and down into their sockets, chin up, knees soft and avoid fidgeting.

At the end of the ceremony, you may feel so ecstatic with marital bliss that you are tempted to skip down the aisle with wild abandon as the crowd sings and cheers you on….It’s your day, GO FOR IT!!!!

Wedding Movie Review: The Wedding Date - Directed by Clare Kilner

The Wedding Date (2005) Poster Kat Ellis (Debra Messing) has to fly back to London for her spoiled half-sister’s wedding.  Unfortunately the best man is her ex-fiancé Jeffery.  Kat figures the best way to get through this wedding with a bit of dignity is to find the perfect date. Her ideal man must be handsome, intelligent, perfectly charming and ready to make her Jeffery extremely jealous.  Where would one find a man like this in New York City with a weeks notice?  Kat resorts to hiring - for a mere six thousand dollars - Nick Mercer (Dermot Mulroney) known as New York’s finest male escort.  From the time of their first meeting up until her sister’s wedding, Nick charms the family, as well as Kat, and woos the crowd.  In the end Kat finds much more on this trip to London than she ever expected. 

This is a great light hearted, romantic comedy to snuggle up on the couch and watch during a chilly evening.  Although the plot twists can be anticipated, you will enjoy watching the onscreen chemistry between Messing and Mulroney.   This is one to rent when you want everyone to live happily ever after. (88 minutes)

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SAVE 10% on our rates on private lessons in these locations. Schedule your lessons any time within one year from date of purchase. Gift certificates available. Expires August 31, 2007

Receive one free pass to the:
Sunday, Sept 16 Bethesda North Marriott Hotel Bridalshow
Sunday, Sept 9 Dullus Expo Center, Chantilly Bridalshow
Sunday, Aug 19, Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Bridalshow
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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!

Wedding Etiquette: Inviting Children (Reprinted in part from Emily Post)

One of the most asked questions when planning a wedding is what to do about children.  Some people feel having children at a wedding can be an intrusion or distraction, while others can’t imagine celebrating without children.   If you do choose to invite children be aware you may incur an additional financial burden.  If you do choose to include children but are on a tight budget there are some compromises you can make. Here are some general guidelines for inviting children:

How to let your guests know whether or not children will be invited:  If you are inviting children include their name(s) on your invitation envelopes.  The proper way to communicate that children will not be invited is to ONLY write the parents names on both the inner and outer invitation envelopes.  It is not appropriate to write “no children” on the invitations.

How to restrict the number of children:    There isn’t necessarily and easy answer on restricting children, but you can discourage the attendance of children in several ways.  Make sure you discuss this issue with friends and relatives in person and/or over the phone and ask them to spread the word.  You could also enclose a note to close friends or relatives that may understand your personal situation especially if budget and space are a concern.  You may also offer to hire a babysitter to watch the children at the hotel where guests are staying or at a relative’s home.  You could draw the line by including only children of close family members and/or children of the bridal party; or establish an age limit - inviting ten or older, for example – to the wedding.  The bottom line is that no matter which way you choose to go, make no exceptions, since doing so can cause hurt feelings of all parties involved.

Wedding Planning Tip: Invitation Printing Options

After choosing your invitation style and wording, there are several options for printing.  It all depends on your personal preference and budget, however, a general rule is a more formal invitation requires a more formal printing style. Your choices include online do it yourself, engraving, thermography, lithography, laser or digital printing and embossing.

Popular script styles include: Belgrave, Hamilton, Light, Mayfair, London, Parsifal, Saint James, Talleyrand, Windsor, Lehman Roman, Spaulding Classic, Shaded Antique Roman

The "Absolute Necessity" or "A list names should include: both immediate families, your attendants, the spouses/fiances/significant, both sets of "God Parents" (if this is applicable), your clergy.

Dance and Romance Date Night Ideas

Event: DanceSport Championships
Dates: August 24 and 25
Location: Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria VA 22311
Price: $35 in advance - $45 at the door
Payment details:
Attire: Business casual or cocktail dress, shirt & tie, suit jacket or blazer. - wear comfortable shoes.NO JEANS OR SHORTS, PLEASE!

FYI - space is limited but seating can be reserved with prepayment. Limited bleacher seating available. Bring a seat pad!

SESSION 4 - Friday Evening -Doors open at 5pm
Come around 8:00 PM to see the higher level dancing, a varied display of styles and avoid sitting or standing too long.
Professional Rising Star American Smooth
Professional Rising Star American Rhythm
Professional Showdance Championship *

SESSION 6 - Saturday Evening
Doors Open at 8:00 PM
Come around 9pm to see a varied display of styles and avoid sitting or standing too long.
Professional Open American Smooth Championship

Professional Open American Rhythm Championship
Award Presentations for Top Students, Teachers and Studio
Professional Show & Showcase of Champions

Event: Bellydance Superstars
Location: The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22315
Dates: Mon, Nov 5, 2007 and Tues, Nov 6 at 7:30 PM
Price: $29.50
Tickets: (800) 551-SEAT(7328) or go to