The Wedding Dance Specialists The Wedding Dance Specialists

" 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 "

June 2007 Newsletter

Group lessons: "Wedding Dance Survival" at Northern Virginia Community College

Brides and Grooms – create memories one step at a time by learning to dance together for your wedding! Got two left feet? NO PROBLEM! Gain confidence and skills for your “first dance” while learning from the most recommended wedding dance specialist in the metro area! Avoid the prom sway, escape wedding planning stress and enjoy some dance and romance! Couples will learn a complete routine which includes grand entrance, basic figures, grand finale and formal exit. They will be acclimatized to performing in public, have a dress rehearsal and be able to objectively evaluate themselves. Couples will increase their partnering skills while meeting others who are planning a wedding also.

Your instructor, Deborah Joy, Founder of The Wedding Dance Specialists, the most recommended and largest wedding dance company in the nation has 10 years of experience teaching thousands of wedding couples in a fun, romantic and affordable way. Her goal is to empower students with confidence and communication skills. Her philosophy is the non-verbal communication involved in partner dancing is a powerful tool for enhancing these traits because it encourages patience, teamwork, trust, respect and cooperation - - all the same assets that contribute toward a happy marriage!

No experience necessary. Must bring a partner. Although not required, you are invited to bring your special song on CD or ipod.

Registration Code: LLRN 1970-31A
Instructor: Deborah Joy
Dates: Saturdays, 7/14-8/11, 5 Sessions 3-4 p.m. $60 (per person)
Location: Northern Virginia Community College
3001 North Beauregard St.
Alexandria, Virginia 22311-5097
Tyler Bldg., Room 206

Register for this Class Now!

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 below 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. (TOTAL VALUE: $500! ) Click on the banner to go to

The Wedding Dance Specialists - 10% OFF SALE!
SAVE 10% on our rates on any private dance lessons in Falls Church or Baltimore! You can schedule your lessons anytime within one year from date of purchase. Sale expires June 15, 2007. Must mention this coupon to qualify for discount. The Catonsville location is running a 10% off sale which expires June 28, 2007.

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!

Need we say more?

Wedding Etiquette: Managing the Bottom Line

Planning a wedding can be a learning experience for everyone involved. Especially if it's you and your family's first experience with planning one. Just going to your first bridal show can be overwhelming, let alone trying to figure out the finances and plan a wedding from scratch. Every culture and every family handles the finances and the actual work of wedding planning differently. Some parents pay and plan the entire wedding, other cultures incorporate the entire community in the contribution of time and money. Some couples pay and plan the entire affair themselves and there is a whole range of possibilities in between. To minimize stress and friction during the planning stages it is important to:

1. itemize the potential expenses.
2. envision your ideal low, medium and high budget wedding.
3. loosely plan a wedding in all three price ranges by selecting your favorite vendors for each category.
4. determine who is participating in the planning and budget process.
5. understand everyone's priorities and limitations.
6. courteously accept what each participant is willing to contribute in terms of time and money.

If you can envision scenarios in which you will be satisfied with the overall outcome of each type of budget, then it should go along way in helping keep nerves calm and tensions low. Remember that the REAL bottom line is not the budget - It's you and your soulmate choosing to spend the rest of your lives together!

Wedding Planning Tip: Dance Shoes

Deborah Joy, Founder of TWDS has the following suggestions on the topic of wedding shoes: You may opt for an elegant pair of shoes for the ceremony, dance shoes for your “First Dance” and comfortable shoes like beaded ballet slippers or decorate rhinestone studded tennis shoes during the rest of the reception. If you decide to order online or out of a catalog order two pairs to see which fits best and return the ill-fitting pair. Make sure you try them on on carpet so you don't soil the shoes thus making them unreturnable. If you are ordering custom made ballroom dance shoes allow 8-10 weeks for delivery. Once you select the perfect pair, what better way to show off your beautiful new wedding shoes than to walk down the aisle in style! To make a statement about your grand entrance before you even appear consider the use of aisle runners, a red carpet or flower petals. Aisle decorations of any kind are great for building anticipation of the bridal march and useful for formalizing an outdoor wedding plus they protect your new shoes from grass/dirt stains.
My Glass Slipper in Old Town, Alexandria specializes in wedding shoes and accessories. They have the following tips and answers to commonly asked questions:

Shoe Dying Tips:
Making sure the shoes are the appropriate fabric will result in a more similar color when dyed. A shiny dress may not appear to match a crepe shoe even though the dye color is, in fact, perfect.

  • Do not expect your shoes to be dyed overnight. (Your shoe dyer may not even be able to get started on your shoes for a few weeks if he or she is busy.) It may take several days to mix the right color. Often times the color samples must dry overnight. The color may look very different when still wet.
  • Be reasonable. If you expect a shoe dyer to replicate the exact color of your dress, you may be disappointed. When comparing the dyed shoes to the dress, do not press the swatch or the dress up against the shoe to see if it matches. That scenario is not going to happen when the shoes are being worn so it is not a realistic measure. A more realistic gauge is to have someone wear the dyed shoes with the dress and walk around while you stand at least 10-15 feet away. (Keep in mind that you are staring intently at these shoes to see if the color is perfect, it is unlikely your wedding guests will have the same keen eye for this detail).

Do not expect your shoes to be dyed overnight. (Your shoe dyer may not even be able to get started on your shoes for a few weeks if he or she is busy.) It may take several days to mix the right color. Often times the color samples must dry overnight. The color may look very different when still wet.

How far in advance do I need to purchase my shoes?

  • Most of the shoes ordered from will be shipped within 2-3 days after receiving the order. Others will need to be special ordered and will be shipped in 2-3 weeks.Occasionally, a shoe will be out of stock even at the warehouse and could take many weeks before new stock arrives. (You would be notified if your order was going to be delayed.) If the shoes are to be dyed, factor in that time as well.
  • The most important deadline to be aware of is the first dress fitting. At the first dress fitting, you must be wearing the correct heel height in order for the seamstress to do the hem. This is no time to guess or estimate the heel height you will be wearing on the big day. Though a dress that is too short is merely a fashion faux pas, a dress that is too long could have disastrous results. You don't want to be walking down the aisle holding up the front of your skirt so as not to trip on it.

Are my shoes supposed to be the same material as my dress?
If the shoes you are ordering are to be worn with a wedding gown, the fabric of the shoe is not critical. White and ivory are very forgiving colors in any lighting condition. Therefore, a bride should not overly concern herself with the fabric of her bridal shoes.

  • If the shoes are to match a bridesmaid or any special occasion gown that is not white or ivory, the fabric of the shoe should be considered. If the dress is satin or another shiny fabric, get a satin shoe. If the dress is crepe, chiffon, or another non-shiny fabric, get a crepe shoe.