Dance Tip: The Grand Finale
Deborah Joy, Founder of The Wedding Dance Specialists has some suggestions regarding the grand finale. No dance is complete without a grand finale including a dip and elegant exit off of the dance floor. Your instructor will show you how to dip safely and comfortably, for a terrific photo! The dip should be as smooth and coordinated as the rest of your dance. Here are a few suggestions:
1. Plan to dip during the last 15-30 seconds of the song. Listen for the phrase that will warn you when to get prepared.
2. The groom should get a good hold on you before he starts dipping, THIS IS THE SIGNAL that he is about to dip you.
3. Let him dip you!!! Hold on to his hand for stability. Fighting the dip is an exercise in futility unless you are as strong as the man you are marrying. He will simply use more force and be less balanced while trying to hold you up. The Bride should wait for the Groom to bring her up from the dip.
4. The dip need not be very deep or low to be visually effective. A balanced dip where you are both comfortable and smiling at the crowd or at each other is far preferable to one where you are looking awkward and fearful of falling.
5. Take your time. Try to match the mood of the music as you enter the dip.
6. Stabilize your base of support. Both Bride and Groom should keep both feet on the ground.
7. Smile with your teeth showing. This makes the dip look effortless.
Wedding Planning Tip: Wedding Tips: The Gown: What’s your style?
Choosing a gown can be overwhelming. Perhaps consider the style of wedding you envision. The style of the dress should reflect that theme.
Color may play a part too. Many manufacturers now offer gold, champagne, ivory, and blush, in addition to traditional white. Often more flattering, you may like these softer hues. The rule is there are no rules. It's your day and you should love how you look.
There are five basic dress styles and each is designed to fit a different type of body.
The ball gown: “Cinderella style” has a form fitting top and full skirt. This style flatters most body shapes and sizes and is admired for its ability to camoflage lower body figure flaws.
The A-line gown: It looks like the shape of an A. It has a slim bodice and widens from the waist down. It is a great choice for petite brides or those who want to appear taller.
If you have large hips an A-line gown gives height reduces width to create a slimming effect.
The empire style: This dress has high gathered waist that is cropped just below the chest and flows into a flaring skirt. This style is great for women who want to hide a thicker waistline.
The sheath: Often called a mermaid gown, this dress is form fitting and tapered to the floor. It is best for very shapely women.
The slip dress: A sheer style dress that clings to the body. This dress should be worn by those with flawless figures.
No matter what your dress style, plan on trying on a few dresses to explore. Something that didn't appeal to you on the hanger just might surprise you!
Seek help from the gown professionals trained to help you achieve the ideal result. Their guidance may aviod future hassles, headaches, and frustrations. Although some brides have an easy time finding a dress with the perfect fit, most brides should allow time for shopping, ordering, shipment and then up to three custom fittings. It is also important to remember that to order and custom fit a bridal gown is usually a lot longer than anticipated. The final payoff for your efforts is a dress that thrills you and enchants your guests!
Dance TV: Dancing with the Stars
Airing Mondays and Tuesdays, 8-10pm, on ABC. An all new cast of celebrities hits the dance floor on ABC's Dancing with the Stars with the highly anticipated two-hour season premiere MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2009 (8:00-10:02 p.m., ET) on ABC. Season Eight introduces us to 13 new stars including the youngest competitor to date, an NFL legend, a computer icon, a female rapper, three music artists, and a Wildboy. Additionally, "love is a battlefield," when for the first time, real-life couples take the ballroom floor. Newly engaged professional dancers, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff, go head-to-head with their partners. To top it off, country crooner, Chuck Wicks teams with girlfriend and two-time Dancing with the Stars champ, Julianne Hough.
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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!
Practicing chiropractics without a license on the dancefloor!
The groom should have his body weight to the side of the bride not straddling her with all of his weight straining her back.
Wedding Etiquette: Toasts (reprinted in part from Emily Post)
Toasting the bride and groom on their wedding day is a cherished tradition and will surely be one of the most memorable parts of your reception. It is traditional to toast with champagne – a lighter than air liquid expression of the happiness shared by all of your wedding guests - however any beverage of choice including water, soft drinks, punch, or juice is acceptable.
When do you pour the champagne? At a sit down reception, champagne is poured as soon as the guests are seated. At a cocktail reception it is poured after everyone has gone through the receiving line.
How do you get the guests attention? The best man gets the attention of all the guests either from his table, or the microphone and proceeds to give the first toast.
Who gives a toast? It is perfectly fine for the best man to be the only one to give a toast, however often both fathers give toasts welcoming each others family and guests and also acknowledging their children’s happiness. The maid of honor or other bridal party guests may also give toasts and the groom often toasts his bride and new parents-in-law. If there are any letters, messages or telegrams that have been sent, they should be read by the best man.
Who stands, who sits? Everyone should rise for toasts to the newlyweds except the bride and groom. If a toast is directed at the bride, then the groom rises and if a toast is directed toward their parents then they both rise. If everyone is standing including the bride and groom, then the newlyweds smile as the toast is made. They do not drink a toast to themselves.
What if the bride and groom toast? When the bride and groom are making a toast together, they do not speak in unison. They stand together while one speaks or take turns speaking.
Fun toasting facts: In 16th century France, it was customary for men to toast the health of any woman present at a banquet. This evolved into toasting the bride at the wedding feast.
The even older tradition of clinking glasses was said to be a way to fight off evil spirits.
Dance and Romance Date Night Ideas
Date: Thursday, March 19
Time: 6:45pm Admission, 7pm Tango lesson, 8:30 - 9pm General Tango Dancing
Address: La Maison Française , 4101 Reservoir Road NW, Washington DC 20007
Admission: pre-purchased tickets required $20 - $30, no walk-in admissions
Details: Live tango music and tango dancing from 8.30 -11 pm. Requested Attire
Business or cocktail attire requested. Hosted by the International Club of DC. Thursday, March 19 Tango in Paris: An Evening of French Wine and Argentine Tango lessons at the Embassy of France. No partner needed, as we will rotate partners during the lesson. Join us for a very special opportunity to learn how to dance the Argentine Tango, one of the most romantic dances, at the ballroom of the Embassy of France. The dance lessons will be followed by time to practice what you have learned and meet other ICDC members who love to dance while enjoying French wine.
Date: June 19-21
Event: DC SALSA CONGRESS
Details: The 5th Annual International Washington DC Salsa Congress is coming up this June 19th-21st at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington Virginia. Three days and nights of dancing, workshops, shows, and more are in store for you this June! Every year the entire DC, Maryland and Virginia Salsa Community pulls together to showcase the homegrown talent of instructors, dancers, DJs, and musicians. This event hosts artists, performers, dancers, and general salseros from around the world.
Single Evening Passes are available at the door. The price for a single evening pass is $25, which includes evening performances and social dancing on any given night throughout the Congress weekend.
Location: Crystal City Hilton, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202