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 "

May 2009 Newsletter

Dance Tip: Audience Orientation

Wouldn’t it look a bit awkward if you attended a show where the performers bowed to the set backdrop instead of the audience? To ensure that you are facing the audience at the end of your dance, give yourself some prep time. Figure out the total amount of time it takes do your grand finale and allow for extra time to get to the center of the dance floor. So, listen for the distinctive audio cue that indicates that the song is ending. From that point allow yourself 15-20 seconds to dance toward the center of the room, another 10 seconds to position yourself to face the majority of the audience and 5 seconds to actually hold the dip.  You would need more time if you are doing a more lengthy grand finale like multiple twirls, unwraps, lassos, double handed spins, etc… During your final pose, you can choose to look directly at each other, look slightly above your guests heads or the groom can look admiringly at the bride will she gazes off in the distance.

NEW! Wedding Dance Workshop

Sample a variety of slow dances perfect for love songs. Develop your individual composure as a dancer and
learn the fundamentals of partner dancing. Get acquainted with dancing before committing to private lessons. Meet other engaged couples in the area! Lesson takes place at our Alexandria location on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 11am - 12:15pm
Only $20 per person! Call for details!

Wedding Planning Tip:  Destination Weddings

Families of the engaged couples are often spread across the nation or the world which may be one reason destination weddings are increasing in popularity. The primary reasons couples choose a destination wedding are to save money, minimize family politics and planning details, and of course to have a memorable and unique wedding. In addition to a beautiful location, you can incorporate local cultural traditions with your own ceremony to add a unique flavor to your special day. Although you can plan an intimate or elaborate destination wedding, for those on a limited budget choosing your destination gives you more control over the value you receive for your investment. Here are some important factors to determine when planning a destination wedding:

1) Is the ceremony recognized as valid in the U.S.?
2) What is the minimum amount of time required in the destination before being allowed to marry?
3) For religious ceremonies what documents are necessary from your house of worship at home?
4) If either of the parties are divorced or widowed what proof is required?
5) Is U.S. blood test documentation sufficient or are additional blood tests required.
6) Is there a coordinator at the site to work with you who speaks fluent English and has previous experience? Can she provide references? Will she put everything in writing?
7) What costs or fees are involved?
8) What will the weather be like at your destination?
9) Can a quantity rate discount be arranged if your guests are staying at the same hotel?
10) Does the hotel have previous experience hosting on-site foreign weddings??

Featured Dance Style: Polka

The Polka was originally a Czech peasant dance, developed in Eastern Bohemia (now part of Czechoslovakia). Bohemian historians believe that the polka was invented by a peasant girl named Anna Slezak in 1834 one Sunday for her amusement. It was composed to a folk song "Uncle Nimra brought a white horse." Anna called the step "Madera" because of its quickness and liveliness. The dance was first introduced into the ballrooms of Prague in 1835. The music is played in 2/4 time (1 & 2) and sounds happy and playful. The name of the dance (pulka) is Czech for “half-step”, referring to the rapid shift from one foot to the other.

Polka is danced around the room in a series of small and fast chasses (side steps) with a distinctive hop, turning about 360 degrees every 4 beats. In 1840, Raab, a dancing teacher of Prague, danced the polka at the Odéon Theatre in Paris where it was a tremendous success. French dance instructors seized upon it and Polkamania ensued. Dance academies were swamped and in desperation recruited ballet girls from the Paris Opéra as dancing partners to help teach the polka. This naturally attracted many young men who were interested in things other than dancing. Consequently, manners and morals in the dance pavilions were suspect so many parents forbade their daughters from dancing with anyone but close friends of the family.

The polka was introduced in England in the mid 1800's. When it came to the USA it was taken up by the country western set and is still danced in Country Competitions today. The western style Polka is danced with less turning, with very little hopping and somewhat resembles the two-step in its execution with a lot of turns for the woman. After WW2, American/Polish immigrants adopted the more European variant as their “cultural” dance and it is not uncommon to see it danced by young and old at Polish weddings today. The Polka was standard fare on the Lawrence Welk Show. Most people will remember it as the dance Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner did swirling around the ballroom in "The King and I".


"The Beer Barrel Polka" by Lawerence Welk
"Shall We Dance?" from "The King and I" soundtrack
"Back In The Saddle Again" by Gene Autry

Date Night

Dancing is symbolic of love and unity and a celebration of life. That is why dance lessons are great for a romantic date night together! That is also why watching world renound dancers is so inspiring and romantic. We encourage you to take advantage of the limitless opportunities and venues to appreciate the art of dance at it's finest! The D.C. metro area dance world is your oyster! Escape from wedding planning stress and enjoy a romantic date night while learning about the exciting world of dance! It's time to hit the town!

Salsa Congress
Event: 5th Annual International Washington DC Salsa Congress
Location: Hilton Crystal City, Arlington, VA
Dates: Jun 19-21.
Details: Salsa dance workshops 10am-5pm, performances 9-10:30, dance parties 11pm-3am, and vendors all day!
More info:


is a theatrical show consisting of traditional Irish step dancing , notable for its rapid leg movements while body and arms are kept largely stationary. In March 1996, the show was performed in the United States for the first time — at Radio City Music Hall in New York City — where it sold out eight times. Riverdance continues to be performed all over the world. Each production company is named after an Irish river .

Event: Riverdance
Dates: June 26-28, 2000
Times: 2pm and 8pm
Cost: $20 - $70
Tickets: or call 1 (877) WOLFTRAP
Location: Wolftrap Filene Center, Vienna, VA


Independence Day Dance Camp
Dates: July 1-5, 2009
Location: Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Executive Meeting Center
1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, United States 20852
Cost: one day pass approximately $110
Details: a variety of intensive workshops with famous competative dancers including those from Dancing With the Stars

Movie Review:  The Wedding Singer

New Jersey wedding singer Robbie Hart is heartbroken after being ditched at the altar by his fiancee Linda until he is enchanted by Julia. Julia enlists Robbie's help in planning her own wedding--to a sleazy womanizer. Can our hero win Julia over before it’s too late?

Genre: comedy
Rolling Stone - "...A sweetheart of a comic romance..." (03/05/1998, p.73-4; Peter Travers)

USA Today - "...A snappy opening....Funny guest appearances..." (04/24/1998, p.6E; Mike Clark)

Vendor Special Offers

We pre-screen and negotiate with wedding vendors on your behalf to make your wedding planning easier!

Brian Block - RE/MAX Allegiance - 703-626-0715
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 Broker and an attorney. Click on the banner to go to Present this coupon to receive:
1. a FREE HOME APPRAISAL (value $350)
2. 2 FREE private ballroom dance lessons when you use his services for purchasing your home. (value $160)

Shelby Tuck-Horton - Exquisite Expressions and Events, Inc.
Shelby Tuck Horton, Founder of Exquisite Expressions has planned hundreds of weddings since the company was founded in 1985. She is a certified Master Bridal Consultant and has been a featured wedding expert on national and local television, radio and print media. She looks forward to helping you plan your wedding to reflect your personal preferences and unique style! Mention The Wedding Dance Specialists referred you to receive 10% off of event planning services!
(301) 306-0842
Voted The Best of "The Knot" for 2007, 2008 and 2009 !
Voted Washingtonian's Bride and Groom Best Wedding Vendor 2009 !

Top of The Town Reception Site
"[T]he best view in town." - Washingtonian Magazine

"[T]he best view in Washington." - Washington Business Journal

"[T]he best view in town." - Fox News

"A spectacular wall to wall vista overlooking the monuments on the Mall and seemingly everything else in the Washington area."
- The Washington Post

Due to last minute cancellations, The Top of the Town has Friday, June 19 and Saturdays June 20 and 27,2009 available for bookings. The site is offering a 50% discount off of the rental price for those dates!! This is a terrific location for an engagement party, rehearsal dinner, bar/bat mitzvah or wedding reception. The Friday night sale rate is $1950 (regularly $3900) and the Saturday sale rate is $3450 (regularly $6900). Call to reserve NOW! 703.387.8696

New Age Caterers
Come sample complimentary Hors D'oeuvres & Buffet Stations from the wonderful selections Provided by the talented Chef from New Age Catering Company and check out the fabulous Top of The Town reception site too!
Date: Tuesday, June 2,2009
Time: 5 - 7:30pm

Location: Top of the Town, 1400 N. 14th Street, Top Floor, Arlington, VA 22209
RSVP: call 703.476.1200 or email:

Dance Bloopers

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Wedding Etiquette: Save the Date Notices

Congratulations on your engagement! You are about to embark on a creative and important process that will require organization skills and attention to detail.You may have decided you would like to hold the wedding over a holiday weekend or at an exotic destination. How can you increase the odds that your special guests will be available to attend? The best way is to distribute a save the date notice. Whether you are having a formal affair or a small celebration, Save the date cards, will give guests advance notice that their presence will be requested and the official invitation is forthcoming. There are just a few things to remember:

1. They can be mailed up to a year in advance. Mention that the invitation will follow.
2. Every guest receiving a Save the Date Card should also receive an invitation and visa versa.
3. The information should be clear and factual including your names, the location of the event, and wedding date.
4. You can create these cards as formal or as fun as you like!