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 "

October 2005 Newsletter

Group lessons: Swing and Merengue

Swing: Make it a dinner/dancing double date night with friends or an intimate romantic escape from the hectic wedding planning. Forget about work stress and jump off the saddle and into your saddle shoes! Shimmy out of your business suit and into your zoot suit for a swingin’ good time featuring the most popular sounds from today and yesteryear! Whether your reception will include Big Band era, Motown, or Rock & Roll music, swing dancing is a fun and versatile fast dance that will enable you to dance all night long!

Merengue: This hot dance is perfect for surprising everyone with a flirty “First Dance” or spicing up general dancing at the reception. This dance style is perfect for Caribbean and Latin American honeymoons too! You don’t have to understand Spanish to enjoy the passion and fire of merengue music plus this dance is useful for Disco era and contemporary party mix music. This is an incredibly easy yet impressive dance where you see fast results and learn foundation spins that carry over into the Swing. Explore your flirty side as you learn Cuban motion hip techniques! Venture into this tantalizing world of music and dance while learning a skill that’s useful for vacation cruises, travel overseas and even the local nightclub scene! Bring your favorite dance music including Techno, Party Mix, Hip Hop, Disco and see it come alive!

To sign up: call 703-626-7016 or email
Instructor: Deborah Joy
Location : Alexandria Studio outside of Old Town (directions and address emailed to you once you register)
Date: Thursdays, Oct 20 – Dec 15 (No class on Nov 24 Thanksgiving)
Time: 9pm
Duration: 60 minutes
$17 per person/per lesson (pre-registered 8 lesson series both Merengue and Swing
$18 per person/per lesson (pre-registered 4 lesson series ONE STYLE only, Merengue or Swing)
$20 per person (drop-in)
SAVE $$!! Refer another couple to join the group lessons and you and they pay only $15 per person for each group class they purchase.

Keep the Honeymoon Alive! Ladies Bellydance Workshop for all Levels! Nov 5&6 in Alexandria
Taught by Piper - Bellydancer of the Year for 2000, Director of the Daughters of Rhea Dance Ensemble, and founder of the PiperMethod School of American Belly Dance.  Learning Belly Dance is a great way to make new friends while trimming your waist, hips, and thighs. You’ll get an aerobic workout, learn a new skill, and get in touch with your feminine side after a long week at work.  Experience the power, beauty, and mystery of this ancient art form. Plus, doesn't every husband wish his wife was a belly dancer? To sign up: register online by clicking here or mail in payment to: The Wedding Dance Specialists 6101 Edsall Rd, #1601, Alexandria, VA 22304.


  • 1.       Basics for Belly Dance beginners.  This seminar will focus on posture and ankle-knee-hip alignment for Belly Dance fundamentals such as Hip Swings, Pelvic Tilts, Body Rolls, Hip Circles, and several types of Shimmies.  Each movement will be broken down, explained, and practiced along with ways to create Egyptian vs. Turkish vs. Tribal styles and looks.
  • 2.       Finger Cymbal Basics plus Classic American Belly Dance Step Combos.  Beginners will learn to play finger cymbals, while intermediate students can practice step combos with various finger cymbal patterns.
  • 3.       Aziza Drum Solo Choreography + Drum Solo Ideas and Expressions.  This advanced seminar will cover various ways to interpret Drum Solo rhythms along with Aziza, a choreography that can be done as a solo (Piper won the Belly Dancer of the Year award with this choreography in 2000) or with a Troupe.


  • 1.       Arms and Hands Combos.  Take the basic techniques and steps you learned yesterday and combine them with interesting arm and upper body movements.  Beginners will get a good introduction to creating their own choreographies, while more advanced dancers with come away lots of ideas for adding a variety of looks to their dance.
  • 2.       Raks Kahti Choreography.  Beginners should take Saturday’s finger cymbal seminar as a prerequisite, while advanced dancers with finger cymbal experience can start here.  This lively choreography can be done as a duet or with a whole troupe, but the combos also work great for soloists.
  • 3.      Dynamic Step Progressions and Combos. Creating interesting and fluid ways to get from one step or direction of movement to another.  This advanced seminar includes ways to use your dance space and your eye contact to connect with your man!

    The workshop will be from 11:30 - 4:30 with a lunch break at 1:00 -2:00
    $68 for one day workshop
    $120 for two day workshop ($60 per day)
    $80 each workshop at the door
    dance teachers who sign up 5 students in advance get in FREE
    Items available for sale 
    Optional Casablanca Restaurant dinner and pro/student performance! (cost of dinner)

New Studio Open in Bethesda, MD!
We are now accepting reservations at our new Bethesda Studio. Lessons are given 5-10pm on Mondays. The studio is metro accessible and on Wisconsin Avenue.

Dance Movie Review: Monster- In- Law

Director: Robert Luketic
Starring: Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda
“The best comedy since “Meet The Parents.” People Magazine
“A wonderful comedy A million lalughs.” Larry King
“It’s a hoot to watch Fonda cut loose and mix it up with Lopez. Rolling Stone

This is a great movie for all those suffering with an in-law relationship made for “The Jerry Springer Show” or Hollywood. Sadly, this satire isn’t too far from the truth for some engaged couples. Jane Fonda, makes her Hollywood comeback by playing Viola Fields , a neurotic, controlling, unstable woman who’s just found out that her son, Kevin (Michael Vartan), is engaged to Charlotte “Charlie” Cantilini. She sets about breaking up the marriage by annoying the heck out of bride-to-be with a limitless variety of histrionics and schemes.

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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!

The expensive shoe dance.

I spent so much on these shoes that I want to admire them as much as possible.

Wedding Etiquette: Are Cash Bars Acceptable? (Reprinted in part from Emily Post)

You wouldn't expect guest to ay for a cocktail in your home, so don't have a cash bar at your reception. Think about it, a cash bar draws attention to the fact that alcohol is out of your budget. A more hospitable way to get around your budget limitations is to offer just wine, champagne and sodas or invite fewer guests so you can affor to serve a full array of drinks. Ultimately if your guests were given the choice of missing out on a martini versus missing out on your wedding entirely I think they would take a pass on the alcohol bar none.

Wedding Planning Tip: 10 Ways to Minimize Your Stress

Deborah Joy, Newlywed and Founder of TWDS has the following suggestions for lowering your blood pressure during the hectic wedding planning process.

1. Get in shape – this includes exercising, getting enough rest, eating right, drininking lots of water and avoiding sugar, salt and caffeine, meditation or yoga.

2 Set realistic expectations. This means being prepared through careful planning and diligent follow-up. There are so many variables that if something does go wrong chances are nobody but you will even notice so why sweat the small stuff?

3. Stay focused and organized with a checklist and a wedding planning binder. Keep all your research in one place and organize it so that you can access it quickly when you need it.

4. Good time management. Delegating responsibility and pacing yourself are the keys. When delegating, establish clearly your expectations and any deadlines. Avoid procrastination. On the day of the wedding, establish timelines for preparation that are one – two hours earlier than you actually require to cushion unexpected delays.

5. Try to unwind and focus on others instead of your wedding. Allow quiet time for yourself and quality time with your fiancé. Re-connect with friends and family, do charity work.

6. Avoid those who stress you out and minimize how much information you divulge about your wedding planning to them. After all, the less you reveal the less they have to criticize. Despite a person’s best intentions, weddings can reveal their own baggage. You have enough on your shoulders planning this wedding the last thing you need is to take on someone else’s load. In circumstances where conflict does arise try to maintain the big picture and realize that the minutae of wedding plans is not the key to a good relationship. So try to avoid arguing over petty things.

6. Clearly establish a budget at the beginning. Since planning a wedding is an unfamiliar endeavor, make sure to make a list of all the categories expenditures and research a realistic price range before establishing the budget. You could randomly pick several vendors from each category and delegate each person to get general quotes to present at the budget meeting. Everyone involved in the budgetary decisions should get a basic education and understanding of the wedding industry.

7. Treat wedding planning as a team project with your fiance. To avoid feeling overburdened, share the responsibility of planning the wedding with your fiancé. How well you work as a team on this project is probably indicative of how well you will work together on other projects in the future.

8. Research and verify. Be sure to fully research each vendor you select so you are comfortable with the quality of the product or service. Get at least three recommendations for each vendor and speak with them about their experience.

9 Consider hiring a “day of” wedding coordinator. Professional wedding coordinators show up early and stay late to make sure all the little details are taken care of on the wedding day and alleviate the stress for the wedding couple and the bridal party. Interview and clearly establish the role the coordinator will play and receive a list of his/her responsibilities. Don’t rely on the caterer or the rental facility to provide the same quality of service that a professional coordinator provides.

10. The biggest secret to a successful wedding is to not worry yourself to death, enjoy the day, and enjoy the moment because it will not come again.

Dance and Romance!

Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra
Location: Clarendon Ballroom, Arlington, VA
Dates: Oct 19, Nov 10, 17 & 30, Dec 28
Details: Dinner, Dancing, Show,
Tickets: 301-855-9102