The Wedding Dance Specialists The Wedding Dance Specialists
<October 2007 Wedding Dance 411>

" 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 2007 Newsletter

Dance Tip: Top 10 Reasons to "Face the Music and Dance!"

Dancing lessons is probably one of the most mutually enjoyable aspects of planning your entire wedding! The non-verbal communication involved in partner dancing is a powerful tool for enhancing these skills because it encourages
patience, teamwork, trust, respect and cooperation - - all the same assets that contribute toward a happy marriage! But on a less technical note, here are the top 10 reasons for Brides and Grooms:


  1. Vacation from wedding planning stress.
  2. Express & experience your unity as a couple.
  3. Dynamic pictures and video to capture the memories!
  4. Impress your guests!
  5. Have fun with your soon - to- be Hubby!


  1. Bonus points in the "romance" department!
  2. Be the "Prince Charming" of her dreams!
  3. Avoid embarassment - like stepping on her feet or gown.
  4. The man is always right (on the dance floor!)
  5. It's not an "expense," it is an investment in a useful and fun skill that you can get mileage out of for years to come!

Planning Tip:

Reprinted in part from Emily Post: How do your guests find out where you are registered? The old fashioned way -- word of mouth. Traditionally the practice of including lists of gift registries along with wedding invitations is considered inappropriate and is discouraged. When guests call to congratulate the couple, they can ask for this information or contact their mothers or the Maid of Honor. (Recently, couples set up wedding websites with customized information and details about themselves, their relationship and their wedding, this is an informal way to convey gift registry information as well.) Enjoy the process of building your nest! The following are tips for registering for gifts:

  • Consider your needs both presently and in the future.
  • Register as soon as possible and certainly before invitations are sent.
  • Register for items in a variety of price ranges.
  • Register in national chain stores.
  • Don’t register for the same things at different stores.
  • Don’t insist that guests use the registry. Sometimes carefully chosen surprises are the most favorite gifts of all

Movie Review:  Stomp the Yard

STOMP THE YARD introduces 'stepping' - a sport/dance form that is an exhilarating display of rhythm, physical dexterity, and creative choreography.

The story is DJ is sent from Los Angeles to Atlanta's Truth University after his conviction for street brawling, a fight in which his brother was killed. Once on campus DJ works for his uncle as a gardener and is soon courted for his step dance skills by two rival fraternities. One fraternity gains DJ's attention and he pledges.

The real star of the film is the magnificently choreographed and executed dancing, performed by the actual cast members. Director Sylvain White and his choreographers center their attention on the big sequences and the result is very fine entertainment.

Date Night
Event: Tango Buenos Aires
Date: Saturday, October 27 at 8pm, Sunday, October 28 at 7pm
Location: George Mason University Center for the Arts
Cost: $44, $36, $22
Details: "Swirling, fast-paced tapestries of movement, laced with proud postures and sensual couplings," reported The Washington Post. This show is Argentina's greates cultural export with a dozen talented dancers, a vocalist and six gifted instrumentalists. Together they trace the history of the Argentine Tango, an integral part of their culture that was born in the dance halls and brothels in the late 19th century and swept Europe as high scociety embraced this new dance sensation. Tango Buenos Aires never fails to mesmerize and astound audiences as the various style of tango are performed with dazzling intricacy, dramatic flourish and deep emotion.

Vendor Special Offer

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

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Present this coupon to receive:
1. A FREE Home buyer's Seminar with expert advice from a real estate professional, mortgage lender & settlement co. (value priceless). Next scheduled seminar: Saturday, February 24th in Alexandria to cater to the increasing homebuyer demand. Ellen Coolidge Burke Library located at 4701 Seminary Road in Alexandria, VA. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch provided) Details here
2. a FREE HOME APPRAISAL (value $350)
3. 2 FREE private ballroom dance lessons when you use his services for purchasing your home. (value $170)

Dance Bloopers

Looks like the overdid the anti-anxiety pills in the event of "cold feet."
Should somebody wake them up when it's time to cut the cake?

Wedding Etiquette: Gift Considerations

The showering of gifts on the newly betrothed couple is an ancient and enduring one. It is
a tangible representation of love and support, a generous offering to help a couple get a head start in their lives together. Customs regarding gifts vary by culture and may come in many forms such as money, jewelry, household and personalized gifts, gifts delivered from gift registries or hosted parties.

Gift giving and recieving is not as simple as it may seem. Depending on your culture, the people involved in making your day special, the type of festivities, parties, or showers may call for certain gift giving or receiving traditions. Gift giving is generally reciprocal for weddings in some shape or form so the betrothed couple should think about how to handle gifts for each other, their parents, their bridal party, guest favors and vendor gratuities. There are many things to consider in the area of gifts; deciding whether, where and when to register at a store for them, selecting items off your registry, notifying others about your gift registry, knowing when it is appropriate to open them publicly versus simply display them, whether gifts should be personallydelivered or shipped, when to send thank you notes, which events are appropriate for gift giving, who should recieve gifts and when, if and how to return gifts.