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 2008 Newsletter

Dance Etiquette: Hygiene

Personal oral and bodily hygiene is of utmost importance. If you notice that your partner is hesitant to
get into the proper ballroom hold, is holding their breath, bolts from the dance floor once the dance is
over and repeatedly refuses to dance with you again, follow these hints:

  • use heavy perfumes and highly volatile hair styling products sparingly

  • Ladies should wear "dance friendly" attire (avoid beaded sleeves, snagging fabrics, or long trains)

  • Gentlemen should always close their jackets or take them off before dancing

  • good physical hygiene overall

  • clean hands

Dance Tip: Why Learn to Dance?

You’ve made a big investment in many aspects of the wedding day that will only last one day. Learning to dance is a small investment in your relationship creating lifetime memories -- an actual skill useful at future special occasions. Dance lessons are the most fun and romantic time a couple can have during the wedding planning process!

Many couples are realizing the importance of expressing their unity and growing closer through this unique learning experience. They are seizing the opportunity to shine on the dance floor while personalizing their celebration through their own creative expression. For these insightful couples, the First Dance is often the highlight of the reception, and the most vivid wedding memory guests take home with them since actions speak louder than words.

There are lots of aspects of the wedding that can be outsourced - - the bakery, the caterer, the florist, the event planner. There are two vital components that only the couple themselves can execute in order for a wedding to be valid and authentic - - their vows and their First Dance. The public and legally binding vows verbally profess the couple’s intentions to be supportive and loyal to each other. The First Dance is the first marital act that physically proves a couple’s ability to be supportive of one another. By exercising teamwork and patience during private rehearsals and ultimately for public display, the couple “moves as one” on the dance floor and a promise is sealed and delivered.

Planning Tip: The Hair Trial
The Hair Trial at the salon can be a really fun and productive experience with some advance planning. You should expect that your stylist will design your hair as if it were the actual day of your event so schedule your trial on a day where you can show off your special updo! If you are working with a makeup artist, try to schedule your trial for the same day so that you can get an overall glimpse of how you will look on your special day. Here are some specific steps that Giselle Zlotniski of Elegant Hair by Giselle recommends:

  • Schedule trial run approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your event

  • A deposit will be required to schedule your trial run

  • Plan to spend at least one hour in salons

  • Wash and completely dry your hair prior to your appointment.

  • Blow dry your hair straight for the trial, if not wearing it curly or plan to pay for blow drying as a separate service and allow extra (20 -30 minutes) for this.

  • Take digital photos and notes and give copies to the stylist

  • Wear a button-down shirt. Remember to bring your veil, all accessories, fabric swatches or photos of your dress, and jewelry to the studio.

  • Discuss  coordinating your sense of style; hairstyle, dress type, headpiece, face shape, etc..)

    Relax...get ready to be pampered!

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Dance TV: Dancing With the Stars - Season Premiere!

Each week, all new surprises and twists await viewers.It's the largest cast ever, including a soap opera legend, two Olympic Gold medalists, a Grammy®-winning singer, a celebrity chef, a reality TV show star, a television legend, an Oscar® winner, and a Super Bowl champion. Additionally, all four professional dancers who've previously tasted the thrill of victory return to compete against one another for bragging rights. Can one of them reclaim the mirror ball trophy?

Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday and Tuesday night during and up to 30 minutes after the Dancing with the Stars performance shows. AT&T subscribers may also text message their votes by texting the word "VOTE" and entering the number that corresponds to the team they want to support (standard text message rates apply). Viewers may also vote online at starting from the opening of each episode on the East Coast and until 12:00 Noon, ET the following day.

Dancing with the Stars: The Results Show will feature some of the most renowned dancers and choreographers of our time, including an extra spectacular performance on October 21st. The Kids Ballroom Dance Competition, a fan favorite, also returns. Hosted by Tom Bergeron (America's Funniest Home Videos) and Samantha Harris (E! Entertainment), the celebrities will perform choreographed dance routines which will be judged by renowned Ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. Dancing with the Stars is the U.S. version of the international smash hit series, Strictly Come Dancing.

Date Night: Local ballroom dance competition and show

Location: The Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Contact: 703-548-5953
Attire: The Carlyle Club is located off Duke Street near the King Street Metro. It is a retro 1930/1940's nightclub, raise stage, curving dance floor, beautiful décor. They have live big band and jazz entertainment and dancing. Place for students to dine and dance in elegant atmosphere. It sometimes holds Big Band Dances there that attracts the swingdancers in the area. Parking underground directly below club.
Upcoming Events Schedule:

Event: Viennese Waltz Ball
Location: Cosmos Club Ballroom, 2200 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Date: Saturday, November 15, 2008
Details: Hors d'oeuvres, four-course Dinner, Viennese Dessert Buffet, Entertainment: Dancing to the music of the Con Brio! Salon Orchestra, with open wine bar
Dress Code: White Tie, optional
Times: Champagne Reception 5:30 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm, Dessert Buffet and Ball 7:00 until 11:00 pm
Ticket Prices: Dinner with Ball $160.Ball and Viennese Dessert Buffet $95.
Reservations: please fill out the reply card from website and return with a check to: Margaret Bocek 15383 Loyalty Road Waterford, Virginia 20197

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Regarded by Washingtonian Magazine in its Annual Bridal Issues 2002-2007 as one of their preferred Hair Specialist for weddings and styled the model on their magazines 2008 cover! Call 301.984.9007.

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Nesting Newlyweds:
by Brian Block, RE/MAX Real Estate Broker/Attorney

In my opinion, while most Northern Virginia & D.C. areas are relatively safe, some are safer than others. The problem is that by federal law, I am unable to provide my honest opinions about a neighborhood to clients who inevitably ask "How's the Neighborhood?" Most clients, no doubt, are asking this question innocently with a serious intent to determine whether a particular community suits their needs.

However, I have no way of knowing whether such clients have a discriminatory reason in mind, whether they are making their neighborhood choice because of racial, age, family status, sexual preferences, gender, or other reasons. Thus, federal law makes it illegal for me (and other REALTORS) to answer "How's the Neighborhood" in a direct manner. Therefore, I have these suggestions for how to determine this for yourself.