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The staff at TWDS are outstanding! My husband and I started taking classes from TWDS to prepare for our wedding. We learned our “first dance” and had so much fun! After our wedding we really missed our weekly dance class so we quickly signed up for more lessons and before we knew it we had a weekly dinner and dance date! We love learning new things together and dancing is one activity where we are at the same level so it’s really easy to enjoy. TWDS teaching style helps us to relax — taking classes with TWDS has introduced us to a whole new world of married life fun! - - Lauren and Jason Gerbsman, married June 5, 2004

September 2006 Newsletter

We hope you'll take some time to snuggle up and enjoy the newsletter about love, life and marriage! We are excited to offer you this newsletter designed to help newlyweds with useful resources and advice and of course, we encourage you to keep dancing and romancing! We wish you a happily ever after! Sincerely, Mrs. Deborah Joy and Mr. Brian Block, Founders of The Wedding Dance Specialists


Home Sweet Home: Painting for Ambience

Make your home a statement about your individuality and style by adding a splash of color to your walls.  Color is noticed first by the human eye and is an inexpensive way to remodel your house. 

Don’t be afraid to use color since it can be changed.  Local retailers offer samples you can try at home.  Choose the mood that you would like to create and pick two or three hues in that color family.  Apply a patch on the wall and let the paint dry overnight.  This give you time to decide if you like your choices.  This step may take longer than the actual painting itself and can require several visits to the store, but it is well worth the time spent to achieve the correct atmosphere. 

Decide what color fits your personality:



Best Suited

Tranquility, peaceful

Gray (light hues)


Vibrant, energetic


Living room, dining room

Sunny, cheerful



Harmony, calm





Living room

Revitalizing, uplifting


Any room

Great Vacations: A Romantic Getaway Close to Home - West Virginia

Over the Labor Day weekend, Brian and I stole away for a low key romantic escape close enough to home that it was only a short drive and far enough to breathe fresh air, smell the fragrant orchards laden heavy with ripe peaches, plums and apples and gaze at hilly landscape with livestock lazily grazing the afternoon away. On the way to West Virginia, we stopped for lunch at Panera at the Outlet Mall in Leesburg. Labor Day weekend is a great time to catch amazing deals! Especially at an outlet mall! I found gorgeous shoes for $15 a pair! We stayed at a lovely bed and breakfast called Shenandoah Oaks in Charlestown, and enjoyed interesting and relaxing daytrips that were just a short drive from the B&B. Shepherdstown is a college town with trendy shops and funky restaurants on German Street. We enjoyed lunch at a vegetarian restaurant called Stone Soup Bistro and high tea at Shaharazaad Tea House. We found tons of lovely gifts for people at Coffe & Candlery. Next up was Harpers Ferry, where visitors learn about the history of the town and it's famous abolitionist John Brown, enjoy decadent home-made fudge and hike the gorgeous trails around the area where two rivers - the Potomac and Shenandoah converge and three states, VA, MD and WVA meet. On the way home, be sure to stop at the myriad of Farmer's Markets and pick up delicious produce picked fresh and ready to eat!

Marriage Maintenance: Proactive Conversations

We all have preconceived ideals of what we would like out of a relationship.  Avoid the pit falls of disappointment by talking about your expectations to your spouse.  Take the opportunity to discuss expectations before going on a family vacation, going to family gatherings, or having children.  Identifying what is important to each other will help limit the disillusionment and negative feelings when your feelings are overlooked.  Sometimes a spouse will need a reality check if expectations are placed too high.  The key to a lasting marriage is taking about expectations realistic or not and understanding that ideas may change with life events or time. 

Filling the Nest:  Fertility and Stress
(reprinted in part from What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Parenting Magazine)

If you are having trouble conceiving, reducing stress in your life may help increase your chance for a successful birth.  Some ways to reduce your stress include moderate exercise, soaking in a relaxing bath (but not jacuzzi), relaxation exercises such as yoga, meditate and cut back on your daily stressors with good time management, prioritization, delegation and outsourcing undesirable or time consuming tasks that do not further your stress reduction goals.

Researchers at The University of California in San Diego found that reducing stress was essential for women beginning in vitro fertilization or IVF. The study found that women who stress about the IVF process have 20% fewer eggs to fertilize.  Doctors advise to stay away from chat rooms and put away books, magazine and email articles which may focus on the difficulties of the process and increase stress.  Have a candid discussion with your doctor about the process, ask what books or support groups they recommend before you start the procedures.  Another way to reduce stress is to organize and plan for the possibility of missing work.  Women who are anxious about missing work produce 30% fewer eggs to fertilize.  If possible, schedule doctor’s appointments by shifting your work hours or discuss your absences with your boss if you think they will be supportive.  Lastly, IVF can be costly and women who are anxious are 11 times more likely to have a difficult birth.  To help cope with money stressors, review your health insurance policy and ask your clinic for any discounts since it never hurts to ask.  Trying these three steps can help make the IVF procedure smoother while at the same time reduce your stress and hopefully your chances to a successful birth.

Keep the Honeymoon Alive : Stolen Moments

If you have been married two months, two years, or twenty years, finding alone time is important to a couple.  Try waking up 15 minutes earlier to fit in some snuggle time before the start of your day.  On weekends, doing simple errands together may not be your idea of fun, but can help provide the alone time you need to rediscover each other.  In the evening turn off the television and let the answering machine pick up a few calls in order to give your spouse your full attention while sitting down to dinner.  Insignificant minutes are just as important as the bigger moments in keeping the honeymoon alive.

On the Town
Tommy the Clown and the Hip-Hop Clowns: Krumping
Saturday, October 7, 2006 -- 8 p.m. at Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda,

Cirque du Soleil: Corteo
Friday, October 26, 2006 - Nov 19
DC Convention Center

Dance and Romance Date Night Ideas

Event:  Kennedy Center
Dates:  September 8th, 9th, 29th, and 30th
Location:  Kennedy Center, South Plaza Outdoors
Details:  Dancing on the River Terrace is a free even and no tickets are required.  Dance instructors provide a lesson from 8:30 to 9:00 PM and open dancing follows until 11:00 PM.  Dress is causal and no dance floor is provided.

Vendor Special Offers
We have done market research, pre-screened and personally used these vendors and negotiated these savings on your behalf to save you time, money and energy so you can focus on enjoying newlywed bliss! Click on the banners below to view their websites.

Brian Block - RE/MAX Allegiance
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 Agent and Real Estate Attorney. 703-626-0715. Present this coupon to receive:

1.Information about upcoming, local FREE Home buyer's Seminar with expert advice from a real estate professional and a mortgage lender. (value priceless)
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)

The Wedding Dance Specialists - 10% OFF SALE!
SAVE 10% on our posted rates at select location on any wedding or hobbyist dance lessons! This sale rate applies to privates, semi privates or customized mini groups. You can schedule your lessons anytime within one year from date of purchase. Sale expires October 14, 2006. Valid only at Falls Church, Alexandria, Herndon and Bethesda locations. Must mention this coupon to qualify for discount.

Dollars and Sense : Foreclosure Fraud

According to CBS News correspondent Kelly Cobiella, foreclosures are up 25% this year.  As this number increases so does the number of companies trying to scam the innocent homebuyer.  Mortgage “rescue” companies are sending official looking documents announcing homeowners to act fast or risk losing their home.  New buyers receiving one of these letters for the first time may become confused and panic.  Don’t worry these mailings are intended to illicit these feelings and fool homeowner into giving up personal information.  The Federal Trade Commission warns consumers never to give out social security numbers, banking information, and credit card information.  Here are a few ways to double check that your accounts are secure:

  1. Contact your mortgage company immediately.  Ask for a letter stating that your account is in good standing.
  2. Contact your local County Records Department to ensure your taxes are up-to-date.
  3. Contact your Home Owner’s Association double check payments are current. 

These steps will help place your mind at ease in today’s world of mail fraud.  

Whatcha Cooking Good Looking? Tilapia with Citrus Bagna Cauda

Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentis

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons
4 anchovy fillets, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
6 (6-ounce) skinless tilapia fillets
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Cook the butter and 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil in a heavy medium saucepan over low to medium heat just until the butter is melted, stirring frequently. Add the anchovies and stir until the anchovies dissolve, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Remove from the heat. Stir in the orange juice, basil, and lemon and orange zests. Season the sauce, to taste, with salt.

The bagna cauda sauce can be made 1 day ahead. Cool, then cover and refrigerate. Rewarm before using.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200 degrees F.

Sprinkle the fish with salt and pepper and brush both sides of the fish with remaining 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil. Working in 2 batches, fry the fish until just opaque in center, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer fish to platter. Cover with foil and keep warm in the oven while cooking the second batch of fish. Drizzle the sauce over and around the fish and serve.

Everyday Etiquette: Honoring the Flag of the United States of America

Many Americans are putting up their flags in remembrance of those who perished at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 9/11.  Here are some tips to keep in mind when honoring our fallen Americans:
1. A flag should be flown sunrise to sunset.
2. A flag should be taken down during inclement weather.
3. A flag being flown on a staff projecting horizontally from the front of the house should reach the peak of the staff, except on 9/11 when the Presidential Proclamation states all flags are flown at half-staff.
4. Avoid having the flag touch the ground.

Another day the flag should be displayed this month is September 17th in honor of Constitution Day.  


You don't marry someone you can live with - you marry the person who you cannot live without." -unknown