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September 2008 Newsletter

Dance Floor Etiquette: Dancing with Novices at Your Wedding

Dancing with your guests is not only polite but a great way to spend some time with each of them. Once you learn the basics you will feel more confident and excited about dancing with your guests who may have gone to great trouble and expense for the privilege of sharing in your special day. And after all, you have the rest of your life to dance in the arms of your spouse! Therefore, the bride and groom and distinguished enterouge should involve the other guests by inviting them to dance during general dancing. The following points should be kept in mind:

  • Requests to dance are generally very rarely turned down. If you must decline a dance invitation, then suggest that you dance the next song or next dance of the same type with the asker. If you don't provide a reason for declining a request, you may reduce the chances that the person will ask you to dance again as the asker may feel offended.

  • Generally men are expected to invite women to dance especially since men are the Leaders on the dance floor. However, it is acceptable for a woman to invite a man to dance.
  • If you decline someone's dance request then you should sit out the whole dance or provide an acceptable reason why you selected a different partner for that song if you want to remain on good terms with that person. It is considered extremely rude to decline one person's request to dance and then accept a request from someone else for that same dance (same song). The first person will likely take your decline as a personal insult. Doing this could put you on that person's "don't ask" list.
  • Enjoy yourself and have a positive attitude when engaging with your dance partner. Apologizing to your partner for every mistake you make is unnecessary -- especially since it's likely that your partner may not have even noticed it. Just improvise and have fun!
  • You don't need a big repertoire of fancy steps to be an enjoyable dance partner. Doing a few simple steps well can be better than doing a lot of fancy steps poorly.
  • Acceptable reasons for a declining an invitation include; you have already promised the dance to someone else, your resting, you don't know how to dance that particular style. Ofcourse, if the asker has previously physically hurt you while dancing do not feel you are obligated by etiquette to accept the invitation.


Dance TV: Dancing With the Stars - Season Premiere!

Dancing with the Stars, which returns with a three-night premiere event, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. Each week, all new surprises and twists await viewers.It's the largest cast ever, including two Olympic Gold medalists, a Grammy®-winning singer, 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?


Date Night: Local ballroom dance competition and show

Event: DC Dance Challenge
Dates: Sunday, Sept 28, 2008
Location: Glen Echo Ballroom
Price: $10 Sunday afternoon comp, $25 Sunday evening competition, $40 Sunday night "Dance with the Starz" Show and American Dance Montage Special performance.
Contact: 703-980-0428
Attire: business casual during the day, cocktail attire in the evening


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Nesting Newlyweds: Job Rates Strongly Affect the Housing Market
by Brian Block, RE/MAX Real Estate Broker/Attorney

Jobs, job growth, and unemployment rates will help you determine the health of the are the leading
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determines the strength of the real estate market. Job growth indicates population growth. Population
growth determines housing demand. Create jobs and the housing market will benefit. Lose jobs (like
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