April 2007 Newsletter
Dance Tip: Practice Makes Perfect!
Despite your best intentions to practice at home, the likelihood is that your hectic wedding planning schedule will take up most of your free time. Rest assured, as long as you consistently attend classes you will make progress toward your goals. Make practice sessions fun and not a chore by spending 5 minutes a day reviewing the material. Believe it or not, just a good night’s sleep actually aids in muscle memory, so give yourself an A+ for catching some Z’s! Additionally, practicing good "technique" drills will give you a polished and confident look, require only a couple of minutes a day and doesn't require a partner. To maximize your productivity during a practice session try the following two techniques: 1. Narrow your focus. 2. Switch roles.
Narrowing your focus means lower your expectations for your overall practice sessions and agree in advance to focus on improving one specific aspect or technique of the dance. There are countless mistakes that can occur and cloud your progress. Therefore, do not criticize or discuss anything unrelated to that technique. Switching roles results in better memorization of your role by teaching it to your partner. Since you are the expert in your own role, your partner will receptively learn both experientially and empathically about your needs without the frustration and defensiveness that may arise from “constructive criticism” After the wedding, you will have time to relax and enjoy practicing at home for the sheer romance of it! So light some candles, put on some romantic music and push the coffee table aside. Dancing and Romancing shouldn't stop after the honeymoon!
Wedding Planning Tip: Outdoor Weddings
Spring is upon us! For those of you planning an outdoor wedding make sure to mention to guests in your invitation that it is an outdoor ceremony so they dress accordingly. An outdoor ceremony allows for creative touches like releasing live doves or butterflies. To avoid damaging anyone's shoes or tracking dirt into the reception hall, I recommend providing a welcome mat for guests to clean their shoes. For the wedding party, a red carpet runner adds a regal touch. Besides elegant it is a lot more practical then the cloth or paper runners that blow around in the breeze or tear and catch on high heels.
Consider weather predictions, tenting options, devising effective stalling tactics (serving lemonade, musical diversion, schmoozing, stations such as a video of you and your fiancés life/relationship, scrap book, the guest book and an indoor Plan B in case of inclement weather. Also don’t panic if you see some rain before the ceremony is due to start, few weddings seem to actually start on time, so by the time the ceremony starts the sun might smile upon you!
Outdoor decorating ideas can include potted plants, hanging flower baskets, an arched trellis woven with ribbons, streamers, flowers or garlands. Candles and lanterns are particularly romantic for night weddings.
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Is your wedding around the corner? Do you think it's too late to learn how to dance? Come in for a crash course! We GUARANTEE that you can have a wedding dance in even ONE lesson AND it will be a drastic improvement compared to "winging it". Save 10% when you mention Wedding Dance 411 newsletter to qualify for the sale. Deposit due by April 30, 2007. You have one year to use the lessons. Payment due in full to schedule reservations in advance.
Featured Dance Style: Rev up with Rrrrumba!!
Dance Style: Today's American style Rumba is danced very slowly and has romantic, flirtatious overtones. This version is danced a "Box" pattern to a Slow Quick Quick timing. In the ballrooms we call it either the Many modern Country, Soul, R&B, and Latin love songs are Rumbas. The tempo is Slow Quick-Quick and features Cuban motion (hip movements) and fluid arm-styling. The Rumba is a spot dance like most of the Latin dances, which means that it does not travel around the room.
"Falling Into You" by Celine Dion
"Power of Two" by Indigo Girls
"Let's Stay Together" by Al Green
"By Your Side" Sade
"Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" Strictly Ballroom soundtrack
"I Do" by Paul Brant
"Sign Your Name Across My Heart" Tarrence Trent D'Arby
Romantic Date Night Ideas
There are so many opportunities and venues to enjoy your dancing skills and appreciate the art of dance! The D.C. metro area dance world is your oyster! Whether you're in the mood to just soak in the atmosphere, meet up with friends, practice your new moves or escape wedding planning stess and enjoy a romantic date night, it's time to hit the town!
April 9 TODO TANGO IV - A Spectacular Evening of Symphonic Song & Dance! The Pan American Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Sergio Alessandro Buslje,presents an extraordinary evening of symphonic tangos, from traditional tangos to the Nuevo Tango of Astor Piazzolla. Special guest artist, Raul Jaurena, renowned bandoneón player, who recently performed at CarnegieHall, with the Berlin Philharmonic, and with Yo-Yo Ma, brings the authenticity of the tango of Buenos Aires to the concert hall with his incomparable skill on this most difficult of instruments.Plus the singing of talented Venezuelan, Marga Mitchell, you are transported to a smoky cafe near the docks of the port city where tango was born. From New York , four dancers, promising to thrill you with their sensual and graceful "jotas" and "ochos"-- steps authentic to Argentine tango.
Located: George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium.
Admission: $25, reserved seating.
Purchase Tickets: Lisner Box Office, (730 21st St. NW) Pan American Symphony Orchestra at (202) 884-9008 or 240-242-8032 http://www.panamsymphony.org TicketMaster: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/15003A69A39B77DE
Movie Review - Tango Salon: La Confiteria Ideal
Tango has enjoyed a huge revival during Argentina's current political and economic crisis. This film examines La Confiteria Ideal, a Buenos Aires dance hall where fervent devotees of tango flock to escape everyday life. On the one hand this film can be seen as a Buenos Aires-set Buena Vista Social Club, full of great music and dance throbbing in a historic tango hall, On the other hand, it is easy to see the tango as a defiant political act, a refusal to lie down and die in the face of the country’s continued poverty. *Tango dancers perform before each screening. Audience participation welcome.*
Sponsored by DC Filmfest,
Showing at Regal Cinemas
701 Seventh Street, NW, Washington DC
Take metro to Metro Center or Gallery Place/Chinatown
Monday, April 18, 7pm
Tuesday, April 19, 7pm
Get tickets online: http://www.tickets.com
More information: www.filmfestdc.org
Dance AND Romance!
Never stop the wooing...
Hide children's Valentine's cards around the house for your sweetheart to find throughout the year.
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!
Wedding Etiquette: Welcome to the Family! (Reprinted in part from Emily Post)
Ideally, a betrothal is joining two people and their families together. For the sake of the happy couple, this is the time for the parents to greet their new family with open hearts. Both sets of parents should act with spontaneity and in the spirit of friendship. Tradition has it that the Groom’s family contacts the Bride’s family to formally introduce themselves either in writing or on the phone, express their happiness and extend an invitation for a meeting.
Once engaged, the couple should continue to address their future in-laws as they have before the engagement until the parents suggest otherwise. If your in-laws have not suggested a less formal address, you may ask them if they have a preference. Most married couples refer to their in-laws by their first names or as “Mom” and “Dad.”
In the sad cases where an engaged couple contends with a parent’s disapproval of the marriage or general antagonism toward the future spouse, it is best to send the parents an invitation anyway and hope the parents can put aside their misgivings and attend. Once they realize that your allegiance is to your future spouse they will hopefully realize they gain nothing and are damaging their relationship with their own child.