The #1 Most Recommended Wedding Dance Company!
“ 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 Senior Writer for Washingtonian Magazine ”
As a small, family-owned business we are grateful to all of those that chose The Wedding Dance Specialists to serve them during a sacred time in their lives. As engaged couples you have many choices to make throughout your planning process and we are flattered that so many of you have trusted The Wedding Dance Specialists with the "first steps" of your marriage. We appreciate all of the referrals, online revies, Facebook Fans, testimonials, pictures and videos you have shared with us and even wedding invitations! Your support has resulted in almost 10,000 First Dances, more than any wedding dance company in the nation!
"Thank you Deborah for our private lessons. My fiancee and I had never danced formally before. We now know a number of different steps which we plan to use for our wedding dance and beyond. Deborah was very helpful and we also were able to video tape different steps and moves which has been very helpful when practicing. If anyone is interested in showing off during your wedding - and also feeling a bit more confident on the dance floor, the Wedding dance specialists are for you. Also thank you to Perfect Wedding Guide DC-Maryland-VA for their giveaway - I was one of the monthly winners and won the dance prize. My fiancee and I are very greatful and thank you for the wedding tips all along the way!"
Below is video footage, wedding dance photos and letters of appreciation from our students plus anonymous compliments from The Knot and The Wedding Channel. You can be one of our success stories too! Please allow a moment for the page to upload.
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"The Wedding Dance Specialists took us from having no dance skills to being able to dance at our wedding. We highly recommend them. Our First Dance was a huge hit! Robert did the lift wonderfully and the dip was great too! We also did a lot of fun, fast dancing during the reception. Everyone was so surprised because we are usually pretty reserved and rarely dance; thus it was that much sweeter! Thanks for your help we appreciate it!”— Olympic Gold Medalist, Kerri Strug and Robert Fischer
Workshops are a great start! I would certainly recommend a wedding workshop from The Wedding Dance Specialist for anyone looking to learn the basics of ballroom dance. It was a great little "date day", they keep it light and fun & romantic. It was a great start for us & we are going to take a few private lessons to choreograph to our wedding song! (Married on 24 Sep 2011)- The Washinton Redskins Cheerleader, Chelsea Causey
Anonymous Reviews from area brides on the Knot, The Wedding Channel, Wedding Wire and Yelp: Reviewed Nov 4, 2008: The first dance was probably my favorite part of my entire wedding! We only took two lessons (two weeks before the wedding) and didn't really have a chance to practice, so we were really nervous going out onto the dance floor. Neither of us really danced before and didn't know the first thing about posture or basic steps. Kevin (Bethesda studio) was an amazing teacher and did a great job at teaching us the basics and helping us feel comfortable dancing together. He also showed us a couple of fancy-looking but very simple moves and helped us coreograph a special ending to the song. The lessons really paid off, and we looked amazing together! I think our friends and family were all really surprised when we started twirling around the dance floor. I felt like a million bucks! Thank you!-- Jean
Reviewed Oct 6, 2008: We were very impressed with the two lessons we took with the Wedding Dance Specialists. We wanted to look polished and comfortable without looking rehearsed and too formal—and that is exactly what we got. We were able to complete a beautiful, natural waltz that we felt comfortable doing in front of 200 people with only 2 sessions. We would definitely use the Wedding Dance Specialists again.--Chels and Drew
Had our first dance lesson last night! From: Jendeis, 6/16/2005 at 10:35 am
Just wanted to write and say that we had our first dance lesson with Jim of Wedding Dance Specialists. It was great! FI is having trouble b/c he has no rhythm, but Jim seems pretty confident that we will work this out. Love dancing, so much fun!
From: Atlantia , 3/29/2005 at 1:05 pm
Our dance instructor is Jim, from The Wedding Dance Specialists. The woman I talked to to set up the classes was named Deborah Joy. We got 10 lessons for around $500, and they are well worth it. We have a great time, and it takes our mind off other stuff for an hour each week.
From: Kam3T, 3/29/2005 at 1:47 pm
Deborah from The Wedding Dance Specialists. She is fabulous. We took 8 lessons from her and learned a dance for our first dance with at least 5 different moves, plus 2 other dance types. Plus it was so much fun!! We still get compliments on our first dance when we see people who attended our wedding.
TOPIC: RAVE: Wedding Dance Specialists From: karinandadam, Date: 2/9/2005 at 8:22 am
We had our first dance lesson last night and it was great! Our teacher was really sweet and didn't even blink an eye when I managed to trip over my own feet while we were just practicing walking. I feel more comfortable already and can't wait to get a few more lessons under our belts. They're running a Valentine's special, so if you're interested, you might want to take advantage of that and give them a call. www.theweddingdancespecialists.com
From: redsoxfan1776, 2/9/2005 at 8:25 am
We had our first dance lesson last week. While I will reserve my final judgement until we have a few lessons out of the way, so far so good. BTW--with her V-day special, The Wedding Dance Specialists is one of the cheapest in the NoVa area I found.
From: sk8nut, 2/9/2005 at 8:58 am
We just finished our 4th lesson last night with The Wedding Dance Specialists and I'm amazed how far we've come. After last week I was afraid we'd need to squeeze more lessons in before our wedding (3 1/2 weeks left), but after last night I think we'll be ok. We only have one more lesson booked, but I think we will be fine.
Meredith Sellers, Professional Bridal Consultant, Elegant Engagements "The entire staff of The Wedding Dance Specialists are wonderful to work with. They are very accomodating, I had a client that was crunched for time so the instructor met the couple at their home for lessons. I prefer to use The Wedding Dance Specialists because they make it easy for my clients. They are put to ease while learning to dance and makes it fun. They truly care about wanting the couples to dance beautifully at their wedding."
I am so glad that Jason and I took dance lessons for our own wedding. Thank you! It was great practice for learning to work together and having fun. Deborah was a great teacher, had huge amount of patience and really helped us knock the socks off our guests. AMAZING – We knocked the socks off our guests and really kicked off the party the right way. No one was expecting the merengue!! The energy was high, we were comfortable with the dance and didn’t take our eyes off each other.I could go on and on about how great we felt dancing together, eye to eye at our wedding.
My dad and I also took a quick lesson before the wedding, Deborah helped make it easy and helped us choose a dance that worked for us.
Thank you for all your patience and help to make this amazing and something we or our guests won’t forget. Jason and I have 4 left feet and you had us working together – how important!
Kimberly Pritchett, Professional Bridal Consultant, A Timeless Affair
"The Wedding Dance Specialists are the best dance studio that I have worked with. They are professional and really make the classes fun for brides & grooms. Even if they have never danced before, Deborah can make their first dance look fantastic in just a couple of lessons. We always recommend them to all of our brides & grooms. One of my couples are taking lessons from TWDS in Towson and they love it! In fact, I even used them when I got married. The first dance was the most talked about part of our wedding and a true testament to the dance lessons. In fact, my husband who I could never got on the dance floor prior to our wedding, wanted to dance all night. I always recommend at least a few lessons to all of my brides. It can really make a difference. For dance lessons, I always recommend TWDS exclusively."
Jake Ritchie, Dream Day DJs, Owner and President of American DJ Association DC Chapter We used The Wedding Dance Specialists for our wedding and we were so glad we did! Our wedding dance designer was Deborah Joy. She was very personable and new exactly how to pick the right dance for our difficult song choice. If you're looking for something other than a generic sway, Deborah Joy is definitely the person for the job!" TWDS was great! We learned out first dance in just a couple of lessons and made quite an impression at out wedding in South Africa. I have since then referred TWDS every chance I get to all my clients!
Kawania (Kay) Wooten, CMP | Principal Consultant | Howerton+Wooten Events AS SEEN IN. ESSENCE • The Washington Post • Smart Planner • Meeting News • The Knot • Offbeat Bride • Association Management• United with Love • The Stylish Planner
AWARDED. The Knot Best of Weddings, 2011 • Wedding Wire Bride's Choice Award, 2009, 2010 & 2011
"Thank you SO MUCH for taking care of our couple, Sharon and Mark.They looked like pros at their July 8th wedding -- And Mark looked completed at ease! Now that I think about it, you took care of one of our October 2010 couples too (Patricia Zavala and Josh Smith). Wow. I am definitely going to recommend you to our future clients. You have been a lifesaver to our couples. Thanks again and take care!" -- Kay Wooten
Cristina Curcio, Owner of Cristina Maria Special Events
"As a professional wedding planner, I have seen countless "First Dances." After my boyfriend and I participated in both TWDS' workshops to survey the quality of service and the experience, I am fully confident in referring The Wedding Dance Specialists. Our instructor was able to help us come together as one! We didn't think that would be possible in just two workshops. Needless to say we are DVRing "Dancing with the Stars" now,practicing our moves weekly and have finally bridged the gap that existed for us for so many years when it came dancing. I can't believe it but the two workshops already changed our lives!"
We can't thank you enough for all of your help. You have given us the confidence that we needed for our First Dance. With all the options you taught us we will be sure to do a great job (with some practice of course!) Thank you again! - Cristina and Chris Brandaleone, June 2012
Bride and Groom Reviews
Holmes Harden and Blake Heraghty, May 19, 2012
My husband and I really wanted to avoid the middle-school sway during our first dance, so we called upon The Wedding Dance Specialists to try and make us look respectable. This was no small feat considering that my husband doesn’t have an ounce of rhythm in his body (he will attest to this). We worked with Migle over the course of 5 dance lessons. Migle is extremely talented and a lot of fun to work with. She was very encouraging and had lots of suggestions for us along the way. She tailored our first dance to our ability level and vision and even recorded our dance in-studio so that we could practice at home. Migle understood that we didn’t want a completely choreographed dance (we were afraid it might look too cheesy) but rather wanted to learn a beginning and end and then some moves that we could throw in during the middle for a natural feel. That’s exactly what she gave us! We couldn’t have been happier with the final result—an absolute transformation from when we walked in for our first lesson. In addition to having a blast together learning to dance, my husband and I had a great time performing our dance at our reception. We literally had folks on their feet clapping! Needless to say, we received countless compliments and kudos from our wedding guests. Several weeks later, many of them are still talking about it! The folks at the Wedding Dance Specialists are real pros and we highly recommend them! From Judy in the office to Migle our teacher, everyone was an absolute delight to work with. In addition to having fun learning to dance together, you’ll enjoy impressing all of your wedding guests with your new moves!
Alexandra and Jay Hess, August 15, 2009
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We had an amazing experience with the Wedding Dance Specialists! We had the odd request of helping us with our "first dance" and to teach us how to dance the polka (to please the grandparents). They accommodated both with ease and we had a great time doing it. The dance studio was convenient (easy parking) and the teacher, Dinah, was fantastic and fun. Everyone commented on how great it was that we didn't just rock back and forth like we were embarrased and instead put on a show! A friend told us "it made the event!" People even applauded at our spin move! :) We had a blast. Thank you Wedding Dance Specialists!
Matt and Vail Fucci, Sept 12, 2009
If you live in the DC metro area, the grand champion of wedding dance teachers is definitely Migle from The Wedding Dance Specialists. At least that's what the trophy says that we gave her at the end of our series of 6 lessons. That's right, she was that good that we got her a TROPHY! She took my fiance from not knowing a single step of formal dance to looking like my own personal Fred Astaire. She worked with us extremely well, mixing in some moves that we had created on our own, and giving us new ones we never would have thought of that are BEAUTIFUL! When we asked to put in a lift, even though she'd never had a couple ask for one before, she put one in that we could execute well, that looks impressive, but that is safe, and takes into consideration my strapless dress. Migle also had a GREAT sense of humor and made the lessons fun. Each time she thought of a step that at first my fiance didn't think he could possibly do, she would break down the steps into the simplest components and walk him through it, giving him helpful pointers to remember. Migle even helped him with musicality! Our song had some strange timing in it, and we were having problems stepping at the right time, so she listened to the song over and over and found certain elements for us to listen for that helped us nail it each time.
We could not possibly be happier with our experience that we had. Because of this experience, it was my FIANCE's idea to take more lessons after the wedding. He said he found the whole thing surprisingly enjoyable and that each weekend he looked forward to our lesson and our nightly practice sessions. Taking someone with no dance background at all, and getting them to really ENJOY dancing is quite an accomplishment in my opinion. The other great thing was they had a practice crinolin for us to dance with. This gave us a better idea of what it will be like dancing with my big ball gown. Migle also offered to take a video of us in practice. This was tremendously helpful for us to fine tune our moves and our hands. All in all, if we were to do it all over again, I wouldn't change a single thing! Thank you soooooo much Wedding Dance Specialists!!!!!!
The place we had our wedding at is ranked one of the top places to get married at in the NYC metro area. It was in the New York Time's list of best places to get married. I tell you this just to give you an idea of how many top notch weddings the people at this place see. They do 4 weddings a weekend! The director of the facility told us, that it was without a doubt the MOST BEAUTIFUL first dance he had EVER seen at the Pleasantdale Chateau and in his life. If that isn't the biggest compliment we could give Migle and The Wedding Dance Specialists, I don't know what is! Everyone and their brother went nuts for the dance that day, and they all love watching the video time and time again. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving us something we'll cherish forever!
Laura and Chad Kaschak, May 15, 2009
I wanted to share the wonderful experience we had learning our first dance with the Wedding Specialists. My husband is not known for his rhythm or dance moves so we wanted to surprise everyone with a polished first dance. The dance we ended up with was well above and beyond our expectations. The classes were so much fun and the teachers really put us at ease. Our first dance turned out to be our favorite part of our entire wedding. Because we were so well prepared it was relaxed and fun for us instead of awkward. And the hoots and hollers we got from our shocked guests will never be forgotten! I am attaching some photos to illustrate how special it was. Soon we will have our video and I will see if I can share that with you as well!
Erin and Chris Topham, January 26, 2009
Our instructor, Jim was great! And I have to give some credit to my husband who begrudgingly took these lessons; he really went all out and embraced the process of learning this challenging “sport”. He was even dancing face to face (embraced) with Jim and didn’t bulk once…that’s a tough thing for a guy to do sometimes. We really liked how Jim didn’t push us on his idea of what we should do; he really encouraged us to go on as we feel comfortable, and just taught us the moves. We practiced at home too which definitely helped ! Our dance was a hit for sure! It really showed people what our love for one another is like b/c we did a fast dance that was totally “us”!
Grace and Tom Raymond, August 23, 2008
We wanted to learn how to dance to our firstsong, "Unforgettable". The Wedding Dance Specialists were great-very professional and helpful. Our instructor, Derek was fantastic! He is very talented and highly knowledgeable of all the steps.The lessons were absolutely worthwhile. My husband and I took Foxtrot lessons for our wedding. In four lessons and a lot of practice, Derek transformed us from two lefties into Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. Our guests were in awe. On a scale of 1-10, TWDS and Derek get all 10s! Thanks!
Steve and Leslie Derr, July 6, 2008
We just want to say thank you for your instruction and especially for your patience with me for our dance lessons this past Spring. Our First dance went wonderfully. Leslie and I felt very comfortable, and several guests remarked that they would never hav believed that I could dance that well. Our first dance was the first event of our reception and definitely set the happy and celebratory tone for teh rest of the reception!
Danielle and Nicholas Bianchi, June 28, 2008
We wanted to write to thank you for our wonderful dance lesson. Our instructor gave us the basic moves and some specialty moves that we could use in our first dance. Since I have dance background, she gave us some showcase moves for a particular part in the song where I wanted them. Your method allowed me to put together the routine after we left with the moves she gave us. Everyone loved our first dance and particularly this move--thank you !!!
Jessica and David Rowden, May 31,2008
We just wanted to write and say what a wonderful experience we had with Wedding Dance Specialists and our instructor Kevin. My husband and I were married on May 31, 2008 and we am so glad we went with Wedding Dance Specialists for our dance lessons. Kevin was a great instructor. He broke the steps down really well, explained everything well, and was very patient with us. He was also fun to work with. We got so many compliments after our first dance. People said we looked like we should be on "Dancing with the Stars"! :) It was a great experience and we will definitely recommend Wedding Dance Specialists and Kevin to our friends.
Kate & John McMillan, April 2008
Dear TWDS, We are writing to thank you and our instructor for the package of dance lessons that we took prior to our April wedding. We had a terrific experience with your company. We had no dance experience prior to our lessons, and you helped us to progress from nervous and awkward to confident and comfortable. It made such a big difference in our wedding day, because we were really able to enjoy being on the dance floor during our first dance. It is a moment that we'll always remember. We thank our instructor for his patience and comprehensive teaching techniques. We would strongly recommend your lessons to any couples planning a first dance at their wedding! Thanks so much!
Karen and Chris Buckley, December 27, 2007
Neither myself nor my husband had really been taught ballroom dancing before so the lessons were definitely worth it. My parents came for the second lesson for a touch-up and that went well too. Our instructor was patient, very friendly, and knew how to teach it to us in simple ways so we could remember it for the big day. Both dances went well and were much better than if we had not had the lessons. Everyone loved our first dance! I would definitely recommend your dance company.
Michele Roberts & James Bonn, November 11, 2007
James and I just wanted to forward a picture of our successful first dance to you from our November wedding! We had such a wonderful instructor and the results were fabulous. We were able to keep perfect time with the music and the steps that he taught us stayed with us! Our closing dip was done perfectly and right on cue! Our instructor knew how to work with each individual's experience level and comfort zone. We are so grateful that we chose to work with The Wedding Dance Specialists. We would be more than happy to provide a reference should you need it! Many thanks!
Susan and Christopher Kelley, October 6, 2007
We really needed to get coordinated and learn how to dance together!
We got to learn the basics, but also a few unique moves. Our instructors were great!
Nikki and Andy Jones, October 6, 2007
We had an amazing wedding including a spectacular first dance that our guests loved. One of our guests even put a video up on YouTube! Considering that I couldn't even get the steps in lesson one, I think the end result was nothing short of a miracle. The dance lessons brought us closer together as a couple in the stressful time leading up to our big day. Thanks for helping me discover that sometimes it's better for him to lead :) We will certainly recommend you in the future should we have the opportunity. Thanks!
Katie and Michael Horvat, September 15, 2007
My husband I wanted to send a message to say thanks for the great dance lessons! Our instructor was Kevin Wang who was with us for all six of our lessons. Kevin explained things clearly and was able to instruct us in a way that we could easily understand. He was funny and patient and we can't imagine learning from anyone else. It was truly a great experience. We will strongly recommend The Wedding Dance Specialists and Kevin to our friends and family. Thanks again for a fun and exciting dance experience.
Eric and Casey Hansen, June 16, 2007
We chose a group lesson package and invited our parents to make a group of 6. Our instructor was Kevin Wang and he was fantastic! He had such a natural talent to listen to the selected songs, and then design the dances right from the top of his head. With only three 2-hour lessons, our first dance was flawless, and we even nailed the dip at the end! Our father/daughter dance and mother/son dance that we had practiced in our group lessons were fantastic too. Kevin was patient, kind, flexible and an overall pleasure to work with. I would recommend him to all couples that need to brush up or learn how to dance for their wedding! Thank you Kevin and thank you Wedding Dance Specialists!
Gregg and Shelley Webb, August 18, 2007
To give you a sense of how the entire dance, and specifically the conclusion, were received by our guests, note my sister's look in the background of the photo! The crowd loved our dance, and more importantly, Shelley and I cherished both the dance and the entire night. The event was a glorious success, went off without a hitch, and there are folks from California to Florida and Arkansas to Maine still talking about it. We deeply appreciate the care and attention that you devoted to us during our dance lessons. Your mix of patience, persistence, and enthusiasm made the experience effortless and just plain fun. Thank you for helping us to achieve the "first dance" that we had envisioned.
King and Jacqueline Lotz, March 2007
Thanks for everything! Dancing was something I thought I would never get into or even like but you changed that. There are a ton of pictures some of the first few pictures are during the cocktail hour when we did some warm up dancing and then later of the actual dance. I also have video of our First Dance as well as my Mothers dance with me.
During the reception I danced all night! Jackie no longer needs to drag and force me onto the dance floor because I'm already there. You turned this cadence marching Marine into a man with rhythm, moves and more importantly confidence out on the dance floor. Thank you!
Joan and Ken Rowland, February, 17, 2007 "I just wanted to thank you for the two dance lessons. We practiced and the end result was fantastic. Thanks so much! Many thanks
to you for helping us ensure that the first dance was more than just the standard fare."
Brian and Kasey Turner, January 27, 2007
Thanks again for the dancing lessons. We received rave reviews from a lot of the guests about our first dance. My Brother-in-law said "there was no way they only had 2 lessons!" I have attached a picture of our first dance. Best of luck with future endeavors.
Duane and Gabrielle Harper, Renewing of Vows, January 2007
On-site Warm Up assistance by Deborah Joy before their big Tango Debut!
Tanya and David Salyers, December 22, 2006
Thank you for your lessons, we enjoyed the experience and our first dance impressed our guests! As promised, we're sending you some dance pictures from our wedding.
James Connelly and Jennifer Sincavage, September 30, 2006
We would like to thank you for your patient and thorough instruction! Even with only ONE lesson, our guests were so impressed with our first dance that they couldn't believe we were beginners-they thought we had been taking lessons for several months! We enjoyed our lesson with TWDS and we look forward to continuing lessions with you in the future! Many thanks!
Thembi and Preston Fulse, June 2006
Preston and I did a beautiful job at our first dance. Everyone enjoyed it. Our guests could tell that we were having fun. I can't wait for us to take more lessons. Having fun while being married is important. Thank you so much in referring me to the DJ company. They came through at the last minute for us when we were in a crunch. Also, everyone loved him he was the best and professional. He had people doing the soul train line!
Danielle and Nathan Abbott, March 11, 2006
Our wedding was at The Waterford in Fairfax and we danced our 1st dance to "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts. We had 5 lessons with Jim and not only really enjoyed him as an instructor, but were really impressed with how well he taught us and choreographed our dance. Jim was awesome! Please pass this along and send him our sincere thanks. Our 1st dance was an absolute hit. Everyone was amazed at how well we did and were chanting and hollering for us as we danced! We really loved taking dance lessons and sometime down the road we'd love to take some lessons with him again. Thank you again for the experience and good job picking an amazing instructor for us!
Tom and Susan Lynch, March 2006
Photography by Laura Biederman
Leslie and David McKeough, April 1, 2006 – Tewksbury Country Club
We had done the Tango, with the help of Jim and Krasi. The dance went perfectly and our guests have not stopped talking about it. It was truly the highlight of the reception. Thanks again!
Caroline and Brett, March 11, 2006
We can't thank you enough for being an excellent, patient teacher! "All I Want Is You" by U2 was a hit and now we feel like we can dance at any other weddings now! Interestingly enough - after we took the two lessons with you, we found out two of Brett's good friends/co-workers also took lessons from you! Then we saw you on the TV show, Real Weddings by The Knot last week! You are all over the place and really have a grasp of this market! All the best to you!
Shamus and Cenk Özmen, October 15, 2005
Thank you for having such a great company dedicated to wedding dances that has inspired us as a couple as well as empowered us as individuals.Our teacher Krasi takes such amazing care to ensure we overcome dancing fears and grow into a confident couple with real dancing skills. We loved the experience so much that the once- resistant groom actually insisted we take more classes! We couldn't have done it without Krasi and the Wedding Dance Specialists! Deepest thanks!
Kristen and Carlos Petersen, October 2005
We took lessons from Jim last month for our first dance - LOVE by Nat King Cole. We just wanted to let him know that it went perfectly!! We even received appluase from our guests throughout the dance! We got alot of compliments on our skills, and many people said that it stood out as a first dance because it was so exciting for everyone to watch. He had also taught us some swing which we used throughout the night. Thanks for everything - the dance really made out night special!
Chuck and Deb Richards, Matt Richards and Robin Cullins, June 2005
We just wanted you to know that we had a GREAT lesson today with Krasi. Even though this was our one hour "crash course" we learned A LOT! Please let him know that we were very happy and are actually looking forward to dancing at our son's wedding next weekend. The bride to be had taken some lessons elsewhere but had not learned the dance steps for "their " song. She was delighted! Thank you!
Steve and Whitney McKim, May 29, 2005
Thank you and Jim so much for helping to make our wedding dance absolutely memorable. Steve and I knew that we had a few missteps, but no one else noticed! And I was thrilled that my friend got a perfect shot of this moment (not even the photographer knew it was coming).
Gil and Nancy Glass, May 2005
I am writing today to thank you, on behalf of myself and my new wife, Nancy, for the excellent services provided to us by The Wedding Dance Specialists and, more specifically, by our dance instructor, Krasi. Thanks to Krasi's outstanding instruction, we performed our first dance perfectly! We applied everything that Krasi taught us and, as such, the performance went exactly as it should have. In fact the song, which seemed so long when we were taking lessons, was over before we knew it! Furthermore, guests at our wedding complimented us saying that we'd clearly been practicing a great deal. This is especially amazing since, prior to signing up with The Wedding Dance Specialists, neither of us had had any formal dance training.
In addition, beyond just the dances at our wedding, Nancy's and my overall dancing skills, particularly leading (for me) and following (for her) have improved dramatically. I personally feel much more comfortable now, thanks to Krasi's instruction, with attempting new, improvised dance moves and Nancy is likewise able to follow these moves. Dancing is certainly much more fun now.
So thanks again for everything. I intend to recommend Krasi and The Wedding Dance Specialists as vociferously and as often as I can. Cheers!
Wendy and Jason Siminski, April 16, 2005
Initially our least favorite part of the lessons was the walk-in because we felt silly doing it. You encouraged us to set the stage for the dance by making an entrance our friends and family would remember. As it turned out, of the 1000 or so pictures taken of us at our wedding, our entrance was my favorite one!
Sam Phillips and Laura Shults, April 2, 2005
Honestly, I was pretty much on "automatic" for the dancing. I think people liked the" intro walk-in spin thing." We got some good compliments. I think it made it a lot more fun to watch. The classes were immense help... I would have been ill from nerves had I not had them. We very much appreciate you helping us!
Bobbie Jo and Bryce McCord, May 28, 2005
Just wanted to let you know that every thing is going great. We are so excited about how every thing is comming together, every one is going to be so supprised when we dance, and Jim is doing a great job. Jim is also going to teach us some other dance steps since we have done so well with our wedding dance.
Alan Fleming and Deborah Blackburn, April 2005
Thank you for all the juggling you did to accomodate us at such late notice! Our teacher Krasi, was patient, observant and positive even when correcting us. He was also very quick to point out when things were done correctly too. He quickly identified that we wre having a little trouble with a pattern and shifted to another easier one instead. He was very respectful of Alan, asking if he objected to showing us something by dancing with me; a lost courtesy that ws wonderful to see again. He is a definite asset to The Wedding Dance Specialists. If in the future we wish to take lessons, we would return without question. I have no reservations recommending The Wedding Dance Specialists to anyone.
Lacy Fehrenbach and Nickolas Marosfalvy, July 3, 2004
Okay, let me start out by saying, in the first lesson, Deborah must have been laughing hysterically on the inside because my fiance and I were just plain AWFUL dancers. However, Deborah is a miracle worker because people were cheering, whistling, and clapping throughout our first dance. With Deborah's help, we picked a kind of big-band song to get the party started, and this choice was very effective. People were so suprised and impressed with our first dance. We did have one potential disaster (but apparently nobody noticed except us--or they are too nice to say so--we'll determine when we see the video). Anyway, Deborah was great and we plan to take many more classes from her before our upcoming family cruise this winter. GRADE: A+
Lauren Rothman and Jason Gerbsman, June 5, 2004
Thank you again for helping us learn our first dance to Ella Fitzgerald's "Beginner's Luck!" Your services were invaluable and made us feel very special. Anticipating our dance classes with you made us excited for our upcoming wedding. We gained more confidence and were able to learn something together, at the same pace -- a very bonding experience! We love dancing and have signed up for your salsa and merengue classes. Our wedding was beautiful and we even practiced the night before outside the ballroom! We'll see you soon!
Kim and Josh Pritchett, September 25, 2004
"Thank you so much for teaching a couple of musically-challenged people to dance. All we intended was to just be above the prom-sway, but we were so much better than that!! Everyone just loved it and we had so much fun. We are still getting compliments on our first dance a month later. We intend to take lessons again. I'm thinking salsa!"
Mr. and Mrs. John Trenor, July 24, 2004
“I just wanted to write to thank you and, in particular, Michelle for our dance lessons last month,which were arranged on rather short notice. Our wedding was on July 24, and while it all went by so quickly, Anne-Marie and I think that our lessons were extremely helpful in making us feel comfortable with our first dance (and with other dances during the night)."
Lacy and Nikolas Marosfalvy, July 3, 2004
"We wanted to thank you for teaching the two clumsiest people in the DC-metro area (us) how to dance. Our first dance was amazing. We had so much fun! People were cheering and whistling throughout the song. Everyone was surprised and impressed with how well we danced and that we included three different steps. Many commented that our dance's energy really set the tone for the rest of the party (which was fantastic--the dance floor was packed throughout the evening). Thanks a million for your patience, encouragement and expertise. Once again, thanks for your contibution to our perfect day! We'll see you again soon in your upcoming classes." -- Lacy and Nikolas Marosfalvy
Sarah-Jane and Nathan Bennett, May 29, 2004
Our students starred on the national TV show "Real Weddings by The Knot" on the Oxygen Channel !
"THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOO MUCH. We can't sing your praises enough. I know you
have spoken to my friend who is getting married in July and she loves you already. Our wedding was amazing. Guests we so touched by our dances. So many people have said every time they hear 'Dangerously In Love' on the radio, they think of our first dance. WOW. It was so magnificent, I can't even think of something to complain about. Nate and I miss you already. I think we will be catch a few of your group classes in the future. We even used our moves in St. Lucia, dancing at the resort and the compliments there were endless. Million thanks again!" -- Sarah-Jane and Nathan Bennett
Sandy and Bernard Lynch, May 22, 2004
"Thanks for everything, our dance went off smashingly. We had MANY compliments on our first dance. You would've been proud." -- Sandy and Bernard Lynch
Damien and Tracy Conaghan, April 12, 2004
"We both thoroughly enjoyed learning to dance and you are an exceptional
instructor, with the patience of a saint. We truly appreciate your contribution and guidance that helped make our dream wedding come true. Thank you!" -- Damien and Tracy Conaghan
Megan and Steven W., March 27, 2004
"We just wanted to tell you that our first dance at our wedding went very
well, even better than it ever had in rehearsal, shockingly. Our guests LOVED it -- some of them were literally squealing like they were on a rollercoaster with each turn we did, and even at our little sidestep move. It was a huge hit. We told all our friends how much fun lessons were.
You are an excellent teacher and the attention you paid to detail ensured we really looked like we knew what we were doing. For example, you spent a lot of time with me on "arm styling" to look graceful during a turn and time with Steve on "cuban hips" to look less uptight, and we did actually look like dancers on the big day. :) It was totally worth the investment! We're thinking of doing group lessons with you as well." -- Megan D. and Steven W.
Lisa Beth and Al Lentini, Feb 7, 2004
"We certainly had a wonderful time learning to dance for our first dance
together. These skills will be invaluable over time. Thank you so much!" -- Lisa Beth and Al Lentini
Nicole Oden and Matt Ludwig, Oct 25, 2003
"People loved it!!! You were right. We got so many compliments and everyone said how much fun it was -and that we
looked like we knew what we were doing.... :) It really turned out well and we had fun with it. Thanks again!" -- Nicole Oden and Matt Ludwig
Jeff and Livy Burkey, October 4, 2003
The wedding was absolutely perfect and we danced all night. The lessons
were a HUGE help and gave me a ton of confidence. Also, I have a good friend, who is getting married this summer. I sent him your contact info this morning and he will be contacting you shortly. Thanks again! -- Jeff and Livy Burkey
Amber and Brad Dean,
August 23, 2003
"Learning to dance made our reception fun and exciting!" -- Amber and Brad
Peyton and Dava Craighill,
July 5, 2003
"We want to thank you for your excellent instruction. We felt so much more confident on the day of the wedding; it went beautifully. As soon as our friends get engaged we will be sure to send them to you." -- Peyton and Dava Craighill
Alex and Beth Kepnes,
July 4, 2003
"Thank you for being so patient, articulate, creative and skillful as our
dance instructor. Within a few short weeks, we went from no synchronized dance moves, to a choreographed routine that "wowed" our wedding guests. One of my favorite memories of my wedding reception was the sound of cheers and applauding that we received upon our "big ending" dip. You helped us make this special memory possible. You're also a delight to work with as an instructor. Thank you!" -- Alex and Beth Kepnes
Lofty and Nancy Durham,
July 3, 2003
"We can't believe we did it! We pulled off a lovely first dance for our adoring friends and relatives! And it's all thanks to you and your great teaching! We had a great time dancing, and the crowd went wild at the end when we dipped. When the video arrives, we will get to enjoy our first dance again!" -- Lofty and Nancy Durham
Jeff and Gayle Helman,
June 21, 2003
"Our first dance was beautiful! Thanks for helping to make our wedding day our best memory of 2003!" -- Jeff Helman and Gayle Binney
Darren and Danielle Saville,
June 7, 2003
"We want to tell you that our dance turned out WONDERFULLY because of you! We even got the dip down at the end, and everyone was SO impressed with our dance that we wound up doing it again at the end of the reception for an encore performance. We really appreciate all of the personal time that you took with us, and look forward to taking lessons from you again soon! Thank you SO much for everything!" -- Darren and Danielle
Jon and Alice Kernkraut,
May 10, 2003
"It was nice to feel comfortable and relaxed during our first dance at our wedding. We were able to enjoy our moment without worrying about what the steps to the foxtrot were. We think it would be wonderful to continue dance lessons with you in the future. We greatly enjoyed our lessons with you." -- Alice and Jon Kernkraut
Sean & Heather Atkins
May 3, 2003
"Our wedding dance went great! We had kept the lessons a secret from most people, so they were amazed. We even got a standing ovation! Thank you so much for your help." -- Heather and Sean Atkins