Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Award Winning Engaging Affairs Event Planning Endorses TWDS!

Award Winning Event Planners at Engaging Affairs surprised us with this lovely review on their blog. We are so flattered that one of their consultant Sara chose TWDS to prepare her and her husband for the most sacred dance of their lives! Here is their blog review:

There is a lot of debate among my couples about whether or not to take dance lessons for their wedding. I'd say most intend to and more than half actually do it. I think dance lessons are a great idea and can be a fun prewedding activity. That being said, if one person is dead-set against it, then dragging them through the lessons will not be fun. Better to stand and sway than to have one person gritting their teeth through the dance.

But if you are both willing to try, then go for it! Guests love when couples have a fun first dance complete with spins and dips. And I love seeing the excitement on couples' faces when they finish their dance and get wild applause.

We love the folks at The Wedding Dance Specialists because, well, they specialize in teaching couples to do a first dance. Even in one lesson, they will have you dancing more smoothly! Our own Sara and her now husband took lessons through The Wedding Dance Specialists and danced like pros. Sara says that they are living proof that anyone can be taught!

I also love that The Wedding Dance Specialists work with you on selecting a first dance song and have a list of appropriate songs on their website with clips so you can listen to a bit of the song. As the folks on American Idol will tell you, song selection is important. There is nothing more awkward than realizing halfway through a first dance that the lyrics are totally inappropriate.

So check out The Wedding Dance Specialists and get dancing!

Here is a link to the Engaging Affairs Bridal Bubbly Blog which is full of creative ideas and great advice on event planning!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Independence Day Ball Dance Camp



July 3-7, 2010
Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Executive Meeting Center
1750 Rockville Pike,
Rockville, MD
301-468-1100

Learn from Blackpool, UK, US and World Champions and Finalists.
Evening fun social activities including 4th of July Fireworks near the White House!
Already confirmed instructors include:
. Maksim Chmerkovskiy
. Glenn Weiss
. Victor Fung & Anastasia Muravyeva
. Rufus Dustin
. Bill Sparks
. Danny Quilliam & Ieva Pauksena

Independence Day Ball dance camp will feature over 150 workshops from World-Class instructors.
Four concurrent workshops will be taught every hour - 2 Latin (Cha-Cha, Rumba, Samba, Jive, Paso Doble) and 2 Standard (Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep and Viennese Waltz).
These workshops will focus mainly on technique.
There will also be a performance class focusing on figures and presentation.
Will continue to expand separate Advanced track for Open and Professional level dancers.

Nightly social events: trip to downtown Washington to see Fireworks on the National Mall near the White House, Capitol and Washington Monument.
Friday Night Social Dance.
"Pizza with the Pros" - a Q&A session with our panel of instructors that always ends in laughter and one-of-a-kind demonstrations.

Testimonial: Where else can you have so many group lessons from instructors who are World Champions? In every room, there's a different world champion teaching something. That's pretty exciting. 
- Daniel (West Lafayette, Indiana)


Visit www.ChampionshipDanceCamps.com/idb for information.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Feedback from our students Julie and Jason!

Julie and Jason are a lovely couple and so easy to work with! Julie was so supportive and encouraging of Jason and Jason had such a mellow and sunny disposition. Both had the perfect attitude going into the challenge of learning something new under time pressure constraints. I guess Jason is not flustered by pressure easily as he risks his life on a daily basis as a police officer! Thank you for choosing our services!

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Groom's Perspective on The First Dance


All the eyes were on us. The spotlight shone down.

We didn't panic (or at least I didn't). This was because the lessons we got from Deborah, from The Wedding Dance Specialists were even better than advertised. Although we may have missed a step here or missed a step there, not a soul noticed.

All our guests were amazed at our first dance, shocked i could even say. "You've raised the bar" some wives said as their husbands gave me that look that said "thanks, i'll never live this down".

If you recall my first blog post about taking dance lessons, I wasn't exactly thrilled about it. But I can now say it was all worth it. I am still amazed at how much Deborah taught us in just a few lessons. Our first dance just set the whole tone for the evening, it was was a perfect beginning to a perfect night.

Now I know there are a lot of guys out there who would say "no way am I taking lessons". Trust me, I was one of those guys. If you ever met me, you would see that in a heartbeat. I resisted it. I dreaded it. I can't express how glad I am that i did it. Just to have confidence when 200 people are staring at you made me imagine what it would be like to have stood up there like we were at an eighth grade dance. That would not have been very cool.

So gentlemen out there, do your future wife and yourself a favor, and take dance lessons with The Wedding Dance Specialists before your big day. They understands a groom's mental state and skill level. You will not regret it, and if you are anything like me, you may actually enjoy it. We did.

When else will you have total control over your fiance/wife's every move? It's worth it, as you know she will control your every move for the rest of your life, so you better take your opportunity when its there.

Thanks for everything TWDS you are amazing! -- Larry Frye newlywed and husband of "Relentless Bride" blogger Amy (Chung) Fry to see more pictures of their First Dance, check out the blog: http://www.relentlessbride.com/2010/04/wedding-dance-he-said-finale.html

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

6th Annual International Washington DC Salsa Congress

Get a break from wedding planning stress! Have a fun date night! Treat your family, bachelorettes or bridal party to a fun weekend of dancing, learning and entertainment

June 18-21, 2010
Crystal City Hilton, Arlington, VA.

Brings some of the worlds finest dancers, performers, and instructors into the DC area! Salsa workshop classes/Salsa vendors/Salsa parties until 3AM every night!
42 Workshops + 10 hours of bootcamps + daytime social dancing + party till 3am+afterparty

www.capitolcongress.com

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Ballroom Dance Cruise to the Caribbean!

Here's a creative honeymoon idea! Now you explore the world in style AND learn a new skill simultaneously! The luxurious Costa Atlantica, home to USA DANCE's first National Ballroom Dancing Cruise, features seven different dance floors, ranging from approximately 900 to 1,500 square feet each. Various floors--including the spacious pool deck--will be used for dancing, workshops and private lessons during this exciting and unique cruise heading to the Western Caribbean for a full week, departing Ft. Lauderdale on November 28, 2010. www.dancecruiseusadance.com

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!  And couples tell us that the First Dance is the most sentimental moment of the reception.

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.

With a little preparation, you can turn the most sentimental moment into the most memorable moment!