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The 411 Of Proper Wedding Dance Etiquette

The 411 Of Proper Wedding Dance Etiquette

Although the ‘old’ days had a very basic structure to the wedding schedule of events, times have changed and those rules don’t always apply anymore. So, when it comes to who dances with whom, there are multiple answers.

Lining up the dance partners

It should go without saying that the bride and the groom are the first to dance. This makes for a beautiful photograph for everyone that brought a camera. The next dance can include the wedding party dancing with their respective partners as well as the new couple.

The parent dances come next. The bride will dance with her father and the groom will dance with his mother. Then the bride will dance with her new father-in-law and the groom can dance with his new mother-in-law. In the case of extended families, you can switch up so that each half of the couple has danced with all of the step parents as well.

In the case of one of the couple having a deceased parent, another relative can step in and there should be some sort of announcement as to why this is happening. This is a great way to honor those that has passed while still celebrating the moment.

After these traditional dances, there may be opportunities for dances with other special people in everyone’s life. A fair warning though, it can be a tad boring for guests to watch dance after dance. You can announce for everyone to start dancing after the really important ones are done.

A lot of deejays have ideas for dances for people to participate in. These can start with how long people have been married and then slowly drop off until the longest marriage is left on the dance floor.

There are also dollar dances where the bride and groom will dance with others for money for their wedding.

Although the slow and sentimental dances are wonderful, the younger set (usually the wedding party) may also like some faster dancing. To make this special too, the bride and the groom may want to have certain songs played for each member of the wedding party. These can be something nostalgic or something fun for everyone to dance to.

Dancing at a wedding is a time that you shouldn’t be worrying about what you look like; it’s just the time to let loose after all the formality and have a lot of fun.

I don’t like dancing! I have probably told my wife this a hundred times, but she never quits

I don’t like dancing! I have probably told my wife this a hundred times, but she never quits

Contrary to popular belief, the infamous learn to dance video does exist. Okay, so it’s mostly just infamous to men. Regardless of whether or not you wanted to learn a few dance steps, your wife might toss it in your lap anyway. Recently I’ve been viewing a learn to dance video that focuses on ballroom dancing. I must say right off the bat that I enjoy the yoga DVD she purchased last year better. This stuff was a bit less complicated and certainly more relaxing. Anyway, the ballroom moves can get a bit tricky inside a living room or kitchen. Yeah, if you’ve done this before, you probably know exactly what I mean. Can you imagine getting a learn to dance video for swing dancing. WOW, things could get bloody. Suddenly the kitchen table and floor lamp could become weapons. I would have to pass on one of those DVDs.

Ahh, learning to dance. This is clearly not desired by everyone. Although it’s not on my top ten things to accomplish in life, I still go through with it. After all, it’s for my better half. Now all you men out there know exactly how this goes. So before you dismiss the learn to dance video, and chuck it in the trash can, you’d better consider your wife’s happiness. She may hold some resentment toward you if you fail to give her passions a shot. Plus, this will make it easier for you down the line when you want her to try something new. It’s all about compromise.

How To Have a Fabulous and Memorable Prom Night

How To Have a Fabulous and Memorable Prom Night

Prom is a night for graduating seniors to celebrate their twelve plus years of school. It is one of the last few times that your class will get together and have a good time. It is a time when you realize that you are leaving high school behind and are growing up and becoming a young adult. It is a time for graduating seniors to make a great memory and here are some ideas to have a fabulous and memorable prom night:

1. Create a prom scrapbook. Fill a binder with mementos such as the price tag from your dress, your corsage, your ticket stubs— anything that has to do with prom night. Then decorate the outside of the scrapbook with a collage of your favorite prom pictures. Theme the scrapbook with the same theme as your prom.

2. Be organized with your prom planning. Have a checklist of everything you need to get done for prom including your dress, activities before and after and who you are going with. Also, plan your pre-dance dinner if needed well ahead of time. Prom night is a popular night for local restaurants, so reserve a table for you and your date at least a month prior to the event.

3. Be sure to rest before the big night. Having fun on prom night will use up a lot of energy. You will be stressed from all the preparations and with all the dancing you will be doing, you need to make sure that you get a good night’s sleep before prom and maybe even take a nap the day of prom. If you talked your parents into extending curfew on prom night, you will need all the sleep you can get beforehand. Believe me you will have more fun if you are not dead tired.

4. Most students find the prom a lot more fun if they go in a group. Couples can share a car, and several cars can go together and arrive at the dance at the same time. Or super size your prom ride by renting a minibus. Pass around a list and recruit your group. A ride this size costs less than a limo does per person. You will all arrive together and you can all sit together at the same table and enjoy each other’s company all evening. Remember that the earlier you arrive, the better your chances will be of finding an empty table where you can all sit together.

5. You may want to get together at one person’s house to take group pictures and have hors d’oeuvres. Throw kind of a pre-prom “mocktail party” with virgin drinks. This gives everyone an opportunity to get a good start on the evening. It will also give parents a chance to make a fuss over all of you and take as many pictures as they want. They will probably be having as much fun as you are.

6. Buy a bunch of one time use cameras and pass them around to your friends. Set a goal to use every last picture before the night is through. Hopefully, you will want to remember this night forever and this way you will get plenty of candid shots.

7. Dance away the night. Don’t be a wall flower on prom night. Get up and dance! If you don’t want to slow dance with your prom date, don’t let that stop you from having fun. Pull your friends onto the floor and dance in a circle.

8. Sometimes students don’t spend much time at the dance, but just show up for pictures and leave. These are the ones that really miss out on the fun. This may be the last time you will be seeing a lot of the people you have spent the last four years of high school with. It may be the biggest party you will ever attend where you know so many people in attendance. Enjoy it and have a great time! You’ll remember it when you look back years later, and it will be a good memory.

9. Take care of your belongings. Don’t leave valuables on the table or in bathrooms. Even if you think you know everyone at the dance, it would be very sad to lose a camera or your money just because you were careless and left it sitting around unattended.

10. After prom is over, be playful and have fun. Some suggestions: After prom, go bowling or to a late-night arcade. There’s nothing like friendly competition to really get everyone laughing. Or go to a late night diner all dressed up and order fries and a milk shake; it’ll hit the spot and you’ll get lots of attention. You can even gather in a friend’s house or backyard or on the beach, take your shoes off, turn up the music and really dance. Even the most ordinary things become more fun when you’re dressed up! You’re only in high school once. You might as well enjoy your night and make it last as long as you can.

Prom is a wonderful way to celebrate with your class but please don’t make choices on prom night that you will regret later. Don’t drink or use drugs as both impair your judgment, can hurt you and are illegal. You want this to be a night you can remember in a good way not a bad one.

Stag Night Ideas

Stag Night Ideas

It is believed that the concept of stag parties and the associated celebrations first began in Greece. Whenever any Spartan was to enter into wedlock his friends used that opportunity to celebrate the start of his new innings. There were nightlong celebrations that consisted of songs, dances and sumptuous feasts.
Today, too this tradition continues. Both would be grooms and brides like to celebrate the start of their new innings with style. In modern language these parties and celebrations are referred as stags and hens do’s. In the following article we would be discussing the different ideas that the bestman can employ and make the stag do a memorable event for his friend.
Stag night ideas
Choose exotic destination for stag night: In recent years the concept of organising stag do’s at exotic places have caught on. Being once in a life time opportunity one likes to celebrate it with style and if possible far away from his home place. You do not have to go far looking for that exotic destination; we at stagweekends.com give you the option of organising the event within UK and abroad. Bournemouth , Bristol, Edinburgh and Southampton are some of the most loved stag do destinations in UK. While Barcelona, Las Vegas and Madrid have emerged as hot favourites in Europe outside UK.
Have a theme-based party: After deciding on the destination you need to decide on the theme of the do. Certain tried and tested themes that have been popular can be employed like theme on superheroes, cartoon characters, chefs, James Bond series or sea pirates. You can also keep a prize for the best fancy dressed soul.
Make arrangement for stag’s favourite band: You can plan a surprise for would be groom by inviting his favourite band. This would definitely put the stag on dance floor.
Organise games: Stag and his friends can have roaring fun at the do by participating in well thought of games. Certain games like tambola, musical chairs still remain as one of the hot favourites. You can be innovative and devise new games.
Plan performances of stag’s bosom friends: The performances of stag’s close pals can make the occasion livelier and beautiful. It can be an individual performance or a group performance in the form of some interesting skit from stag’s life. If one’s creative juices are running at great speed then he can even pen down a song on the stag.

Learn To Dance The Salsa

Learn To Dance The Salsa

The word “salsa” in Spanish means sauce. Salsa dancing is also known as slot dancing because couples don’t move around a large area of the dance floor; instead they stay in a more fixed or smaller area of the floor. So are you ready to learn Salsa dancing?

The salsa has an eight beat pattern that is made up of two bars of four beats. The Salsa music is usually complicated and fast with around 180 beats per minute. The salsa pattern is generally one of three steps and then a skipped step or a tap on the fourth beat.

The basic step is as follows: On counts 1, 2, and 3 the leader steps forward, then you replace the weight to your previous support foot keeping it in place, and then step backward. On counts 5, 6, and 7 you step backwards, then you replace the weight to your previous support foot keeping it in place, and then step forward again.

The follower does exactly the same steps but in the reverse order. The basic step is the basis for many of the other salsa patterns.

Some of the breaks to the basic step are:

1. Side Break – You start from either foot and step sideways; then you replace the weight to your previous support foot, keeping it in place.

2. Back Break – You start from either foot and step backwards; then you replace the weight to your previous support foot, keeping it in place.

3. Forward Break – You start from either foot and step forward; then you replace the weight to your previous support foot, keeping it in place.

There are many different salsa styles that involve different timing of the steps or different patterns as you move across the dance floor. Combine style with attitude and personal add ins and you get quite the salsa show!

The Cuban style can be danced as a contratiempo or on-one. With the Cuban Salsa, on counts 1, 2, and 3 a backward basic occurs while on counts 5, 6, and 7 a forward basic happens. The follower mirrors the leader’s movements. It is common practice with the Cuban to have the leader and follower circle each other regularly.

The Dile que no or cross body lead is also essential to the Cuban. This is the most complex of moves and is not designed for beginners. However, once you master it, it can be used in the Rueda, Cuban Casino, and Wheel Dance.

In Latin American countries the Columbian style is the most common. Here the leader and follower do their moves standing in one place. Most of the moves are based off the Cuban style with the main difference being lack of space involved. It’s a very sexy version to watch!

The LA style is a derivative of the Cuban style with the addition of the cross body lead. The leader steps forward on 1, on 2 and 3 it’s a step to the right while turning 90 degrees to face to the left. The follower then steps forward on 5 and 6, then on 7 and 8 turns while the leader is making the 90 degree turn. By the 8 count the leader and follower are in opposite positions. The Los Angeles is the flashiest form of Salsa dancing.

That’s just a few of the most common styles. Of course there are plenty others, and then there’s always the creative element that comes into play.

Learning the Salsa from an article can be a bit overwhelming, but if you really want to learn it check into either local dance classes or online dance lessons. You’ll be Salsa dancing like a pro in no time!

Read These Tips Before Your Wedding Day (2)

Read These Tips Before Your Wedding Day

Standing at the altar and saying “I do” can be a nerve wracking experience in itself, let alone the planning process for months (or in some cases, years) before the big day. This article offers some tips to help you easily plan your wedding and take your mind off the rest.

When taking dance lessons for your first dance, do not get fixated on learning a routine. It may be tempting at first, but when you will actually get out on the dance floor you will be counting steps which will in turn make you look a bit robotic. So try to learn how to lead and follow instead.

Your ceremony is a beautiful, soul-touching event, which will bond you to your partner for a lifetime. You will appreciate having some time directly after the wedding to spend with your new spouse, so schedule in a half an hour, in some secret location, to snuggle up and enjoy your moment.

Here’s a fun tip – practice your wedding kiss! You want to make it sincere and not sexy, not too short but not too long. NO TONGUE! Practice how you’ll hold your partner’s face, if you choose to, or where your hands will be otherwise. You only get one shot, so you’ll need LOTS of practice beforehand!

If you’re going to be photographing a wedding, make sure to visit the location where the wedding will be held so you know what angles will be available to you and what barriers might get in your way. If you know where everything is you’ll have a much easier time on the wedding day.

If you are the bride at the wedding, make sure that everything is how you want it. If you settle for less than what you want you will most likely not be pleased and not have the perfect day that you have dreamed about since you were a little girl.

Use more than one camera when photographing a wedding to be prepared for any shot. It’s nice to have two different settings, for example one wide angle lens and one long lens so you can get photos of varying aspects of the same shot. It also allows you continue taking photos even if one of your cameras dies.

Put a lot of thought into the seating chart that you create for your wedding. Make sure that the elderly do not have to travel a long way to get to their seat and that your family is close to you. Also, try to have the members of each family sit with each other.

If you are having a church wedding, consider holding your reception in the church basement immediately following the service. If your church doesn’t have a basement, they most likely have a hall perfect for the affair. Many churches have volunteer staff as well that will help decorate and provide food for the cost of the ingredients and materials alone.

This article has provided great wedding planning tips and hopefully you are able to utilize at least a few of them. Through careful planning and thoughtfulness, your wedding will be a day you will always remember. Hurry up and get the planning over with so you can enjoy the special day!

Ballet Shoes – Tips For A Proper Fit

Ballet Shoes – Tips For A Proper Fit

A ballet dancers best friend are her ballet shoes. The wrong shoes can result in disater. Ballet shoes that are not well fitted can cause a dancer to improperly execute ballet techniques. Injury and improper balance can also occur when ballet shoes are not properly fitted. Any ballet dancer with a little experience knows that properly fitted ballet shoes are critical to good performance.

Ballet shoes have five components: The binding, quarters, drawstrings, side seams, and pleats. Each of these parts must be adjusted to fit the dancer’s foot exactly. Properly fitted ballet shoes will ensure the dancer can feel the floor beneath them. In other words, ballet shoes should fit like a glove.

Grace, poise, and technique is the essence of ballet. To accomplish this a ballet dancer must have excellent fitting ballet shoes. For the best fitting ballet shoes, there are necessary steps that must be taken. Here are four tips to help a ballet dancer achieve this.

Number One – Realize your feet can be different sizes, meaning your ballet shoes may not be exactly the same. It is sometimes necessary for ballet dancers to have two different sized ballet shoes. Try on various ballet shoes to see what fits best.

Number Two – Make sure to wear tights when fitting your ballet shoes, just as you would when wearing your ballet shoes to dance. This will ensure a better fit. Never try on ballet shoes without wearing tights.

Number Three – When you first put on your ballet shoes, pay close attention to your toes. Stand flat on the floor. If your toes curl, you need to change your size, as your ballet shoes are not fitting correctly. If your toes curl you cannot achieve proper technique while dancing and you will have a poor performance. Injury may also occur if you cannot perform the proper dance techniques because of your toes curling. If your ballet shoes are too large you will curl your toes in an effort to keep the ballet shoes on. This can also result in a poor performance, bad technique, and possible injury.

Number Four – The last step is to criss-cross your drawstrings, then “pointe” your foot. There should be no gap in the width of your ballet shoes. Simply put, this means there should be no extra space at any part of your ballet shoes. There should also be absolutely no toe room. If there is toe room you will not be able to properly “pointe” your foot. You will also not be able to feel the floor beneath you. Hence you cannot perform any dance techniques properly.

Properly fitted ballet shoes are crucial for a ballet dancer. With these tips in mind you will be able to properly fit your ballet shoes, and be on your way to a beautiful dance performance.

Capturing The Perfect Live Sound At Your Wedding

Capturing The Perfect Live Sound At Your Wedding

Choosing your entertainment will be one of the most important decisions you will make as you plan your party. A fabulous live dance band will help to create an exciting and festive atmosphere for your special event, however a band that plays at an overly loud volume, is poorly mixed, or uses a substandard sound system can easily ruin your special day. Everyone wants the band’s performance of great party music to lure the guests onto the dance floor, but your non-dancing guests need to be able to carry on conversation without yelling into each other’s ears. Balancing these concerns is a challenge, but you can have your cake and eat it too – the key is finding a band that is able to perform at a volume that pleases you, and also has the proper sound equipment and qualified personnel to run it.
Evolution of Live Wedding Music
Live music at wedding receptions has undergone its own changes in recent times. For most of human history, live musicians have been part of every special occasion across almost every culture. Commercially available music recordings did not even exist until the 1890s. The concept of a mobile DJ providing party music was fairly new in the 1950s and didn’t really take off until the disco era of the 1970s. Ever since, bands and DJs have had to compete with one another for gigs of all varieties – dances, parties, wedding receptions and so on.
While at one time, recordings attempted to emulate the energy and sound of a live performance, today we are finding also the opposite to be true: bands are striving to match up to the pristine production of modern recordings. Needing more musicians to cover all the musical elements, live wedding bands (and their sound systems) have grown in size over the years. In common use today are full-range speaker systems that can faithfully reproduce the low frequencies as well as effects units and reverbs that tailor the sound to modern recording aesthetics. Many bands also incorporate sequenced (pre-recorded) rhythm tracks, drum loops, and interesting sound effects into their live performance to capture the effects of today’s dance records. Wedding music is becoming high-tech and a sound engineer is usually needed to manage and operate the complex equipment during the party.
Keeping the Music at a Reasonable Volume
It is the responsibility of the band and their sound engineer (if they have one) to ensure that the volume level during the wedding reception is both comfortable and enjoyable. Keep in mind that what guests are hearing is a combination of live stage sound made by the instruments/amplifiers on stage and the sound coming from the speaker system. In order to reduce a band’s overly-loud volume while still maintaining a good musical balance requires the drummer to play softer, onstage amps to be turned down a bit, and perhaps the master volume of the PA system to be lowered. The danger of lowering the volume of the PA too much is in losing the presence of the vocalists and being unable to understand the words of the songs. An experienced group will be able to perform at an ideal volume level, but will also be willing to adjust appropriately if requested by the bridal party or guests.
Given that most banquet halls also serve as live music performance venues, it is surprising how many of them suffer from poor acoustical design. Room geometry and materials incorporated are the two main factors in determining a space’s acoustic characteristics. Rooms with upholstered chairs, carpeting, drapes, and other absorptive materials will make for a dryer sound that is generally lower in volume and more easily controlled. Hard surfaces such as glass, mirrored walls, marble floors, and wood paneling reflect sound much like a mirror reflects light. Hard surfaces contribute to making a room sound echoey or muddy and can cause the volume of your guests’ conversations as well as the band to shoot up beyond comfortable levels. Rooms with poor geometry can make for poor intelligibility of sound and acoustic oddities such as being excessively “boomy” when listening from certain spots while sounding “thin” in others. These factors should all be considered with care when choosing a banquet facility for your wedding reception.
Ask questions and raise concerns to the bandleader before your event to ensure the music will flow with the party both in terms of styles and volume. A talented wedding band putting on a dynamic, heartfelt performance will be effective no matter what the space and its limitations may be, and in the end that is what is truly important to the success of your special event. Good luck, and don’t forget to have fun!

Social Benefits of Salsa Dancing

Social Benefits of Salsa Dancing

Have you ever wanted to broaden your social circle but wasn’t sure how? The bar scene is tired. Shopping malls, grocery stores and churches are way too cliché. But have you ever thought of dancing? Yes, that’s right dancing! Dancing is one of the best social activities. Actually salsa dancing is one of the best ways to meet people and mingle in a fun, laid back, easy-going environment.

If you visit any salsa dance club there are all types of people of all different age groups and cultures all coming together to have a great time. The atmosphere of pumping beats, rhythmic dancing cascading across the dance floor while people circle around mingling while having a drink is addictive!

But even if you’ve never stepped foot in a salsa club or a salsa dance floor, that’s ok because www.salsadancedvd.com can help you master the basic steps. Even if you lack the experience of a trained salsa dancer, salsa clubs are always filled with people who will take you by the hand and show you the simplest steps so that you can have a great time. I know it sounds a bit hard to believe but it’s true. I’ve been to salsa clubs many times and been asked to dance. While I insisted that I was not very good, it was always a friendly smile saying, “that’s okay, I’ll show you”. Where else can you get such gracious, friendly treatment? Definitely not in any bar I’ve ever heard been to.

To enjoy salsa dancing you only need to know a few simple steps:

First you step forward with your right foot and back and then scissor kick step and then back with the right foot. The left and right feet interchange but the same pattern of movement is followed. It’s much easier to explain in video format, that’s why you should visit www.salsadancedvd.com to see detailed video footage of exactly how it’s done.

But just remember to relax, move those hips and have fun!

Just dance like no one is watching!

Want to master the art of salsa dancing? Learn everything you need to know by going to www.salsadancedvd.com.

Get in Shape with Ballroom Dancing

Get in Shape with Ballroom Dancing

Nearly everyone got caught up in the dance craze by watching “Dancing with the Stars” this past season. There’s just something about the music, the dances, the level of competition, and the sarcastic responses from the judges. But there is also something else to be noticed with the professional dancers – their bodies. Not one single professional dancer had an ounce of fat anywhere on their body. What you saw was lean, toned, and muscular abs, arms, and legs. You probably would never think that ballroom dancing can produce such a workout, but it’s actually one of the best physical fitness programs available.

Ballroom dancing is much more than a slow dance around a moonlit dance floor. There are several types of dances involved with ballroom dancing, ones that involve twirls, kicks, twists, and bends. In fact, ballroom dancing gives you the opportunity to move your body in a way that you would otherwise never experience – not even in an aerobics class.

It’s no secret that most people looking to get fit or lose weight are intimidated by the gym. Not only are you surrounded by people with a better body than you, but often you find yourself having to wait for a machine or struggling to keep up in a class. Ballroom dancing is a great way of making exercise fun, and it’s an activity you can do together with your partner or spouse. Unfortunately, some people continue to live inactive lifestyles because they just can’t find a physical activity they like to do.

You may be surprised to learn that ballroom dancing can burn just as much fat and calories (if not more) than a session at the gym. Depending upon the style of dance, you can easily burn between 200 and 400 calories. For example, the foxtrot or the waltz provide an easy and gentle workout and will burn around 200 calories. This is comparable to a brisk walk in the park or thirty minutes on the elliptical. On the other hand, dances like the jive or paso doble can burn over 400 calories, which is comparable to an intense step aerobics class.

While walking on a treadmill or doing crunches are well-known exercises, they only work certain parts of your body – which leave you to workout longer in order to cover the rest. Ballroom dancing literally works every part of your body and every major muscle group. You are more likely to see results faster due to the challenge your body endures with dancing.

And if you don’t have a partner to take with you to dance class, don’t let that stop you from experiencing the glide around the dance floor. Many classes will pair you up once you arrive, and you may meet some great friends or something more! Most people who get into ballroom dancing have lots of fun, and are more likely to dance longer which extends the duration of their workout. So trade in your walking shoes for some dance shoes, and dance your way into better shape!