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The Wedding Dance Specialists

Washington , DC

LOCATION

Serving Metro DC Area, VA: Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Reston
Washington, DC US 20015 (map)
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ABOUT US

Recommended Most by Engaged Couples, Vendors and the Media! As the premiere wedding dance national experts, we GUARANTEE you will feel more elegant and relaxed with our dance lessons... Read more
Recommended Most by Engaged Couples, Vendors and the Media! As the premiere wedding dance national experts, we GUARANTEE you will feel more elegant and relaxed with our dance lessons than if you try to “wing it.” The first and only wedding dance company founded by a wedding couple for wedding couples! 99% wedding couple clientele and very affordable! Locations in Maryland: Bethesda, Columbia, Towson, Baltimore area, (Annapolis coming soon!) Virginia: Alexandria, Falls Church, Reston and Arlington. Contact us today for more information: Email: info@theweddingdancespecialists.com
Website: www.TheWeddingDanceSpecialists.com
Phone: 703.626.7016 Read less

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50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Big Band, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Dance, Folk, Funk, Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz, Motown, Oldies, Orchestra, Pop, Punk Rock, R&B, Rock, Soul, Strings, Swing, World
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

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What specialty service(s) do you provide?
Dance Instructor

INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What types of weddings do you accommodate?
Civil, Destination, Double Weddings, Eco-Friendly / Green, Military

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Thanks to Deborah our wedding dance was perfect! She taught us some great dance steps that we can use throughout our lifetime together and we had so much fun working with her. Everyone at the wedding said our dance was so great and we looked so graceful. I was so nervous for the first dance and knowing that we had a routine made the dance so easy and fun. Thanks again, Deborah!
Thanks to Deborah our wedding dance was perfect! She taught us some great dance steps that we can use throughout our Read more...
Thanks to Deborah our wedding dance was perfect! She taught us some great dance steps that we can use throughout our lifetime together and we had so much fun working with her. Everyone at the wedding said our dance was so great and we looked so graceful. I was so nervous for the first dance and knowing that we had a routine made the dance so easy and fun. Thanks again, Deborah! Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
3/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Getting married was probably the one shot I had at getting my man to take dance lessons. Thank goodness we found Deborah! Her energy and enthusiasm made lessons so much fun and I still can't believe how much we learned in just 4 lessons! We were so much more confident after working with Deborah and our guests totally loved our first dance! If you don't want to look like you are slow dancing at your junior prom, see the Wedding Dance Specialists ASAP!
Getting married was probably the one shot I had at getting my man to take dance lessons. Thank goodness we found Deborah! Read more...
Getting married was probably the one shot I had at getting my man to take dance lessons. Thank goodness we found Deborah! Her energy and enthusiasm made lessons so much fun and I still can't believe how much we learned in just 4 lessons! We were so much more confident after working with Deborah and our guests totally loved our first dance! If you don't want to look like you are slow dancing at your junior prom, see the Wedding Dance Specialists ASAP! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
10/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Our first dance at our wedding was absolutely amazing...and it is all thanks to Deborah Joy at the Wedding Dance Specialists! We took five lessons with Deborah. We were so surprised how easy it was to learn the steps to our first dance...Deborah just teaches what we need to know to look good in the most high yield way possible. Our guests were so impressed with our first dance that they thought we had taken months of lessons!! Not only did she teach us how to dance to one song, but she also taught us how to adapt those same steps to different types of music including hip hop and swing! Now, when we go on our honeymoon, we will have lots of steps to incorporate when we dance. We are so happy that we took lessons with Deborah and highly recommend her and the Wedding Dance Specialists!!! We couldn't have asked for a better first dance :)
Our first dance at our wedding was absolutely amazing...and it is all thanks to Deborah Joy at the Wedding Dance Read more...
Our first dance at our wedding was absolutely amazing...and it is all thanks to Deborah Joy at the Wedding Dance Specialists! We took five lessons with Deborah. We were so surprised how easy it was to learn the steps to our first dance...Deborah just teaches what we need to know to look good in the most high yield way possible. Our guests were so impressed with our first dance that they thought we had taken months of lessons!! Not only did she teach us how to dance to one song, but she also taught us how to adapt those same steps to different types of music including hip hop and swing! Now, when we go on our honeymoon, we will have lots of steps to incorporate when we dance. We are so happy that we took lessons with Deborah and highly recommend her and the Wedding Dance Specialists!!! We couldn't have asked for a better first dance :) Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We were married on June 1st, 2013 (sorry for the late review!), but did not get around to booking dancing lessons until the middle of April. Additionally, my husband would be gone for military training for two weeks in May, leaving us only a few weeks to perfect a routine.

Deborah and her team did not let our condensed timeline affect their product in the least and were able to work with our busy work schedules to fit us into six lessons logically arranged to maximize our retention and proficiency leading up to the wedding.

Deborah was our instructor and it was obvious from the moment we met her that she is tremendously passionate about helping couples take their special day to the next level and an expert in her field.

She - as advertised - taught us moves and a flexible framework in which to flow from move to move catered specifically to our song. We were both first-time dancers, but Deborah's instruction had us feeling absolutely comfortable by the time our wedding arrived.

Our first dance was done to live singing, and Deborah's flexible training style allowed us to adapt to the slight variations our performer (my uncle) had compared to the recorded version we used to practice without forcing us to leave out any of the moves we wanted to use.

Deborah and her team deliver exactly what they promise - a completely customized, private and professional dance tutoring experience. Would recommend her to anyone!
We were married on June 1st, 2013 (sorry for the late review!), but did not get around to booking dancing lessons until Read more...
We were married on June 1st, 2013 (sorry for the late review!), but did not get around to booking dancing lessons until the middle of April. Additionally, my husband would be gone for military training for two weeks in May, leaving us only a few weeks to perfect a routine.

Deborah and her team did not let our condensed timeline affect their product in the least and were able to work with our busy work schedules to fit us into six lessons logically arranged to maximize our retention and proficiency leading up to the wedding.

Deborah was our instructor and it was obvious from the moment we met her that she is tremendously passionate about helping couples take their special day to the next level and an expert in her field.

She - as advertised - taught us moves and a flexible framework in which to flow from move to move catered specifically to our song. We were both first-time dancers, but Deborah's instruction had us feeling absolutely comfortable by the time our wedding arrived.

Our first dance was done to live singing, and Deborah's flexible training style allowed us to adapt to the slight variations our performer (my uncle) had compared to the recorded version we used to practice without forcing us to leave out any of the moves we wanted to use.

Deborah and her team deliver exactly what they promise - a completely customized, private and professional dance tutoring experience. Would recommend her to anyone! Read less
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Team Kaminsky
Wedding:
3/23/2013
5.0/5.0
If you are looking to make your first dance as husband and wife something really special then look no further than the Wedding Dance Specialists! At the time my fiance and I had no prior experience with formal ballroom and were a bit nervous going into our first lesson. However our instructor, Deborah Joy (also owner/operator) was a consummate professional and a true master of her craft. She helped us along step by step building up our confidence each lesson. We could not have asked for a better instructor to help us learn a dance that will always remain the highlight of our reception! I would recommend The Wedding Dance Specialists to anyone. Thank you Deborah! :-)
If you are looking to make your first dance as husband and wife something really special then look no further than the Read more...
If you are looking to make your first dance as husband and wife something really special then look no further than the Wedding Dance Specialists! At the time my fiance and I had no prior experience with formal ballroom and were a bit nervous going into our first lesson. However our instructor, Deborah Joy (also owner/operator) was a consummate professional and a true master of her craft. She helped us along step by step building up our confidence each lesson. We could not have asked for a better instructor to help us learn a dance that will always remain the highlight of our reception! I would recommend The Wedding Dance Specialists to anyone. Thank you Deborah! :-) Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
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!
My husband and I really wanted to avoid the middle-school sway during our first dance, so we called upon The Wedding Dance Read more...
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! Read less
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Dan Marie
Wedding:
10/22/2011
5.0/5.0
Me and my husband enjoyed every minute. We were nervous at first but ended up at the end loving the experience. Our dance at the wedding got lots of compliments and it was one of our highlights of the wedding.
Me and my husband enjoyed every minute. We were nervous at first but ended up at the end loving the experience. Our dance Read more...
Me and my husband enjoyed every minute. We were nervous at first but ended up at the end loving the experience. Our dance at the wedding got lots of compliments and it was one of our highlights of the wedding. Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
6/24/2011
5.0/5.0
Deborah Joy was fantastic. She took two people who can't dance at all and made us look fantastic in front of all of our guests! She was part pre-marital counselor (who knew the leader/follower aspect of dance could be so stressful!), part dance instructor and part word of wisdom giver. They have a great website with tons of tips and it was a good value for the money.
Deborah Joy was fantastic. She took two people who can't dance at all and made us look fantastic in front of all of our Read more...
Deborah Joy was fantastic. She took two people who can't dance at all and made us look fantastic in front of all of our guests! She was part pre-marital counselor (who knew the leader/follower aspect of dance could be so stressful!), part dance instructor and part word of wisdom giver. They have a great website with tons of tips and it was a good value for the money. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We started with this vendor by joining in the group classes which helped us learn the basics. The instructor was kind, yet made sure to let you know when you needed to work on certain areas. From there we knew that we wanted to work with this company to ensure a perfect first dance.

When signing up for private lessons, they were very helpful in locating an instructor and setting up meeting times in a local dance studio. The instructor we had for private lessons took the uncommon song that we chose and choreographed a great dance for our wedding. The instructor worked with us amateurs to make sure the dance was great. We enjoyed learning many different dance steps and heard tons of compliments on our first dance such as "Best first dance ever!"
We started with this vendor by joining in the group classes which helped us learn the basics. The instructor was kind, yet Read more...
We started with this vendor by joining in the group classes which helped us learn the basics. The instructor was kind, yet made sure to let you know when you needed to work on certain areas. From there we knew that we wanted to work with this company to ensure a perfect first dance.

When signing up for private lessons, they were very helpful in locating an instructor and setting up meeting times in a local dance studio. The instructor we had for private lessons took the uncommon song that we chose and choreographed a great dance for our wedding. The instructor worked with us amateurs to make sure the dance was great. We enjoyed learning many different dance steps and heard tons of compliments on our first dance such as "Best first dance ever!" Read less
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Matthew
Wedding:
11/6/2010
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough good things about Deborah Joy Block and the Wedding Dance Specialists. My bride and I took four lessons with Deborah and in that period of time (and with a bit of practice), we went from knowing nothing to having the confidence to put on a great show at our reception, and the compliments still have not stopped. I 100% recommend the Wedding Dance Specialists - it made for a great Valentine's Day gift, too.
I can't say enough good things about Deborah Joy Block and the Wedding Dance Specialists. My bride and I took four lessons Read more...
I can't say enough good things about Deborah Joy Block and the Wedding Dance Specialists. My bride and I took four lessons with Deborah and in that period of time (and with a bit of practice), we went from knowing nothing to having the confidence to put on a great show at our reception, and the compliments still have not stopped. I 100% recommend the Wedding Dance Specialists - it made for a great Valentine's Day gift, too. Read less
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Wedding:
10/10/2010
5.0/5.0
This is one of the best experiences we had while we were planning our wedding. We booked 5 lessons with The Wedding Dance Specialists, and it was wonderful! Even after just one lesson, you learn how to avoid what I called “the bear hug shuffle”. You know what I mean – just standing in the same spot with your arms around each other, swaying back and forth. Hideous.

Our dance instructor was Upendra, and he was FABULOUS!!! Every week we had a great time, and he was so patient and great at teaching us techniques. He takes the time to work with you and make sure you are comfortable for your first dance. Upendra was a great coach for my husband, who really loathes dancing, and we went from something that was incredibly awkward to something that felt natural and enjoyable. Of course we made a few mistakes, but we thoroughly enjoyed our first dance. We had a fun time, and our guests gave us a standing ovation at the end!
This is one of the best experiences we had while we were planning our wedding. We booked 5 lessons with The Wedding Dance Read more...
This is one of the best experiences we had while we were planning our wedding. We booked 5 lessons with The Wedding Dance Specialists, and it was wonderful! Even after just one lesson, you learn how to avoid what I called “the bear hug shuffle”. You know what I mean – just standing in the same spot with your arms around each other, swaying back and forth. Hideous.

Our dance instructor was Upendra, and he was FABULOUS!!! Every week we had a great time, and he was so patient and great at teaching us techniques. He takes the time to work with you and make sure you are comfortable for your first dance. Upendra was a great coach for my husband, who really loathes dancing, and we went from something that was incredibly awkward to something that felt natural and enjoyable. Of course we made a few mistakes, but we thoroughly enjoyed our first dance. We had a fun time, and our guests gave us a standing ovation at the end! Read less
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waliarty
Wedding:
9/25/2010
5.0/5.0
My husband and I are such bad dancers that he insisted we take dance lessons to avoid embarrassing ourselves in front of all of our friends and family. However, with Upen, our dance instructor, we felt like good dancers. We had fun learning our dance and have a beautiful video from our wedding to prove that we can, in fact, dance! We also definitely impressed our guests with our dancing!

We first attended the 2 workshops the Wedding Dance Specialists. The ceremony workshop taught us the basics, which helped us get up to speed when we started private lessons with Upen. However, the ceremony dance workshop was a bit intimidating since many different types of dances were covered in a short period of time. The reception workshop was a lot of fun.

We had 5 private lessons with Upen. I think 3 or 4 would be enough for most people, but we scheduled ours to far ahead of the wedding, so we needed a final review lesson 2 weeks before the wedding!
My husband and I are such bad dancers that he insisted we take dance lessons to avoid embarrassing ourselves in front of Read more...
My husband and I are such bad dancers that he insisted we take dance lessons to avoid embarrassing ourselves in front of all of our friends and family. However, with Upen, our dance instructor, we felt like good dancers. We had fun learning our dance and have a beautiful video from our wedding to prove that we can, in fact, dance! We also definitely impressed our guests with our dancing!

We first attended the 2 workshops the Wedding Dance Specialists. The ceremony workshop taught us the basics, which helped us get up to speed when we started private lessons with Upen. However, the ceremony dance workshop was a bit intimidating since many different types of dances were covered in a short period of time. The reception workshop was a lot of fun.

We had 5 private lessons with Upen. I think 3 or 4 would be enough for most people, but we scheduled ours to far ahead of the wedding, so we needed a final review lesson 2 weeks before the wedding! Read less
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Marina
Wedding:
9/5/2010
5.0/5.0
I really couldn't have been any happier with how our dance classes turned out. They were fun to go to (which we were not expecting) - and we really felt that we mastered our first dance. We went in only with the hope that we would not to embarrass ourselves - and instead many of our guests said it was one of the best first dances they had seen. And, it was one of my husbands and I favorite moments of the wedding (which we also were not expecting!) Deborah Joy was fun - and clearly is very passionate about her job and making sure that your first dance is a huge success. Well worth every cent!!!
I really couldn't have been any happier with how our dance classes turned out. They were fun to go to (which we were not Read more...
I really couldn't have been any happier with how our dance classes turned out. They were fun to go to (which we were not expecting) - and we really felt that we mastered our first dance. We went in only with the hope that we would not to embarrass ourselves - and instead many of our guests said it was one of the best first dances they had seen. And, it was one of my husbands and I favorite moments of the wedding (which we also were not expecting!) Deborah Joy was fun - and clearly is very passionate about her job and making sure that your first dance is a huge success. Well worth every cent!!! Read less
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Brittany
Wedding:
7/3/2010
5.0/5.0
If you don't want to look like you are at an 8th grade dance or prom during your first dance with your spouse I would highly suggest utilizing the services of the Wedding Dance Specialists. Deborah Joy gave us the tools and techniques we needed to make our first dance special and spectacular. We took two, two hour private lessons with her to really make sure we had it down. We were able to schedule these lessons only 3 weeks before our wedding and our dance was awesome!
If you don't want to look like you are at an 8th grade dance or prom during your first dance with your spouse I would Read more...
If you don't want to look like you are at an 8th grade dance or prom during your first dance with your spouse I would highly suggest utilizing the services of the Wedding Dance Specialists. Deborah Joy gave us the tools and techniques we needed to make our first dance special and spectacular. We took two, two hour private lessons with her to really make sure we had it down. We were able to schedule these lessons only 3 weeks before our wedding and our dance was awesome! Read less
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amy
Wedding:
3/6/2010
5.0/5.0
Therapist or dance teacher? Deborah Joy is awesome. We booked her a bit last minute, but she was able to work us into her schedule. Amidst the snow storms and rush of the last minute wedding jitters, Deborah not only helped my husband gain confidence but also excitement at the prospect of our first dance.

My husband and I blogged our way through a He Said She Said series journaling how we felt from before our first lesson and our expectations to recapping the actual dance. (You can find that here http://www.relentlessbride.com/search/label/He%20Said%20She%20Said )

I can't tell you enough what Deborah had to work with. My husband hated dancing, he didn't think it was something he could do - let alone find enjoyable and on the day of, he was the one who insisted we do THE dance even though I was nervous and considered doing the high school sway. Nobody could believe that he did such an amazing job - and although we made our mistakes here and there, we enjoyed our first dance. We had fun and our guests LOVED it...

I can honestly say that without Deborah's Guidance, the tone that we set at our reception would have been completely different!
Therapist or dance teacher? Deborah Joy is awesome. We booked her a bit last minute, but she was able to work us into her Read more...
Therapist or dance teacher? Deborah Joy is awesome. We booked her a bit last minute, but she was able to work us into her schedule. Amidst the snow storms and rush of the last minute wedding jitters, Deborah not only helped my husband gain confidence but also excitement at the prospect of our first dance.

My husband and I blogged our way through a He Said She Said series journaling how we felt from before our first lesson and our expectations to recapping the actual dance. (You can find that here http://www.relentlessbride.com/search/label/He%20Said%20She%20Said )

I can't tell you enough what Deborah had to work with. My husband hated dancing, he didn't think it was something he could do - let alone find enjoyable and on the day of, he was the one who insisted we do THE dance even though I was nervous and considered doing the high school sway. Nobody could believe that he did such an amazing job - and although we made our mistakes here and there, we enjoyed our first dance. We had fun and our guests LOVED it...

I can honestly say that without Deborah's Guidance, the tone that we set at our reception would have been completely different! Read less
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The Wedding Dance Specialists responded with the following comments:

Amy and Larry, thank you so much for your kind words! The feedback is so rewarding! Once you are empowered there is nothing to fear. It's your time to shine in the spotlight! We are so glad that we could help you make the most sentimental moment of the reception so memorable for you and your guests!
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Lana
Wedding:
9/12/2009
5.0/5.0
The Wedding Dance Specialists were great! I am a trained ballet dancer so I have rythum, but I'm not trained to dance with a partner, and then my husband doesn't dance at all. At weddings we usually slow dance to one song and it is basically just a swaying back and forth. In order to avoid this at our wedding, and avoid boring our guests, we decided to try dance lessons. Well, I decided and convinced my husband to join. :-) He is a very private person, so he just wasn't too excited about being around other people and feeling embarrassed.

The dance company made it really easy though and didn't make us feel stupid or silly at all. We took two private classes and really enjoyed it. They just helped us learn a very basic dance step and taught us how to spin and how to dip. I learned tons about how to let the man lead and we found the whole experience to be great.

You will be in a room with others, but everyone is focused on their own lessons and not paying attention to you. They actually played our wedding song over the loud speaker once, instead of just the iphone we were using, so we could get used to hearing the music loud. Everyone else continued their lessons using our song, so that was kind of fun.

We loved our dance and felt very confident going into the reception. I wish we would have had time for a third lesson, but we ran out of time before the wedding. I say definitely do at least two if you have the time, but three would be more ideal just to make sure you feel 100% confident.

Our wedding was over two and a half years ago, but friends and family still comment on how much they loved our first dance!

Thank you!
The Wedding Dance Specialists were great! I am a trained ballet dancer so I have rythum, but I'm not trained to dance with Read more...
The Wedding Dance Specialists were great! I am a trained ballet dancer so I have rythum, but I'm not trained to dance with a partner, and then my husband doesn't dance at all. At weddings we usually slow dance to one song and it is basically just a swaying back and forth. In order to avoid this at our wedding, and avoid boring our guests, we decided to try dance lessons. Well, I decided and convinced my husband to join. :-) He is a very private person, so he just wasn't too excited about being around other people and feeling embarrassed.

The dance company made it really easy though and didn't make us feel stupid or silly at all. We took two private classes and really enjoyed it. They just helped us learn a very basic dance step and taught us how to spin and how to dip. I learned tons about how to let the man lead and we found the whole experience to be great.

You will be in a room with others, but everyone is focused on their own lessons and not paying attention to you. They actually played our wedding song over the loud speaker once, instead of just the iphone we were using, so we could get used to hearing the music loud. Everyone else continued their lessons using our song, so that was kind of fun.

We loved our dance and felt very confident going into the reception. I wish we would have had time for a third lesson, but we ran out of time before the wedding. I say definitely do at least two if you have the time, but three would be more ideal just to make sure you feel 100% confident.

Our wedding was over two and a half years ago, but friends and family still comment on how much they loved our first dance!

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penngirl03@gmail.com
Wedding:
9/1/2009
5.0/5.0
On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best, our experience with wedding dance specialists was an 11! 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!!!!!!
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On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best, our experience with wedding dance specialists was an 11! 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!!!!!! Read less
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The Wedding Dance Specialists responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your warm feedback! We are thrilled that you are so pleased with our services! We loved seeing your video. Your gown flowed beautifully in the air during the lift!
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greengirl
Wedding:
8/22/2009
5.0/5.0
Our instructor was MIGLE! She was GREAT! So undertsanding and patient - she gave us a PERFECT First Dance that people were amazed by! What a GREAT MEMORY!!!!!!! One of my favorite!!!
Our instructor was MIGLE! She was GREAT! So undertsanding and patient - she gave us a PERFECT First Dance that people were Read more...
Our instructor was MIGLE! She was GREAT! So undertsanding and patient - she gave us a PERFECT First Dance that people were amazed by! What a GREAT MEMORY!!!!!!! One of my favorite!!! Read less
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The Wedding Dance Specialists responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for choosing our services! We wish you a lifetime of marital bliss!
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ahess
Wedding:
8/15/2009
5.0/5.0
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!
We had an amazing experience with the Wedding Dance Specialists! We had the odd request of helping us with our "first Read more...
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! Read less
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Catrina&Brian
Wedding:
6/27/2009
5.0/5.0
Brian would not agree to go to dance lessons if we were doing a traditional slow dance so, I had to agree to "spice" it up a little bit. We contacted Wedding Dance Specialist about 3 months before the wedding and used the Columbia, MD studio. We were assigned to Dinah who was open to anything and a fun teacher. She quickly realized that Brian wasn't the professional dancer he claimed to be when we first met her :)

Brian and I decided to dance to "You're the One That I Want" from Grease and even had the Rydell sweater and the leather jacket. We used a little from the movie but Dinah added quite a bit of fun surprises from me falling back and Brian catching me, the rag doll (which I continued to call the Raggedy Ann) and a cool side dip. She even taught us different spins so that we could bow to the guests on all 4 sides of the dance floor.

Our dance was a hit!! No one knew so we surprised everyone We coordinated with our band for our introductions and immediately started the "party". ALL of our guests were out of their seats laughing and clapping. This will be the most memorable part of our wedding day and we can't thank Dinah enough for being so creative and having an open mind. She is AWESOME!!!
Brian would not agree to go to dance lessons if we were doing a traditional slow dance so, I had to agree to "spice" it up Read more...
Brian would not agree to go to dance lessons if we were doing a traditional slow dance so, I had to agree to "spice" it up a little bit. We contacted Wedding Dance Specialist about 3 months before the wedding and used the Columbia, MD studio. We were assigned to Dinah who was open to anything and a fun teacher. She quickly realized that Brian wasn't the professional dancer he claimed to be when we first met her :)

Brian and I decided to dance to "You're the One That I Want" from Grease and even had the Rydell sweater and the leather jacket. We used a little from the movie but Dinah added quite a bit of fun surprises from me falling back and Brian catching me, the rag doll (which I continued to call the Raggedy Ann) and a cool side dip. She even taught us different spins so that we could bow to the guests on all 4 sides of the dance floor.

Our dance was a hit!! No one knew so we surprised everyone We coordinated with our band for our introductions and immediately started the "party". ALL of our guests were out of their seats laughing and clapping. This will be the most memorable part of our wedding day and we can't thank Dinah enough for being so creative and having an open mind. She is AWESOME!!! Read less
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The Wedding Dance Specialists responded with the following comments:

We hope you will keep on dancing and romancing!
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Sarah-Jane
Wedding:
5/29/2004
5.0/5.0
Deborah was amazing! We spent 6 months with her and if my husband could learn how to dance then anyone can, lol! Guests still talk about our dance. Honestly, Deborah was fun and a joy to be around. At the end she was a friend that we could not imagine not having at our wedding.
Deborah was amazing! We spent 6 months with her and if my husband could learn how to dance then anyone can, lol! Guests Read more...
Deborah was amazing! We spent 6 months with her and if my husband could learn how to dance then anyone can, lol! Guests still talk about our dance. Honestly, Deborah was fun and a joy to be around. At the end she was a friend that we could not imagine not having at our wedding. Read less
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The Wedding Dance Specialists responded with the following comments:

You both rocked your slow and fast dances! You are such a lovely couple and congratulations on being so inspired by the process to start your own event planning company! BTW It was so fun co-starring on "Real Wedding" by the Knot with you and your family!
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catwoman
Wedding:
9/7/2008
5.0/5.0
My husband and I thought it would be a good idea to take Foxtrot lessons for our wedding. Derek W., the Instructor in Beltsville, was fantastic. He is talented and highly knowledgeable of all the steps. We only signed up for four lessons and had to practice a lot, but we were transformed from two clumsy lefties into Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. Our First Dance was beautiful and impeccable. Derek, you would've been really proud of us. Thanks Wedding Dance Specialists!!!
My husband and I thought it would be a good idea to take Foxtrot lessons for our wedding. Derek W., the Instructor in Read more...
My husband and I thought it would be a good idea to take Foxtrot lessons for our wedding. Derek W., the Instructor in Beltsville, was fantastic. He is talented and highly knowledgeable of all the steps. We only signed up for four lessons and had to practice a lot, but we were transformed from two clumsy lefties into Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. Our First Dance was beautiful and impeccable. Derek, you would've been really proud of us. Thanks Wedding Dance Specialists!!! Read less
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ejoy
Wedding:
6/13/2009
5.0/5.0
We just used our dance lesson about 2 weeks before the wedding. They are very responsive and flexible and were able to fit us in with very short notice. Our dance instructor was fabulous. He tought us a dance that we were able to learn in 1 hour yet still looked great once we performed on our wedding night. We actually got a standing ovation afterwards. Everyone mentioned afterwards how fabulous we looked. Well worth the money.
We just used our dance lesson about 2 weeks before the wedding. They are very responsive and flexible and were able to fit Read more...
We just used our dance lesson about 2 weeks before the wedding. They are very responsive and flexible and were able to fit us in with very short notice. Our dance instructor was fabulous. He tought us a dance that we were able to learn in 1 hour yet still looked great once we performed on our wedding night. We actually got a standing ovation afterwards. Everyone mentioned afterwards how fabulous we looked. Well worth the money. Read less
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The Wedding Dance Specialists responded with the following comments:

You deserved the standing ovation for showing such initiative and teamwork!
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Laura
Wedding:
5/15/2009
4.9/5.0
We had a wonderful experience 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!
We had a wonderful experience learning our first dance with the Wedding Specialists. My husband is not known for his Read more...
We had a wonderful experience 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! Read less
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The Wedding Dance Specialists responded with the following comments:

The First Dance should definitely be one of the highlights of the reception since it symbolizes your union and partnership. Congratulations on making it so memorable!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
I just took the "One Visit Guarantee" with Deborah Joy and it was well worth the investment. My wedding is six days away and I did not want my new groom and I to do dreaded the 8th grade slow dance. Deborah choreographed a simple and elegant dance for us to our first dance song. We videorecorded our final run through and it turned out great. Deborah also makes sure you get good shots for your photographer throughout the dance! I gave it 4.5 stars because they didn't have the Arlington location like I'd hoped, but the Falls Church/Alexandria locations were also close. Thanks Deborah!
I just took the "One Visit Guarantee" with Deborah Joy and it was well worth the investment. My wedding is six days away Read more...
I just took the "One Visit Guarantee" with Deborah Joy and it was well worth the investment. My wedding is six days away and I did not want my new groom and I to do dreaded the 8th grade slow dance. Deborah choreographed a simple and elegant dance for us to our first dance song. We videorecorded our final run through and it turned out great. Deborah also makes sure you get good shots for your photographer throughout the dance! I gave it 4.5 stars because they didn't have the Arlington location like I'd hoped, but the Falls Church/Alexandria locations were also close. Thanks Deborah! Read less
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nikki3576
Wedding:
10/6/2007
4.8/5.0
I have two left feet, but I knew I wanted to do something out of the ordinary for my first dance to set the mood for the reception. Deborah Joy worked with my husband and me to create a fun swing dance that was easy to learn and remember. Before my lessons, I didn't even know how to follow a good lead. After 5 lessons, I had all the basics down thanks to her instruction. She didn't turn me into a Grace Kelly, but she's a dance instructor not a miracle worker!! See our dance here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVkSeSQNOnk

Positives: We kept the first dance a secret from everyone and it was a great big hit at the reception! The lessons were such a fantastic bonding experience for us during all of the stress of wedding planning. The dance we learned was so much fun that you can't get us off the dance floor at weddings now.

Negatives: Deborah Joy was succinct at times and may not be the right teacher for sensitive folks, but if you are a perfectionist like I am and don't mind the constructive criticism she'll deliver the end result you are looking for. The lessons didn't always start on time but you do get your full hour no matter the start time.
I have two left feet, but I knew I wanted to do something out of the ordinary for my first dance to set the mood for the Read more...
I have two left feet, but I knew I wanted to do something out of the ordinary for my first dance to set the mood for the reception. Deborah Joy worked with my husband and me to create a fun swing dance that was easy to learn and remember. Before my lessons, I didn't even know how to follow a good lead. After 5 lessons, I had all the basics down thanks to her instruction. She didn't turn me into a Grace Kelly, but she's a dance instructor not a miracle worker!! See our dance here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVkSeSQNOnk

Positives: We kept the first dance a secret from everyone and it was a great big hit at the reception! The lessons were such a fantastic bonding experience for us during all of the stress of wedding planning. The dance we learned was so much fun that you can't get us off the dance floor at weddings now.

Negatives: Deborah Joy was succinct at times and may not be the right teacher for sensitive folks, but if you are a perfectionist like I am and don't mind the constructive criticism she'll deliver the end result you are looking for. The lessons didn't always start on time but you do get your full hour no matter the start time. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.7/5.0
Deborah Joy was our instructor. She is passionate about first dances and takes them very seriously. She definitely wants you and your spouse to have a memorable, photogenic, special dance. She delivered on the promise to take us beyond the high school sway in a two hour lesson. We started a bit late, but she gave us a call to let us know that would be the case, and she stayed past the appointed end time to make sure we got everything we needed from the lesson, which we appreciated.

We do feel we might have gotten a bit more value if we had scheduled our lesson further in advance and had time for either more lessons or more independent practice. As it was, we needed a last minute fairy godmother to deliver a bit of confidence the week of our wedding and the Wedding Dance Specialists delivered by teaching us a couple of moves and making a plan of when to do them with our first dance song.
Deborah Joy was our instructor. She is passionate about first dances and takes them very seriously. She definitely wants Read more...
Deborah Joy was our instructor. She is passionate about first dances and takes them very seriously. She definitely wants you and your spouse to have a memorable, photogenic, special dance. She delivered on the promise to take us beyond the high school sway in a two hour lesson. We started a bit late, but she gave us a call to let us know that would be the case, and she stayed past the appointed end time to make sure we got everything we needed from the lesson, which we appreciated.

We do feel we might have gotten a bit more value if we had scheduled our lesson further in advance and had time for either more lessons or more independent practice. As it was, we needed a last minute fairy godmother to deliver a bit of confidence the week of our wedding and the Wedding Dance Specialists delivered by teaching us a couple of moves and making a plan of when to do them with our first dance song. Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
10/1/2005
4.7/5.0
This was a fantastic idea on my DH's part. Our private lessons (we only took two) were a lot of fun and gave us the confidence we needed for our first dance. Jim was unbelievably patient with my determination to lead and was able to get us to look graceful, a feat that I am truly amazed by!. Our first dance to Lifehouse's "You and Me" went smoothly and I dare say that I think we impressed a few people with our dance moves :-) I highly recommend Jim from the Wedding Dance Specialists.
This was a fantastic idea on my DH's part. Our private lessons (we only took two) were a lot of fun and gave us the Read more...
This was a fantastic idea on my DH's part. Our private lessons (we only took two) were a lot of fun and gave us the confidence we needed for our first dance. Jim was unbelievably patient with my determination to lead and was able to get us to look graceful, a feat that I am truly amazed by!. Our first dance to Lifehouse's "You and Me" went smoothly and I dare say that I think we impressed a few people with our dance moves :-) I highly recommend Jim from the Wedding Dance Specialists. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
6/15/2013
4.7/5.0
My husband and I have literally no ballroom or formal dance experience and just wanted to do something a little nicer than the junior high shuffle at our wedding. We only purchased one, 1-hour session with Deborah, cutting it close with only a week and a half till our wedding, but ended up being 20 minutes late due to traffic from DC to Alexandria (hint...leave the city more than 30 minutes prior! 395 was a mess). She was so gracious even though we were late, and in 40 minutes we learned enough to not look like fools, and feel more confident and relaxed during our first dance. This is especially true for my husband who was feeling pretty nervous about doing a dance in front of 200 people - it really helped him to actually enjoy the experience of practicing and actually doing the dance when the time came. She is really fantastic at her job and I'm very glad we took the time to see her.

I'm sure we could have done even better if we'd purchased the standard 2-3 classes, but even the 40 minutes helped immensely for the short time span we had.

The ONLY suggestions I'd have would be around flexibility of class time...when I tried to schedule an appointment, they only have 6pm available, which is tough when both people are working. More evening class options would be better suited for the young professionals living in DC who often work well past 6pm.
My husband and I have literally no ballroom or formal dance experience and just wanted to do something a little nicer than Read more...
My husband and I have literally no ballroom or formal dance experience and just wanted to do something a little nicer than the junior high shuffle at our wedding. We only purchased one, 1-hour session with Deborah, cutting it close with only a week and a half till our wedding, but ended up being 20 minutes late due to traffic from DC to Alexandria (hint...leave the city more than 30 minutes prior! 395 was a mess). She was so gracious even though we were late, and in 40 minutes we learned enough to not look like fools, and feel more confident and relaxed during our first dance. This is especially true for my husband who was feeling pretty nervous about doing a dance in front of 200 people - it really helped him to actually enjoy the experience of practicing and actually doing the dance when the time came. She is really fantastic at her job and I'm very glad we took the time to see her.

I'm sure we could have done even better if we'd purchased the standard 2-3 classes, but even the 40 minutes helped immensely for the short time span we had.

The ONLY suggestions I'd have would be around flexibility of class time...when I tried to schedule an appointment, they only have 6pm available, which is tough when both people are working. More evening class options would be better suited for the young professionals living in DC who often work well past 6pm. Read less
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The Wedding Dance Specialists responded with the following comments:

I am so thrilled that you felt confident enough to enjoy your moment in the spotlight! Just to clarify we offer lessons all evening until 10pm on weeknights so it is possible that only a 6pm slot was available on the day you wanted to come in. We hope you will continue to dance and romance and come back for more lessons when you have more time to relax and enjoy them!
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Patty
Wedding:
9/14/2013
4.6/5.0
When my husband said that he wanted to do a real first dance for our wedding, I cringed. I am not a dancer (pretty bad to be quite honest) and he comes from a family of dancers. Our wedding planner recommended the Wedding Dance Specialists. We ended up taking 5 private dance lessons and attended the Footsteps and Twirls workshop. Our instructor was Deborah, one of the co-founders. It is clear that she has extensive experience coaching engaged couples. She knows what works well for a first dance (lifts, twirls, etc.) that make the guests cheer and the bride feel beautiful.
She choreographed an intro and a finale for us and then we spent time learning different moves that we could use for everything in the middle. We also attended the workshop which was great b/c it allowed us to see even more moves performed. We tried each of those moves right away and it was clear what might work and what definitely wouldn’t! We did end up incorporating some of those into our dance and worked on them with Deborah in our private lessons.
Deborah also impressed upon us the importance of learning the dance moves and how to follow and lead vs memorizing a dance. In this way we could dance together to other songs and we didn’t have the pressure to memorize every single move we were going to do in our 3.5 mins. She was right! My husband did the dance a little different each time we practiced and different again on our wedding day and it went perfect. Countless people asked us how much did we practice, how many lessons, etc. My other was awed. She said she couldn’t believe her daughter could dance like that. Did we spend endless hours outside of our lessons practicing? No. But we did adhere to the pointers that we were given. Deborah provided us with the basics and helped us to really improve upon those to create a polished dance to wow our guests.
When my husband said that he wanted to do a real first dance for our wedding, I cringed. I am not a dancer (pretty bad to Read more...
When my husband said that he wanted to do a real first dance for our wedding, I cringed. I am not a dancer (pretty bad to be quite honest) and he comes from a family of dancers. Our wedding planner recommended the Wedding Dance Specialists. We ended up taking 5 private dance lessons and attended the Footsteps and Twirls workshop. Our instructor was Deborah, one of the co-founders. It is clear that she has extensive experience coaching engaged couples. She knows what works well for a first dance (lifts, twirls, etc.) that make the guests cheer and the bride feel beautiful.
She choreographed an intro and a finale for us and then we spent time learning different moves that we could use for everything in the middle. We also attended the workshop which was great b/c it allowed us to see even more moves performed. We tried each of those moves right away and it was clear what might work and what definitely wouldn’t! We did end up incorporating some of those into our dance and worked on them with Deborah in our private lessons.
Deborah also impressed upon us the importance of learning the dance moves and how to follow and lead vs memorizing a dance. In this way we could dance together to other songs and we didn’t have the pressure to memorize every single move we were going to do in our 3.5 mins. She was right! My husband did the dance a little different each time we practiced and different again on our wedding day and it went perfect. Countless people asked us how much did we practice, how many lessons, etc. My other was awed. She said she couldn’t believe her daughter could dance like that. Did we spend endless hours outside of our lessons practicing? No. But we did adhere to the pointers that we were given. Deborah provided us with the basics and helped us to really improve upon those to create a polished dance to wow our guests. Read less
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Jean
Wedding:
11/1/2008
4.6/5.0
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!
The first dance was probably my favorite part of my entire wedding! We only took two lessons (two weeks before the Read more...
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! Read less
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The Wedding Dance Specialists responded with the following comments:

Wow! Considering how many hours are invested in planning an entire wedding, we are thrilled to hear that just the two hours you invested in dance classes had such a big impact that you feel it contributed to your "First Dance being the best part of your entire wedding!" I hope your photographer captured some great memories for you to cherish of that moment!
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DanielleandPatrick
Wedding:
5/24/2008
4.6/5.0
In the final weeks before the wedding, we decided that we could really use a bit of help on the whole dance thing. I sent an inquiry through their Web site and was contacted the next day to set up an appointment where (in Arlington) and when (there was a single weekend afternoon that we were both in town) we needed. We had to pay for the whole thing up front and print a variety of forms to prove that we'd done so. We only booked a single one-hour session (it was all we could afford - from both a cost and time perspective), but it was SO worth it! The instructor taught us so many things in one hour, it made a world of difference AND she did it in a way that didn't make us feel rushed - we were able to understand, process, and try each technique and step she showed us before moving on. She suggested that we write down what we'd learned right after our session so we could practice and we did. We practiced upstairs just before the reception and for our first dance, we felt confident and looked pretty darn good! I would definitely recommend them - they do, in fact, know what they're doing for weddings in particular.
In the final weeks before the wedding, we decided that we could really use a bit of help on the whole dance thing. I sent Read more...
In the final weeks before the wedding, we decided that we could really use a bit of help on the whole dance thing. I sent an inquiry through their Web site and was contacted the next day to set up an appointment where (in Arlington) and when (there was a single weekend afternoon that we were both in town) we needed. We had to pay for the whole thing up front and print a variety of forms to prove that we'd done so. We only booked a single one-hour session (it was all we could afford - from both a cost and time perspective), but it was SO worth it! The instructor taught us so many things in one hour, it made a world of difference AND she did it in a way that didn't make us feel rushed - we were able to understand, process, and try each technique and step she showed us before moving on. She suggested that we write down what we'd learned right after our session so we could practice and we did. We practiced upstairs just before the reception and for our first dance, we felt confident and looked pretty darn good! I would definitely recommend them - they do, in fact, know what they're doing for weddings in particular. Read less
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Chels
Wedding:
9/20/2008
4.6/5.0
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.
We were very impressed with the two lessons we took with the Wedding Dance Specialists. We wanted to look polished and Read more...
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. Read less
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The Wedding Dance Specialists responded with the following comments:

Thank you! We will keep you in the loop about upcoming fun workshops to keep the honeymoon alive!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.5/5.0
My now-husband and I scheduled two lessons to prepare for our first dance. I had an extensive dance background but not with a partner, and he was a novice. We had to cancel our second lesson but one was enough! Deborah showed us a few simple moves and my husband felt a lot more confident when we left. We practiced what we learned, picked our favorites "moves", and arranged them into our short dance. It was a pretty simple dance but we had a great reaction from the crowd at our wedding to our assorted spins and twirls. We also had fun! The staff was flexible in working around our ever changing schedules as well.
My now-husband and I scheduled two lessons to prepare for our first dance. I had an extensive dance background but not Read more...
My now-husband and I scheduled two lessons to prepare for our first dance. I had an extensive dance background but not with a partner, and he was a novice. We had to cancel our second lesson but one was enough! Deborah showed us a few simple moves and my husband felt a lot more confident when we left. We practiced what we learned, picked our favorites "moves", and arranged them into our short dance. It was a pretty simple dance but we had a great reaction from the crowd at our wedding to our assorted spins and twirls. We also had fun! The staff was flexible in working around our ever changing schedules as well. Read less
Services Used: Unique Services
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Lara
Wedding:
6/8/2014
4.4/5.0
Before we took dance lessons from Deborah, my husband and I thought we had the moves to do a decent first dance at our wedding. We signed up for a few lessons with Deborah, and it turns out we could've used a couple of lessons. We took three private lessons, and Deborah came up with a great first dance routine pretty much on the spot, but more importantly she gave us steps we could use and mix up to do an awesome first dance and dance throughout the night. We had so much fun taking the private lessons that we also signed up for the wedding dance boot camp. It was fun to hang out with the other couples and practice our moves. We were really pleased with our experience, and our first dance turned out great. In addition to the dance instruction, Deborah has a great outlook on how a partnership in dance translates into our everyday lives as a couple.
Before we took dance lessons from Deborah, my husband and I thought we had the moves to do a decent first dance at our Read more...
Before we took dance lessons from Deborah, my husband and I thought we had the moves to do a decent first dance at our wedding. We signed up for a few lessons with Deborah, and it turns out we could've used a couple of lessons. We took three private lessons, and Deborah came up with a great first dance routine pretty much on the spot, but more importantly she gave us steps we could use and mix up to do an awesome first dance and dance throughout the night. We had so much fun taking the private lessons that we also signed up for the wedding dance boot camp. It was fun to hang out with the other couples and practice our moves. We were really pleased with our experience, and our first dance turned out great. In addition to the dance instruction, Deborah has a great outlook on how a partnership in dance translates into our everyday lives as a couple. Read less
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Susie
Wedding:
10/6/2007
4.4/5.0
We loved learning swing for our first dance so much, we want to learn more and use it at other weddings!! Gave my nervous husband the tools to lead me around the dance floor with confidence and ease!
We loved learning swing for our first dance so much, we want to learn more and use it at other weddings!! Gave my nervous Read more...
We loved learning swing for our first dance so much, we want to learn more and use it at other weddings!! Gave my nervous husband the tools to lead me around the dance floor with confidence and ease! Read less
Services Used: Unique Services
The Wedding Dance Specialists responded with the following comments:

Great! We will be hosting a group Swing workshop so you can meet other local newlyweds and refresh what you learned. We will keep you posted!
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Sara
Wedding:
8/10/2013
4.1/5.0
We really enjoyed our lessons and our first dance was a huge hit! Thanks Deborah!
We really enjoyed our lessons and our first dance was a huge hit! Thanks Deborah!
We really enjoyed our lessons and our first dance was a huge hit! Thanks Deborah! Read less
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marie
Wedding:
6/23/2012
3.9/5.0
We had Deborah for to lessons. We had a lot of fun at our lessons but they started late both times and were not extended. We did only two lessons due to price and time left until the wedding. Since we had only two lessons, Debbie taught us a beginning, finale and walk off and a variety of moves. We were left to choreograph he dance ourselves with these moves. Luckily, I was a dancer for my entire life, but if I was not we would've needed more than two lessons. Needless to say it wa fun And we looked great!
We had Deborah for to lessons. We had a lot of fun at our lessons but they started late both times and were not extended. Read more...
We had Deborah for to lessons. We had a lot of fun at our lessons but they started late both times and were not extended. We did only two lessons due to price and time left until the wedding. Since we had only two lessons, Debbie taught us a beginning, finale and walk off and a variety of moves. We were left to choreograph he dance ourselves with these moves. Luckily, I was a dancer for my entire life, but if I was not we would've needed more than two lessons. Needless to say it wa fun And we looked great! Read less
Services Used: Unique Services
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Anonymous
Wedding:
10/6/2012
2.5/5.0
We left feeling like we could've learned more. We felt the moves we learned were cheesy and didn't fit our style, but that there was no room for compromise. Deborah Joy is very passionate about the wedding dance and her profession; I do not agree with her philosophy or style of dance. Not worth our money.
We left feeling like we could've learned more. We felt the moves we learned were cheesy and didn't fit our style, but that Read more...
We left feeling like we could've learned more. We felt the moves we learned were cheesy and didn't fit our style, but that there was no room for compromise. Deborah Joy is very passionate about the wedding dance and her profession; I do not agree with her philosophy or style of dance. Not worth our money. Read less
Services Used: Unique Services
The Wedding Dance Specialists responded with the following comments:

Dear Anonymous, We are sorry that you felt unsatisfied with our services. From a technical standpoint, it is difficult to respond to this review because it is vague, discusses feelings but not the actual results, does not compare us to any relevant experience with other companies, we do not know your identity to look up your records, how many lessons you took or how much you practiced. If you stuck with the program and followed our instruction then we guarantee a complete routine with a beginning, middle and end. Therefore the most effective way to evaluate the quality of our services is to evaluate the final product - the routine. There is no mention here of how the dance actually went on the wedding day. Every student is asked to discuss their goals and when couples take a crash course, the most basic goal is to look natural yet elegant and that is what we deliver. We demonstrate the routine then all of our students must authorize the exact routine so everyone is on the same page from day 1. If you thought certain moves were cheesy then you had the option to request a different one at any time. Every student is provided with video footage and offered between 13-17 moves even for a 2 lesson package. Although we cannot control your emotions during the lesson or on your wedding day we certainly hope that you "felt" felt like Cinderella and Prince Charming and sparkled in the spotlight! I hope you have beautiful photos and video footage and that you got a great response from your guests during the most sacred ritual of the wedding reception - The First Dance!
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Whitney
Wedding:
7/26/2014
1.6/5.0
I feel badly writing this review, but using the Wedding Dance Specialists was probably the worst decision I made. I wanted a great first dance and booked three lessons. I have taken dance classes as a child/high school, never ballroom. Deborah just wasn't what I was expecting. I believe she started dancing for her first dance, loved it so much and continued. I would recommend using someone who has danced for longer and not someone who liked it as a hobby and decided to teach. Perhaps there are other teachers within Wedding Dance Specialists who would be better. Our first lesson she took about half the time talking instead of teaching. And while her thing is to beware of free lessons because they try to just be sales people the whole time, each lesson she was a sales person. She told us 3 lessons weren't really enough to do a lot - even though her site says she can work with people on limited lessons. She also kept trying to make us come to her ballroom crash courses, even when I told her it was on my birthday and we already had other plans she kept pushing it. She also took notes for us which were kind of unnecessary until I realized she put them on her husbands real estate notepad and told us all about him. I hate to say it, but if she did offer a free peek into her dance lesson no one would come back! She was late to every lesson we had as well. One lesson she had a different paper in front of her and kept telling us about moves we hadn't done and then started calling us by the wrong name. When I tried to correct her she just ignored me so I had to look at the paper and tell her she was using the wrong couple's sheet. She tried to make us act sexier and had us dance to 50 Cent to loosen up, but she took turns dancing to the entire song with each of us which included slapping me on the butt and grinding on my fiance - so uncomfortable & unnecessary. In the end she showed us some steps but never taught us to dance, overall I was very disappointed.
I feel badly writing this review, but using the Wedding Dance Specialists was probably the worst decision I made. I wanted Read more...
I feel badly writing this review, but using the Wedding Dance Specialists was probably the worst decision I made. I wanted a great first dance and booked three lessons. I have taken dance classes as a child/high school, never ballroom. Deborah just wasn't what I was expecting. I believe she started dancing for her first dance, loved it so much and continued. I would recommend using someone who has danced for longer and not someone who liked it as a hobby and decided to teach. Perhaps there are other teachers within Wedding Dance Specialists who would be better. Our first lesson she took about half the time talking instead of teaching. And while her thing is to beware of free lessons because they try to just be sales people the whole time, each lesson she was a sales person. She told us 3 lessons weren't really enough to do a lot - even though her site says she can work with people on limited lessons. She also kept trying to make us come to her ballroom crash courses, even when I told her it was on my birthday and we already had other plans she kept pushing it. She also took notes for us which were kind of unnecessary until I realized she put them on her husbands real estate notepad and told us all about him. I hate to say it, but if she did offer a free peek into her dance lesson no one would come back! She was late to every lesson we had as well. One lesson she had a different paper in front of her and kept telling us about moves we hadn't done and then started calling us by the wrong name. When I tried to correct her she just ignored me so I had to look at the paper and tell her she was using the wrong couple's sheet. She tried to make us act sexier and had us dance to 50 Cent to loosen up, but she took turns dancing to the entire song with each of us which included slapping me on the butt and grinding on my fiance - so uncomfortable & unnecessary. In the end she showed us some steps but never taught us to dance, overall I was very disappointed. Read less
Services Used: Unique Services

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