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The Knot2011 Spring/Summer Issue "Real Weddings" Feature

The Bride Alexandra (Alex) Spear
The Groom Matthew (Matt) Peurach
Wedding Date May 15

The Knot"Best of Weddings Award"

The Wedding Dance Specialists, LLC was awarded the Brides Choice Award and Editors Choice Award for The Knot Best of Weddings 2011 The award provides a “by brides, for brides” guide to the top wedding professionals across the country, and is a must-have when it comes to selecting the best-of-the-best wedding resources.The Knot Inc. is the nation's leading wedding resource, reaching well over a million engaged couples each year through the #1 wedding website. The Company also owns WeddingChannel.com, the most visited wedding gift registry website.

The Knot Wedding Network is composed of the top two wedding websites, TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com, today announces real brides' picks for Best of Weddings ( www.theknot.com/best-of-weddings ) The Knot Unveils 2012 Best of Weddings Winners -- Survey of More Than 1.8 Million Bridal Members Reveals Top-Rated Wedding Vendors in 81 US Cities --

"For the past six years, TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com have been the definitive resource for our brides, providing them with unparalleled vendor recommendations directly from the tried-and-true experiences of other brides," said Carley Roney, cofounder and editor in chief of TheKnot.com. "Coming from the largest online community of brides, the quality and quantity of these community-validated reviews of more than 159,000 vendors across the country are incomparable and are truly the ultimate way to receive detailed information on the absolute best wedding professionals in your area."

The Knot Wedding Network captured detailed feedback from more than 1.8 million bridal members through WeddingChannel.com Reviews in 29 different categories of wedding businesses, from DJs to planners, videographers to limo companies and more. Approximately 6,800 local vendors received this prestigious award, representing the top 4 percent of local vendors on The Knot Wedding Network.

The Knot- published April 2011 "Personalizing your First Dance"

More and more couples are customizing their first dance with help from professional dance instructors and choreographers. Deborah Joy and Brian Block realized the need for a wedding-focused dance company in the DC area, so in 2000 they started The Wedding Dance Specialists. More than a decade later, they have several locations in Virginia and Maryland, with another expected to open soon in Washington, DC.

They offer a variety of services like a wedding dance timeline, song selection assistance, crinoline dress rehearsal and an evaluation video and dance instruction for the parents and bridal party. "We recognize that the couples are under a lot of pressure to look elegant and feel confident in the spotlight in a very short period of time," says Joy. "A video to save money is no substitute. Therefore, in addition to our Wedding Dance Group Workshops we introduced the nation's first one private lesson guarantee, plus provide longer lessons than the industry standard."

A challenge for most brides is convincing the groom, but in Joy's experience, the guys eventually loosen up and start to have fun. "Most people fear the unknown. Once the grooms are empowered as leaders on the dance floor, they generally flourish. They come to realize that many aspects of the wedding day investment will only last one day, but learning to dance is an actual skill for creating a lifetime of memories."

The Wedding Dance Specialists teach lessons in traditional ballroom and Latin dance styles including Waltz, Fox Trot, Tango, Rumba, Salsa, Cha Cha, Swing and Polka, plus their own Slow Dance hybrid know as the Foxy.

Posted by Knot Carrie
Filed under: Music+Entertainmen

Posted Friday, April 22, 2011 9:17 AM


The KnotSpring/Summer 2010 DC Issue