WEDDING EZINE -THE ONLINE MAGAZINE


Issue November 16-30, 2004
Wedding Ezine -The Online Magazine

Our Brides and Grooms have danced the night away at their fairytale weddings! Let us help you plan Your 1st Dance and MORE!

First Dance Impressions

Offers the most full service Bridal Dance Packages. We hope you enjoy our Wedding newsletter, full of fun and useful information to help with your wedding day planning. Don't forget to book your wedding dance lessons!
Our students Ebony and Jamel dancing their first dance.

Table of Contents

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Celebrity Wedding Photos Wedding Traditions Kim's Wedding Tips
Wedding Dance Tips! Special Events Bridal Vendor Special Offers
Poems, Prayers & Promises Bridal Themed"Wallpaper" Wedding Ezine Archive
Wedding Song
Suggestion List
Information on Dance Lessons Free Subscription to
"Wedding Ezine"

1) A Different Celebrity Wedding Photo from Past or Present!

This issue's celebrity Brides and Grooms are actors Angela Bassett & Courtney Vance, Super Model Iman with Musical Icon David Bowie, and Eddy Murphy with his wife Nicole.



2) A Wedding Tradition Explained!

"Jumping The Broom"

Many historians believe broom jumping originated in the southern U.S. during the time of slavery, slaves could not legally marry, and so an alternative ceremony for marking a couple's commitment was adopted. Some believe it comes from an African tribal marriage ritual of placing sticks on the ground which represent the couple's new home. Some say it stems from an African custom of the Bride to sweep the home of her mother-in-law on her wedding day. Coincidentally, there was a similar Celtic tradition. In the early days of Christianity in Ireland, rituals tended to be a blend of the Pagan with the Christian. Couples who couldn't wait until the traveling priest turned up would perform a hand fasting ceremony, tying their wrists together as a symbol of their commitment to one another. They would then join hands and jump over a broom to guarantee children. The broom was a Celtic symbol of fertility; Neo-pagans have also incorporated it into their hand fastings. Here the broom represents a threshold. The hand fasted couple, although still individuals, begin a new life together. Jumping over the broom represents crossing this threshold into new territory, with your life vitally connected to another's. The leap that the couple takes over the broom is symbolic of starting a new life with another person which does require a "leap of faith".

3) Kim's Wedding Tips!

Kim Bosch van Drakenstein, Owner/Founder of First Dance Impressions & Social Dance Instructor Spend some time and internet research if you decide to incorporate old traditions. If you do decide to purchase a ceremonial broom make sure it is one you like. Since it will be a permanent memento from your wedding, you want it to be very nice and of high quality. One practice becoming more prevalent is to have the guests all tie a ribbon to the broom before the newlyweds take the leap. This lends a real sense of community and anticipation to the event. As with any tradition which might not be known to all of your guests, it is a good idea to have someone announce the event and explain it's relevance and symbolism. This way your traditions can be shared and fully appreciated by all present.


4) Kim's Wedding Dance Tip "Stand Straight and Walk Tall!"

Our students Victor and Karen's 1st dance.
Your mother always told you to stand up straight and now you know why...She wanted you to dance! Keeping your head up, shoulders back and tummy in, will not only make your gowns and tuxes look better, it will make you feel better. So often when people are not used to being watched they slump as if they were trying to make themselves smaller or less noticeable. This is particularly true when people dance. It is your wedding -- and everyone is going to notice you no matter what! Look at our students Victor and Karen. He is looking into her eyes, not at her feet. He picked up the moves very quickly, but one of the most notable dance advantages he has is excellent posture. It gives him an air of total confidence on the dance floor and off. This also makes him very easy to follow and look great dancing.


5) Group Classes

Our teachers run events and perform locally on a regular basis.

Argentine Tango Classes and Practice Parties,
Friday, November 19th, 2004


Kim and Fabio performing Argentine Tango
1st & 3rd Friday of every month at Generations Dance Studio in Alexandria. The fabulous Fabio Bonini will be teaching the sexy Argentine Tango with a practice party "Milonga" afterwards. The "total beginner" lesson is 7:30-8:15pm and the "beginnersí challenge" lesson runs 8:15-9pm. From 9pm-midnight dance at the MILONGA (Argentine Tango Dance). Only $12! BYOB; soft drinks and snacks provided. For more details call Fabio Bonini at (703) 200-4520. All First Dance Impressions Students get a $2 discount at the door!

Sign up for our mini groups in the winter!
Have you and your friends always wanted to learn Swing, Salsa or even the sexy Argentine Tango? Dancing is a great stress reliever and wonderful social activity which can give you one of the best aerobic workouts possible. We will tailor a group class for 4, 6, 12 or even 50 people. No no experience is necessary. Call us at (703) 868-0982 for more information.

Argentine Tango Classes and Practice Parties,
Friday, December 3rd, 2004


Argentine Tango performance with Kim and Fabio
1st & 3rd Friday of every month at Generations Dance Studio in Alexandria. The fabulous Fabio Bonini will be teaching the sexy Argentine Tango with a practice party "Milonga" afterwards. The "total beginner" lesson is 7:30-8:15pm and the "beginnersí challenge" lesson runs 8:15-9pm. From 9pm-midnight dance at the MILONGA (Argentine Tango Dance). Only $12! BYOB; soft drinks and snacks provided. For more details call Fabio Bonini at (703) 200-4520. All First Dance Impressions Students get a $2 discount at the door!


6) This issue's Featured Vendor -- US!!!!

Click on the banner to visit First Dance Impressions' Home page
Or Call: (703) 868-0982 to ask about our Holiday Special!

When Every Eye Is On You, We'll Make Sure You're Ready! First Dance Impressions is the Original and
the Best Wedding Dance Company
serving Northern Virginia, D.C. and Maryland since 2000. Wedding
Dance Lessons are fun, easy and stress-relieving. Invest in your First Dance and in the rest of Your
Lives Together! We focus on leading and following so that you move as one. Why "bear hug sway",
when you can confidently dance around the floor, spinning and dipping, to your song in as little as 5 hours!
Check us out with the other Brides on the Knot and The Wedding Channel!
Don't Miss this Special Year End Promotion!

2005 Brides!!!

New Year's Resolution Special! Have you always wanted to dance? All 2005 Brides and Grooms who pre-book their lessons with First Dance Impressions before January 1st, 2005 will receive a 10% discount on our current prices!



7) Poems, Prayers & Promises

A romantic quote to simply to elevate your mood or to help you find the right sentiment for your vows or ceremony.


"Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does.
Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up."

James Baldwin

8) A New Bridal Themed Wallpaper for your computer desktop!

Now your computer screen can be dressed up too! Simply right click your mouse on our background and tell your computer to save ("set") as wall paper, BUT be sure you have saved the current background on you computer desktop first, if you want to get it back! If the background does not show up immediately, right click on your desktop background and click on refresh.

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