Report: #1217957

Complaint Review: The Wedding Dance Specialists

  • Submitted: Tue, March 24, 2015
  • Updated: Tue, March 24, 2015
  • Reported By: Dilara — Alexandria Virginia
  • The Wedding Dance Specialists

    , Dist of Columbia

The Wedding Dance Specialists Deborah Joy Block Worst wedding experience, instructor knows nothing about dance and inappropriately grabbed my a*s Alexandria Virginia

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Response to your review

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Deborah Joy Block is one of the most inappropriate crazy individuals I have ever met in my life, and that is saying a lot. We took a couple wedding dance lessons with her back in 2010, It was one of the strangest and worst experiences I have ever had. She spent most of the time that we had paid for lessons talking about her extreme political views - so contentious and inappropriate for a couple who just wants to learn a wedding dance and happens to have the opposite political views. 

Also, she had absolutely no respect for the country song we had chosen as our wedding dance. She didn't like the song and instead put on a crazy Celine Dion tune, grabbed me (the bride) by the arm and twirled me around like a madwoman, practically tearing my shoulder out of its socket. In addition, she grabbed my *** really hard. I am not a prude, but this was so unnecessary and made me feel extremely uncomfortable. If you check out Wedding Wire reviews, you will see that there are other complaints of her slapping the bride's ***. Why is this necessary - does she have some sort of a ******* ******?? I feel like I should have reported her to the authorities because the whole experience made me feel so very uncomfortable and upset, but instead I just fired her as our dance instructor, and fortunately found someone who actually taught us to dance for our wedding and beyond. 

Does Deborah know how to dance or how to teach dance? Absolutely not. She is clueless about dance. She can't dance to save her life I'm afraid to say, and she certainly does not know how to teach it either. She kept telling us to do some sort of Ricky Suave move, when all we wanted was to learn how to dance to the romantic country song we had chosen as our wedding tune.

We recently ran in to Deborah at another venue, and I can confirm that she is still extremely confrontational, inappropriate, lacking in social skills, and worst of all, can NOT dance!!

Wedding couples, if you really want to learn a first dance for your wedding, please stay away from this crackpot. She will only waste your money and try to talk your ear off about her very conservative political views.

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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Response to your review

AUTHOR: The Wedding Dance Specialists - (USA)

Dear Anonymous,

We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your lesson and we wish that you had contacted us to assist you further. Since we do not know who you are and there is no mention in your complaint about how much you actually learned, how much you practiced, if anything was written down or videotaped, whether you did the homework assignments, whether you used any of the content at the wedding, what your photos looked like, etc…it is difficult to assess your situation as a whole.

We are sorry to hear that you did not like your instructor's personality, jokes and her suggestions and demonstrations for the couple to be flirtatious, silly, romantic and playful. We are also sorry to hear that you felt uncomfortable during a twirl. Had you notified your instructor she could have demonstrated how you can improve your core and elbow alignment or foot position. We always use the couple’s music if they provide it and also use other music as a teaching  tool if the couple needs to loosen up and relax and be more joyful and expressive to get into character.

Rest assured, your instructor has successfully empowered over 10,000 couples and coached many professional dancers in the art of weddings over the past 17 years and has approximately 250 5 star reviews across various sites. This couple received dance instruction from the most recommended, premiere national expert on wedding dance who trailblazed all of the trends in this niche industry for the nation, received many years of top professional training from celebrity coaches, judges, champion competitors and performers in ballroom and belly dancing. Their instructor is an experienced performer and the reviewer does not indicate her own adjudication qualifications to judge her instructor as unqualified.

Dance lessons are the most fun & romantic aspect of wedding planning where couples learn a lifelong skill & have a natural & elegant routine that they authorize. The lessons are the BEST investment b/c they’re the most affordable aspect of wedding planning -- only 1% of the wedding budget but 50% of your image in the spotlight while communicating a powerful message of unity, teamwork & romance!

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