All program curriculum can be customized to the unique needs of your group. Our popular programs are offered as weekend workshops, after school programs at private schools, public schools, summer camps, homeschooling associations, cotillions, birthday parties, organizations and day care centers.


Life Coaching for Adults (Private)

Duration: 60 mins.
Investment: $50 per hour

You will benefit from individualized coaching if you are:

  • In a transition period and looking for the next opportunity
  • Not feeling as connected to your work/life anymore, lacking inspiration
  • Feeling overwhelmed by day-to-day demands
  • Have a specific situation you want to work through
  • Less productive and efficient than you want to be

    The process will require that you be:
  • Willing to lean into the discomfort in order to grow
  • Open to new perspectives
  • Motivated to invest in yourself
  • Able to keep a sense of optimism


After School Enrichment Program Registration

Most schools handle their own registration. If we are handling registration for your school then please visit our online Registration Form.
Talk to your child's PTA President or Enrichment Coordinator about hosting our program at your child's school and design your own curriculum from our list! Duration: 60-90 mins
Investment: Approximately $15 per child  /per hour(10 children minimum)


Social Dancing

Dance to slow and fast music of every type of music genre from 1940s -2000s to be versatile enough to dance to Big Band, Rock and Roll, Slow Love Ballads, Top 40 and Hip Hop music. Useful for parties and special events. For teens and adults. Get prepared for bar/bat mitzvah, Quinceanera, prom, Father/Daughter Tea Dances, Wedding Honors Dance with Parents (Father/Daughter and Mother/Son), Wedding "First Dance"
Learn a simple hybrid routine or Swing, Fox Trot, Foxy, Merengue and others if you desire.

Social Dance Etiquette

Roles – Partnership and Teamwork - Leading vs Following

Spins, Twirls, Travelling

Tempo – using age appropriate contemporary music

Posture and composed Walking

Leading vs Following




Dining Manners Workshop

Interest List forming now!

Investment: $40 per hour/per child (min 5 ppl)

Special offer: $35 per hour/per child if you form the group

Time: 4 hours

Ages: 6 and up

Day: Friday, Saturday or Sunday evenings

Location: hosted in Alexandria, VA 22304

Contact us:

Does your child eat with his/her mouth open?

Does your child put his/her fingers in their mouths?

Does your child remove his/her retainer at the table?

Is your child restless at the table?

Does your child discuss distasteful topics?

Does your child hold the utensils incorrectly?

Is your child able to assist you daily with setting the table?

Has mealtime become frustrating and tense?

Do your child's dining manners embarass you at social functions?

Does your child talk with food in his/her mouth?

Then this workshop might be perfect for your child!

Includes a family meeting with parents in a formal living room and then a 4 course formal dinner for the children served by "Butler Brian" in a formal dining room featuring fine crystal, silver, china and linens and 4 hours of Dining Manners and Table Etiquette instruction from Deborah Block, a nationally certified protocol and special events instructor with 17 years of experience teaching children.


Community Charm School

Curriculum: 9 hour program includes the following topics:

  • Introductions

  • First Impressions & Body Language

  • Public Speaking

  • Social Dance : Partner Dancing

  • Thank you notes and Gratitude

  • Dynamic conversation skills

  • Setting an informal and formal table

  • General table manners introduction

  • Parents Showcase

We welcome parental input if you have any suggestions about these specific topics. We will make every effort to weave them into the curriculum. Feel free to email us with your ideas.

Ages: 1st grade and up

Dates: November - April ( Interest list now forming), exact dates TBA

Day: 3 Saturdays (so parents can enjoy a date night!)
Time: Saturday nights 5-8pm
Location:  Alexandria, VA

Investment: $270 for 9 hours of instruction ($30 per hour/per child) if we form the group.

Special Offers: $225 for 9 hours of instruction ($25 per hour/per child) if you form the group.
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Dress Requirement: dressy casual for all lessons and dressy for final Showcase

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Princess Tea Party

Total Time: 3 hours

Ages: 5 and up

# of Participants: 5 minimum

Includes: Formal decor, silver, crystal and china

Dining etiquette and table manners instruction

"High" Tea beverage, finger sandwiches and desserts.


Cinderella at the Ball dance lessons including curtsies

Princess themed Arts and Crafts

Date: weekends

Investment: $40 per hour/per child (min 5 ppl)

Special offer: $35 per hour/per child if you form the group

Optional: gift bags or birthday cake (additional charge) or you can provide your own at no extra charge


CEO Camp

Do you want to own your own business? Do you want to be a CEO without having to get an MBA or spend 20 years working your way up a corporate ladder?

Are you inspired by self made entrepreneurs? Do you think you have what it takes? Do you think you know what it takes? What is your tolerance for risk? What are the sacrifices? What are the rewards? Where is the glory? This cutting edge program will help you:

1. Establish a vision for your company and pitching it to others - Public Speaking :30 second elevator pitch

2. Understand the value of mentors and internships and how to find paid and unpaid ones nationwide on your own.

3. Potential Pitfalls

4. Interview and network with Presidents and CEOs

5. Strategize using Business Plans

6. Understand how to implement your idea by: Raising Capital, Marketing, Hiring, Outsourcing, Leveraging your labor

7. The art of Networking which includes, Social Dance, Dining Etiquette, First Impressions: Dressing for Success, Appropriate Conversation Topics, Introductions. 70% of  professional success is determined by your pesonal relationships. Your "soft" skills are a mandatory social and professional reality - not an elective.

Date: Interest List forming now for 2014 Workshops or we can host a private camp exclusively for your group by appointment.

Location: serving Metro DC area

Total Time: 16 hours

Time: weekends anytime (exact details TBA)

Investment: $30 per hour / per child


Dating Etiquette 101

Date: Interest List forming now or we can host one just for your group by appointment.

Location: Metro DC area

Curriculum: Basic Dining Manners Intro, Social Dance Intro, Dating etiquette, Wholesome date ideas, safe and respectful relationships, Modesty

Total Time: 4 hours

Date: weekends anytime

Investment:$25 per hour/per child
Age: 16 and up



Prom Preparation

Date: Interest List forming now for2014 Workshops or we can host one just for your group by appointment.

Location: Metro DC area

Curriculum: Basic Dining Manners Intro, Social Dance Intro, Dating etiquette intro

Total Time: 3 hours

Date: Saturdays 4-7 or Sundays 3-6

Investment:$35 per hour/per child if you join our group and $25 per hour/ per child if you provide the group.
Next workshop: March 22, 2014, 4-7pm



Date: Contact us today to set up an appointment for your group.

Location: Metro DC area

Curriculum: Basic Dining Manners Intro, Party Hostess Etiquette, Thank you Notes, Latin Dance Intro: Valz, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Falther/lDaughter, Group Routine

Total Time: 4 hours

Investment: $35 per hour/ per child and you provide the group.
Date: weekends
Habla espanol.

The Quinceanera or Fiesta de Quince signals the transition from childhood to young womanhood in many Hispanic cultures. We can your teenager sparkle in the spotlight during her Father/Daughter Waltz and dance all night long to latin favorites such as Merengue, Salsa, Cumbia Cha Cha and Bachata along with Top 40 music. In addition to being introduced to society as a debutante, expectations are raised as she will take on more responsibilities and begin to develop a vision for her future goals. We offer the social skills programs (listed above) so that a Quinceanera is not only a religious experience, lovely celebration and a right of passage but also a conscious preparation toward adulthood. We offer Social Dancing, Table Manners, Charm School and CEO Camp. Social skills are a mandatory social reality and these "soft" skills will certainly pave the road toward professional and personal success! Back to Basics provides Leadership, Life Skills & Social Skills Enrichment coaching for youth of all ages in the DC Metro Area.


Bar/Bat Mitzvah

A bar/bat mitzvah is the right of passage when a 13 year old Jewish boy or girl is recognized as an adult in the Jewish community and is expected to take on more religious responsibilities. There is a lot of preparation and study leading up to the big day and there are many creative ways to celebrate. Some choose a big party and some choose a more intimate family gathering in the Holy Land of Israel. Whatever the choice, there will be plenty of singing and dancing to rejoice! That's where we come in....we can empower your child and all of their friends to put their best foot forward on the dance floor and dance respectfully, modestly and elegantly so your photographer can get some great photo ops for the album! We also recommend a Father/Daughter or Mother/Son Dance and we can teach you how to sparkle in the spotlight and surprise the crowd with a new twist on an old tradition!!! We also offer Table Manners, Charm School skills to prepare for the dinner party and recommend our other workshops afterward to continue cultivating a mensch!! ;)



Garden Party

Total Time: 4 hours

Ages: 6 and up

# of Participants: 5 minimum

Includes: Dining etiquette and table manners instruction

"High" Tea beverage, finger sandwiches and desserts.

Planting seedlings and fresh herbs

Garden themed Arts and Crafts
Goody bag

Date: weekends , 1-5pm

Investment: $40 per child/per hour - 4 hours total

Optional: gift bags or birthday cake (additional charge) or you can provide your own at no extra charge


Afternoon Tea Series

For adults or children 6 and up

Investment: $40 per child/per hour - 4 hours total

Afternoon/High Tea:
Table Manners / Honey
Table Manners/ Edible Flowers
Table Manners / The Rose

Honey: According to research,the health benefits of switching out sugar consumption for honey instead is enormous. Raw, unprocessed honey can help with weight loss, allergies, is a natural energy source, boosts the immune system, is a natural sleep aid, heals wounds and ulcers, aids in blood sugar management for diabetics and is a natural cough syrup. The best places to get gourmet organic raw honey are from farmers markets and organic supermarkets! Goody bag included.

Edible Flowers: Fresh and cooked – add tasteful, healthful and beautifully decorative dimensions to any dish, sweet or savory. Discover which flowers are edible and the surprising ways they ca jazz up recipes. Sample a variety of blooms that run the gamut of the flavor spectrum. Enjoy a goody bag! 

The Rose: Roses have been revered throughout history. Learn the fascinating story of the rose, its symbolism and why we give roses to those we love. Sample delights of the culinary rose at the tea table and take home a fragrant favor bag!


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