Calendar of Events; Week of July 23rd – July 29th

NATIONAL DANCE CLUBS WEEK OF EVENTS

Monday, 7.24:

Preliminary Bronze Class begins at 7:00pm in our Murfreesboro and Brentwoood studios

Advanced Bronze Class begins at 7:00pm in our Murfreesboro and Brentwood studios

Bronze Elements Class with Kristin begins at 7:00pm in our Belle Meade studio


Tuesday, 7.25:

Social Ease Class begins at 7:00pm in all studios

Style & Technique Class begins at 7:00pm in our Murfreesboro and Brentwood studios


The Murfreesboro Studio will be dancing into a brave new world with Destination Unknown!

Keep an eye out for more information!

 

Wednesday, 7.26:  

Showtime Elements Class begins at 11:00am in our Brentwood studio
International Bronze Class begins at 11:00am in our Murfreesboro studio
Stretch and Strength Class with Rachel begins at 11:00am in our Belle Meade studio

International Bronze Class begins at 12:00pm in our Brentwood studio

Intermediate Bronze Class begins at 7:00pm in our Murfreesboro and Brentwood studios

Bronze and Above Class with Bryanna begins at 8:00pm in our Belle Meade studio

 

Thursday, 7.27:

It is, once again, the MOST important night of the week! GUEST NIGHT!!! Now is the time to share what you love with those you love.

As a thank you from your staff, each guest will earn you points towards FABULOUS gifts!!
Be all you can be by helping someone else be all that they can be.

Newcomer Class begins at 7:00pm in all studios
Guest Night Party begins at 8:00pm in all studios

 

Friday, 7.28:

ALL STUDIOS WILL BE CLOSED!



Please support your dance family by joining us at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro. Watch them showcase their talent and hard work in our NDC Championships competition! The Friday Night Party will be held at the Embassy Suites.
1200 Conference Center Blvd 
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

 

Saturday, 7.29:

ALL STUDIOS WILL BE CLOSED!


Please join us for Day 2 of the National Dance Clubs Championships, held in the Embassy Suites of Murfreesboro.
1200 Conference Center Blvd 
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Tickets will be available at the door.

 

 

 

 

 

Contact and Location Information:

NDC Murfreesboro:   (615) 849-1155
710 Memorial Blvd. Suite 122
Murfreesboro, TN  37129

NDC Brentwood:   (615) 277-1155
5714 Edmondson Pike
Nashville, TN  37211

NDC Belle Meade:  (615) 352-1155
5133 Harding Pike
Suite A12
Nashville, TN  37205

~photo credits to Caroline Brown-Rutland, Donna Duda and Stephen Marino~

Ballroom Does Your Heart Good

Since 2005, Ballroom dance has been our favorite avenue for feeling better about ourselves and the people around us. Not only does it provide a way to improve how we feel physically, Ballroom dance can increase our emotional, intellectual, and social well-being as well and is simply the best exercise for our whole being, not just our body.

Many Ballroom dancers get started because they want to see the physical benefits. Our favorite recreation is one of the best overall forms of low impact/high aerobic workouts available. Ballroom dancing can raise the heart rate to the equivalent of any strength training or aerobic program. Dancing in a lesson or at a party will build not only your heart’s strength, but its endurance, too. Intermediate to advanced levels of technique provides the perfect blend of isometric and isotonic resistance, the two key ingredients to muscle building and toning, which is perfect for building beautiful tone in the muscles without building a lot of muscle mass.

We begin losing our ankle movement in our twenties, and our other joints can begin to stiffen if not used regularly, and can make us feel older than our age. According to the American Journal of Medicine, the best way to avoid arthritis and to remedy current joint discomfort is to continue to use the joints in a controlled manner. The waltz, with its slow rise and fall, demonstrates this beautifully. In addition, improved posture places the puts all your organs in alignment, which is now thought by many medical professionals to fight sickness, disease, fatigue and more. Both the movement and the posture of ballroom increase respiration, and the increased oxygen helps your heart work easier. You look better and feel better with better posture.

And while our body seems to take the brunt of the inactivity and bad habits that develop over time, the effects on our mind and spirit can be even more detrimental. Frequent ballroom dancing also makes you smarter. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that partner dancing could reduce the risk of dementia by 76%…more than even doing crossword puzzles at least four days a week. Dancing with a partner requires “split-second, rapid-fire decision-making” and integrates several brain functions at once, keeping your mind, as well as your body, young.

The human spirit requires nourishment just our body does. Connection and human touch is food for the soul, and partner dance offers a non-threatening way to make contact with our fellow humans in our increasingly isolated lives without the need for intimacy.  Ballroom is the best integrated activity for your body, mind, and spirit. Come dance with us.

 

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Student Comment of the Week; Meet Ben Cunningham

“Such a great energy! He was so positive. Really encouraging and patient. Good imagery. It was way fun!” -H.H.

 

Millennium DanceSport 2017 Winners

All of the competitors from National Dance Club family trained for months, day in and day out. Everyone stepped onto the Millennium dance floor, and left their sweat, tears and heart. A round of applause from all of us to EVERYone who braved the heats!! 

To our winners; it is, indeed, your time to shine! Each of you deserve every medal and trophy that you took home.

We could not be more proud to have had you all represent NDC at Millennium 2017!!!!

 

NDC Murfreeboro:

Top Large Studio

 

 

NDC Brentwood:

Top Small Studio

 

 

Dorris Zeihr:

Top Gold Female

 

 

Linda Brown:

1st Place Spectacular
1st Place Champion of Champions Showcase
3rd Place Smooth Championships

 

 

Connie Jones:

Grand Finalist

 

 

 

Dr. Jim and Beverly Calder:

1st Place Novice Championships (Couple)
1st Place Duet
1st Place Solo Spectacular (Dr. Calder)
Top 20 best student competing within Millennium DanceSport (Dr. Calder)
Finalist 3-Dance  (Beverly Calder)
1st Place Solo Spectacular (Beverly Calder)

 

 

Pat Houseman:

1st Place Multi 2-Dance Smooth
2nd Place 2-Dance International
2nd Place 3-Dance International
1st Place Spectacular

 

 

Sam and Mary Zutter:

1st Place 3-Dance Rhythm
1st Place 3-Dance Smooth
1st Place Solo Spectacular (Sam Zutter)

 

 

Bobby Dial:

1st Place Solo Spectacular

 

 

Stephanie Donithan:

13th Overall Best Student competing within Millennium DanceSport

 

Calendar of Events; Week of July 17th – July 22nd

NATIONAL DANCE CLUBS WEEK OF EVENTS

Monday, 7.17:

Preliminary Bronze Class begins at 7:00pm in our Murfreesboro and Brentwoood studios

Advanced Bronze Class begins at 7:00pm in our Murfreesboro and Brentwood studios

Bronze Elements Class with Kristin begins at 7:00pm in our Belle Meade studio


Tuesday, 7.18:

Social Ease Class begins at 7:00pm in all studios

Style & Technique Class begins at 7:00pm in our Murfreesboro and Brentwood studios

 

Belle Meade is hosting an extra sweet treat, with Destination Unknown!

We will meet at 8:30pm at Drake’s in Cool Springs!
553 Cool Springs Blvd. 
Franklin, TN  37067

 

Wednesday, 7.19:  

Showtime Elements Class begins at 11:00am in our Brentwood studio
International Bronze Class begins at 11:00am in our Murfreesboro studio
Stretch and Strength Class with Rachel begins at 11:00am in our Belle Meade studio

International Bronze Class begins at 12:00pm in our Brentwood studio

Intermediate Bronze Class begins at 7:00pm in our Murfreesboro and Brentwood studios

Bronze and Above Class with Bryanna begins at 8:00pm in our Belle Meade studio

 

Thursday, 7.20:

It is, once again, the MOST important night of the week! GUEST NIGHT!!! Now is the time to share what you love with those you love.

As a thank you from your staff, each guest will earn you points towards FABULOUS gifts!!
Be all you can be by helping someone else be all that they can be.

Newcomer Class begins at 7:00pm in all studios
Guest Night Party begins at 8:00pm in all studios

Friday, 7.21:

 

Allow NDC to treat you to a mid-year staycation with our Christmas in July party! Bring your favorite holiday dish and enjoy a no-fuss holiday with your dance family.

Group Classes begin at 7:00pm in all studios
Friday Night Party begins at 8:00pm in all studios

Saturday, 7.22:

Sweat the stress of your week away with our Ballroom Cardio class!

Ballroom Cardio Class begins at 11:00am in our Brentwood and Murfreesboro studios

Ladies Group Class with Elizabeth begins at 11:00am in our Belle Meade studio

 

The Saturday Night Party will be held in our Belle Meade studio:
 5133 Harding Pike Suite A12
Nashville, TN 37205

Group Class begins at 7:00pm
Party/Open Dancing begins at 8:00pm

 

   NEXT WEEKEND!!!

 GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!!!

Contact and Location Information:

NDC Murfreesboro:   (615) 849-1155
710 Memorial Blvd. Suite 122
Murfreesboro, TN  37129

NDC Brentwood:   (615) 277-1155
5714 Edmondson Pike
Nashville, TN  37211

NDC Belle Meade:  (615) 352-1155
5133 Harding Pike
Suite A12
Nashville, TN  37205

 

~photo credits to Caroline Brown-Rutland, Donna Duda and Stephen Marino~

Get to know the coaches of NDC; Tommy DiTommaso

Tommy DiTommaso began dancing at the age of 11, under the tutelage of ten time US T10-Dance Champion, Mr. Larry Silver. His secondary coaches were no less legendary, including Alex Lazo, a two time US 9-Dance Champion, Jean Marc Generoux & Franze Mousoux, five time Canadian Latin Champions and 5 time Canadian 10-Dance Champions, Rufus Dustin, a US Theatrical Champion and US Smooth/Rhythm/Latin Champion, Michelle Mason, a US Broom Champion, David Hamilton, a US Smooth Champion, and Bob Powers, a US Rhythm Champion. With Tommy’s natural talent and unparalleled work ethic, he quickly moved his way up in the ballroom world.

 He began competing at the age of 12, gaining recognition everywhere he danced. By the age of 15, Tommy was so accomplished that he became an instructor at the renowned Larry Silvers Dance Academy. It was during this period that he began competing on a National stage.

Mr. DiTommaso made a name for himself, winning the following Championships and Titles:

 

Two time US Junior Amateur Latin Champion

US Amateur Grand Champion Finalist

Heritage Classic Rising Star Latin Finalist

Texas Challenge Rising Star Latin Finalist

Rising Star Finalist in every major ballroom dance competition held in the US

Us Rising Star Finalist in American Rhythm

Florida State Open Rhythm Champion

Gator Classic Open Rhythm Champion

Millennium Open Rhythm Finalist

Philladelphia Open Rhythm Finalist

First Coast Classic Open Rhythm Finalist

Heritage Classic Open Rhythm Finalist

Hotlanta Open Rhythm Finalist

Atlanta Open Open Rhythm Finalist
These are but a few of the multitudes of awards Mr. DiTommaso has accrued over the years.

Mr. DiTommaso has founded the famed Florida Dance Classic Series, organizes ballroom dance cruises through Elegant Adventures with his business partner, Michael Luciano, and is a highly sought after competition judge and adjudicator.

  

   

   

 

Ballroom Dance: The Heart of the Matter

The way to a man’s heart may be through his stomach, but the way to a woman’s is through the dance floor.  Nothing says romance like sweeping a woman into your arms or for a woman to feel like a princess with her knight protector on the dance floor.

Ballroom dancing has swirled in and out of the public eye for generations, but it has always been a part of our cultural imagination. Movies and television have recognized this appeal and romance and has brought ballroom dancing back into our awareness, leaving viewers wishing they could dance like that and wondering if they, too, could actually learn.

Couples and singles alike are taking a deep breath and stepping onto the dance floor in spite of their trepidation and realizing, as so many have before them, the benefits and joys of ballroom dance.  While nobody is born knowing how to partner dance, at the National Dance Clubs, we believe anyone can learn, and once you try, you, too, will begin to appreciate the ways ballroom dancing can touch your life; ballroom dance is not a passing fad; it is a way of life.

Ballroom dance is a proven heart-healthy way to get in shape, not only because it is a great aerobic workout and because it tones those large muscle groups, but because dancing is such a fun way to exercise that you are not only willing but wanting to do it more often and, indeed, to continue throughout a lifetime.

The heart of ballroom dance, however, is social: connection, interaction, and communication.  Attending a dance is a wonderful way to meet people, spend an evening away from the stresses of your everyday life, and escape into the adventure of becoming Cinderella or James Bond.

Oddly, this very desire and expectation can hold people back from trying to dance.  What keeps many people off the dance floor is the fear that they lack the natural talent to learn to dance—the worry that they simply have an inoperable case of two left feet.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  If this were true of other activities, there would be no bunny hills, no wading pools, no putting greens.

So, take heart; nobody‚ not even the most gifted natural dancer, could fulfill the fantasy of dance the first time they step on the dance floor, nor the second or third time.  As with any skill, partner dancing is learned, and with desire, discipline, and a well-trained and enthusiastic instructor, anyone can learn to dance.

In looking for a place to take lessons, remember, as in anything, you get what you pay for.  You want a reputable establishment with longevity in the community, an enthusiastic commitment to service, with lesson guides to mark your process, and plenty of opportunity to practice and use your dancing.

Remember, learning to dance is not just about getting lessons to learn steps; it is about the whole experience.  It’s not just about mastering a pattern; it’s about the complete package: dancing in a room of dancers to a live band and sharing the experience.  Ballroom dancing is also about the joy, the confidence, and the poise you find on the dance floor that you take back to your home and work.  It’s about becoming the person you dream of being and waltzing into a new way of thinking about yourself and the people around you.

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Student Comment of the Week; Meet Scott Gross

“I am encouraged by Scott’s knowledge of knee action. Feel like he can guide me through “dance recovery. His caring nature was just what I needed.” -S.B.

 

Get to know the coaches of NDC; Gary Pierce


A former U. S. Ballroom Champion, Mr. Pierce co-founded and performed with the American Ballroom Theatre Company, New York City. For over ten years he served as resident choreographer for the company. He has performed all over the world and as a guest artist in festivals and special arts events for television and stage.

Televison Directing and Choreographing
2004 – Legends of Dance Awards, “A Tribute to June Allyson” , Director, Choreographer -Palm Beach
2000 – World Dance (International Competitive Event) , Director – Target Center, Minneapolis
1999 – World Dance (International Competitive Event) , Director – Target Center, Minneapolis
1995 – PBS – Shall We Dance – Producer, Director, Palm Beach
1993 – CBS – Kennedy Center Honors , Tribute to Ginger Rogers, Choreographer, Washington, DC
1991 – WGBH – That’s Dancing, (Guest Artists, Juliet Prouse and Bobby Short), Choreographer, Boston
1990 – WGBH – Salute to American Musical Theater – Evening at the Pops, Choreographer, Boston
1988 – WGBH – Evening at the Pops – A Tribute to Fred Astaire , Choreographer, Filmed in New York City
1988 – PBS – Salute to Performing Arts, Choreographer, Chicago
1988 – PBS – Happy New Year PBS, with Rosemary Clooney and Mel Torme, Choreographer, Baltimore
1985 – WGBH – Masterpiece Theatre “The Citadel”, Dance Shorts, Choreographer, Boston

As a choreographer Mr. Pierce has created over three hundred shows, revues and industrials. Artistically his work has been acclaimed by the New York Times, The Village Voice, The New York Post as well as many other publications. He seeks to crystallize the essence of ballroom dancing by exploring its passionate, volatile, playful and joyous moods through theatrical dance story-telling. The dance companies he has choreographed for are:

The American Ballroom Theatre
Manhattan Festival Ballet
New York Ballroom Company
Rhymek modern dance
Le Trocaderos de Monte Carlo
Ballroom Theatre Nashville
Humphrey Dance Ensemble
Beyond Ballroom Dance Company
Brigham Young Dance Company
New York Knicks Cheerleaders
Verb Ballets Cleveland
Take the Floor Touring

Mr Pierce has assisted and choreographed with award winning choreographer Geoffrey Holder, Graciela Daniele, Patricia Birch, and Marge Champion for the musical theater.

Calendar of Events; Week of July 8th – July 15th

NATIONAL DANCE CLUBS WEEK OF EVENTS

Dance of the Week


Tuesday, 7.11:

Social Ease Class begins at 7:00pm in all studios

Style & Technique Class begins at 7:00pm in our Murfreesboro and Brentwood studios

 

DESTINATION UNKNOWN:

Dance bravely into the unknown! Dance the path less traveled!

Join your studio at their respective locations at 8:15pm!

*The Murfreesboro studio will be going to Wall Street Bar and Grille:
121 N. Maple St.
Murfreesboro, TN 37130


*The Brentwood and Belle Meade studios will be in Piranha’s Bar & Grill:
174 3rd Ave N.
Nashville, TN  37201

 

Wednesday, 7.12:  

Showtime Elements Class begins at 11:00am in our Brentwood studio
International Bronze Class begins at 11:00am in our Murfreesboro studio
Stretch and Strength Class with Rachel begins at 11:00am in our Belle Meade studio

International Bronze Class begins at 12:00pm in our Brentwood studio

Intermediate Bronze Class begins at 7:00pm in our Murfreesboro and Brentwood studios

Bronze and Above Class with Bryanna begins at 8:00pm in our Belle Meade studio

 

The incomparable Gary Pierce will be in the Murfreesboro studio, providing a wealth of ballroom dance knowledge and one-on-one coachings.
(Please speak with your instructor to reserve your time)

A former U. S. Ballroom Champion, Mr. Pierce co-founded and performed with the American Ballroom Theatre Company, New York City. For over ten years he served as resident choreographer for the company. He has performed all over the world and as a guest artist in festivals and special arts events for television and stage.

 

Thursday, 7.13:

It is, once again, the MOST important night of the week! GUEST NIGHT!!! Now is the time to share what you love with those you love.

Newcomer Class begins at 7:00pm in all studios
Guest Night Party begins at 8:00pm in all studios

Friday, 7.14:

The truly unequaled Tommy DiTommaso will be in the Murfreesboro studio, imparting pearls of dance wisdom to our students and coaching both students and teachers!
(Please speak with your instructor to reserve your time)

Tommy DiTommaso began ballroom dancing at the age of 11, and trained under Mr. Larry Silvers and Melanie Dale.  As an amateur, he won the U.S. Junior Latin Championships in 1990 & 1991. In addition, he won the U.S. Latin Junior Pro Am Championships and placed fourth in the amateur Grand Championships in 1991. Tommy started dancing professionally in the fall of 1999 in the American Rhythm category. Together, he and his partner won many Rising Star Championships across the Country and were finalists in the U.S. Rising Star Championships in American Rhythm. Now he and his wife are the force behind five competitions and promote good quality competitions for all levels of competitors. Along with  running competitions, he continues to teach, coach and judge across the United States.

 

Hero or Villain? Which side calls to you? This Friday, don a costume of your choosing and be prepared for (IN)JUSTICE! Good, good. Let the live music and rhythm flow through you.


Hero                  or               Villain?


Dark side             or          Light side?

Group Classes begin at 7:00pm in all studios
Friday Night Party begins at 8:00pm in all studios

 

 

Saturday, 7.15:

Sweat the stress of your week away with our Ballroom Cardio class!

Ballroom Cardio Class begins at 11:00am in our Brentwood and Murfreesboro studios

Ladies Group Class with Elizabeth begins at 11:00am in our Belle Meade studio

*****There is no Saturday Night party this week.*****

 

 

 

 

Contact and Location Information:

 

NDC Murfreesboro:   (615) 849-1155
710 Memorial Blvd. Suite 122
Murfreesboro, TN  37129

NDC Brentwood:   (615) 277-1155
5714 Edmondson Pike
Nashville, TN  37211

NDC Belle Meade:  (615) 352-1155
5133 Harding Pike
Suite A12
Nashville, TN  37205

 

 

NDC (all studios) :
Landing Page – nationaldanceclubs.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/nationaldanceclubs.ndc/
Twitter – @NDC_ballroom
Instagram – national_dance_clubs

NDC Murfreesboro:
https://www.facebook.com/Nationaldanceclubsofmurfreesboro/

NDC Brentwood:
https://www.facebook.com/nationaldanceclubsbrentwood/

NDC Belle Meade:
https://www.facebook.com/BelleMeadeNDC/

~Photo credits to Christa Bacon-Madanchi, Donna Duda, Carolina Brown-Rutland, Stephen Marino.~