Student Comment of the Week; Meet Chelsea Knutson

“This lesson, as all of the others, are beyond words. You are making me a better leader. Many thanks for the escape from the troubles of my life.”
-P.O.

            

Millennium DanceSport Championships 2017

INTRODUCING THE NATIONAL DANCE CLUBS MILLENNIUM 2017 COMPETITORS AND INSTRUCTORS!!!

Our instructors and students are some of the hardest working, most dedicated dancers you’ll ever meet. We work hard, so we get to play hard! To follow the championships and watch Live videos of our dancers competing, please visit our facebook page:     https://www.facebook.com/nationaldanceclubs.ndc/

 

 

 

First Annual NDC Championships; The Road So Far

Please join us in a round of applause for our incredible competitors!!


Craig Laubengeiger


Jim and Beverly Calder


Pat Parker


Bernadette Dziesinski


Shirley Barbee


Pauline Xavier


Justyne Hughes


Marianna Perratta


David Carney


Stan Barr


Brenda Davis


Connie Jones


Cheryl Rudnicke


Bobby Dial


Betsy Bradley


Sara Rutter


Pat Houseman


Kimberly and Eric Ouimet


Tony Martin


Larry and Carter Owens

Did You Know?

There are multiple sites on which you can follow your favorite ballroom dance studios; Get updates about upcoming events, group classes, and our weekly calendar of events, just to name a few! You can even message us with any questions or concerns that you might have!

 

Check us out:

On Instagram: national_dance_clubs

On Twitter: @NDC_Ballroom

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/nationaldanceclubs

Student Comment of the Week; Meet Tania Perez

“Tania is very patient; she waits until you get it. She reminds us that we can do this! 🤗 . Thanks for a great lesson. Remember, great teachers make great things happen!!”  -E.+K.O.

 

 

 

*photo credits to Donna Duda and Caroline Rutland-Brown

Calendar of Events: Week of June 10th – June 16th

*Classes and Parties are available at each studio location, unless otherwise specified.

Dance of the Week:

Saturday, 6.10:

The Saturday Night Party will be held in our Murfreesboro Studio:
710 Memorial Blvd Suite 122
Murfreesboro, TN  37129

Monday, 6.12:

*Preliminary Bronze Group Class begins at 7:00pm
*Advanced Bronze Group Class begins at 7:00 pm

**Bronze Elements Group Class with Kristin begins at 7:00pm

*Available at our Murfreesboro, Franklin and Brentwood Studios
** Available at our Belle Meade Studio

Tuesday, 6.13

Social Ease Class begins at 7:00pm
Style & Technique Class begins at 7:00pm

*Latin Class begins at 7pm
ONLY available in our Franklin studio location!

Wednesday, 6.14

*Showtime Elements Class begins at 11:00am
*International Bronze Class begins at 12:00pm
*Intermediate Bronze Class begins at 7:00pm

**Stretch and Strength with Rachel begins at 11am
** Bronze and above Group Class with Staz begins at 8:00pm

*Available at our Murfreesboro, Franklin and Brentwood Studios
** Available at our Belle Meade Studio

Thursday, 6.15

The benefits of dancing are incomparable to any other activity. Tonight is the night to share this amazing gift with those in your life.
~The greatest gift is to bring a guest.~

 

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

Friday, 6.16

Celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the opening of our Franklin studio! Join your NDC family and head out to Franklin for our momentous occasion!
209 S Royal Blvd Suite 124
Franklin, TN  37164
The Murfreesboro and Brentwood studios will be CLOSED at 7pm.

Group classes begin at 7:00pm
Open dancing begins at 8:00pm
 Upcoming Shows/Events:

Photo Credits: Donna Duda, Caroline Brown Rutland, On Your Mark photography.

Tuning In and Reaching Out: Sharing the Gifts of Dance

One of the things that we want to accomplish through ballroom dance is to go beyond the personal need to feel seen, heard, and valued to eventually see, hear, and value others. Partner dancing can take us from worrying less about what others think of us to worrying more about what others think of themselves, and ultimately, ballroom dancing can help us become more confident with and more caring toward others.   If we only teach people to dance and give them the confidence to move outside their own comfort zone step by step and we do not give them the encouragement and the tools to help change the lives of those around them, we have not shared with them the most wonderful gifts of social dance.

IMG_2054Our number one job is to get guests because our goal is to spread the benefits of the movement, the cooperation, and the recognition people get from dance to as many people as possible. By showing our students how to better see and to reach out to other people—family, friends, acquaintances, and strangers alike—we are improving our students’ confidence in themselves. We are helping them to see the potential of the people around them and to reach out to make a difference in another person’s day, if not their life.

Today, through social media, we can feel  we are much more connected to others than we were in the past. We reach out into the ether and can get a like or a comment that makes us feel as though people see and know us. The irony is that social media can separate us as much as it can bring us together. We often focus on the best, most impressive images, events, and people in our IMG_2182lives in an attempt to craft our online identity. How happy, fulfilled, and busy we seem online may not align with how we really feel.  We think this profile helps others know us better, but in actuality, the artifice of the portrayal puts more distance between us. This pretty fiction we present to our friends and followers gives us the illusion that people really understand and appreciate us. While they see what we post, they rarely understand where we really are. This disparity between what we perceive and what is really going on reminds me of a poem I read in college by Stevie Smith:

Not Waving but Drowning

Nobody heard him, the dead man,
But still he lay moaning
I was much further out than you thought
And not waving but drowning.

Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he’s dead
It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,
They said.

Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
(Still the dead one lay moaning)
I was much too far out all my life
And not waving but drowning.

When we don’t take the time to really tune in or to really listen to people, we can get the impression everything is fine, while in reality, most people live lives of “quiet desperation.”  We are all drowning a little.  We are all fighting our own battles.  When someone takes the time to focus on us for a time can mean the world to us.  So we owe it to ourselves and other to reach out and connect with others.  Even people that seem to people are shut uphave it all together from a distance could use a smile, a kind word, and, yes, a little more dance in their lives.  Ballroom dancing brings us close enough together to really see more of each other. We, literally, get back in touch with each other.

So remember, the next time someone says they are “fine” or the next time you reach out a hand in invitation and are rejected, they may not be open with you because they may be afraid you are simply being polite or cautious of revealing their vulnerability. We owe it to ourselves and to others to be persistent in our attempts to get to know each other better and to encourage each other to take steps to try new things and meet new people. For only through our connecting with other people can we become more than who we are and join the dance of life. IMG_9062.jpg

Southern Heat Ballroom Challenge Winners

Top Newcomer Female:  Ruth Calhoun

Top Newcomer Male:  Jeremy Johnson

Top Bronze Female:  Janet Fulton

Top Bronze Male:  Jim Calder

Top Bronze Amateur Couple:  Tom and Nancy Cleppe

Top Silver Female and Top Solo Overall:  Sonia Smithson

Top Silver Male:  John Tucker

Top Bronze Solo Female: Sara Rutter

Top Bronze Solo Male:  Jim Calder

Top Bronze Spectacular: Kimberly and Eric Ouimet

Top Spectacular Male:  Ken Holbert

Top Spectacular Overall:  Linda Brown

Top Student Overall Champion:  Pat Houseman

Top Studio Overall: NDC Murfreesboro

 

**photo credits: Caroline Brown Rutland

Calendar of Events; Week of June 5th – June 9th

*Classes and Parties are available at each studio location, unless otherwise specified.

Dance of the Week:

 

 

Monday, 6.5

 

 

*Preliminary Bronze Group Class begins at 7:00pm
*Advanced Bronze Group Class begins at 7:00 pm

**Bronze Elements Group Class with Kristin begins at 7:00pm

*Available at our Murfreesboro, Franklin and Brentwood Studios
** Available at our Belle Meade Studio

Tuesday, 6.6

Social Ease Class begins at 7:00pm
Style & Technique Class begins at 7:00pm

*Latin Class begins at 7pm
ONLY available in our Franklin studio location!


Destination Unknown:

Dance bravely into the unknown, beginning at 8:15pm!
**Please speak with the front desk of YOUR studio for specific locale information!

Wednesday, 6.7

*Showtime Elements Class begins at 11:00am
*International Bronze Class begins at 12:00pm
*Intermediate Bronze Class begins at 7:00pm

**Stretch and Strength with Rachel begins at 11am
** Bronze and above Group Class with Staz begins at 8:00pm

*Available at our Murfreesboro, Franklin and Brentwood Studios
** Available at our Belle Meade Studio

Thursday, 6.8

The benefits of dancing are incomparable to any other activity. Tonight is the night to share this amazing gift with those in your life.
The greatest gift is to bring a guest.

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

Friday, 6.9

 

Don’t dance out of your glass slippers at our Once Upon a Time spring fling party! This evening will prove to be your happily ever after.
Group classes begin at 7:00pm
Open dancing begins at 8:00pm
 Upcoming Shows/Events:

 

Photo Credits: Donna Duda, Caroline Brown Rutland.