Student Comment of the Week – Meet Vincent Ballard

Meet Vincent Ballard…


We are so blessed at National Dance Clubs to have such amazing students and, of course, great teachers!!

Read on to see what our students have to say….

“Excellent first lesson. Vincent was very funny and
informative! I’m looking forward to my next lesson!”

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Thank you Vincent for all that you do!!

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Ballroom Blast 2017 Results

The 2017 Ballroom Blast was an amazing kick-off to the National Dance Clubs’ competition season, filled with all the enthusiasm and energy we have come to know and love.  Everyone performed spectacularly!  The rewards of competition are numerous:  the cheering of the crowd, the boost to your dancing, the camaraderie of the team,the sense of accomplishment, and the more tangible awards.  Here are the results of the overall competition.

Top Junior Male – Aiden Carbine
Top Junior Female – Natalya McC
askill
Top Youth Male – Josiah McCaskill
Top Youth Female – Linda Gail Rutland

Top Newcomer Male – Kendall Bennett
Top Newcomer Female – Ruth Calhoun
Top Newcomer Amateur Couple
Kendall & Susan Bennett
Top Bronze Male – Tony Martin
Top Bronze Female
Iron Man Award
Janet Fulton
Top Bronze Amateur Couple
Top Bronze Spectacular
Jim and Beverly Calder
Top Silver Male
Top Silver Solo Male
Top Silver Spectacular Male
Dan Coen
Top Silver Female
Top Silver Solo Female
Top Spec Overall
OVERALL Multi Dance Champion
Top Silver Spectacular Female
Betsy Bradley
Top Gold Female – Dorris Ziehr
Top Student Overall Champion
Top Bronze Spectacular Female
Pat Houseman
Top Bronze Solo Male – Bobby Dail
Top Bronze Solo Female – Amanda Ances
Top Gold Solo Female – Emily Brannon
Top Solo Overall – Mary Heath
Top Gold Spectacular Female – Ethel Kawamura
MUTLIDANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
B2 Smooth & Rhythm

           Marianna Perratta     Brenda Davis              Janet Fulton
      

C1 Smooth & Rhythm

               Marianna Perratta       Brenda Davis             Jim Calder
        

C2 Smooth & Rhythm

                    Jim Calder             Pat Houseman           Bev Calder
      

Specialty Awards

Mr. Peters Award – Stefani Cinto
Brandon Hardison Award – Staz Dawson

Pro Divisions
Rhythm

1st Vincent & Chelsea
2nd David & Stefani
3rd Alfie & Sloan

Smooth

1st Carl & Christa
2nd Andrew & Kristin
3rd Staz & Jackie

Theatre Arts

1st Alfie & Sloan
2nd Staz & Jackie

SHOWDANCE

1st Vincent & Chelsea

Novice

1st Orlando & Mary Rose
2nd Jordan & Kyrie
3rd Abram & Megan

Pre Champ

1st Will & Mersey
2nd Ben & Megan
3rd Jordan & Madison

Top Teacher Overall

 David Westover         Alfred Perratta          Riley Wingate
      

Our next big competition is Music City Invitational coming in March.  See you there!

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Lose Yourself in the Moment – Dance A Routine

Don’t miss our Tropical Christmas Show tonight at Tucker Theatre!!                                        Call for details 615-849-1155

Lose Yourself in the Moment – Dance A Routine

Losing yourself in a dance or Living a Dance is one of the most glorious moments you will ever experience. For those few moments you become the dance, the emotions, and the experience. As you exist in the music, you learn to let go and live in the present. Stress melts away and you become free. You connect with partner and move the audience …as they experience the dance with you. The feeling is the equivalent of making that winning shot in the game as the crowd goes wild!
One of the most effective ways to add this to your dancing is to learn and perform a routine. Dancing a routine gives you the ability to get so comfortable with the steps that you have the ability to enhance the quality and the emotion of your dancing!

Here are some great reasons to dance a routine…

  • New steps – Learn some new moves 
  • Quality -Learn advanced technique 
  • Learn a new dance
  • Be expressive
  • Connect with partner or partners 
  • Connect with the audience
  • Lose Yourself and Let Go

Performing a routine is an exquisite moment that every dancer should experience! Lose yourself in the movement and Live the Dance!!!
Call today! (615)849-1155

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Ballroom Dance ~ The Heart of the Matter

We are so pleased to welcome a guest author to our blog this week. Donna Duda has been in the dance industry for over 20 years. Her love of Ballroom is a great passion in her life and we are so excited to have her join us.


Ballroom Dance:~ The Heart of the Matter

By Donna Duda

Couple lesson_0162The 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 or 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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Southern Challenge 2016

Join us this year…
at the exquisite Seelbach Hotel by Hilton in historic Louisville, KY for the 22nd Annual Southern Challenge Dance Competition.
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It is the same great competition with a whole new look. Join us as we travel every year to a new pristine location to get our fill of Southern Exposure.
Accredited Judges, Pro-Am Competition (Ballroom, Smooth, Latin & Rhythm), Pro- Am Championships, Professional Competition, Beginner Ballroom Blast Competition, Top Teacher Prize, Professional Show by Gary Pierce and guests, Full Service Accommodations
Schedule:
Friday, July 22
1:00 PM: Lite Lunch & Registration. Competition will check you in and have baggage delivered to your room.
2:00 PM: Workshop#1 Radhika Ramayya
4:00 PM: Workshop #2 Tamsyn Devilliers
6:00-6:45 PM: Break to get ready for dinner.
6:45-8:00 PM: Deluxe Dinner
8:15 PM: Workshop#3 JT Thomas, Friday Night Dance Party
Featuring our 2nd annual Pro/AM and Pro/Pro Jack & Jill.
Saturday, July 23
7:00-9:00 AM: Breakfast
9:00 AM: Workshop#4 International Ballroom & American Smooth Entries
12:30-1:30 PM: Lunch Break
2:00-5:00 PM: Workshop#5 Tommy DiTomasso, International Latin & American Rhythm Entries
and Solos and Spectaculars
7:00-8:30 PM: Deluxe Dinner in the Historical Oak Room
8:45 PM: Beginner Ballroom Blast, All Professional Competitions, Awards,
Special Show choreographed by Gary Pierce
Sunday, July 23
9:00-10:30AM: Breakfast Buffet
11:00 AM: Check Out

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There’s No Such Thing as Two Left Feet!

Welcome to our blog about ballroom dance!! We are so excited to share all the reasons ballroom dancing is the Best activity out there. Follow along to hear many of the many benefits and all the excitement of ballroom and feel free to share your own stories!! We would love to hear them.


There’s No Such Thing as Two Left Feet!- Everyone can learn to Ballroom Dance!There's No Such thing as two left feet

Ah, the old cliche’ of I can’t dance because I have two left feet….such a hugely popular statement but what I find profoundly saddening about it is that there are people who truly believe it. They think they are clumsy, or ungraceful, or unteachable…but it is COMPLETELY UNTRUE! Dancing is a learned skill. It is a skill that Gives you Grace, Poise, Balance, Mobility, and so on and so on!! And ANYONE can learn it!! Dancing is about so much more than how you feel before you ever try. It’s about an experience that most people can’t even put into words. As you look back from where you started to the dancer you have become there is a proud delightful joy, and moments you would never trade.

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Ballroom dancing starts with simple movement or walking steps… Forward, backward, left, & right… Moves people do everyday. Then you build on those simple steps, improving just walking, and becoming a dancer. For those in wheelchairs, moving forward, backward, and turning left and right is all you will need to know to start dancing.

Wheelchair dancing

Then a partner becomes part of your steps or movement and soon you are communicating without words. Some call this the “Miracle of Dance“. Connecting with another person and sharing the moment of a song is sometimes more kindness than some people experience all day.  In this plugged in world of smartphones, movies, and social media we often forget to turn them off, connect, and engage face to face.

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Music is added and you start to experience the freedom of expressing what the music has always felt. People naturally walk in a rhythm, which is why musical beat workouts even exist. The funny part is that we actually have to stop thinking so hard to feel what we need to do. Dancing a a meditative and relaxing form of fun and stress relief that ANYONE can do!National Dance Clubs Band

 

Dancing builds strength and endurance over time and is a low-impact workout. Used as physical therapy for many, we have seen it improve posture, balance, weight, and so much more. People that could only dance for 5 to 10 minutes at a time go on to being able to dance for an hour! Dancing aids if not cures depression and has been used for many centuries to improve the mental and physical well- being of a person.

So remember, if you can move you can dance! Stop by anytime to trade in that extra “left foot” for a right…we would love the privilege of helping you Experience Ballroom!

Thank you for checking in to read about why There’s No Such Thing as Two Left Feet. Check out National Dance Clubs for more information on how you can learn to Ballroom Dance or share it with your friends. If you, yourself, were amazed by your own ability to become a dancer please share your story with us! We would love to hear it!

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Maximize Your Results – After The Competition

Congratulations! You just experienced a Ballroom Dance Competition! Whether it was your 1st or your 50th, you improved your skills, confidence, and solidified your progress just by getting out there. Well done! Even though the competition is over, there are still some things you can do to make the MOST out of your Experience! Maximize those results!!

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The first thing to remember is to openly listen to your teacher’s opinion about your performance. They will be able to tell you about your clear honest accomplishments, as well as areas to work on. They care just as much about how well you did. After all, it is their reputation on the line with you.  You may not even realize where you made the most improvement through all of the fun and excitement, so lean on your professional. If you performed a Solo you will have the added benefit of reading the judges critiques and advice which is a wonderful tool.

Remember, it is ok to want to do better as long as you can use it to fuel your focus work harder and continue to improve. Use these tools below as positive motivation and Maximize your results!!13323237_1084643408248054_5551284990017077133_o

  • Take a long moment and relish in your accomplishments. Look back on from whence you came…Do you remember when you first started? What it was like? Look at you now!!!

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  • Read your Solo comments from the judges. What an amazing resource and tool it is to have multiple advice from top experts.
  • Watch your Video – Hopefully you remembered to record the first few heats and the last few of each category. It is a excellent way to see your progress throughout the day. You will be amazed at the little improvements and the big ones.
  • Create good habits. – You solidified or improved muscle memory in what you had been working on. Work towards creating many good habits in your dancing. The more good habits you develop, (such as footwork, arm styling, latin motion, etc.) the more you will be able to build and focus on in your dancing.
  • A Competition gives you a new perspective-  You may have experienced new dances, new styles, or seen a dancer that you admire. Capitalize on all that you soaked in by incorporating it into your dancing.
  • Your mind is fresh and open to new ideas. Like a sponge you are ready to soak up more knowledge!2063-Albert-Einstein-Quote-The-mind-that-opens-to-a-new-idea-never
  • Set new goals. You just Stepped Up from the last goal that you set and now you are moving towards the next step up. Keep Climbing!!    young-woman-walking-up-stairs-some-outside-sunny-day-city-38973617

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Once you are a better dancer that skill never goes away. You own it for for life! You will always be that good. You may get rusty if you stop moving at all, but that dust can be blown off. Since dancing is muscle memory, your moves will all still be there!

I once overheard a conversation at a local competition between a spectator and a seasoned competitor. I am sharing it with you because it gives some clear perspective on competing and it’s benefits. Walking through a ballroom competition one day, I overheard a spectator exclaim, “Wow, she’s a good dancer! I can see why she competes.” Without much pause someone nearby replied. “Oh no, you have it backwards. She’s that good because she competes.” The reply came from an experienced dancer who herself was quite good. We exchanged a smile as she went to line up for her next heat on the floor.

Just getting on the floor is a huge accomplishment that builds confidence and self esteem!! The more you do it the better you will be. Congratulations!

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Maximize Your Results – What To Do After The Competition!!

Congratulations! You just experienced a Ballroom Dance Competition! Whether it was your 1st or your 50th, you improved your skills, confidence, and solidified your progress just by getting out there. Well done! Even though the competition is over, there are still some things you can do to make the MOST out of your Experience! Maximize those results!!

SouthernHeat2016FL

The first thing to remember is to openly listen to your teacher’s opinion about your performance. They will be able to tell you about your clear honest accomplishments, as well as areas to work on. They care just as much about how well you did. After all, it is their reputation on the line with you.  You may not even realize where you made the most improvement through all of the fun and excitement, so lean on your professional. If you performed a Solo you will have the added benefit of reading the judges critiques and advice which is a wonderful tool.

Remember, it is ok to want to do better as long as you can use it to fuel your focus work harder and continue to improve. Use these tools below as positive motivation and Maximize your results!!13323237_1084643408248054_5551284990017077133_o

  • Take a long moment and relish in your accomplishments. Look back on from whence you came…Do you remember when you first started? What it was like? Look at you now!!!

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  • Read your Solo comments from the judges. What an amazing resource and tool it is to have multiple advice from top experts.
  • Watch your Video – Hopefully you remembered to record the first few heats and the last few of each category. It is a excellent way to see your progress throughout the day. You will be amazed at the little improvements and the big ones.
  • Create good habits. – You solidified or improved muscle memory in what you had been working on. Work towards creating many good habits in your dancing. The more good habits you develop, (such as footwork, arm styling, latin motion, etc.) the more you will be able to build and focus on in your dancing.
  • A Competition gives you a new perspective-  You may have experienced new dances, new styles, or seen a dancer that you admire. Capitalize on all that you soaked in by incorporating it into your dancing.
  • Your mind is fresh and open to new ideas. Like a sponge you are ready to soak up more knowledge!2063-Albert-Einstein-Quote-The-mind-that-opens-to-a-new-idea-never
  • Set new goals. You just Stepped Up from the last goal that you set and now you are moving towards the next step up. Keep Climbing!!    young-woman-walking-up-stairs-some-outside-sunny-day-city-38973617

_______________________

Once you are a better dancer that skill never goes away. You own it for for life! You will always be that good. You may get rusty if you stop moving at all, but that dust can be blown off. Since dancing is muscle memory, your moves will all still be there!

I once overheard a conversation at a local competition between a spectator and a seasoned competitor. I am sharing it with you because it gives some clear perspective on competing and it’s benefits. Walking through a ballroom competition one day, I overheard a spectator exclaim, “Wow, she’s a good dancer! I can see why she competes.” Without much pause someone nearby replied. “Oh no, you have it backwards. She’s that good because she competes.” The reply came from an experienced dancer who herself was quite good. We exchanged a smile as she went to line up for her next heat on the floor.

Just getting on the floor is a huge accomplishment that builds confidence and self esteem!! The more you do it the better you will be. Congratulations!

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Southern Heat 2016 Review

This years 7th Annual Southern Heat Ballroom Championships hosted by National Dance Clubs was an amazing event full of dance, entertainment, and tons of enjoyment. The Murfreesboro Post said, ” it made it feel like “Dancing with the Stars” was right here in the heart of the ‘Boro this weekend.”

Evolution of Dance was the inspirational theme during this year’s regional competition. Throughout the event, the Southern Heat participants were able to view the various time periods of dance and how dance has transformed over time. From Minuet in the classical time period to the cultural African dancing all the way to today’s hip hop, each dance was expressed using the emotion, grace, and poise of it’s own time period. Competitors traveled in from various parts of Tennessee and Florida ready to Bring the Heat and dance all weekend! Southern Heat was full of high energy, competition, and loud endless cheering. The event ended with a grand performance by Nazar Norov & Irina Kudryashova, United States National American Rhythm Vice Champions and American Rhythm Silver Medalists! We would like to thank all our competitors for joining us in making this year’s Southern Heat such a wonderful event!

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Article by Courtney Kirby

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