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The Best Therapy

Student comment of the week:

“Ballroom Dancing… the best therapy in the world… especially when you have such a fantastic teacher! Waltzed with Vince Schulz Ndc and then he taught me a new move in the Tango – with a lot of patience and laughter. So blessed to have you in my life, Vince!!”

                                                                Kathy McLemore Maguire

 

How Dancing Together Brings a New Depth to Your Relationship

National Dance Clubs Students Larry & Carter Owens share their thoughts on how dancing has affected their relationship.

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“We approached dancing as something we had talked about but had never acted on it but IMG_3005soon after starting we noticed that our communication between each other had changed…..it became sharper, not in a harsh way but actually became more sensitive! We began to be move in tune with what the other one was doing. He became a stronger leader, and I really had to step back to allow him to lead…to be a better follower!

We have become more patient with each other as we’ve struggled IMG_2355with learning some of the steps. The surprises have been that we BOTH are enjoying learning and even practicing.  We’re truly having fun, and, most importantly, we are doing this together. We do a lot of things together but dancing has brought us closer.  Even though we are both fairly competitive, we are both working for this joint goal together!! The bottom line is this whole “dancing thing” has taken on a definition we had never considered nor imagined!!”

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Dancing Together

Couples that dance together, stay together.

Cheryl Rudnicke on Routines

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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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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