Calendar of Events; Week of February 25th – March 3rd

**unless specified, all Groups are available at each one of our studios

Saturday, 2.25:

Start your weekend off on the right foot with our
Ballroom Cardio Group Class beginning at 11:00am

The Saturday Night Dance Party will be held at our Nashville location:
5133 Harding Pike
Suite A12
Nashville, TN 37205

Group Class begins at 6:30pm
Party begins at 7:30pm

Monday, 2.27:

Preliminary Bronze Class begins at 7:00pm
Advanced Bronze Class begins at 8:00pm

Tuesday, 2.28:

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

Wednesday, 3.1:  HAPPY MARCH 1st!

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

Thursday, 3.2:

IT’S GUEST NIGHT!!! Bring your friends, Bring your enemies and turn them into your friends!

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

Friday, 3.3:

Dance away the week at the Friday Night Mardi Gras party, held in our Murfreesboro location, with live music!
710 Memorial Blvd
Suite 122
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Group Classes begin at 7:00pm
Mardi Gras Party begins at 8:00pm

Oasis of the Seas Ballroom Cruise; Days 2-3

Ballroom Cruise 2017

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for more photos, videos and coverage of this elegance on the seas!
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UPDATED Calendar of Events; Week of February 18th – February 24th

Saturday, 2.18:

Tonite starts a new week at National Dance Clubs, beginning with our In Studio Franklin Saturday Night Dance party!

National Dance Clubs of Franklin
Watson Glenn Shopping Center
209 S. Royal Oaks Blvd. Suite 124
Franklin, TN  37064

Group Class begins at 6:30pm
Party begins at 7:30pm

Monday, 2.20:

Preliminary Bronze Class begins at 7:00pm
Advanced Bronze Class begins at 8:00pm

Tuesday, 2.21:

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

At 8:00pm, dance bravely into the unknown with us!
This week, Destination unknown will be an In-Studio Taco Tuesday event!! Bring your favorite tacos, eat and dance with us at our Murfreesboro location.

National Dance Clubs of Murfreesboro
710 Memorial Blvd. Suite 122
Murfreesboro, TN  37129

Wednesday, 2.22:

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

Thursday, 2.23:

IT’S GUEST NIGHT!!! Don’t keep your instructors a secret! Share the magic that you’ve discovered with everyone in your life!!


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

Friday, 2.24:

Join us at our National Dance Clubs of Brentwood studio for our Friday Night Live party, with live music provided by The Chessmen!

National Dance Clubs of Brentwood
5714 Edmondson Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

Group Class begins at 7:00pm
Party begins at 8:00pm

 

 

Meet Cara Hermes and Student Comment of the Week

“I really enjoyed our lesson reviewing cha cha, rumba and waltz. I always appreciate Cara’s patience and honesty. Great job, Cara!” -JJ

 

 

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12 Reasons Ballroom Captured Our Imagination

Partner dancing seemed to be old-fashioned in the 80s.  We watched our grandparents jitterbug, polka, and waltz, but the baby boomers lived through the 60s and 70s when the biggest partner dance was the hustle.  It seemed as though dancing with someone had been supplanted by dancing in front of someone or en masse–large groups of gyrating or jumping mobs.    Movies like Fame and Footloose proved gen-Xers wanted to dance, but wasn’t really until nostalgia for a simpler time gone brought dancing together back big in Dirty Dancing.

Ballroom dancing is here to stay.  Partner dance began waltzing its way into our cultural consciousness with Dirty Dancing and still speaks to our desire to add romance and magic into lives.  Here are 12 of the biggest reasons ballroom dance caught our imagination:

  1. Dirty Dancing (1987)  Dirty Dancing was the first big hit to make every woman long for her Danny to pull her out of her corner and make her feel beautiful and adventurous.
  2. Strictly Ballroom (1992)  The campy and colorful Australian foray into the world of dance competitions, Strictly Ballroom showed the transformative power of ballroom dance to take us out of our comfort zone and into the world of our potential.
  3. Shall We Dance (1996) (Japan)  The original version of this blockbuster highlights the struggle between who everyone expects us to be and our inner hopes and dreams of who we could be.  The cultural expectations of the Japanese businessman and the secret desire to break those boundaries.
  4. Friends: The One with the Ballroom Dancing Season 4 Episode 4  (1997)  The sign that ballroom dance was beginning to become part of our world is when it began infiltrating our home through our television.  Not only did it make an appearance in one of the most popular TV shows of the time, but it began showing up in commercials, advertising everything from insurance, to milk, to healthcare, trucks.
  5. Dance with Me (1998) Salsa became the new dance of dances.  The Latin beats and the handsome leading man showed us the sensual nature of dance.
  6. Assassination Tango (2002) In movies, we saw leading men and tough guys like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert DeNiro, Robert Duvall, Brad Pitt, and Pierce Brosnan show the power and attraction of of man who knows how to dance–especially the tango.
  7. Shall We Dance (2004) The American version on this Japanese film showed how ballroom dance can bring people of all different backgrounds together through a common joy.  It touched on a lot of our secret fears that can keep us apart and unfulfilled and highlighted our desire to keep learning and growing and becoming, to meet new people and make new connections, and to share new experiences.  And how to rekindle romance by stepping outside of our box.
  8. Come Strictly Dancing (2004) UK  Before Dancing with the Stars, there was Come Strictly Dancing in Britain, helping to pave the way to the American airwaves.
  9. Dancing with the Stars (2005) US When Dancing with the Stars finally premiered, people began to think that if those “stars” could do it, they could, too.  And everyone began to, if not dance, think about dancing.  They began seeing the “real” men doing it…Emmitt Smith said winning Dancing with the Stars meant more to him than winning the super bowl.  Ballroom dancing was officially “cool”.
  10. Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (2005)  This sweet star-studded indie film shows how ballroom dance can be the catalyst to bring those suffering from loss and loneliness together and give them a new lease on life.
  11. Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) The story of how Pierre Dulaine brought the lessons of ballroom dance to eleven-year-olds in the New York public schools, improving their communication, cooperation, and self-esteem. 
  12. Take the Lead (2006)  A dramatization of the Pierre Dulaine story of bringing dance to the New York City Schools highlighting societal benefits ballroom dance.  “If she allows me to lead she trusts me, but more than that she’s trusting herself. Now if your 16-year-old daughter is strong and trusts herself. How likely is she to let some idiot knock her up? And if your son can learn to touch a girl with respect, how will he treat women throughout his life?”

Stories of how ballroom touches our hearts, our minds, our souls are still being incorporated into our dramas and our comedies, our television and cinema.  Ballroom dance is part of who we are as a culture now.   We are finding partnership dance is a cure for depression, for disease, for dementia, but most importantly, it is the cure for what ails us most: feelings of isolation.  Dance has brought us all together again, strangers and acquaintances, neighbors and co-workers.  Dancing is not something only our grandparents did.  It crosses generations, economic environments, and cultural differences.  Dance gives us a common goal, a shared joy, and a reason to connect.  If you haven’t tried it yet, what are you waiting for?

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It’s Dancecation Kick-off Week!!

It’s that time of year again, when we here at National Dance Clubs are gearing up for the annual dance cruise with a multi-studio festival!

Dancecation is an event that allows our students to earn points by participating in numerous fun activites. These points are then redeemed for tickets, which are drawn at our weekly Friday night parties. Our students end up with some INCREDIBLE prizes, such as free dance shoes and free entries in competitions, just to name a couple.

Tonite is not only Guest Night, (an evening in which our students share the life-changing experience of dance with friends, family, co-workers… everyone, really!) but it is DOUBLE POINTS GUEST NIGHT!!!

Now is the time to take the leap!!

 

 

Double Points Guest Night

Meet Vince Schulz and Student Comment of the Week

“Fabulous lesson, very helpful technique points for waltz backward movement, double UAT and tango open fan. Efficiency is great, and so is Vince!”  -TW

 

 

The Heart of Valentine’s Day: The Magic of Dance

The Heart of Valentine’s Day is taking the time to express love and appreciation we feel.  While we most often think of others on this day of love, we need to also think of ourselves.  Whether you have a partner or you are unattached, the best gift you can give is the gift of dance.

“Attention is the most basic form of love.” — John Tarrant

For couples, partner dance allows each person to focus and attend to the other person in ways they simply do not and cannot off the dance floor.  For the time you are dancing together, all of your other thoughts and worries take a back seat, and you focus on each other.  Moving to the music, creating the dance together, this is real romance.

If you have no partner, you, too, should come learn to dance.  Your dance teacher can be your partner, and everyone dances with everyone else at our practice parties.  To find a great partner, learn to be a great partner.  Don’t wait for someone to dance with; dance and be joyful, and you will find you attract people to you.

So whether you have a Valentine this February or not, make a date to come out and try dancing.  Spread the word.  Dance brings us together.

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Not Strictly Ballroom

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”  Brene’ Brown

I saw the movie Strictly Ballroom and thought, holding my breath a little, that surely that was not a real thing.  The seeds of excitement and possibility began to germinate.  Ballroom dance studios must only exist in Hollywood and exotic places like Australia…but not here in the United States.  Not now.  Right?

Everything about that movie was campy and over the top, but the transformation that Fran goes through, as “Hollywood” as it was, was what I wanted to believe dance could do–totally take a caterpillar to butterfly by changing their focus, their perception of themselves and those around them.  Give them the confidence and inspiration to become the radiant hero of their own story–and with sparkle and music and romance.

In the beginning, Fran is the typical frumpy introvert.  She chooses her clothing to conceal her figure.  She wears no make-up.  Her frizzy hair is in a sloppy bun.  She is bumped and buffeted on the studio floor as she is in life, run over by those with more confidence and stronger sense of self.  Watching her is painful because we have all been her at some time in our life.  Fran lives on the wings of the stage watching life through the curtains.  strictly-ballroom-baz-luhrmann-749103_1600_900-1

Critics might say she was always attractive, they just made her unattractive for the effect of the transformation, but isn’t that the point? Fran has no partner because she thinks she doesn’t deserve one.  Who we and the other characters see when they look at Fran is a direct reflection of who she thinks she is.  And the same is true of all of us.  If we don’t feel worthy of attention or are afraid of negative reactions, we hide; we try to escape notice.

Fran is meek and quiet in the beginning, but as she begins to see herself as a dancer, she starts taking more care with her appearance.  She finds an inner peace that begins to shine through her face, still shy, but beginning to blossom.  She is starting to let her true self to show.

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When Fran finds herself and her voice through dance, she surprises everyone, including herself.  When she reaches the point that she feels herself worthy to compete with the others, Fran has become colorful, sensual, and flirtatious. It is miraculous.  It is magical.  It seems like a complete fiction and

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the stuff of movies, but I have seen it happen time and again at the dance studio.  When we feel beautiful, we are beautiful.  When we feel worthy, we can take on anything with perseverance, passion, and effort.  And when we let ourselves shine, we can begin to inspire others.  Only through stepping out of the shadows and taking the risk of being hurt, of being mocked, of failing can we fulfill our potential.

And only when we do that can we truly help those around us do the same.  And isn’t that what life is all about?

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Meet Chelsea Knutson and Student Comment of the Week

“The “Core” is the heart❤ of dance❣ Hmmm, that’s interesting . Thanks, teacher, for working to instill this concept and challenge in me . You are THE BEST.”  -JC

Chelsea Knutson
Chelsea Knutson
Chelsea Knutson