Calendar of Events; Week of April 1st – April 7th

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

 

Dance of the Week:

 

Saturday, 4.1:

Variety is the spice of life, as is our Latin Group Class!
Latin class begins at 10am.

 

Sweat it out like the Stars!
Ballroom Cardio Group Class begins at 11am.

 

The Saturday Night Party will be held in our Brentwood Studio location.
5714 Edmondson Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

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

Monday, 4.3:

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

Tuesday, 4.4:

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

Wednesday, 4.5:  

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

Thursday, 4.6:

It is, once again, the MOST illustrious 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
Guest Night Party begins at 8:00pm

Friday, 4.7:

Don the jersey of your favorite baseball team or player and bring your must have ballpark foods!! Let’s have a … ball… with the James Patton Band!!

Group Classes begin at 7pm
Friday Night Party begins at 8pm

 

Upcoming Shows:

 

Photo Credits: Donna Duda, Caroline Brown Rutland.

Meet Megan Fowler and Student Comment of the Week

“We love it! Had so much fun because of Megan. She is very sweet, such a talented teacher and dancer and her positive energy is infectious.”
-CH

 

 

Music City Invitational 2017 Results and Awards

2017 MCI Winners

Awards
Top Teacher Overall- 1st Vincent Ballard

Top Teacher Overall- 2nd Alfred Perratta

Top Teacher Overall- 3rd Jay Holmes

Top Teacher Overall- 4thDrew McElyea

Top Teacher Overall- 5th Sam Myers

Top Teacher Overall- 6th David Westover

Top Teacher Overall- 7th Darian Chancellor

Top Teacher Overall- 8th Chris Rose

Top Teacher Overall- 9th Carl Madanchi

Top Teacher Overall- 10th Dusty Johnson

Top  Studio SM- Go Dance

Top Studio LG- Murfreesboro

Top Junior Male- Aiden Carbine

Top Junior Female- Natalya McCaskill

Top Youth Male- Josiah McCaskill

Top Youth Female- Linda Gail

Top Newcomer Male -Tom Jones

Top Newcomer Female- Donna Walker

Top Newcomer Amateur Couple- Rory Tiller & Marne Matysek

Top Bronze Male- Stephen Kough

Top Bronze Female- Pat Houseman

Top Bronze Amateur Couple- Jim & Beverly Calder

Top Silver Male- Dan Coen

Top Silver Female- Sonia Smithson

Top Silver Amateur Couple- Steve & Joyce Samples

Top Gold Female- Dorris Ziehr

Top Bronze Solo Male- Tim McCoy

Top Bronze Solo Female- Jennie Walls

Top Bronze Solo Amateur Couple- Terry & Ann Cobb

Top Silver Solo Male- Dan Coen

Top Silver Solo Female- Sally Childs

Top Silver Solo Amateur Couple- Steve & Joyce Samples

Top Gold Solo Female- Patty Rogers

Top Bronze Spectacular Male- Tim McCoy

Top Bronze Spectacular Female- Carol McAlpine

Top Bronze Spectacular AC- Terry & Ann Cobb

Top Silver Spectacular- Male Dan Coen

Top Silver Spectacular Female- Betsy Bradley

Top Gold Spectacular Female- Dorris Ziehr

MISC AWARDS

Organization- Mr. Peters Darian Chancellor

Enthusiasm- Brandon Hardison Jay Holmes (Beautifully shared with James & Nancy McCaskill)

Strength & Endurance- Iron Man Vincent Ballard

 

PROFESSIONAL RESULTS

American Smooth

1st Darian & Tiffany Chancellor

2nd Jake & Megan Lavender

3rd Staz Dawson & Jacklyn Gonyea

4th Carl & Christa Madanchi

5th Jeffery Bryant & Rachel Smith

6th Vince Schulz & Stefani Cinto

7th Andrew Stockton & Kristin Hicks

Theater Arts

1st Clyde C. Harris & Summer Elkin

2nd Jamie Black & Robin Ray

3rd Stanislav Morozov & Kseniia Tashkinova

4th Joel Thomas & Samantha Elliott

5th Dusty Johnson & Ellie Grohoske

6th Ian Meeks & Brooke Mortimer

7th Alfred Perratta & Sloan Cobb

8th Staz Dawson & Jacklyn Gonyea

Show Dance

1st Craig Johnston & Katherine Hutchinson

2nd Vincent Ballard & Chelsea Knutson

3rd Daniel Whitmer & Samantha Elliott

American 4 Dance

1st Staz Dawson & Jacklyn Gonyea

2nd Darian Chancellor & Shayne Collins

3rd Clyde C. Harris & Brooke Mortimer

4th Jeffery Bryant & Elizabeth Bailey

5th Jay Holmes & Byanna Najeria

6th Andrew Stockton & Rachel Smith​

American Rhythm

1st Craig Johnston & Katherine Hutchinson

2nd Stanislav Morozov & Kseniia Tashkinova

3rd Ian Meeks & Samantha Myers

4th Clyde C. Harris & Brooke Mortimer

5th Tim Polascheck & Ellie Grohoske

6th Vincent Ballard & Chelsea Knutson

Please follow the links to see your results and placements!!!

International Standard

1st Staz Dawson & Jacklyn Gonyea

2nd Jeffery Bryant & Elizabeth Bailey

3rd Andrew Stockton & Kristin Hicks

4th Vincent Ballard & Caralena Hermes

5th Riley Wingate & Kyrie Palmer

Music City Invitational 2017

Our sincerest thank you to everyone who made Music City Invitational the amazing success that it was this weekend!!! Thank you to our esteemed judges, teachers, students, affiliates, office staff, vendors, spectators, and our supporters! We couldn’t do it without you. Thank you to the Henningsens, who performed for us during our benefit concert, and Andre Natalie Paramonov, who inspired us through your show! You were absolutely wonderful! A special thank you to Tommy Ditommaso, our chairman, and David Don who helped us make this competition great in such a positive way!! Thank you to the teachers and students that danced beautifully!! Jamey and I are truly grateful. We hope that you got a chance to see our true love of dance throughout the weekend. See you next year!!
~Jamey & Nancy McCaskill

 

 

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Rhinestones and Ballgowns: Nashville Sparkles this Weekend with Music City Invitational

National Dance Clubs is having our most spectacular Nashville competition this month; Music City Invitational.  For over 20 years, local premiere dance studio, the National Dance Clubs has organized one of the most electrifying ballroom dance competitions in the mid south, Music City Invitational.  This year, the National Dance Council of America sanctioned Music City Invitational returns to the Double Tree Hotel in downtown Nashville March 23-26, for the first year organized by James and Nancy McCaskill, and promises to be one of the biggest ever with over 14 studios from across the nation, 59 amateur competitors, more than 40 professional couples, over 4500 entries and up to $25,000 in prizes, awards, and scholarships.

The excitement begins with registration for package holders on Thursday evening.  Friday, the pageantry and energy of pro/am competition begins bright and early at 8:30 with International Standard freestyles and Multi-dances followed by American Smooth in the afternoon.  Students and professionals don their dazzling ballgowns and swirl the dance floor with color and sparkle.  The Friday afternoon session culminates in the fabulous show of student solos and spectaculars. This is a great opportunity to show off the work that they have done developing their showcase numbers from this fall and show the progress they have made over the months.  Spectators cheer them on as they show case their fabulous routines.

Friday night, the fabulous up-and-coming band The Henningsen’s will be performing LIVE for our listening and dancing pleasure and a silent auction will provide some wonderful items; the  proceeds  will be donated to the United Way and the children’s gift fund benefiting two 5-year-old boys that lost their fathers last year. Students from all of the participating area studios are invited to come dance the evening away and enjoy the opportunity to get out and use their dancing skills outside of the studio, to meet fellow-dancers from all over the country, and to see the wonderful ballgowns and other dance-related wares.

Saturday dawns with the energy of International Latin and American Rhythm freestyles.  The energy will rock the hotel as the latin beat throbs and the crowds roar.  Saturday evening will dazzle with the professional competitions, one of the most anticipated part of the weekend.  And it is not yet over.  After the rousing professional competition, one of the world’s top professional Ballroom Latin American couples will be performing, the amazing Andre & Natalie Paramonov, one of the world’s top professional Ballroom Latin American couples.  If you are not competing, you don’t want to miss this spectacular event.

Calendar of Events; Week of March 25th – March 31st

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

 

Dance of the Week:

 

Saturday, 3.25:

All studios will be closed Friday and Saturday, as everyone will be downtown for the MUSIC CITY INVITATIONAL!! Please do us the honor of attending. Tickets will be available to purchase at the door.

 

Please join us at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Nashville:

315 4th Ave N.
Nashville, TN  37219

 

Monday, 3.27:

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

Tuesday, 3.28:

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

Wednesday, 3.29:  

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

Thursday, 3.30:

It is, once again, the MOST illustrious 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
Guest Night Party begins at 8:00pm

Friday, 3.31:

We just can’t hep ourselves!! Won’t you please say yes?

Group Classes begin at 7pm
Friday Night Party begins at 8pm

 

 

 

Meet Chrischianna Vigil and Student Comment of the Week

“Rumba finishing with great addition to bolero graceful crossover! Chrischianna adding grace to our performance, as she always does. She consistently makes me push myself. Thank you!”  -KH

Calendar of Events: Week of March 18th – March 24th

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

 

Dance of the Week:

 

Saturday, 3.18:

Start your weekend with some spice on Saturday. Our Latin class will put a swivel in your hips, beginning at 10am!

 

Dance (and sweat) like the Stars! Join us for Ballroom Cardio, beginning at 11am!

JUST DANCE! Party
The Saturday Night Dance Party will be held at our Franklin location:
Watson Glen Shopping Center
209 S Royal Oaks Blvd Suite 124 
Franklin, TN 37064

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

Monday, 3.20:

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

Tuesday, 3.21:

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

Destination Unknown: Take the road less traveled as we dance the night away in Murfreesboro’s premiere jazz restaurant and lounge, beginning at 8:15pm.
Jazzmatazz
1824 Old Fort Pkwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Wednesday, 3.22:  

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

Thursday, 3.23:

It is, once again, the MOST illustrious 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
Guest Night Party begins at 8:00pm

Friday, 3.24:

 

MUSIC CITY INVITATIONAL BEGINS!! All studios will be closed. Please join us at the Double Tree Hotel in Nashville to watch your dance family, the incredible professional show and the benefit concert. Proceeds from the benefit concert will be donated to the Rutherford County United Way.
Double Tree hotel
315 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219

Friday Night party will be located at the Double Tree hotel, beginning at 8pm.

 

Tickets are now available for Music City Invitational! Call your studio or ask your instructor for more information.

Why Guests Are So Important

The 2 Biggest Reasons We Ask So Often for Guests

You may wonder why your teacher asks so often to bring a guest.  You may ponder why we make so many announcements about guest night.  You may think it is nice if you can find someone, but you may not know why it is so essential to who we are and what we do at the National Dance Clubs that you bring new students.

Tipping Point

Studies show only 16% of people will try something new on their own.  The Law of Diffusion explains the majority of people will not even try something unless someone else has tried it first.

No matter how good the advertising campaigns, only a few people will reach out to us and schedule a lesson on their own.  These Innovators and Early Adopters want to learn to dance because of what it says about them: they are cool, adventurous, and cutting edge.  They are usually more confident and extroverted.

Reaching Out

Most of us, however, are more introverted and fall into the 68% that are reticent to even try a dance lesson without the encouragement of someone who has taken one.

We worry about making a bad decision.  We would like to know how to dance, but are nervous about learning.  What will people think?  Is it silly to want to learn to ballroom dance?

We worry about whether we could learn to dance.  Do you need talent or previous training?  Am I too out of shape?  Too uncoordinated?  We probably have no rhythm or two left feet.

We worry about fitting in.  Everyone else at the studio is probably going to be so much younger, more attractive, more popular.

When we learn to ballroom dance, we not only learn the steps to make us a better dancer, performer, and partner, we learn acceptance.  We become more confident in our selves, our abilities, our connection with others.  We learn to step outside our fears and concerns and into our potential.

Through partnership dance, we can better see the beauty and possibility in others as well.  And the best way to demonstrate our growing compassion is to share the gift of dance with others.

Realizing that this amazing journey of companionship and creativity through ballroom dance takes an advocate for the majority of people to take that first step gives us a better understanding of the importance of bringing a guest to the studio.  Yes, bringing a guest will help your teacher and your studio be more successful.  But more importantly, you will help someone who longs for change, who craves more connection, or who desires more magic in their lives.

Bringing a guest is nothing short of heroic.  Your teacher greatly appreciate the testament of your faith in them.  But in heeding your own call to adventure, in taking your first lesson and crossing the threshold of ballroom dance and into a new chapter in your own life, your inspiration and encouragement for others can be life-changing for those with whom you share your story.

 

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Meet Josh Plaza and Student Comment of the Week

“My head is spinning from such a great lesson! Josh is the best. He has taught me that as a woman, I can let it all go on the dance floor. We always laugh while learning. He is the greatest!”  D.B.