Florida Classic 2017; the road so far

Dancing can definitely be hard work, this is true. We always make sure that we play JUST as hard as we work!!

 

 

 

 

*Photo credits to Ashlea Ross, Chrischianna Vigil

How Ballroom Dance Can Help You Become More YOU

What we really do through partner dance is help people become more themselves. Like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, we long to step out of our supporting role in other people’s lives and become the hero of our own story, to step out of the colorless, ordinary day-to-day life to one of Technicolor and magic, filled with unlimited possibilities, to become “larger than life”.

IMG_1994 (1).jpgBut most of us, as Caroline McHugh says in her TED talk on The Art of Being Yourself, “do not take up nearly the space the universe intended for us; we take up this wee space around our toes. Which is why when we see someone in the full flow of their humanity, …they are at least a foot bigger in every direction than normal human beings. And they shine, they gleam, they glow. It’s like they’ve swallowed the moon.” 

Lawrence Elkin, founder of National Dance Clubs used to talk of the “presence” of a ballroom dancer: the confidence and power of someone who has faced the fear of what people might think, to become more of who they would like to be and who they can be, and to transform through the power of partnership dance into a person more confident in their own skin and able to inhabit more fully their own space.

We see people that come into the ballroom for the first time trying physically to take up less space, to shrink into themselves so as to become almost invisible:  their head sinks down into their body like a turtle’s as their shoulders rise up to their ears, their arms pull in close as though the are afraid of bumping into people and things around them.  They are afraid to be noticed because they are afraid of being judged and found wanting.  We hear nervous laughter and self-deprecating comments about themselves or their partner to shield themselves from what others might say or think; they apologize all the time.  We see people who cultivate an image and wardrobe designed to be shapeless and unremarkable.  And we love these people.

We love them because we know they are ready to become more themselves in spite of their fears;  we see where they are and can imagine where they will be as they journey down their path of self-discovery, and we love to see the transformation in the way they carry themselves, the way the think of themselves, and the way they present themselves.  They begin to shine,  to gleam, to glow.  Their whole life becomes a dance.  Not only are they able to become more gloriously themselves, they are able to give and take with those around them in partnership and encouragement.IMG_1882.jpg

The saying in the dance business is that the hardest step in learning to dance is the one through the front door.  Crossing the threshold takes great courage because it is not just a physical doorway, but a spiritual one: the transition between who you think you are and who you wish you could be.  Caroline McHugh calls this an “Interval of Possibility”.  These are challenging times,  and most people “would rather sleepwalk until something happens to wake us up.”  People settle into their comfort zones at home, at work, in their relationships and often are moved only through dramatic events to any kind of change.  We can live our whole lives on autopilot if we are not careful.  McHugh says, “The problem is when it happens catastrophically, you are vulnerable; you are weak. And my question is, why wouldn’t you ask yourself [who you really are] when you are strong? From a position of health?” 

So many people when they entertain the notion of coming in for a dance lesson put it off for another day.  They wait till their relationship is in trouble, till they have drifted apart or feel unappreciated or unheard.  They wait till they have lost their spouse.  They wait until they realize they must exercise or face greater health costs.  They wait for the perfect time, which is actually right now at this “interval of possibility,” not some undefined time in the future when catastrophe forces us to change.  At these times, “when you sense your potential for change is heightened…You know if you make that change the speed of your life will change,” and that scares people.  You reach that moment when you are at a crossroads of the choice to remain the same or to become more, become better, and as McHugh says, our job is to be better and better each year, not to relive the same year over and over.

Ballroom dance, with its fabulous costumes, the expressiveness of the movements and music, and its collaborative creativity with your partner is a perfect way to explore who you are with color, music, and movement.  Ballroom dance expands your heart, your mind, and your spirit, making you seem “larger than life” to those around you because you feel more confident in being more authentically you.  Ballroom dance connects you with your partner and your audience.  It can give you the courage to continue to grow and shine and gleam in all aspects of your life, and “Not only will the speed of your life get quicker, not only will the substance of you life get richer, but you will never feel superfluous again.”

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Calendar of Events; Week of April 29th – May 5th

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

Dance of the Week:

Saturday, 4.29

Sweat your way into that summer body!

*Latin Cardio class begins at 10am and will end at 12pm.

 

*Saturday morning group classes currently not available at our Franklin studio 

Monday, 5.1:

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

*Advanced Bronze Group Class not available in our Franklin studio

 

Tuesday, 5.2:

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

 

Destination Unknown:

 

Destination Unknown begins at 8:15pm.

Wednesday, 5.3:  

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

Thursday, 5.4:

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

 

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

Friday, 5.5:

Time for your most festive hats and fancy garb! Live music and some great friends round out the evening!

Group Classes begin at 7:00pm
Friday Night Party begins at 8:00pm

Upcoming Shows:

 

 

Photo Credits: Donna Duda, Caroline Brown Rutland.

Student Comment of the Week: Meet Riley Wingate

“What a fun lesson and what a work out! The muscle memory is starting to take hold! Riley makes us so comfortable and is very engaging and patient; he’s stuck with us for another year! We graduated to Bronze!!” -B+K T.

 

 

**Photo credits to Donna Duda and Caroline Rutland

Calendar of Events; Week of April 15th – April 21st

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

Dance of the Week:

Saturday, 4.15

Let the blues of the week fall at your feet.

*Latin Class begins at 10:00am

*Ballroom Cardio begins at 11:00am

 

Don’t stop dancing because it’s the weekend! The Saturday Night Party is in our Franklin location.
209 S. Royal Oaks Blvd. Suite 124  
Franklin, TN  37064

Group Class begins at 6:30pm
Party begins at 7:00pm

*Saturday morning group classes currently not available at our Franklin studio 

Monday, 4.17:

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

*Advanced Bronze Group Class not available in our Franklin studio

 

Tuesday, 4.18:

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

 

Destination Unknown:

Spring has sprung! Time to get your friends together, put on some shorts and take the dancin’ to the streets! Join us for in studio Block Parties! Please reach out to each studio for specific information.
Murfreesboro: 615-849-1155
Brentwood: 615-277-1155
Franklin: 615-849-1142

 

Destination Unknown begins at 8:15pm.

Wednesday, 4.19:  

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

Thursday, 4.20:

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

 

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

Friday, 4.21:

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
Slip into your favorite Spring attire and dance the winter blues away with us and The Chessmen!

Group Classes begin at 7:00pm
Friday Night Party begins at 8:00pm

Upcoming Shows:

 

 

Photo Credits: Donna Duda, Caroline Brown Rutland.

Meet Alfred Perratta and Student Comment of the Week

“Alfie is great. He was so patient. It was a lot of hard work but sooooo fun! Thank you! Enjoyed every minute of it.”  -C.T.

 

Calendar of Events; Week of April 8th – April 14th

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

Dance of the Week:

 

Monday, 4.10:

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

*Advanced Bronze Group Class not available in our Franklin studio

 

Tuesday, 4.11:

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

 

Sponsors Only Parisian Delights Party:

For our gracious sponsors who helped to make this year’s Dancecation festival the amazing race that it was, the Sponsors Only gathering will be held in studio at our Brentwood location. Prepare to be spoiled!

National Dance Clubs of Brentwood
5714 Edmondson Pike

Nashville, TN  37211 

Parisian Delights Party begins at 8pm.

Wednesday, 4.12:  

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

Thursday, 4.13:

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, 4.14:

Bienvenue! Take a stroll down the Champs~Elysees and allow National Dance Clubs to transport you to an evening of magic with our April in Paris party. Live music will be provided by The Chessmen.

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

Upcoming Shows:

http://www.nashvilleballroomchallenge.com/

 

Photo Credits: Donna Duda, Caroline Brown Rutland.