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National Dance Clubs First Annual Championships Winners

Congratulations to all of our competitors! This weekend was full of energy and excitement and we couldn’t have done it without all of our hard working students. We hope you all enjoyed the 2017 NDC Championships as much as we did!

NDC Amateur Silver Champion

Betsy Bradley

 

NDC Gold Female

Dorris Ziehr

 

NDC Amateur Gold Champion

Dorris Ziehr

 

NDC Bronze Solo Male

Dr. Jim Calder

 

NDC Bronze Solo Female

Marianna Perratta

 

NDC Silver Solo Female

Sonia Smithson

 

NDC Amateur Solo Champion

Sonia Smithson

 

NDC Bronze Spectacular Male

Ken Holbert

 

NDC Bronze Spectacular Female

Pat Houseman

 

NDC Bronze Spectacular Amateur Couple

Dr. Jim & Beverly Calder

 

NDC Silver Spectacular Male

Ken Holbert

NDC Top Amateur Grand Champion

Pat Houseman

 

NDC Top Junior Male

Aiden Carbine

 

NDC Top Junior Female

Natalya McCaskill

 

NDC Top Youth Male

Josiah McCaskill

 

NDC Top Youth Female

LindaGail Rutland

 

NDC Newcomer Male

Tony Martin

 

NDC Newcomer Female

Brenda Davis

 

NDC Newcomer Amateur Couple

Greg & Mary Sample

 

NDC Bronze Male

Dr. Jim Calder

 

NDC Bronze Female

Beverly Calder

 

NDC Bronze Amateur Couple

Dr. Jim & Beverly Calder

NDC Amateur Bronze Champion

Pat Houseman

 

NDC Silver Male

Ken Holbert

 

NDC Silver Female

Betsy Bradley

 

NDC Silver Spectacular Female

Betsy Bradley

 

NDC Gold Spectacular Female

Dorris Ziehr

 

NDC Amateur Spectacular Champion

Dorris Ziehr

 

NDC Amateur Showcase Champion

Linda Brown

 

NDC Amateur Seasonal Champions

Sonia Smithson & Linda Brown

 

NDC Professional American Smooth Champions

Carl Madanchi & Christa Bacon-Madanchi

 

NDC Professional American Rhythm Champions

Vincent Ballard & Chelsea Knutson

 

NDC Professional Show Dance Champions

Vincent Ballard & Chelsea Knutson

NDC Professional Theater Arts Champions

Alfie Perratta & Sloan Cobb

 

Top Studio

Murfreesboro

 

Top Teachers Overall

 

Vincent Ballard – Murfreesboro Studio

 

Alfie Perratta – Brentwood Studio

 

David Westover – Franklin Studio

 

Carl Madanchi – Murfreesboro Studio

 

Chelsea Knutson – Murfreesboro Studio

 

Riley Wingate – Murfreesboro Studio

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Student Comment of the Week; Meet Riley Wingate

“We are truly enjoying this….thanks, Riley!! I know we, like dancing, can be challenging…..? ….but, we are feeling much more comfortable with everything, thanks to you!!” M.+H. C.

 

 

Calendar of Events; Week of July 31st – August 5th

NATIONAL DANCE CLUBS WEEK OF EVENTS

Monday, 7.31:

Preliminary Bronze Class begins at 7:00pm in our Murfreesboro and Brentwoood studios

Advanced Bronze Class begins at 7:00pm in our Murfreesboro and Brentwood studios

Bronze Elements Class with Kristin begins at 7:00pm in our Belle Meade studio


Tuesday, 8.1:

Social Ease Class begins at 7:00pm in all studios

Style & Technique Class begins at 7:00pm in our Murfreesboro and Brentwood studios


It’s time to dance into a brave new world with Destination Unknown!

Keep an eye out for more information!

 

Wednesday, 8.2:  

Showtime Elements Class begins at 11:00am in our Brentwood studio
International Bronze Class begins at 11:00am in our Murfreesboro studio
Stretch and Strength Class with Rachel begins at 11:00am in our Belle Meade studio

International Bronze Class begins at 12:00pm in our Brentwood studio

Intermediate Bronze Class begins at 7:00pm in our Murfreesboro and Brentwood studios

Bronze and Above Class with Bryanna begins at 8:00pm in our Belle Meade studio

 

Thursday, 8.3:

It is, once again, the MOST important night of the week! GUEST NIGHT!!! Now is the time to share what you love with those you love.

As a thank you from your staff, each guest will earn you points towards FABULOUS gifts!!
Be all you can be by helping someone else be all that they can be.

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

Friday, 8.4:

ALL STUDIOS WILL BE IN OUR BRENTWOOD LOCATION FOR SHOWCASE AUDITIONS!!!
5714 Edmondson Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

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

 

Saturday, 8.5:

ALL STUDIOS WILL BE IN OUR BRENTWOOD LOCATION FOR SHOWCASE AUDITIONS!!!
5714 Edmondson Pike
Nashville, TN 37211


 

 

 

 

 

Contact and Location Information:

NDC Murfreesboro:   (615) 849-1155
710 Memorial Blvd. Suite 122
Murfreesboro, TN  37129

NDC Brentwood:   (615) 277-1155
5714 Edmondson Pike
Nashville, TN  37211

NDC Belle Meade:  (615) 352-1155
5133 Harding Pike
Suite A12
Nashville, TN  37205

~photo credits to Caroline Brown-Rutland, Donna Duda and Stephen Marino~

Get to know the coaches of NDC: Meet Andre and Natalie Paramonov

André and Natalie Paramonov, 2013, 2014 and 2015 1st Place U.S. National Professional South American Show Dance Champions, World Professional Show Dance Champions and five-times undefeated Canadian National Professional Latin Champions, are one of the World’s top professional Ballroom Latin American couples. They are noted for their high energy, passion, and many innovative and exotic routines.

Andre & Natalie have been dancing together for more than 15 years. They started their dancing careers in the former USSR, creating their successful partnership in St. Petersburg, Russia, where they graduated with the highest honors in performing, teaching and choreography in many fields of dance.

André & Natalie have achieved and won many prestigious titles in the World of Dance, including, among others:

2015 United States National Professional South American Show Dance Champions;
2014 United States National Professional South American Show Dance Champions;
2013 United States National Professional South American Show Dance Champions;
World Professional South American Show Dance Champions;
Five times undefeated Canadian National Professional Latin American Champions;
Asia-Pacific Professional Latin American Champions;
United States National Rhythm Bronze Medalists;
U.S. National Professional Latin Finalists; and
Finalists in America’s Ballroom Challenge, a Public Broadcasting System production.

They have made numerous TV appearances in “American Ballroom Challenge” and MTV programs.

They are also noted teachers, having produced many young rising stars, as well as choreographers (they choreographed My Fair Lady and West Side Story for the National Russian Conservatory — the first Russian productions to integrate ballroom dancing into the two famous musicals).

 

Get to know the coaches of NDC; Meet Jennifer ‘JT’ Thomas

Jennifer “JT” Thomas has been dancing in various forms since the age of 5. Her studies include ballet, jazz, tap, acrobatics and all forms of partnership/ballroom dance, making her one of the most well-rounded instructors and competitors in the industry. She earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in dance at the University of Arizona in 1996 and has since competed and performed throughout the United States and Great Britain. Since late 2013, JT has been a dance Director for one of the top studios in the nation, National Dance Clubs.

 

 

Professional Competitive Experience:

 

 (2007) World American Ballroom Champion

 (2007) U.S. National American Ballroom Champion

(2007) North American Smooth Champion

(2006) World American Ballroom Finalist

(2005) U.S. National Rising Star American Ballroom Champion

(2005) U.S. Representative at Blackpool Invitational Exhibition – 3rd place

 (2005) U.S. Theatrical Runner-up

(2004) Holiday Dance Classic Showdance Champion

(2002) Hawaii Star Ball Rising Star Latin Champion

(2002) Ohio Star Ball Rising Star Latin Finalist

(1999) Fred Astaire National Rising Star Rhythm Champion Pro-Am Teacher/Competitor

 

  • 18 years dance instruction experience in ballet, jazz and ballroom
  • 14 years Pro-Am competition experience in all four styles – (Standard, Latin, Smooth and Rhythm) as well as theatrical 2002

Partnered U.S. National Overall Top Male Student

 

 

Performance Experience:

 

2007-2008 Featured Entertainers for competitions including:

Heritage Classic, Mexico Open and Sapphire Ball

2007-2008 America’s Ballroom Challenge (PBS) – featured competitor

2007 Enchanted (Disney) November release – featured dancer

2007 Dancing with the Stars (ABC) Oct 2 – featured performer

2005-2006 Featured dancer in ABC promotions for Dancing With the Stars including Good Morning America and Times Square

2000-2005 Featured dancer in numerous Wendy Johnson productions 2005 Featured dance instructor/performer in Elimidate’s Elimidance

2003 Gracie Allen Awards Show performer

1998-2000 Guest dance instructor on local major network news programs

Calendar of Events; Week of July 23rd – July 29th

NATIONAL DANCE CLUBS WEEK OF EVENTS

Monday, 7.24:

Preliminary Bronze Class begins at 7:00pm in our Murfreesboro and Brentwoood studios

Advanced Bronze Class begins at 7:00pm in our Murfreesboro and Brentwood studios

Bronze Elements Class with Kristin begins at 7:00pm in our Belle Meade studio


Tuesday, 7.25:

Social Ease Class begins at 7:00pm in all studios

Style & Technique Class begins at 7:00pm in our Murfreesboro and Brentwood studios


The Murfreesboro Studio will be dancing into a brave new world with Destination Unknown!

Keep an eye out for more information!

 

Wednesday, 7.26:  

Showtime Elements Class begins at 11:00am in our Brentwood studio
International Bronze Class begins at 11:00am in our Murfreesboro studio
Stretch and Strength Class with Rachel begins at 11:00am in our Belle Meade studio

International Bronze Class begins at 12:00pm in our Brentwood studio

Intermediate Bronze Class begins at 7:00pm in our Murfreesboro and Brentwood studios

Bronze and Above Class with Bryanna begins at 8:00pm in our Belle Meade studio

 

Thursday, 7.27:

It is, once again, the MOST important night of the week! GUEST NIGHT!!! Now is the time to share what you love with those you love.

As a thank you from your staff, each guest will earn you points towards FABULOUS gifts!!
Be all you can be by helping someone else be all that they can be.

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

 

Friday, 7.28:

ALL STUDIOS WILL BE CLOSED!



Please support your dance family by joining us at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro. Watch them showcase their talent and hard work in our NDC Championships competition! The Friday Night Party will be held at the Embassy Suites.
1200 Conference Center Blvd 
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

 

Saturday, 7.29:

ALL STUDIOS WILL BE CLOSED!


Please join us for Day 2 of the National Dance Clubs Championships, held in the Embassy Suites of Murfreesboro.
1200 Conference Center Blvd 
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Tickets will be available at the door.

 

 

 

 

 

Contact and Location Information:

NDC Murfreesboro:   (615) 849-1155
710 Memorial Blvd. Suite 122
Murfreesboro, TN  37129

NDC Brentwood:   (615) 277-1155
5714 Edmondson Pike
Nashville, TN  37211

NDC Belle Meade:  (615) 352-1155
5133 Harding Pike
Suite A12
Nashville, TN  37205

~photo credits to Caroline Brown-Rutland, Donna Duda and Stephen Marino~

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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Student Comment of the Week; Meet Ben Cunningham

“Such a great energy! He was so positive. Really encouraging and patient. Good imagery. It was way fun!” -H.H.