Calendar of Events; Week of August 7th – August 12th

NATIONAL DANCE CLUBS WEEK OF EVENTS

Monday, 8.7:

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, 8.8:

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

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

 

Wednesday, 8.9:  

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, 8.10:

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!! Please see your instructor about sponsorship.
Be all you can be by helping someone else be all that they can be through dance.

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

 

Friday, 8.11:

Hey, Yogi! Pack up your dancin’ shoes and your favorite picnic basket and join your NDC family for the ultimate picnic party! Food, dancing, and friendship! What more could you want in an evening?!

Group Classes begin at 7:00pm
Open Dancing begins at 8:00pm

 

 

Saturday, 8.12:

Ballroom Cardio Class begins at 11:00am in our Brentwood and Murfreesboro studios

Ladies Group Class with Elizabeth begins at 11:00am in our Belle Meade studio

 

The Saturday Night Dance Party will be held in our Brentwood studio!
Brentwood Studio
5714 Edmondson Pike
Nashville, TN  37211

Group Class begins at 7:00pm
Open Dancing begins at 8:00pm



 

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

NDC Franklin:  (615) 861-1142
209 S Royal Oaks Blvd
Suite 124
Franklin, TN 37064

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

Student Comment of the Week; Meet Chelsea Knutson

“This lesson, as all of the others, are beyond words. You are making me a better leader. Many thanks for the escape from the troubles of my life.”
-P.O.

            

Student Comment of the Week; Meet Tania Perez

“Tania is very patient; she waits until you get it. She reminds us that we can do this! 🤗 . Thanks for a great lesson. Remember, great teachers make great things happen!!”  -E.+K.O.

 

 

 

*photo credits to Donna Duda and Caroline Rutland-Brown

Calendar of Events: Week of June 10th – June 16th

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

Dance of the Week:

Saturday, 6.10:

The Saturday Night Party will be held in our Murfreesboro Studio:
710 Memorial Blvd Suite 122
Murfreesboro, TN  37129

Monday, 6.12:

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

**Bronze Elements Group Class with Kristin begins at 7:00pm

*Available at our Murfreesboro, Franklin and Brentwood Studios
** Available at our Belle Meade Studio

Tuesday, 6.13

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

*Latin Class begins at 7pm
ONLY available in our Franklin studio location!

Wednesday, 6.14

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

**Stretch and Strength with Rachel begins at 11am
** Bronze and above Group Class with Staz begins at 8:00pm

*Available at our Murfreesboro, Franklin and Brentwood Studios
** Available at our Belle Meade Studio

Thursday, 6.15

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

 

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

Friday, 6.16

Celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the opening of our Franklin studio! Join your NDC family and head out to Franklin for our momentous occasion!
209 S Royal Blvd Suite 124
Franklin, TN  37164
The Murfreesboro and Brentwood studios will be CLOSED at 7pm.

Group classes begin at 7:00pm
Open dancing begins at 8:00pm
 Upcoming Shows/Events:

Photo Credits: Donna Duda, Caroline Brown Rutland, On Your Mark photography.

Southern Heat Ballroom Challenge Winners

Top Newcomer Female:  Ruth Calhoun

Top Newcomer Male:  Jeremy Johnson

Top Bronze Female:  Janet Fulton

Top Bronze Male:  Jim Calder

Top Bronze Amateur Couple:  Tom and Nancy Cleppe

Top Silver Female and Top Solo Overall:  Sonia Smithson

Top Silver Male:  John Tucker

Top Bronze Solo Female: Sara Rutter

Top Bronze Solo Male:  Jim Calder

Top Bronze Spectacular: Kimberly and Eric Ouimet

Top Spectacular Male:  Ken Holbert

Top Spectacular Overall:  Linda Brown

Top Student Overall Champion:  Pat Houseman

Top Studio Overall: NDC Murfreesboro

 

**photo credits: Caroline Brown Rutland

Calendar of Events; Week of June 5th – June 9th

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

Dance of the Week:

 

 

Monday, 6.5

 

 

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

**Bronze Elements Group Class with Kristin begins at 7:00pm

*Available at our Murfreesboro, Franklin and Brentwood Studios
** Available at our Belle Meade Studio

Tuesday, 6.6

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

*Latin Class begins at 7pm
ONLY available in our Franklin studio location!


Destination Unknown:

Dance bravely into the unknown, beginning at 8:15pm!
**Please speak with the front desk of YOUR studio for specific locale information!

Wednesday, 6.7

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

**Stretch and Strength with Rachel begins at 11am
** Bronze and above Group Class with Staz begins at 8:00pm

*Available at our Murfreesboro, Franklin and Brentwood Studios
** Available at our Belle Meade Studio

Thursday, 6.8

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

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

Friday, 6.9

 

Don’t dance out of your glass slippers at our Once Upon a Time spring fling party! This evening will prove to be your happily ever after.
Group classes begin at 7:00pm
Open dancing begins at 8:00pm
 Upcoming Shows/Events:

 

Photo Credits: Donna Duda, Caroline Brown Rutland.

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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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

 

 

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