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.

 

 

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

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.

 

Get to know the coaches of NDC; Tommy DiTommaso

Tommy DiTommaso began dancing at the age of 11, under the tutelage of ten time US T10-Dance Champion, Mr. Larry Silver. His secondary coaches were no less legendary, including Alex Lazo, a two time US 9-Dance Champion, Jean Marc Generoux & Franze Mousoux, five time Canadian Latin Champions and 5 time Canadian 10-Dance Champions, Rufus Dustin, a US Theatrical Champion and US Smooth/Rhythm/Latin Champion, Michelle Mason, a US Broom Champion, David Hamilton, a US Smooth Champion, and Bob Powers, a US Rhythm Champion. With Tommy’s natural talent and unparalleled work ethic, he quickly moved his way up in the ballroom world.

 He began competing at the age of 12, gaining recognition everywhere he danced. By the age of 15, Tommy was so accomplished that he became an instructor at the renowned Larry Silvers Dance Academy. It was during this period that he began competing on a National stage.

Mr. DiTommaso made a name for himself, winning the following Championships and Titles:

 

Two time US Junior Amateur Latin Champion

US Amateur Grand Champion Finalist

Heritage Classic Rising Star Latin Finalist

Texas Challenge Rising Star Latin Finalist

Rising Star Finalist in every major ballroom dance competition held in the US

Us Rising Star Finalist in American Rhythm

Florida State Open Rhythm Champion

Gator Classic Open Rhythm Champion

Millennium Open Rhythm Finalist

Philladelphia Open Rhythm Finalist

First Coast Classic Open Rhythm Finalist

Heritage Classic Open Rhythm Finalist

Hotlanta Open Rhythm Finalist

Atlanta Open Open Rhythm Finalist
These are but a few of the multitudes of awards Mr. DiTommaso has accrued over the years.

Mr. DiTommaso has founded the famed Florida Dance Classic Series, organizes ballroom dance cruises through Elegant Adventures with his business partner, Michael Luciano, and is a highly sought after competition judge and adjudicator.

  

   

   

 

Student Comment of the Week; Meet Scott Gross

“I am encouraged by Scott’s knowledge of knee action. Feel like he can guide me through “dance recovery. His caring nature was just what I needed.” -S.B.

 

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