April 9, 2019
mci ballroom dance competition poster Music City Invitational 2019

Music City Invitational: A Magical Weekend Event

Music City Invitational had another magnificent year. Contestants and spectators alike entered a magical world of the Enchanted Palace.  For over 20 years, the National Dance Clubs has had the privilege of hosting the annual ballroom dance competition in March.  The magnificent Hutton Hotel, in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, served as the backdrop for the weekend activities. The stage was set with a drawbridge entrance to the competition.  In the Music City Invitational ballroom, the Officials’ gallery of regal […]
February 28, 2019

Begin to Bloom; Learn to Fly with Ballroom Dance

Spring Is a Time of Beautiful New Beginnings The pops of gold among the mud and snow remind us that spring is just around the corner.  Like clusters of sunshine, daffodils can brighten our day and inspire us to dance. I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud By William Wordsworth ——- I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, […]
February 12, 2019

Thief of Joy: Valentine’s Day Cupid

Where Did It All Start? Valentine’s Day seems to be one of the most controversial holidays. First of all, conflicting stories exist about the origin of Valentine’s Day. From its inception, Valentine’s Day seems to have been about promoting an agenda. Whether it was Saint Valentine himself defying Claudius II by remaining Christian in a pagan society, his marrying Roman soldiers despite the governmental prohibition, or the conversion of the pagan celebration of Lupercalia, the real reason for Valentine’s Day […]
February 8, 2019
Happy senior lady dancing with her devoted husband.

Valentine’s Day: For Your Partner, for Yourself

Valentine’s Day is about taking the time to express love and appreciation to those we care about.  While Valentine’s day seems to be about a significant other, a partner, it should be about everyone we love. And we definitely should not leave ourselves out.  Whether you have a partner or you are unattached, the best gift you can give is the gift of dance lessons. Couples Attention is the most basic form of love. — John Tarrant For couples, partner […]
December 23, 2018
well-dressed man lifting smiling woman in dance shoes

New Year’s Resolution to Get Moving Fun & Easy with Ballroom

Get Moving & Keep Moving So many of us live a life much more sedate than we know is healthy for us, and we resolve to get moving in the New Year.  In order for our New Year’s Resolution work, to not just get moving, but to KEEP moving, we need to pick an activity that is not so tough we get discouraged and that is fun enough to make us want to do it more.  Ballroom dance lessons are […]
December 18, 2018
Senior man laughing and dancing

Fountain of Youth: Ballroom Dancing

Why Ballroom Dance Is the Perfect Gift for Seniors Don’t get grandma another pair of slippers this year for Christmas.  Help the seniors in your life find the fountain of youth through ballroom dancing.  First of all, your grandmother is not at all like grandmothers of yesteryear.  Today’s seniors are more active, more experienced, and more youthful than those of previous generations.  Many don’t even want to be called Grandma because it sounds too old.  “Aging is not lost youth […]
October 19, 2018

Fall into Ballroom

Finally!  The weather has cooled off!  I don’t know about you, but I thought summer would never end!  With the cooler temperatures, though comes shorter days.  We can find it harder to keep moving when the days get shorter and cooler, and the lure of comfy clothes, comfort food, and some binge-watching can seem so tempting.  Discovering ways to be active that are fun enough to keep us going when our body seems to tell us to go into hibernation […]
September 26, 2018

Feeling Distress? De-Stress with Ballroom Dance!

Ballroom Dance: One of the Best Ways to Combat Stress Ballroom dance is particularly good at reducing stress on multiple fronts.  Physical:  The aerobic quality of dance has a capacity to exhilarate and relax, to provide stimulation and calm, to counter depression and dissipate stress; the exertion of dance produces endorphins—chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers. Mental:  Like meditation, dance, particularly partnership dance, requires your full attention, centering your focus on the present moment.  Forgetting worry and […]
September 21, 2018

Fall in Love with Ballroom

Like the changing of the leaves, discover the color of ballroom.  Call (615) 994-1800 to schedule your first lesson!
September 19, 2018

What Holds Us Back

“The deepest fear we have, ‘the fear beneath all fears,’ is the fear of not measuring up, the fear of judgment. It’s this fear that creates the stress and depression of everyday life.”  —Tullian Tchividjian The thought of learning to ballroom dance is actually much more stressful than actually learning how to ballroom dance. Fear holds us back, and our biggest fear is not that we can’t do it, but what will people think of us if we can’t do […]