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 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 […]
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 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 […]
June 12, 2018

The Real Reason He Doesn’t Want to Dance with You

5 Faulty Assumptions 1.  He doesn’t like dancing. The main reason men do not like to dance simply because they do not know how.  In general, if they don’t feel they know what to do, they don’t want to do it.  Men do not like to feel like they are making a fool of themselves, especially in front of the people they want to impress.  They want nothing more than to sweep you off your feet and gain the respect […]
May 17, 2018

Royal Romance: Why We Love a Royal Wedding

Even across an ocean and into a new world, we are still fascinated with the aristocracy and the old world.  We love a royal wedding for all the fairy-tale images of princes and princesses and all they represent.  We can feel we only can experience the fantasy of a royal wedding vicariously.  But ballroom dance can help us add a little bit of that wondrous romance to our everyday life. Escapism Tuning into the Royal Wedding helps us tune out […]
May 8, 2018

Meet Vince Schulz

Consummate Professional and Attentive, Caring Teacher When Vince Schulz started with National Dance Clubs, he already had a background in music and dance.  He learns quickly, partly because he is so attentive, meticulously organized, and dedicated.  He’s the kind of teacher who, after a long day of auditions,  is  up till the wee hours cutting all of his students music to make sure that they will be ready for choreography right away.   Vince always listens to what his students want […]
May 5, 2018
NDC Family

A Routine of Excellence

At the National Dance Clubs, we have several students that have been with us for many years–decades even. While most students have buddy lessons with other teachers, they have one primary teacher that coordinates their lesson guides and oversees their dance experience.  For those students that have been with us for a years, many have had more than one primary teacher through their tenure. The consistency and enthusiasm the National Dance Clubs’ instructors, the system and structure of the lessons, […]