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November 13, 2020
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How To Be A Sought After Dance Partner

Want to be the person that never sits out a dance? Do you desire to be a well sought after dance partner? There are things you can do to make yourself a desirable dance partner…some are obvious, but some are understood by advanced dancers. Have a Smile on your face Be approachable. Just like normal everyday interactions, having a smile gives the appearance that you would like to dance. Put your nerves aside, look up, and smile.    Good Hygiene […]
October 27, 2020

Dances We Teach – Foxtrot

History: The dance was premiered in 1914, quickly catching the eye of the husband and wife duo Vernon and Irene Castle, who lent the dance its signature grace and style. The origin of the name of the dance is unclear, although one theory is that it took its name from its popularizer, the vaudeville actor Harry Fox. Two sources, Vernon Castle and dance teacher Betty Lee, credit African American dancers as the source of the foxtrot as it was being […]
September 18, 2020

Dance Through the Darkness

National Dance Clubs Supports Depression & Anxiety Awareness Month Now more than ever, people are suffering with mental health. In our current climate of isolation, depression, anxiety and suicide is on the rise. As a community, it is our responsibility to help those in need, to reach out, and to find a way to connect. The original language, before speech, before connection is movement. Dance has been proven as an effective way to heal from many things including depression and anxiety. […]
August 12, 2020
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Ballroom Dance is Good for the Body & Soul

Right now more than ever people are seeking fitness, stress relief, healing, and connection to bring back a sense of balance. In our current circumstances, we all need relief from the feeling of being cooped up, stress of the unknown, lack of exercise, lack of social connection, and the emotional strain of isolation. What most people do not know is that you can find the solution to all of these issues through one activity. Ballroom and social dance provides all of that and more, […]
August 7, 2019

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 […]
April 12, 2019

Ballroom Dance Competitions: Immersion Factor

Advantages of Becoming a Ballroom Dance Competitor The results of the 2019 Music City Invitational were phenomenal!  Everyone attending a ballroom dance competition has a chance to stretched their comfort zone, improve as a dancer, enjoy time with friends, make new connections, see fabulous performances meet goals, and begin to set new goals. Color and Sparkle of a Ballroom Dance Competition Dance competitions are like ballroom conventions.  One of the great things about going to a competition like Music City  […]
April 9, 2019
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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 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 […]
January 24, 2019

How Can You Possibly Compete?

How to Become the Man of Her Dreams with Ballroom Dance If you are on social media at all, you will see what women fantasize about. You may think women want a big hunk of a man with a six-pack and gigantic biceps like this: It’s Not Just about the Muscles Women loved Chris Helms just as much (I posit it made women love him even more) like this: Now you may say, just dressing a well-built dude as a […]
December 23, 2018
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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 […]