Category Archives: A Backstage Look

We brought home the trophy!

And raised A LOT of money for the American Red Cross! This past weekend was Dancing With Our Stars at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay. Terry danced with two of our Members, Lusine Weitz and Kelly Wolff, making up Team Vixens.

Lusine Weitz and Terry Irwin

Terry and Lusine did a beautiful and moving Viennese Waltz, and Kelly and Terry did a spectacular Rhythm Medley with help from several backup dancers, that brought home the judges choice award! Our Members and Staff worked very hard, not only on their dances, but Team Vixens held several fundraising events prior to the big show. Over $200,000 was raised, with Team Vixens raising $42,000 of the total!

Kelly Wolff sitting on Terry Irwin’s shoulders

You can watch video performances on the American Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin Chapter’s YouTube channel. Be sure to check out Lusine and Kelly’s dances. You won’t be disappointed!

Introducing…Jeffrey Robison!

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Mr. Jeffrey Robison, our newest ballroom dance instructor

TC Dance Club is pleased to welcome Jeffrey Robison to our teaching and business development staff.

Jeffrey is an experienced cross-industry leader in sales and business development. His achievements include opening both domestic and foreign markets for distribution of consumer products, entailing all levels of compliance with import/export laws and product regulations, as well as robust international sales and marketing strategies.

A Purdue University graduate, he is extremely passionate about dance, the joy it has brought to his own life and the desire for others to experience this same joy. As a firm believer in strengthening customer relationships with quality, personal service, in addition to the use of today’s technology, Jeffrey brings to TC Dance Club a proven record of increasing both U.S. domestic and international revenue for his employers.

Jeffrey has been involved in music and dance since he was a child. His passion for Ballroom and Latin Dance was ignited in 1997 while living in California, where he was highly influenced by the West Coast / LA nightclub Salsa and Latin Dance movement. His teaching and dance experiences extend throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. He will be teaching new group and private classes focused on a variety of dance styles and be involved in TC Dance Club performances and showcases. Jeffrey’s enthusiasm and passion for dance are contagious. These qualities coupled with his style of teaching brings to TC Dance Club another great blend for dancing well, looking smooth and having a great time on the dance floor. As with all TC Dance Club instructors, Jeffrey’s lessons will focus not only on the technical aspects of dance, but also on feeling comfortable on the dance floor and having fun.

Reintroducing…Autumn Hill!

This spring, our team continues to flourish with the addition of Autumn Hill as an Instructor. Autumn Headshot

Autumn became intrigued with Social Ballroom Dance because of its combination of benefits for mind, body, and soul.

“Your brain is fully engaged with physical activity, and it’s impossible to think of outside stressful things when you’re dancing. The benefits of music therapy are well known and combining that with physical and mental activity is a healthy blend.”

Autumn is a Fox Valley native who ventured off to Denver, earning her BFA degree from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and a Certificate in Web Development from the Colorado Institute of Art.

She eventually returned to the Fox Valley and launched Autumn Hill, LLC, a marketing communications business. She is also an adjunct instructor at the FVTC Venture Center, and is passionate about teaching correct technique, whether in business or in dance.

Growing up in a musical, athletic family, early on, she combined those two with figure skating, gymnastics, ballet, and performing arts.

Autumn says, “Ballroom dance is an activity that you can begin at any age and enjoy at any level. There’s plenty of challenge if that’s what you’re looking for or you can learn just for the fun of it. “ Autumn enjoys working with new students, helping them reach their goals, and introducing them to the joy that can be found through ballroom dancing.

Happy Anniversary TC Dance Club!

Friday, November 6, 2015 marks 35 years that Terry Irwin has been doing what he’s always loved to do – sharing his passion for ballroom dance with the world!

Terry Irwin and Bob McKenny

Terry Irwin and Bob McKenny

On that date in 1980, Terry opened Adagio Dance Studio in Appleton. Just four months prior, he’d been fired from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio. Undeterred, he forged ahead with three inexperienced instructors and rapidly grew the business from zero members to over 100 today.

Club members come from every age group, level of experience, and socio-economic background, making each lesson, event, and performance an exciting experience. They all share Terry’s passion for the art of Ballroom Dance and deliver that joy to their audience.

In March, 1983 the Club became part of the TC Dance Club International organization, and Terry was named the organization’s Dance Director. In 2002 Terry became one of three owners of TC Dance Club International, which has grown to six locations across the United States.

Terry has traveled the world as a dance ambassador and brings much of what he’s experienced into his art. Terry credits his business longevity to excellent customer service and high visibility in the Fox Cities while diversifying his market demographics using social media.

Terry’s advice to business owners and performers alike is to believe in yourself and don’t listen to the naysayers. Terry says, “Don’t let the bumps in your journey get you down! If you stay true to your vision, it will all work out.” Amen, Terry, Amen. Congratulations!

Turning Point

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That’s me and my Instructor Jared dancing a Bolero at our recent Fall Fantasia event at Butte des Morts Country Club. I look pretty happy, don’t I? Dance will do that!

So, basically, a lightning bolt hit me! The first song was not even over yet, and I knew I wanted to dance for the rest of my life!

I have trouble remembering what happened following my revelation. Details are fuzzy, and I felt a bit dizzy. One thing is for sure, the lesson was over all too soon, and my mind was racing to find an opportunity to return. I left giddy and excited.

Since that day, my life has pretty much revolved around Ballroom Dance. As soon as a lesson, party, or dance event is over, I’m looking forward to the next time. Now I’m one of the Staff and may be welcoming you to the Club. Your first lesson could be your moment of inspiration. You won’t know unless you try!

Next time: Hey you GUYS!

 

 

May I Have This Dance?

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That’s me in the middle, flanked by two great ballroom dancers, the effervescent Terry Irwin and the dazzling Peta Murgatroyd, at Dancing With Our Stars.

Welcome to our new website! My name is Autumn Hill and I’m the Social Media Marvel for TC Dance Club. It was just one year ago that the winter doldrums sent me searching for “something fun to do” and I found it – TC Dance Club and Social Ballroom Dancing!

Snowing and cold outside? It’s warm and inviting inside with lessons and events almost every day and a Club full of new friends to enjoy them with.

So dance along with me as I give you a backstage look into TC Dance Club and the wonderful world of Ballroom Dance.