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!

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.