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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.

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!

 

 

Prelude

Ballroom Image 3There we were standing in the lobby of the Club. My eyes darted around the room and through the windows into one of the ballrooms illuminated with spotlights. I could hear upbeat, rhythmic music, and I could see some other folks having their lessons.

“Welcome to TC Dance Club!” It was the friendly voice of a staff member greeting me. “Let me show you around”, she said. We glanced inside the practice studio, found a place to hang our coats and change our shoes, and were shown the refreshment area and the large ballroom. Lots of character was evident in this 1858 era refurbished brick building.

The preliminaries were complete and now it was time to begin my complimentary first lesson. I was introduced to my professional dance instructor, Jared. With a flourish, he held out his hand, we took dance position, and began to dance. We tried a couple of different dances, and he taught me some Salsa steps. I was surprised at how it was challenging but so much fun at the same time!

Next time…turning point

My First Entrance

I made the appointment with TC Dance Club and cajoled a commitment from my BFF for our complimentary first lessons. There really was no turning back now because I had my BFF holding me accountable, not to mention the other “ten thousand or so” friends, family, and associates I’d let in on the secret. For someone who usually avoids the spotlight, this was a bigger deal.

“I wonder what I should wear,” I said to myself standing in front of my closet. I had seen the glittering ensembles worn by the Ballroom Dance pros online and on TV, but I wasn’t sure what the Fox Cities version of those would be. Of course comfortable shoes with a slippery sole would be best, so I built my outfit from the ground up. Okay, leggings, flippy, fun skirt, and conservative top all in darker colors. That would work!

It seemed like the space of an underarm twirl and the day arrived! All that day I was excited and apprehensive at the same time. Text messages were flying through cyber space with my BFF, and we met in the parking lot outside the Between the Locks Building in Appleton on South Olde Oneida Street. We quietly scaled the stairs to the second floor and located the suite for TC Dance Club. For a brief moment I thought about backing out, but it was too late. Our eyes met. The only way was forward, through the double-hinged doors.

Next time…prelude

Setting the Stage

snowyroadLast February, after years of wondering what ballroom dance lessons would be like and faced with yet another “worst winter on record” with weeks of inactivity (I am not a cold-weather girl), I started talking to friends and family about trying ballroom dancing. I wanted to gauge reactions, get recommendations, and hopefully get someone to try it with me.
I did the research, compared websites, and talked for weeks with my BFF. She was like, “Really you want to do this?” with an astonished tone of voice. We talked about some of the many benefits of ballroom dance:  Improved physical and mental health, building confidence, and meeting new people, and eventually she caved and agreed to come with me.

I juggled our busy calendars and called TC Dance Club – Appleton to schedule our complimentary first lesson. A friendly staff member patiently found alignment with our availability and Jared, our professional dance instructor’s schedule, and voila, WE WERE COMMITTED.

Coming soon…my first entrance.

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.