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!
There 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
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.
Last 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.
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.