Nature’s Pathways Magazine Spotlight: TC Dance Club

Congrats to Terry Irwin, of TC Dance Club for the wonderful spotlight done on him and the studio in the September issue of Nature’s Pathways September 2014 Northeast WI edition. 

Terry joined our Dancing with Our Stars for the American Red Cross team of pro dancers and studios in 2013 as the choreographer and coach of star dancer, and 2013 Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy winner Betina Driver and her professional partner and husband, Donald Driver.  Last year Terry danced with Stacy Struck of Jack’s Maintenance Service. We are honored to have Terry partner with us again in 2015 for his skills, talent and professionalism.  

An art form with countless stories to tell — TC Dance Club reveals dancing’s many benefits

Written by  Rebecca Bentz


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Terry’s tale: The beginning of TC Dance Club

All his hard work was rewarded. Terry Irwin, pre-med student at Case Western Reserve University, had just earned a scholarship to Johns Hopkins University Medical School. He was well on his way to becoming a doctor and fulfilling a lifelong dream.

Just one problem: That dream wasn’t Terry’s.

A gamble pays off

The summer before he was set to start at Johns Hopkins, Terry was working with a friend who lived across the street. After spotting an ad in the paper, she teasingly wagered $15 that Terry couldn’t get a job at Arthur Murray Dance Studio. That simple bet led Terry to discover his true calling — one that would change his and many others’ lives.

“I took the bet, went in, found out that I loved it and realized that I really didn’t want to be a doctor. That was my mother’s dream, not mine,” Terry says.

He turned down the Johns Hopkins scholarship and never looked back from his newfound love of dance.

Tenacity and determination

Even though he’d found his dream, it wasn’t always smooth sailing for Terry.

While training to be a dance teacher, he was cut from the class in the very first week. He decided to show up anyway at the next session. The story was the same for six weeks in a row, but still he stuck with it. He stuck with dance despite failing the tango and samba portions of his first teaching test. He stuck with dance despite having to work in telephone marketing — a side job he hated — while training.

The result? Terry became an award-winning competitive dancer and — even more importantly in his eyes — he discovered how to teach his students in a way best suited to bring joy to each of them.

“Not succeeding at first doesn’t mean failure; it means more time is needed in order to succeed,” Terry explains. “We’re going to make mistakes. That’s how you learn… Life is a constant journey of learning and bettering yourself.”

Making connections

Through the years, Terry’s competitive dancing, instructive skill and choreography have given him the chance to work and befriend many big names: Cheryl Burke, professional dancer of “Dancing with the Stars” fame; former Green Bay Packer Donald Driver and professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd, winners of the 2012 “Dancing with the Stars” competition; Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons; Dorothy Benham, Miss Minnesota 1976 and Miss America 1977; and even former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher.

Terry also had the honor of choreographing Bob Hope’s last USO tour. A photo of the two men hangs in TC Dance Club’s hallway.

Just as important for Terry, though, are the opportunities dance has given him to work with local students: people like DeLila Nock, who started dancing at age 74.

“She taught me more about life than I could possibly ever teach her about dancing.”

The two became fast friends and when she was in her 80s, Terry promised DeLila that they would dance together on her 100th birthday. Sure enough, they did just that; dressed in a blue and sequined ball gown, DeLila cut quite the figure as she glided around the floor in Terry’s arms.

This connection to the community and his students is what makes everything worthwhile.

“The best part of it is every morning when I wake up, I know I get to go to a party,” Terry says. “I get to be with the nicest people, to dance and have fun… I can’t imagine any better job.”

Grab your dancing shoes!

Do yourself a favor and visit TC Dance Club today.

1004 S. Olde Oneida St., Appleton • 920-731-8851 •

Dancing with Our Stars 2014 Fundraiser Sets Event Record

Raises Awareness for Local Services and $500,000!

James Rivett receiving the Fundraising Mirrorball trophy from judge, Peta Murgatroyd

James Rivett receiving the Fundraising Mirrorball trophy from judge, Peta Murgatroyd

The 6th Annual Dancing with Our Stars for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin, presented by the Schneider National Foundation, exceeded expectations with record fundraising and increased awareness to programs and services. Together, with the amazing efforts of our star and professional dancers, sponsors, and with the support of the community, we raised more than $500,000 in net revenue to support Red Cross programs and services in our community. This year’s event was held on Saturday, February 15 at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay.

“Here at the American Red Cross, we are truly humbled by the outpouring of community support received through the “Dancing with Our Stars” event,” said Steve Hansen, Regional COO and Chapter Executive. “Saturday night, the entire event concluded with the entertainment and demonstration of dancing skills by our stars, but the real event started more than four months ago, when our dancers made the commitment to raise funds to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross.”

Thank you to our sponsors including: Schneider National Foundation; Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance; Arketype; Associated Bank; Bay Industries; Broadway Automotive; Cellcom; Festival Foods; Green Bay Packaging; Green Bay Packers; Jack’s Maintenance Service; Kaldas Center; KI; Wisconsin Public Service Foundation and Women’s Specialty Care. We also thank our media partners of WBAY-TV2, WIXX and the Green Bay Press-Gazette for their promotional support.

Our dancers definitely put their best foot forward to entertain and dazzle a sold-out crowd of 1,000 guests. The evening began with dinner and followed with our all-star dance program where each star dancer celebrity performed two dances. The night concluded with the awards ceremony.

Taking away the top honor for the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy was Jim Rivett. The President of Arketype raised a record $200,000 to support the local Red Cross.

1074The People’s Choice award for showcase one went to Jody Weyers and Michael Witte for their Tango to “Holding Out for a Hero.”  People’s Choice award for showcase two went to Tammy Elliott and Rane Cegelski for their Samba to “Straight to Memphis.”

The Judges’ Choice award went to Rick and Susie Beverstein for their two performances: A Tango to “Por una Cabeza” and a Rhythm Dance Medley to a compilation of Beatles’ songs.

1417Special thanks to Cami Rapson of WBAY-TV 2 and Shawn Kiser of the Red Cross for serving as masters of ceremonies and to Chris Roth of WBAY-TV 2, Nick Vitrano of 101 WIXX and Peta Murgatroyd from ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” for their professional and colorful judging commentary.

Thank you to all our star dancers for their time, commitment, energy and passion: Brian Bartel, Dad/Inventor; Rick & Susie Beverstein, Senior Vice President, AON (Rick); Deb DeLeers, Assistant Vice President, Sales and Relationship Manager, Associated Bank; Tammy Elliott, Morning News Anchor, WBAY-TV 2; Tracy Lemsky, Senior Vice President, 2109Private Banking Group Manager, Associated Bank; Chris Lofgren, President/CEO, Schneider; Jim Rivett, President, Arketype; Mike Spurlock, Partner, Spurlock, Runyan, Miller & Assoc., C.P.A.s; Stacy Struck, Regional Manager, Jack’s Maintenance Service; Jody Weyers, Director, Volunteer & Communications at American Red Cross; and Rane Cegelski and Taryn Oleson from DanceSport of Green Bay; Therese Clarke, Jamie Keyzer, Jay Morth and Michael Witte from Simply Ballroom of Green Bay; and Terry Irwin and Tricia Schewe from TC Dance Club International of Appleton.

Thank you to our committee, volunteers and most of all the community for supporting your local American Red Cross of Northeast WI.

To view event photos click HERE.