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

Terry

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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 • tcdanceappleton@gmail.com

www.tcdanceclubwi.com

The Day is Here – 6th Annual American Red Cross Dancing with Our Stars!

posterFor the sixth consecutive year, the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin has grown, sold-out and added new highlights to their annual disaster fundraiser. On Saturday, February 15th, not only are 11 local celebrities vying for the fundraising Mirror Ball trophy, they are competing in a dance contest.  Surprises for this year include a professional dancer & celebrity judge Peta Murgatroyd. She may best be known as the professional dancer & coach to Donald Driver. During the evening, she will do more than judge!  Plus, a live-streaming element provides those at home the ability to watch and participate in the event!

Eleven local celebrities are participating in Dancing With Our Stars 2014 for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin, presented by the Schneider National Foundation. The 11 star dancers have been competing off the dance floor to raise the most funds for the coveted Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy. Their last chance to raise the stakes are by earning the audiences “vote”. For every dollar donated at the event or online at http://crowdrise.com/DWOSNEW/ they earn another ‘vote’ so the stakes are high to dazzle the crowd in their two dances. This year’s cast includes:

Brian Bartel – Dad/Inventor

Rick  & Susie Beverstein – Senior Vice President, AON

Deb DeLeers – Attorney, Associated Bank

Tammy Elliott – Morning News Anchor, WBAY-TV 2

Tracy Lemsky – Senior Vice President, Private Banking Group Manager, Associated Bank

Chris Lofgren – President/CEO, Schneider National

Jim Rivett – President, Arketype

Mike Spurlock – Partner, Spurlock, Runyan, Miller & Assoc., C.P.A.s

Stacy Struck – Regional Manager, Jack’s Maintenance

Jody Weyers – Director, Volunteer & Communications at American Red Cross

For the first time, with the support of Camera Corner Connecting Point, we will have the event streaming live at http://new.livestream.com/cameracornergb/events/2698713.  Not only will viewers at home see the dancing, they will hear the all-star judges including Peta Murgatroyd.  She has not only accepted our invitation to attend, she will get into the dancing line-up Wisconsin style! One lucky member of the audience will dance the “official” state dance, the POLKA with Peta!!  This is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

All funds raised support disaster prevention, preparation and relief, the life-saving training of first aid, CPR/AED classes, collection and testing of blood and blood products, support to military members serving around the globe, the transportation program and international programs.

For the first time, the event will be held at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay as this was a larger venue than past years. The evening will begin at 4:30pm with a reception.  The dancing competition starts at 7:00pm

This event is hosted through the amazing support of Green Bay’s DanceSport, J. Powell Dance Studio, Simply Ballroom and TC Dance Club of Appleton are all teaching our local celebrities the Tango, Fox Trot, Rumba, Waltz and many more crowd pleasers.

Special thank you to our event sponsors. The Schneider National Foundation, Ameriprise, Arketype, Associated Bank, Bay Industries, Broadway Automotive, Cellcom, Festival Foods, Green Bay Packaging, Inc., the Green Bay Packers, Jack’s Maintenance, The Kaldas Center,  KI, Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, and Women’s Specialty Care. Media Sponsors include: WBAY-TV, WIXX and the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

The Northeast Wisconsin Chapter serves 20 counties throughout the greater Fox Valley and the Michigan border communities. To learn more about local Red Cross programs, volunteer opportunities, and how you can help, contact the Chapter headquarters at 920-231-3590 or www.redcross.org/newisconsin. Find us on facebook.com/newredcross, on twitter @newredcross.

Get to Know our Pro Dance Partners: Michael Witte of Simply Ballroom

8952MichaelI have been active all my life. I was a four year member of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix Swim and Dive team and found my passion for both teaching and dancing while attending UWGB. When I realized swimming was coming to an end, I wanted a way to keep active, fit and meet new people. I have always been fascinated with Knights (my high school mascot) and the idea that if you were strong enough to wield a sword you should be graceful enough to dance appealed to me.

I went to college to be an educator and both activities have melded together to be an incredibly rewarding career. My greatest joy in teaching is helping my students more than meet their goals. I love it when my students surprise themselves and SHATTER their goals!

I started competitive ballroom dance in 2008, after my swim career ended, and have never looked back. I love to dance socially but there is nothing like the feel of a competition.  Not only does it fill the adrenalin void that swimming left me but it offers me challenges and goals. Even if it is just a show I love the chance to take center stage and am blessed to dance with some of the most incredible women in the world! I have won numerous Wisconsin State Amateur Championships, but it is not about the titles. I compete and encourage my students to compete because competition encourages growth.

Ballroom dance offers the opportunity to share light and goodness with the world, I hope you will let me share that light and goodness with you through the art and sport of ballroom dancing!!!

Michael will be dancing with Tracy Lemsky of Associated Bank and Jody Weyers of the American Red Cross.

Get to Know our Pro Dance Partners: Jamie Keyzer of Simply Ballroom

8939JamieDancing and performing have always been an imperative part of my life.   After being involved in show choir and musicals throughout high school, I realized being on stage was my passion.  When I started my schooling as an elementary teacher at NWTC, I knew I needed to find an outlet to perform.  It was here that ballroom dancing became that integral outlet.

I joined the NWTC Ballroom Dance Club and became engrossed with the art of ballroom.  Shortly after I became involved in the dance club, I began taking private lessons and participating in competitions.   Dance presented itself in an array of opportunities.

It has been said many times before, but teaching truly is rewarding.   Through my teaching experiences, I have found it is most gratifying to witness students thriving in the classroom and building a foundation for their future.  Not only have I been fortunate to teach in the classroom, but I have been able to extend my instruction to include dance; both with children and adults.

Ballroom dancing embraces any age.  It has been my experience once people are introduced to ballroom, they absorb the essence of dance and they are often eager to progress.  It is my hope to create an atmosphere that invites any willing participant into the world of dance.

Jamie’s Star dance partner is Chris Lofgren, of Schneider National.

Get to Know our Pro Dance Partners: Tricia Schewe of TC Dance

Headshot triciaTricia Schewe started dancing at the age of three at the Platteville School of Dance where she studied ballet, pointe, jazz, and tap. She became an assistant teacher at thirteen and an instructor upon graduation. While in high school, Tricia choreographed several musicals, led the dance and pom squads as captain, and was awarded the talent award for her pointe performance at the Junior Miss Scholarship Program. .

Tricia has taught a variety of dance genres at the Appleton and Kaukauna Recreation Dance Programs, and recently opened her own dance company ‘Inspirations Dance and Movement’.    Her teaching philosophy is built upon a strong technique background and developing a true love for the art of dance. To further her skills and knowledge, she participates in various class and workshops including Dance Masters of Wisconsin.

Tricia’s star dance partner is Mike Spurlock.

Get to Know our Pro Dance Partners: Jay Morth of Simply Ballroom

8926JayJay D. Morth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a Bachelor of the Arts degree.  He started ballroom dancing at a young age, but really started to enjoy the art of ballroom dancing his sophomore year in college at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley. He has been dancing ever since and volunteered teaching at DanceSport of Green Bay from 2009 to 2012.

He now works for Simply Ballroom in Green Bay and Valley Social Dance Studio.  He has received his Bronze level of certification in all of the American Style Dances from Valley Social’s Ballroom Dance Teachers College in Menasha.  Outside of teaching, Jay spends time competing and training professionally with Heather Wudstrack from Get Out and Dance located in Weston, Wisconsin.

Jay supports the American Red Cross because it’s an organization that has been around for many years performing tasks large and small to support people in need.  For these acts, Jay is willing to support such an organization.

Jay’s Star Dance Partner is Deb DeLeers of Associated Bank.

Get to Know our Pro Dance Partners: Jim Powell of J. Powell Dance Studio

jpowell1In 1967 at the age of 19, I was accepted into the Arthur Murray training program in my hometown of Milwaukee.  By 1970 I had won the Arthur Murray world championship in New York.  In 1971, I moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, to manage the local franchise.  After three years of management experience I returned to Wisconsin to manage the Arthur Murray franchise in Appleton.  By 1976 I was offered the ownership opportunity in Green Bay and moved my now family of five to take advantage of the opportunity.  In 1977, I won the Harvest Moon Ball in Chicago with my professional partner.  In 1979, the transfer of ownership was finalized and I retired from professional competition to focus on the business.

The decision to drop the Arthur Murray name was made in 1995.  The studio continues to operate as the J. Powell Dance Studio on Shawano Avenue in Green Bay.

Jim Powell will not  be dancing, but he has trained and choreographed the routines for star dancers Rick and Susie Beverstein