Get to Know our Dance Pros: TC Dance Club

Terry Irwin

Terry L. Irwin started his ballroom dancing career as dance instructor at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, over 39 years ago. Terry has since developed numerous ballroom dancers into national champions with who he shares titles in American Smooth, American Rhythm, and Theatrical Arts.

Terry has choreographed and performed in Bob Hope’s last U.S. Tour, as well as several Miss America Pageants, the Franki Valli and the Four Seasons Tour, and coach and choreographer for Betina and Donald Driver for Dancing with Our Stars 2013!

Terry also owns and operates TC Dance Club in Appleton, Wisconsin, is President of the TC Dance Club International, and is a National Dance Council of America Association certified adjudicator.

Angela Cervantes

Angela Cervantes arrived in the United States in 1993 from Sicily. Unimpressed with the American take on Italian cuisine, she opened Angelina’s restaurant in Green Bay in 1998 with her family’s original recipes. This fulfilled her passion for cooking, but it took her until 2003 to discover TC Dance Club in Appleton to let her explore her other passion, ballroom dancing. Since then, she has won numerous competitions, become a beautiful dancer, and evolved into a very popular professional dance teacher. Angela enjoys students of all types and personalities and says her teaching style is fun, fun, fun!

Get To Know: DWOS Dancer Kim Peeters

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I oversee and manage all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the company. While my role within the company has changed this past year due to the death of our broker, community leader, mentor to many and my beloved mother, Joyce Bytof, my belief has not.   I vowed to protect their legacy and integrity.  To be proactive in sharing time, talent and business experience I’ve learned over the year.  To help grow the company and keep it solvent for many years to come.   I don’t see anyway a person can improve or grow without being open minded.  I combine both my head & heart in whatever I do.

Growing up with not a lot of money, we couldn’t afford dance lessons like most of my friends. I was so jealous of the beautiful dresses. So, my first dancing recollection was the Lawrence Welk Show (when I was around 6 or 7) that my mom would watch on Sunday nights and with only one TV we watched too. After that it was the box step with boys in gym class and watching my older (3 years older) sister dance in her room in front of the mirror.  I thought she was so cool and I tried to emulate those moves.

When it comes to my favorite dancer on “Dancing with the Stars I like watching Derek, Max, Cheryl, Peta and all of the dancers.  The pro dancers are just so amazing.  They are flawless, beautiful, and talented.  Too COOL!  And, their partners, the actors/actresses, singers, sports players are unbelievable too, especially those that don’t have a dancing background.  To even put yourself out there and try is what makes them all my favorites.  If I have to pick one – Double D Donald Driver.  This is our guy, from our community, our team and this will never change.

My hobbies are golfing, biking, walking, traveling to warm weather destinations, kayaking and mowing the lawn.  My passions are many. My husband & kids, grand-kids, dogs, grand-dogs, good friends, giving back and making a difference, chocolate and a real good belly laugh.

The American Red Cross is known for their long history of providing help and relief to many organizations.  It’s all about giving back, giving often and giving of your heart.  Whose life hasn’t been served or saved by the Red Cross?

Here’s a sneak peek of Kim and her dancer partner, Terry Irwin.

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 • tcdanceappleton@gmail.com

www.tcdanceclubwi.com

Get to Know our Pro Dance Partners: Terry Irwin of TC Dance

irwinTerry L. Irwin started his ballroom dancing career as dance instructor at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, 39 years ago. Terry has since developed numerous ballroom dancers into national champions with who he shares titles in American Smooth, American Rhythm, and Theatrical Arts.

Terry has choreographed and performed in Bob Hope’s last U.S. Tour, as well as several Miss America Pageants, the Franki Valli and the Four Seasons Tour, and coach and choreographer for Betina and Donald Driver for Dancing with Our Stars 2013!

Terry also owns and operates TC Dance Club in Appleton, Wisconsin, is President of the TC Dance Club International, and is a National Dance Council of America Association certified adjudicator.

Terry’s star dance partner is Stacy Struck of Jack’s Maintenance Service, Inc

Get to Know: Stacy Struck of Jack’s Maintenance Service

photo by Frievalt Photography

photo by Frievalt Photography

Born and raised in Neenah, Wisconsin. I grew up participating in many sports such as softball, volleyball and figure skating. Figure skating was always my passion throughout childhood. Performing in front of others and competing in front of judges, was a challenge I enjoyed! Now I will have the excitement of performing on the dance floor.

After going to college for Skin Care then Nursing, I finally decided on Business Management. During high school and college I worked for our family business, Jack’s Maintenance Service, on and off along with working for an airline. For seven years I was able to fly all over the country working at different airports and sightseeing all the cities I was visiting. As much as I enjoyed traveling I decided I wanted to have my career a little closer to home and follow my passion which was being a part of our family business. Throughout the last few years with Jack’s Maintenance Service, I have experienced positions in specific accounts, Human Resources, and Sales and Marketing. Recently became the Regional Manager after Jack’s opened a location in Green Bay.

Just within the last few months we moved to Fremont on the Wolf River, where most of my family lives currently. My daughter (5 years old) and I love being on the water seeing as one of our favorite things to do is to go boating and swimming with family. Also we love listening to the live music on the patio at some of the local restaurants in town while enjoying a nice meal. Every once in a while we may dance little as well, but I am sure it is nothing compared to what my experience with Dancing With Our Stars will be.  My daughter is just as excited about me dancing this year, if not more excited than I am, so she can teach me some moves, as she says!  Looking forward to being a part of an amazing event to support the American Red Cross!

Describe your first dancing recollection. About how old were you and what was the occasion?  My first memory of dancing was when I was about 11 years old with my friend Stephanie. She invited me to her Ballet and Jazz dance class a few times and I loved it. That was when my love of dancing began.

Who is your dream dance partner? My dream dance partner I would say is Richard Gere. He was in the movie “Shall We Dance” with Jennifer Lopez, and I just love that movie. Would be a dream to dance with him, he is an amazing dancer, well at least in that movie!

Who is your favorite dancer of all time on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and why? I would have to say my favorite dancer of all time on DWTS absolutely is Donald Driver! I am a huge Packer fan and I have always admired Donald Driver’s enthusiasm and drive on the field. When he took that to the dance floor my eyes were glued to the TV every show!

Why support the American Red Cross with your participation?  Supporting the American Red Cross throughout the years has been very important to my family and myself.  I have seen firsthand how the Red Cross has helped out in our community and along with many other communities. Having the American Red Cross as a resource in our community is a must and I encourage everyone to continue to support them because I know I will!

Hobbies or passions:

  • Family and Friends
  • Listening to Live Music – enjoy local bands I can go out and dance to but also acoustic music I can sit and listen to while having a nice dinner
  • Boating – love to spend my summers on the water
  •  Hunting – mostly deer hunting
  •  Aerosmith – definitely my favorite band since I was a child!
  • Green Bay Packers!! – love football season

The Man behind the Mirror Ball Winners

Terry Irwin Talks about Instructing Betina & Donald Driver in Ballroom Dancing

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Terry Irwin is like a proud father these days after Betina and Donald Driver drew rave reviews for their performances at the Fifth Annual “Dancing with Our Stars” for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin. Irwin, owner of TC Dance Club International in Appleton, coached the Drivers and also developed the choreography for their two routines. “Working with the Drivers was truly an amazing experience from a teacher’s point of view,” says Irwin. “Not only are they intelligent and athletic, they have the work ethic and stamina of top professional couples. We would take anywhere from 3 to 8 lessons in a row.  We already knew of Donald’s talents from ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Betina’s raw, untapped abilities truly surprised me,” he said.

Terry teaching Betina and Donald a move for their rumba at his studio in Appleton.

Terry teaching Betina and Donald a move for their rumba at his studio in Appleton.

With 38 years of professional dance experience, including five U.S. Championships, Irwin knows talent when he sees it. “I had many lessons with Betina alone because of Donald’s schedule and would give her things to work on like Latin walks, body rhythms, or foot and ankle articulation, and low & behold, next lesson there would be a dramatic improvement,” he says. “I’ve trained several U.S. champions and the Drivers are right up there with the best I’ve ever trained.”

Betina Driver took home the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy for raising more than $155,000. As a dance couple, the Drivers earned the Judges’ Choice Award. Irwin’s time with the Drivers is something he will cherish forever. “Their playful nature and sense of humor made lesson times fly by. As their coach, I was inspired by their compassion, love of family, sense of community, spirituality, and open & caring nature. It was my pleasure and honor to be afforded the opportunity to work with this wonderful couple.”

To learn more about TC Dance Club International, visit their website: http://www.tcdanceclubwi.com