If credentials can carry a dance studio, then Nashville Ballroom should be a great success. Dance Director Anthony Lewis has a lengthy resume as a dance performer and was successful in attracting a large crowd of dancers, including myself, to their Grand Opening Saturday night. As a fan of any kind of dance, I am happy to see any new venue open their doors.
I have been impressed at the professional quality of their website and Facebook. On a business level, I think the team of Tara Shaver and Lewis have wisely used the social networking tools to attract attention to their studio. The videos and photography certainly present an image of a competition level studio. Here is a performance that you will enjoy: http://youtu.be/_E-vNCDYPrA
Honestly speaking, there were a few aspects of the Grand Opening that troubled me. The Nashville Ballroom Facebook page says, Nashville’s newest, hippest, most elegant social dance studio. I will give them the newest and hippest, but I don’t think I can agree with the most elegant. It seemed to me that they have already made the decision to stray from the most elegant. Due to the experience Tom and I have had creating dance mixes, I know that some hip songs come in explicit and non explicit versions. Nashville Ballroom has made the choice to use the songs with the vulgarity. That is their choice but I don’t see why they would run off paying customers in the days to come to make that point.
THE PARKING. This 2nd Avenue location really poses a problem with parking but, hopefully, by dance time on Saturday nights there will be some available slots at the surrounding Church and businesses. Ladies, I would suggest you always arrive with a friend or group.
SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY. I was aggressively approached at the front door for my contact information. From that point on, I didn’t meet any of the staff. I finally found a place that I could get myself a drink of water but I wasn’t sure if that was ok. I drank a sip of champagne from a little Dixie cup and that was a first for me.
Many of you that read my BLOG were there Saturday night. Please tell me if I am being fair about these comments. Leave me some comments. I can take it!
See You on the Floor!