A few weeks ago, I wrote about my experience attending Nashville Ballroom’s Grand Opening. Though I am usually completely supportive of any dance venue that gives us dance opportunities, I did mention a few negatives in my post. In the interest of fairness, I am printing the response from Anthony Lewis, Dance Director of Nashville Ballroom. Thank you, Anthony, for being willing to have an honest, civil discussion.
Thank you for coming to our grand opening dance party! We were glad to see so many people come and support us in our new venture! (180 people was far more than we could have asked for).
Thank you for the kind comments about our website and facebook page, and for mentioning our credentials as dancers and performers. We love what we do and look forward to continue sharing our vision of a place to dance for those who love it as much as we do.
We knew going in that some people will likely confuse and compare Nashville Ballroom with other dance venues in the area and would like to take this opportunity to express what sets us apart.
We are not a traditional ballroom dance school like so many before us. The term we like to use is that we cater to “Contemporary Social Dance”. While we do offer lessons in the more conservative styles of American Smooth and Rhythm, our primary focus leans towards dance that can can be used “out and about” in a nightclub dance setting.
Our staff, including myself, have an affinity for the social and club styles of West Coast Swing, Salsa, Country Two Step, and the like. Esentially, we want to teach people to dance things they will be able to use when having a night out at any one of the hipper, livelier night spots that Nashville is so well known for. Thus, our dance parties will continue to have the look and feel of having a night out at a dance club. Colored lights, a disco ball, and newer popular music are just a few of the things you will find at a party at Nashville Ballroom. Our parties are designed for the 21 and up crowd (children are not permitted to attend) just as it would be at a popular night spot.
We certainly respect those who enjoy the beauty and elegance of the Waltz, the passionate embrace of the Tango, or the fun and excitement of an energetic Jive. In fact, I myself began dancing traditional ballroom in 1995 and received my Gold Level teaching certificate in the late 90’s. Much of my success in the contemporary styles can be directly contributed to my training in Ballroom dancing. However, Nashville Ballroom is a Contemporary Social Dance studio and have found our home in downtown Nashville within minutes of the best in Nashville nightlife.
I hope this explains why our dance parties may seem different than what dancers in the area have come to expect at other studios.
Thanks again for coming, and Happy Dancing!