5133 Harding Pke, Nashville, TN | Directions 3720336.103580 -86.869287
Neighborhoods: Belle Meade Links
AVOID this place for dance lessons – My 3 friends and I have all had bad experience at this place. When it comes to selling lessons here it can get pretty interesting. the manager watches you dance for about 10 seconds then calls you in there office and says your progressing really fast and should buy another lesson package. When they told me how much it cost ($6400) I said no i just wanted to learn the basic steps and that was it. They turned from fake and cheerful to mean really fast.. After getting hounded for about and hour to by more lessons i left there about 8pm. later that night about 10:30 PM the dance instructor calls me trying to sweet talk me into buying more lessons!!! A couple days later i go in for my last lesson and they changed my instructor hoping she would do a better job at selling me lessons, My last lesson i didnt even learn anything, the instructor sayed i had no communication skills and was unable to fuction in the real world unless i purchase the 6400$ pakage. So i got pulled in the other managers office i told them straight up no within the first minute then i was excused. PLEASE DON'T TAKE LESSONS HERE.
Terrible Experience – All we wanted was to learn a dance to do at our wedding. That is what we were told we would get, and it is certainly not what we got. These people care more about SELLING LESSONS than TEACHING DANCE. The instruction is a sales pitch in itself. The teacher is nice, but way over the top with high fives and fake smiles. They even have you stand in a circle and hold hands on guest night. I was starting to think I just stepped into a cult. Seriously, if you want to learn a dance, go to a dance school or hire a private dance instructor. NDC teaches you enough to get you interested, then they slow it down so you have to buy more lessons to learn more. We didn't even get to finish all the lessons we bought because they did the pressure sales meeting before our last group lesson. It was so uncomfortable that we never want to go back. We learned more from YouTube instructional videos than from NDC. If you want to learn a dance for your wedding, your money would go to better use by hiring a private dance teacher to teach you a dance. The introductory package at NDC was like $250, and they never even told us this was just an "introductory" package. The instructor had us believing the entire time that we were actually going to learn our wedding dance... at the next lesson. Avoid this place. Your wallet and patience will thank you for it.
Great Date Night For Me and My Wife – We love the parties and all the activities once you have learned how to dance. If you want to use what you have learned this is the place.
World Class Instruction – Was just browsing through and happened to see National Dance Clubs where I learned to dance...and where I still go regularly for lessons, great fun and entertainment. The instruction is top-notch...much of it world-class as are some of the instructors. There is Kellie Williams, beautiful, vivacious, and a top professional competitor and teacher. if she doesn't fit, try Kiah Pierce who could be performing on Broadway today if she so wished. There is regular coaching by Gary Pierce, a world-class ballroom choregrapher and coach who has coached national and world champions. And they regularly bring in world-class performers and national and world champions for special coaching sessions. If you really want to dance, this is the place to learn and to have a great time week in and week out. I often drive home from the Friday night parties and find myself exclaiming, "Damn, that was fun"! Expensive? It can be, but so is eating. I must admit that I saw the review by Dancer62 who said something like "NDC is 'aweful'. " Well, if you can't spell "awful", that's awful. I can only offer my experience. I simply love the place.
NDC will take all of your money. Instruction is AWEFUL! – My husband and I took lessons @ NDC for almost a year. The lessons were boring. The "instructors" were young and right off the street. They had NEVER been trained in ballroom until they were hired by NDC. Nice? yes. Friendly? yes. But then they whisk you into the "office" acting like they have "no idea" what's about to happen in there, and that's when you get the sales pitch.( that the "innocent" instructor knew was coming, but he/she is not allowed to forewarn you or tell you about it beforehand) The manager will stroke your ego, tell you you're "the best dancers we've had in here in years" and that " no one has picked up these steps like you do. You're really fast". Then they stroke your ego some more and tell you about the next level and at the very end, only when you ask , they tell you the amount. It will be in the thousands of dollars. SO BEWARE. We left NDC b/c of the shady practices there. We weren't being taught HOW to ballroom dance and they DO HOLD YOU BACK to get you to sign up for more lessons and spend more money. After being @ Danceworld for the past 1 1/2 yrs, we KNOW that we weren't taught anything more than patterns with our feet. They do not teach technique b/c they don't know it. They say they do, but after Danceworld , they have no technique experience at all. Don't waste your money @ NDC. The parties might be fun ,but the dance instruction is aweful. Start with the real dancers @ Danceworld and LEARN HOW to dance. My husband and I did. We are so much better than we ever would be @ NDC.
They get the job done – For those who have some experience with ballroom, you know that many studios go in and out of business. My experience with NDC is that they have persevered when many other studios have fallen to the wayside. Are their lessons bargain basement? No. But they get the job done. They guarantee you will learn how to dance, and they deliver. I'll pay a little more for that any day.
The staff are all full time and have an enthusiasm for their jobs that I rarely see. Coming to a lesson, class or party is to know that for an hour or two, I won't have to worry about anything but having fun. As for the pushiness - they are persistent, yes, but I don't mind because their pushiness is what caused me to finally realize my dream. I can now legitimately say I'm a dancer. I can't recommend them enough.
Great instructors, despicable business model, avoid!!! – I agree completely with the negative reviews here. Instructors are friendly and make the lesson fun all round, although they are clearly under orders from the management to push more lessons on clients. Initially, my fiancee and I did the basic package which consists of waltz, rumba, swing, foxtrot and tango - without any of complicated elements. This package was three private lessons and three Friday night dance parties and cost about $250 with a coupon.
As we neared the end of our initial bunch of lessons, they started pressuring us to move to the next level which is termed "social ease". They make you fill out questionnaires - the idea that they are going to tailor the next lessons to your needs. The reality is that they require everyone to purchase 20 more lessons at this point in the process- for $1800. There's no middle ground - they said pay us this much or leave and don't come back. We chose the second option. The whole object of the place is to squeeze as much money out of people. As soon as we turned down the offer the manager's tone became quite different. He was astounded that we were unable to afford the lessons and told us that we were no better off than when we first came in to take dance lessons!
If you decide to go here for lessons beware of the pushy sales tactics - if you just want to learn basics and have a bit of fun, this place is not for you.
Be careful who you get! – Watch out!!!! I took some lessons here with a friend of mine not too long ago, but the bad taste from this place is still in my mouth! I was greeted by a very friendly instructor that looked about 16, who then proceeded to talk to me throughout the entire lesson as if I were a kindergartener. Not to mention, the facility looked like a 1st grade classroom with all the posters and stars and stickers everywhere. I finally accepted that my instructor was probably told how to teach and act, due to the obvious way his words were "rehearsed." I wasn't crazy on the sales tactics, but I reluctantly purchased a "starter package" and was promised the basics to a few dances. I enjoyed the friday parties they had with a band and an open bar. There were some other, more experienced, teachers that helped when you messed up. I tried the group classes, but didn't really dig them all in all. My distaste came when I had to deal with the "supervisors" or the closers. They were cold, unpersonable, and it really seemed they were only there for the $$$. I enjoyed my lessons with my teacher, but I just couldn't deal with the crappy team of salesmen (and woman) they had. After the second set of lessons I purchased, I had become, what I thought, was a competent dancer. I was brought in, once again to buy more lessons. When I wouldn't purchase another HUGE set of lessons, I was immediately disregarded. I was ignored at the parties, and when I came in for my last lesson, they had put me with another teacher. As if he was going to do a better job selling me "Style, Grace, and blah blah blah" My advice, Travel a bit further and go to their sister school in Brentwood. They really know how to treat their clients. I've had some lessons there and I feel more apart of their family than I do my own. I gave them a shot and you know what?? that whole "Style, Grace, and blah blah blah" package is really turning me into a great dancer. Brentwood=5, Belle Meade=1.
Dance lessons or pyramid scam? – I want to preface my review of NDC by saying that our dance instructor was really great and super enthusiastic. She really cared to make sure that we were getting what we wanted out of the dance lessons. My finance and I decided to take these classes because we are getting married soon and did not want to look like complete fools on our wedding day. Although the lessons were a little pricey, we had a great time and learned a lot. At the end of our last lesson, rather than being asked if we were interested in taking more lessons, we were herded into the manager's office and told that we needed to pay $1800 to continue with our dance instruction. It felt like they were trying to sell us a car rather than possibly pick up a new enjoyable hobby. After adamantly telling them that we were not in the financial position to commit a month's worth of income to taking more dance lessons, they kept pushing us to pay this money, by offering to set up a payment plan or trying to "move the numbers around." It was an extremely high pressured and stressful situation. Never in my life have I felt so guilty just wanting to learn something new. I was afraid that if we did not sign up for these dance lessons that our dance instructor would get in trouble for not doing her job, even though she did exactly what we wanted. Once he finally figured out that we were not going to be signing up for a new contract, we were excused. I totally understand that it is hard to keep people coming back and they have to use "sales tactics" to increase membership but it was absolutely ridiculous. The place had a very corporate feeling about it and it was uncomfortable and awkward. If we ever decide to continue with dance lessons, I guarantee you that it will not be at National Dance Clubs. After meeting with the manager guy in his office it because very clear that the only thing they really cared about was your wallet.
Friendly environment – If you want to learn how do dance then NDC is the place to go. The environment is so welcoming that you can't wait to go back. I've been going there for about 2 years (I started going there when I was 17), and I still love going there as much as I did when I first started. It's like Cheers, everyone knows your name! I've been told that if you compaire NDC to a place called Dance World, NDC is the place to be. NDC is more like you are learning to dance from a friend, and Dance World is like learning to dance from a random person you might have met one day.
Even though there are two studios, one in Brentwood and one in Belle Mead, the two studios get together twice a month for a thing called Destination Unknown and it is at different locations around Nashville.
It is a great place to go and just unwind, and it's a place for people of all ages.
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