That Dance Thing (TDT) is a ballroom dance program that is a safe, secure, and friendly environment in which teens can socialize, dance, and learn more about God. This year marks our 26th! The classes run from September through May. TDT LITE runs from June through August. Students must be at least 12 years old and no older than 18 by September 30th of the year enrolling in TDT or TDT LITE. Please find House Rules and Dress Code at the bottom of this page along with registration forms. There is also a scholarship application form at the bottom of this page.
TDT takes place on Fridays at Church of the Redeemer (8275 Meadowbridge Rd, Mechanicsville, VA)(See Map) from 6:15 pm – 10:00 pm. Below are the classes offered.
First year students acquire a good level of comfort on the dance floor. Boys and girls learn the art and basic skills of leading and following. The safe and comfortable atmosphere is fertile ground for growing social graces and new friendships. The combination of a very structured curriculum and encouraging, experienced teachers brings many victories and emerging self-confidence to new students. First year students are exposed to a variety of ballroom music, taught how to recognize each, and learn foundational basic steps for six classic dances.
Intro-Mediates is a class of Introduction students who are a little bit older. Even students who have attended another dance program are required to complete TDT’s Introduction class to learn our foundational curriculum.
Increased dance ability and more self confidence become very evident as students develop into more accomplished dancers. Good manners and appropriate social skills become more natural. The Intermediate curriculum adds more dance steps and new dances to the solid foundation learned in the Introduction class. Students have even more fun, dancing becomes easier, smoother, and more polished.
Third and fourth year students ease into their own comfort zone of dancing. By now the art of conversation also finds its way into the mix as dancing, listening, and talking, all at the same time, becomes more natural. Now that the basics and foundations of leading and following are becoming second nature, students begin to develop their own sense of style and confidence. Students move to a new level of “dancing” instead of just walking through the routine of steps. This is a time when dancing becomes smooth, relaxed, and a wonderful activity with a great community of friends. More dances and steps are introduced.
The Friday Masters’ Class is for select students who have completed Intermediate II. New dances will be introduced as well as additional steps in the dances already learned. Many of the young men from TDT Advanced will also dance on Friday nights in the Masters’ Class, along with some DADs who have completed Intermediate II. Execution of dances with polish and confidence is stressed. This is a concentration of graceful and smooth dancing skills with the dancer’s own style and flair. Dancers completing the Masters’ Class will be proficient enough to engage in ballroom dancing in any venue!
DADs are a very special and critical part of That Dance Thing. DADs are paramount in providing a safe, secure, and fun environment for the students; and that is appreciated by all participants and parents. Being a DAD is a win-win situation for you and your teen(s). See the application form at the bottom of this page.