The professional instructors and staff at TC Dance Club International look forward to making your social ballroom dance experience the very best it can be. Highly experienced and personable, our instructors not only love ballroom dancing but also love sharing it with others. TC Dance Club instructors complete a specialized and rigorous training curriculum with TC Dance Club International.
The Staff of TC Dance Club – Appleton. From left: Terry Irwin, owner, Autumn Hill, Toby Crawford, Alice Fara, and Angela Cervantes. Photo courtesy of Kris Peterson.
Terry Irwin, Owner and Five-Time Ballroom Dance Champion
In November 1980, Terry Irwin opened Adagio Dance Club in Appleton, Wisconsin. Just four months prior he’d been fired from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio, but as the saying goes “when one door closes, a window opens”. Terry launched Adagio Dance Club beginning with three inexperienced instructors and rapidly grew from zero members to over 100 today. The Club’s focus was on competitive dancing and the instructors and members traveled across the country to compete in many different events.
In March of 1983 the Club became part of the TC Dance Club International organization and shifted to an emphasis on excellence in social dancing. “It was the best move I ever made”, says Terry. “Mr. Chapman (the founder of TC Dance Club International) and I went round and round about competitive versus social clubs, but he convinced me that a social club appeals to wider audience and is ultimately a much more satisfying business experience” Terry said. Terry went on to become Dance Director for TC Dance Club International and believed in the organization so much, that he ended up purchasing it along with Dan Caballero and Barry Sandland. There are additional TC Dance Club International locations in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Satellite Beach, Florida, and Wind Gap, Pennsylvania.
With the knowledge that anyone can learn, and that we learn through encouragement, TC Dance Club – Appleton has garnered an eclectic membership that’s become Terry’s favorite part of owning a dance club. “We have people from every social and economic background imaginable,” says Terry. “Coming to work is like attending the school of life. Who wouldn’t want to come to a party everyday?”
While searching for a hobby that would add balance to her busy life, Autumn fell in love with Ballroom Dance and TC Dance Club after just one lesson. She enjoyed it so much she joined the TC Dance Club Staff in 2014, and became a Ballroom Dance Instructor in April of 2016. “Ballroom Dance is the perfect combination of mental and physical activity.”, Autumn says. “I’ll enjoy it for years to come.”
A native of the Fox Valley, Autumn enjoyed her early training in gymnastics, figure skating, and at the renowned Makaroff School of Ballet. Autumn moved west for college and graduated from Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in Denver, Colorado with a BFA degree in Advertising and Graphic Design. She went on to earn a Certificate in Website Development from the Colorado Institute of Art. After ten years of working in her field, she returned home and launched a business offering marketing communication services to businesses.
Outside of the dance Club, Autumn’s passions include economic development in our region, organizations that support women and children, and literacy. Autumn has been recognized for her contributions to our community. Autumn is also an Adjunct Instructor for the Fox Valley Technical College Venture Center teaching entrepreneurship, marketing, and Adobe Creative Suite. In her spare time, Autumn enjoys golf, reading, and all things dance.
Toby Crawford, Instructor
Toby Crawford comes to TC Dance Club – Appleton from his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama where he began his career as a professional dance instructor at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in 1992.
With an old-school philosophy of dance where the man is the frame and the lady is the picture, Toby’s goal is to make his partner look and feel as beautiful as possible during their time together on the dance floor.
Toby says, “I teach every day knowing that I have the chance to profoundly affect people’s lives in a positive way. Helping someone achieve a personal goal is a very special thing.”
Toby believes that learning to dance is a journey that Teacher and Student take together. He wants his students to leave every lesson knowing that they did at least one thing better than when they came in.
When not at the Club, Toby enjoys classic Hollywood movies, and every genre of music, especially blues, classic rock, and classical, and in the land of Badgers football, Toby is a rabid University of Alabama fan.
In 2001 I signed on for dance lessons at Adagio since I was attending an elite wedding of dear friends in Chicago. I am still grateful to them for the inspiration. After that I forgot to leave TC Dance Club. The promises of dance are true: great social interaction, physical exercise and mental stimulation. My friends say it’s great this has happened in my life, but I don’t dare ask the boss what he thinks!
Angela Cervantes, Instructor
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!
Jeffrey Robison, Instructor
Jeffrey has been involved in music and dance since he was a child. His passion for Ballroom and Latin Dance was ignited in 1997 while living in California, where he was highly influenced by the West Coast / LA nightclub Salsa and Latin Dance movement. His teaching and dance experiences extend throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. He will be teaching new group and private classes focused on a variety of dance styles and be involved in TC Dance Club performances and showcases. Jeffrey’s enthusiasm and passion for dance are contagious. These qualities coupled with his style of teaching brings to TC Dance Club another great blend for dancing well, looking smooth and having a great time on the dance floor. As with all TC Dance Club instructors, Jeffrey’s lessons will focus not only on the technical aspects of dance, but also on feeling comfortable on the dance floor and having fun.