May 2017

Millennium Maxwell House | May 5–7

This month, the Nashville Dance Congress will welcome more than 34 world-class dancers to the Millennium Maxwell House for a first-ever weekend of music, performance, tutorials, and social dance.

By showcasing award-winning dancers like Benji Schwimmer and Nicole Clonch, former winners of the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championship, and Clyde Harris and Summer Elkin, winners of the 2016 United Country Western Dance Council’s world cabaret exhibition, the event hopes to inspire attendees.

“We hope that attendees remember this time as a delightful learning atmosphere and definitely a most impressive live dance performance,” said Tonya Miller, president of the Nashville Dance Congress. “We hope that by interacting with these elite dancers, the whole of Nashville will be inspired to dance. And lastly, we hope the attendees’ bodies flat ache from all the good dancing.”

Miller sees this first event of its kind as an important step for Nashville’s dance community to become more prominent. However, even those who are not predisposed toward dancing will find something to enjoy.

“Everyone finds joy in their own way, so it’s 100 percent acceptable to just watch,” Miller said. “This is about community and feeling connected to each other. There’s plenty of space and time. You can dance if you want to, or not. Just feel good.”

The Nashville Dance Congress will be held from May 5 to 7 at the Millennium Maxwell House, 2025 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard. For more information, please visit



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