Episode 21: Week of December 28th, 2020

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Hi, it’s Ruth. I’m here at your Silver Creek Clogging Dance and Movement Center in Silverton, Oregon; it’s the home of Dance Classes that Make Kids HappyTM.

This is what’s happening at Silver Creek Clogging the week of December 28th.

This is the end of the year and also the beginning of next year. This is the perfect time to reflect on the past and then look ahead to the future. It’s the perfect time for our Dance and Dream Sessions.

Our Dance and Dream sessions: we’ve been holding them annually now for a few years and I look forward to them every year, because this is the time when students get to meet with their instructor one-on-one and look back at what happened in the last year. So, we’ll look back at what happened in 2020. We’ll celebrate with you all of your achievements, and everyone has achieved a ton this year.

We will then look ahead to the next year and what you want to accomplish next year, and will help you make a plan to follow to help you achieve your clogging dreams.

This is when we get to dream without any boundaries. Even if it’s something that you might not think is possible, but you would dream, that you know two or three years down the road, that you would be able to achieve something spectacular; then let’s talk about it and then we can make a plan for this year that can help you on the way to achieving your longer-term dreams.

I love these sessions every year. The link to sign up is in your email. We had sessions yesterday, we’ll have more sessions today, Tuesday the 29th, and then we have some more sessions available on Wednesday. So, if you haven’t already signed up for your Dance and Dream session, please do it. This is great.

It also helps us, as instructors, to know what it is that you are dreaming of so that, if we can help make that happen for you then, we want to do our part to help you reach your dreams.

So, those Dance and Dream sessions are happening (just for today and tomorrow are the last two days), so get your spot if you haven’t already.

I also have an update about competition. I, kind of accidentally, learned that we may not be having Portland competition this year; so, I reached out to America OnStage and they indicated that it doesn’t really look likely. But, they are going to update us with the COVID protocols for Portland and also Boise, hopefully this week, so we can make our plans for those two competitions.

So, for now please keep the first two weekends in February on your calendar. But, just know that Portland is looking not hopeful right now, okay?

I also want to let you know that next Saturday, January 9th, we’re going to be holding an online Discover Clogging workshop. As you know, this is our introductory (or trial) class for brand new, never having been clogging before, students and they can sign up at silvercreekclogging.com/discover if they want to join us.

And, yeah, we love sharing the joy of clogging with others. It’s really amazing how it’s almost universal that the first time somebody steps on the dance floor at Silver Creek Clogging with their clinky shoes, they hear that energetic music, that it just lights them up and they just are hooked after that first session.

So, we want to share this joy of clogging with everyone, because we know how it makes you feel on the inside. So, please share the word with your family and friends.

Coming up on our calendar for this [Friday] is first Friday and we’re doing something just a little bit differently this Friday. It’s New Year’s Day and we’re gonna have an online New Year’s Day celebration clogging workshop.

It’ll be this Friday, January 1st at 12:30 in the afternoon. So, just be aware of that; it’s earlier than we normally do it, so heads up.

Also, please keep Saturday, January 16th on your calendars, for our winter showcase recital. We know there’s a lot up in the air with COVID, but we are still planning on that and we’re making plans now for outdoor contingencies. So, please keep the 16th on your calendar in January and more information on that will come, once we have all the details squared away.

Also, until we hear more details (all the fine details) about the COVID protocols for competition, please keep both Portland (February 6th) and Boise (February 12th and 13th) on your calendars. Although it does look like Portland is unlikely to happen, just keep it on your calendar just in case. And then, we are planning on Boise still, so please keep that on your calendar. As soon as they have the protocols for COVID updated, on their website or via email, they will let us know and we will tell you as soon as possible.

All right, so that’s what’s coming up in the near future. Make sure to get your Dance and Dream session scheduled.

Also, I hope you have just a wonderful New Year celebration. I hope that New Year’s for you is a celebration of the triumphs that you’ve had in 2020 and a celebration of the hopes that you have for 2021.

And, with that, I wish you a Happy New Year and happy dancing!

Episode 20: Week of December 21st, 2020

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Hi, it’s Ruth. I’m here at your Silver Creek Clogging Dance and Movement Center in Silverton, Oregon; the home of Dance Classes that Make Kids HappyTM.

This is What’s Happening at Silver Creek Clogging the week of December 21st and we are officially on winter break. Yes; this week is our first week of our two-week winter break.

I really hope you guys have just a spectacular holiday with your loved ones. I feel like this holiday season is probably going to be somewhat different than we are used to experiencing. There will be a lot of similarities still and there will also be a lot of differences. Hopefully we can all find the joys (the gifts) that are there for us in all of the similarities and all of the differences, as we go through this holiday. I hope your holiday experience is just an amazing one. So, sending my happy holiday wishes to you and your families.

And, I do have just a couple of reminders to touch base on. They’re somewhat time sensitive. Some of them are happening during the winter break, so I just want to just touch base.

First of all, we’re on a two-week winter break from our regular classes. I think that’s probably the third time I mentioned that already; but there you have it.

Also, next week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (it’s the 28th 29th and 30th) we’re holding our dance and dream sessions. There are quite a few opportunities/slots open on those three days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday), you can choose any time that’s available. The link to the sign up for your dance and dream session, that’s in your email that you got on Monday.

I also want to just remind you that the dance and dream session is free; it’s included in tuition, so it’s not something you have to pay for. It’s a private, one-on-one dreaming and goal setting session with your instructor. This is a really great time to just dream of anything; anything you think you might want to achieve, participate in, accomplish in the next year (2021), we can talk about that and then help you make a plan to realize your dreams in 2021.

It’s also a really great idea, especially for parents of the younger kids, to come participate and we can talk about what’s happening in your child’s dance education, and where they’re headed, review any questions that you might have as we’re going through this goal setting session.

So, that’s it, dance and dream sessions. I hope everybody will sign up for one of those private, one-on-one dance and dream sessions with your instructor for next week.

If, for some reason, you can’t come next week and you would still like to have a dance and dream session please get in touch with us. If there’s any way that we can find another time that works for you we will certainly do our best to do that.

I also want to mention, competition sign-up; the deadline for competition sign-up is on January 7th, Thursday, so just keep that on your calendars. You have the competition sign-up form on your email, so just remember that.

And then, also, next week is New Year’s Day and we are going to have a little bit of a clogging New Year’s Day celebration; ring in the New Year on January 1st; earlier in the afternoon than our normal first Friday sessions, but it’ll be super fun. We’re going to have a little a dance celebration. I’m really excited about it. All the details about time and how to join us are coming for you to you next week, but just keep that on your calendars for Friday, January 1st.

Also, please let your friends and family know that we are hosting an online Discover Clogging workshop; this is our introductory (or trial) class for brand new, never having been clogging before, students and it’s just a really great time to jump and smile and just get really introduced to how amazing clogging is. Links to that are in your email. Please spread the word to your families and friends.

And then, also, I know there’s a lot up in the air right now, but I do want to you to please keep the next three dates on your calendar: Saturday, January 16th, is our winter showcase recital. That’s the first day, please keep that on your calendar; then, in February, the first [Saturday] in February, the 6th, is competition in Portland, it’s a little question whether that’s actually going to happen, so we’ll keep you posted as soon as we have the final word on that, but please for now keep that on your calendars; and then, definitely keep Boise on your calendar for the following weekend, it’s the 12th and the 13th of February, so we can plan to go for that.

That’s what’s coming up in the near future.

I hope you guys remember how grateful I am for you.

I wish you just an amazing, healthy, happy – yeah, healthy and happy holiday with your loved ones and, as per usual, I definitely wish you happy dancing.

Our Studio Values

Here, at Silver Creek Clogging we have defined a set of studio values that guide, and also reflect, everything that happens at the studio; everything from events, to class curriculum, to how our students conduct themselves. 

The studio’s values are both progressive and cyclical; and they are also integral to everything we do at Silver Creek Clogging.

Coming up, we’ll be featuring in-depth spotlights on each of our studio values.  In the meantime, here’s a short introduction to our Silver Creek Clogging studio values:

  1. Joy: Joy is our foundational value and the common thread that runs through everything we do. It’s what lights you up and keeps you going – from your very first step to your hundred millionth step.  Joy is the foundation – the heart of it all.
  2. Community: Community starts with each individual dancer and radiates far beyond our studio walls.  From deep inside, you carry positivity, encouragement, and support to yourself, your teammates, the whole studio community and beyond. Together, we are able to accomplish great things.
  3. Courage: Courage is the deep-down, inner strength to do hard things; even things that might seem a little frightening at first.  We cultivate an environment in which you feel safe to stretch yourself to do the hard things and dare to dream of more than you might think possible.
  4. Challenge: The challenges for each dancer are unique, and there will be highs and lows along the way. It’s through the challenges that you can achieve your goals and discover what you are capable of – both individually and as a team.
  5. Growth: Here, the focus is on your growth, not just as a dancer, but in other areas too.  We foster a positive, team-focused, and empowering environment, in which you receive student-focused coaching / mentoring and an exceptional dance education. The groundwork is laid for you to experience a lifetime of growth at Silver Creek Clogging.

These are the values that guide everything we do at Silver Creek Clogging. We take them seriously.

Do you want to experience a dance studio environment unlike any you’ve experienced before?

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Episode 19: Week of December 14th, 2020

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Hi, everyone! It’s Ruth and I’m here at our Silver Creek Clogging Dance and Movement Center in Silverton, Oregon.

This is What’s Happening at Silver Creek Clogging, the week of December 14th.

Wow! It feels like December just started a minute ago and now it’s almost Christmas already.

Time is sure flying and this is the last week of classes before we take our two-week winter break. So, this week to kind of just spice things up a little bit, bring a little fun and joy to our lives, we’re going to be wearing our holiday attire to class. It should be fun.

So, you can wear your ugly sweater, your ugly t-shirt, your pretty sweater, your attractive t-shirt, your goofy anything. I have something fun all picked out to wear for classes. It should be really, really fun.

I like just bringing some cheer to our lives. I think that’s really awesome. So, that’s this week.

I want to remind you that competition sign ups are due by Thursday January 7th, it’s a Thursday, the first Thursday in January, and we have competition the first two weekends in February.

The link for the sign up form is in your email, so check for that.

Team Dynamite is required to participate in the Portland competition and for everyone else it’s optional.

I know that there are some of you planning to do solos this year, I think there’s a duet or two, so it should be really fun. Just make sure to get your sign up form in by the 7th.

I also want to say that we are doing our dance and dream sessions again this year. This has been a fun thing that we’ve done every year, and it’s a really great time for each student to meet with their instructor one-on-one; to do some dreaming, to think about what you want to bring into your clogging in the year ahead, and kind of set a plan – set some goals – for how you can realize your intention for clogging next year.

We’ll also take some time to look back on what your goals were for this year and celebrate everything that you achieved, look at maybe what you want to do differently this coming year; maybe nothing – maybe it’s a good chance to just kind of refresh and renew.

So, start thinking about that. Think about what it is that you want to bring to your clogging next year. Do you want to bring more fun? Do you want to move to the next skill level? Do you want to work on perfecting some specific techniques? Think about that and we’ll make a plan together that you can follow for this coming year.

I know that this year has a little bit gone off the rails, so I think it would be good to reflect and on everything that you have accomplished. Because, each and every one of our dancers has really grown a lot this year; I think in some ways significant growth, more than in other years. So, yeah, let’s take some time to reflect, recognize, celebrate and then look ahead to next year, all right?

The sign up sheet for your dance and dream sessions are in your emails. So, go ahead and click on the link, and you can choose from any of the available times, and then we’ll set up student’s dashboard, or their TeacherZone dashboard, with their online lesson link.

Remember, these sessions are free. They don’t cost anything extra. They’re already included in your tuition, so just make sure to sign up for one of your free dance and dream sessions.

These are always a lot of fun. The students who participate in these, every year, just really say how much fun they are and how they really have enjoyed them.

So, get your spot for the last week of December. There are several days and times open and just make sure to get your spot.

So, for what’s coming up at Silver Creek Clogging, on the calendar we have this week, of course, wear your holiday attire to class.

And then the next two weeks after that, the week of December 21st and the week of December 28th, we don’t have any regular classes.

However, the last week of December, into January, we will be doing our dance and dream sessions. So, that’s happening even though we don’t have regular classes.

And then, on New Year’s Day we’re going to be having our first Friday open studio and we’ll do a little bit of a celebration, a New Year’s Day celebration. So, that will really be fun. Just check for that. We’re gonna ring the new year in with a fun New Year celebration, so be prepped for that.

Also, please keep on your calendar and let your friends and family know that on Saturday, January 9th we have a Discover Clogging workshop. This is going to be an online workshop that will be for any student who wants to learn anything about clogging.

So, please share the word. Tell your friends and family this is their chance to discover how amazing clogging is. And, it’s a great trial lesson, because we have classes for new students starting the next week or two after that.

So, this is a really good introduction/trial class so that, before people sign up, they can check it out.

So, let your friends and family know about that, that’s on Saturday, January 9th.

Please also keep on your calendar Saturday, January 16th. I know there’s a lot up in the air, with COVID, these days. But, please keep on your calendar the 16th of January for our winter showcase recital. There you go.

And also, please keep on your calendars Saturday, February 6th for our Portland competition. And then the following weekend, Friday and Saturday the 12th and 13th, in Boise.

So, we have some fun stuff coming up. Lots of fun coming up. But, for this week, I hope you have just a fantastic week and I wish you happy dancing.

Episode 18: Week of December 7th, 2020

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Hi! It’s Ruth. I’m here at your Silver Creek Clogging Dance and Movement Center in Silverton, Oregon; the home of Dance Classes that Make Kids HappyTM.

This is What’s Happening at Silver Creek Clogging, the week of December 7th.

Yes, it is December and, with the coming of December, I’ve really felt a sense of hopefulness; both within myself and from other people around me. It’s been really amazing to feel that sense of hopefulness. I know that there are still challenges ahead for us but, to feel that sense of hopefulness, in the larger community around me and within myself, has been a boost to my spirit. I hope that you are feeling a sense of hopefulness, too.

Before we get into all of our studio information, updates and announcements, I want to give you a heads up that we are going to be doing an in-depth look at our studio values in the near future.

In case you don’t know, Silver Creek Clogging has a set of studio values. These values guide everything that we do here, at Silver Creek Clogging.

They guide the events and activities that we host and participate in. They guide what we do in classes, our class curriculum. They guide our conduct expectations, of our students and our families. They guide everything that we do here, at Silver Creek Clogging, and one of the really cool things, the things I really like, about these studio values is, that they’re a journey. They’re a journey for our studio, as an entity. They’re a journey for our teams/individual classes. They’re a journey for our individual students. They’re progressive and, at the same time, they’re cyclical; so, they guide what you do as an individual dancer, as well as what we do as a studio. So, they’re just really, really cool. I like them. They’re more of a journey. Principles that we follow, values that guide us.

So, I’m going to give you a little brief introduction to our studio values, just so you kind of have an idea of what’s coming up, but we will save the in-depth look for the future.

So, quick introduction to each of our studio values.

The first value is joy. This is our first value because it truly is the foundation of everything, the common thread that runs through everything, that we do. That joy that you feel in your heart, deep inside of you, that connects you with who you truly are, that is the heart of it all. That’s the foundational value, that’s the seed, that with it grows everything else.

From there, our second value is community. For us here, at Silver Creek Clogging, for you as our students and our families, community starts with each individual and radiates far beyond our studio walls. Each individual dancer carries within them positivity, encouragement, support; not only to themselves but to their teammates, to others in the studio (dancers and family members in our studio community), and then the wider community as a whole.

And, community is so important for a lot of reasons; but, one of the most important reasons why this is a value, that we want to guide us, is because, we truly believe that together we can accomplish great things.

Yeah, we can accomplish much more together than we can as factions or as an individual so, together we can accomplish great things.

Our third value is courage. And courage is what’s deep inside of all of us. It’s that deep, internal strength that helps you to do hard things, and helps you to do things that sometimes are even a little bit scary. And, to develop that courage is so important to us. We want you to develop courage. We want you to feel safe and that you can dare to dream and that you can stretch yourself. So, we have put things into place to foster a studio environment in which you can feel safe to stretch yourself, where you can feel safe to dream, where you can grow your courage muscle; because, dreaming and being courageous is so important. That’s where the possibilities begin; that dreaming and stretching yourself.

Our fourth studio value is challenge and each individual dancer’s challenges are unique. We know there are going to be highs and lows all along the way and that, through the challenges, you as a dancer will grow. Through goal setting, through trying hard things, that’s where the real growth comes.

So, we know that as you achieve your goals, as you take on those challenges, that’s when you will discover what you’re capable of. You’ll do something that you think is so super hard but, you’ll tackle that challenge and you will achieve that goal and you will continue to tackle the next challenge and achieve that next goal and then you’ll be looking back and thinking, “Oh, my gosh. When I very first started clogging, chugs were hard. Now, look what I’m doing! I am doing more than I even could imagine. I am capable of more than I dreamed of.” And, that’s not only for you as a dancer, but for you as a team. As your class/team and as our larger community, as a whole. So, those challenges, goal setting, working on those hard things; that is so, so important.

Our last and final value is growth. So, here, at Silver Creek Clogging, it’s important to us to focus on your growth; not just as a dancer, but in other areas of your life. So, we really want to foster a positive, team-focused, empowering environment; we really want our instructors to provide student-focused coaching and mentoring; and, also, it’s really important to us that we are providing quality dance education. So, that is our definition of growth.

And, with this, joy, and community, courage, challenge – all of that – that journey that you’re on, as a dancer, that is the groundwork; the groundwork is laid for you to grow for a lifetime here, at Silver Creek Clogging.

So, those are our studio values. Again, those are what guide everything that happens at the studio; everything we do here. They guide how our students conduct themselves, and they’re also reflected in how our students conduct themselves, and reflected in what we do here at the studio.

So, those are our studio values and I’m really looking forward to going into a little bit more depth on those values in the coming weeks, to share with you a little bit more about what we stand for, and the values that drive us, and that we follow. So, there we go.

Now, into the information and announcements. We really only have one main announcement and that is the competition entry deadline.

Competition entry deadline is Thursday, January 7th; and that is the competition entry deadline for both Portland (the first weekend in February) and Boise (the second weekend in February). So, we’ve talked a little bit in class, over the last few months, about competition. Individual students and individual teams are working on material for competition. The only class that is required to participate in the Portland competition is Team Dynamite. Everyone else, it’s optional. So, we’ve already we’ve been talking about that in class. We’ll talk a little bit more, specifically, about that in class and then, families, you can kind of discuss that as well.

The sign up form is linked in your email, so please check that to get the sign up form and, of course, let me know if there are any questions. I know that between now and the 7th we have a two-week break from classes so, if you want to turn that in early, please feel free to do that and we will get that in on the 7th.

Also, please know that, if you turn your signup forms in after the 7th, there will be extra fees, the competition entry fees go up in price, as time goes on. So, in order to get the lowest fees, you’ve got to turn those in on the 7th. So, if you don’t turn them in on the 7th (on or before the 7th), there will be additional fees incurred.

On to our calendar and upcoming events. Next week, super fun, we’re going to wear your ugly holiday sweater or t-shirt to class. You can dress up in some holiday fun attire, anything you want, it should be really, really fun. I’m excited to do this, it’s the first year we’ve done it and let’s have fun with it; because, then the next two weeks (the week of the 21st and the 28th) we don’t have any classes. So, let’s live it up, have fun next week, and go out on winter break with a celebration.

Even though we’re closed for two weeks of classes on winter break, first Friday in January is on New Year’s Day; so, we are going to have a New Year’s Day, first Friday workshop. It’ll be earlier in the afternoon and just look for more details on that. Should be fun. Celebrate the new year with clogging.

Let’s see, oh, Saturday, January 9th is our Discover Clogging workshop. This is for brand new, never having been clogging before, students. It’s our introductory class, or our trial class. So, for anyone who wants to try out clogging, please spread the word to your family and friends, and let them know that this is their chance to give clogging a try.

You can share the link that’s in your email, or you can just tell them to go to silvercreekclogging.com/discover, for enrollment and other information.

Also coming up January 16th, it’s a Saturday, please keep this on your calendar. It’s our winter showcase recital. This is where we get to showcase what we’ve been learning this fall. It’s a little more relaxed event and it should be fun. Of course, we will have COVID protocols in place, with limited audience size and so forth, so just be prepared for that. And, the details are coming up soon.

And then, as I mentioned earlier, we have competition in February, the first two weekends in February. So, the first weekend (Saturday, February 6th) is our competition in Portland and then the following weekend (Friday and Saturday, the 12th and 13th of February) is competition in Boise. So, please keep those on your calendar.

And, that’s what’s happening at Silver Creek Clogging, coming up. With that, here is to hopeful dreams and hopeful expectations for the future. And, of course, here is to happy dancing.