Episode 36: Week of April 12th, 2021

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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 What’s Happening at Silver Creek Clogging the week of April 12th.

Yeah, is that right? Yes, it’s April 12th and this week in the studio it’s crazy socks week. Wear your crazy, crazy socks. Let’s get crazy and watch our feet flying around with our crazy socks on. Should be awesome!

Right into our announcements…

For our competitors, it sounds like all of our competitors are planning to participate in nationals virtually. If you are planning to go in person, please get in touch with me right away; because sign up forms are due today in class, that is Tuesday, the 13th.

So, right now we’re planning for everyone to participate virtually and what we’ll do is we’ll set up a schedule for Saturday, May 8th to come to the studio and video all of your routines, so that we can submit for virtual.

So, for our competitors, please keep Saturday, May 8th on your calendars for our virtual video session.

If you are planning to go in person, please get in touch with me right away, all right? Okay.

I also want to let you know we are making changes to our programs here in the studio. I think I announced this a few weeks ago, when I was talking about the delay of our instructor certification program.

But, I do want to let you know that we are revamping our programs, because one of our goals here at Silver Creek Clogging is to give our students some tools and the training that they need to excel as cloggers and in life. So, we are revamping our programs to help us to achieve that goal for our students and you will see some announcements about what, exactly, that means coming very, very soon.

So, what’s on the calendar coming up?

May: well, of course, this week is crazy socks week; so don’t forget that.

Then, May 7th is first Friday open studio (6:30 to 8:00) and you need to RSVP if you want to come. That is that.

Saturday, May 8th is our video session for our virtual nationals entries.

And, since we’re not going to nationals in person, we can participate in the Silverton Pet Parade on May 15th, so please put that on your calendars. That will be fun.

And then, the week of May 17th we’re gonna wear our studio t-shirts and do our hair all crazy craze, okay? Yeah? Crazy hair week and studio t-shirt week, that will be fun.

And then, May 29th, it’s a Saturday (it’s the last Saturday in May), we have our all studio dress rehearsal and summer kickoff recital and we do have actually have a theme for that. But, we’re in the midst of our “guess the song for our all studio routine” contest on TeacherZone, so I don’t want to reveal the theme just yet; because the theme tells you what our song is, basically.

So, anyway, keep the 29th, keep May 29th on your calendars.

And then, the week after recital we’re going to celebrate. We’re going to do something just a little different than normal to celebrate in class, so just keep that on your calendars. You’ll want to make sure to come to class that week after recital to celebrate your magnificence.

And, then, going into June, the first Friday in June, June 4th is our first Friday open studio, again; every first Friday.

And the week after that, the week of June 7th, we start learning our clog down showdown routine, yeah? I’m excited about that. Something to look forward to.

And, we will have our showdown TBD. We’ll let you know.

So, please remember to keep those dates on your calendar.

P.S. You, yes you whoever you are watching this, remember… You are awesome. All right? Yes!

Happy week of April 12th and happy dancing.

Episode 35: Week of April 5th, 2021

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Hey everyone. 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 April! Yeah, we are in April. Good times are ahead. So super excited and we’re gonna get right into some announcements.

Very first of all, just a quick reminder about competition for our competitors. This May 14th and 15th in Salt Lake City, just a quick update about the schedule.

As a reminder, they are currently planning to do studio blocks so all of our routines (solos, freestyle, everything) will be just in our studio block, rather than in age and skill division categories, okay? So, just a heads up about that.

Also, we found out that they will be allowing virtual entries. So, for anyone, due to COVID reasons, if you’re not able to make it to Salt Lake City we can do your solos, video those and send those in, okay?

Let’s see, oh… this week we’ve got our student choreography challenge. So, any student (of our current students here at Silver Creek Clogging) who wants to participate in this choreography challenge, you are invited. The deadline is this Friday and here’s what you have to do.

You have to do your own original choreography, anywhere from 8 to 16 counts, submit that to your instructor via the TeacherZone chat; and we will take those in, review them and we will pick a winner. And, just a heads up, the winner is going to be selected based on creativity/originality, those kinds of things, not based on your skill level. So, you can do any level. You can do novice, beginning, and intermediate, advanced. You can do any of the levels of skill. Just make sure you’re looking at your creativity, your originality, what your choreography itself is and that’s how we’re going to be picking our winning entry. And the winning entry is going to have their choreography featured in our all studio routine. Yeah? More on the all-studio routine in classes, but anyway that’s that.

And, just another reminder: students, please try to be on time for class. It’s really important to arrive on time and plan on arriving at least five minutes ahead of your scheduled time, because with the COVID check-in and check-out procedures, the instructor isn’t going to be able to leave their class to check people in if they’re late. So, just make sure you’re on time.

So, those are the main announcements for this week.

And here’s what’s coming up on the studio calendar.

We have, of course, this Friday April 9th: your all studio challenge videos are due, if you’re going to participate in that.

Next week, we’re going to have crazy socks week, so be ready for that.

And then, May 7th, and every first Friday, we will have open studio.

In other things in May, we’re going to have competition which is going gonna be super fun; we’ll have a studio t-shirt and crazy hair week coming up in May; and then, of course, on the last Saturday in May is our all studio dress rehearsal and summer kickoff recital. (I don’t know why I keep calling it the spring kickoff, we’re already in spring and now we’re going to kick off the summer.)

And summer, we have some fun stuff planned, which means that the week after recital we’re going to have post recital celebration. So, be ready for that, it’s going to be a little different than we’re used to doing. So, yep. Should be fun.

And then, the very, very following week, right after that/right after we celebrate, we’re gonna get to learning our clog down showdown routine, yeah. Super exciting. Loving the clog down showdown routine. It’s always a fun, fun, fun thing. So, that’s what’s coming up in the near future/things to keep on your calendar.

We will have the date for the clog down showdown, actual event, coming soon. But, we’re gonna start learning the routine first thing in June. It’s gonna be awesome!

So, please remember to keep those dates on the calendar.

And, also, please remember…

You are awesome, we… I really appreciate you, and thank you so much for being part of Silver Creek Clogging.

And, happy dancing.