Episode 40: Week of May 10, 2021

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Hi! It’s What’s Happening at Silver Creek Clogging the week of May 10th.

I’m 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.

And, one of the reasons why we are the home of Dance Classes that Make Kids HappyTM is because we are focusing on the whole person. We’re focusing on, not just dance skills but we’re focusing on, life skills.

And, this month our focus of our class chats for life skills is on responsibility.

And, last week in classes we talked about a locus of control. Yeah, a big word, right? That is a term that social psychologists use to refer to the extent to which people feel they have control over what happens to them in their lives. And, what they’re saying is that, in general, when people feel that they are in more control over the things that happen to them and around them, they are happier and they are also more successful. So, another way to say that is, that when people are coming from more of an internal locus of control, they are generally more happy and more successful. So, that is that.

In the studio, we talked a little bit about that last week. We asked students to think of an example where they felt like maybe they didn’t have very much control over a situation and then we also asked them to think about some aspect of that situation that they did have control over. One thing we always have control over is our attitude. So, we just talked about things, we asked them to think about that, and we’ll come back together this week and talk about that.

So, at home, one thing you can do is discuss that with your student. Maybe help them/brainstorm with them about a situation where they felt they had little control and think about something that they can do to impact the outcome for themselves.

So, yep. That’s what we want to do, is help our students think about the things that they have responsibility for and how they can take responsibility for their futures. All right?

So, we will continue on talking about responsibility for the rest of the month and we’ll be touching base every week.

On to COVID update. The restrictions have been lifted, so we are back inside for classes this week. I do want to let you know that the tent is going to remain up in the parking lot; so, when you’re coming in and out dropping kids off, just be aware of that tent and stay safe all right.

We will be participating in the pet parade this Saturday. We’ll be collecting RSVPs from students this week, so please have your student let us know if they can participate. The parade lineup starts at 9:30. We are encouraging students to bring pets. We are encouraging students to wear something fun; your Silver Creek Clogging t-shirt and then some fun thing. I might even wear something fun. So, anyway that’s that.

A heads up that the parade protocols require masks for all participants. So, just heads up on that. And, we will hand out a info sheet in class for kids to take home, all right.

Hey, our summer kickoff recital is just a few weeks away. It is the last Saturday of May (this month), so just a few weeks away. Super excited.

We will be having that at the Historic Grand Theatre, in Salem.

A couple of things to note. This year we’re going to be having our studio portraits taken by Annie Smith Photography and those will be conducted in the morning, just before we have the dress rehearsal, so heads up on that. You have a schedule tentative schedule for the day outlined in your email, so take a look at that.

Here is what’s on the calendar. Of course, this Saturday, pet parade. Yeah, fun!

Next week, we’re gonna have our studio t-shirt and crazy hair week. I’m already thinking about how to do my hair all crazy. Should be fun.

And then, the last Saturday in May, our all-studio dress rehearsal and recital.

The following week, which is the week of May 31st/the first week in June, we are going to be celebrating all of our amazingness in class. So, it’s going to be a different kind of celebration than you’re used to; so just be prepared and get ready to come to class and celebrate, all right.

Uh, let’s see…  June 4th, first Friday open studio.

And the very, very next week, right after that, the week of June 7th, we begin learning the clog down show down routine. Yeah? Woohoo! Super excited.

So, a lot coming up on the calendar. Lots of fun things. Please keep all of those dates on your calendars. Please let us know if you have any questions.

And, thank you. Thank you for being part of Silver Creek Clogging and thank you for your part in the success of your dancer.

We appreciate you and we wish you happy dancing.

Episode 39: Week of May 3, 2021

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Hey, it’s What’s Happening at Silver Creek Clogging the week of May 3rd.

I’m 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.

It’s May and that means we start our class chats this month. We’ve been talking to you, for several weeks now, about the upcoming changes to our curriculum and here we are. We’re starting our class chats this month, with a focus on responsibility. So, this whole month we’ll be taking a few minutes in class to talk about the importance of responsibility.

One of the most important things that we all can do in life is be willing to take responsibility for our choices and for our attitudes. So, in the studio, we’re going to be talking all month long about the importance of responsibility.

At home, what you can do is, on your way to and from the studio each week, let your student know why you think responsibility is an important trait to develop and maybe talk about how you want them to show responsibility at home. You can even think of some small ways and set some goals around what you want your student to do at home to show responsibility.

Here’s a quote about responsibility from Eleanor Roosevelt, “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die, and the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”

So, that’s our focus for the month in our class chats; responsibility.

Our new class schedule will be changing effective June 1st and your student will be bringing home their new class schedule with them from class today.

So, we’ll be handing out the new timetable for each student’s class in their class this week, all right? So, look for that.

Also, a COVID update. As you may have seen on the social media, we have a big canopy tent out in the parking lot and that is where we’re going to be holding classes while the new restrictions are in place.

So, as you might know the governor, last week, said that all counties in extreme risk need to go back to some restrictions on capacity indoors, and I called to the state offices and was informed that: dance studios are considered a fitness or recreation activity, not necessarily a youth activity; that youth activities and those guidelines are specifically related to the schools; and youth activities outside of schools do not permit indoor dance, unless there’s a 25 foot distance between each student and each staff member. So, because of that, we are taking our classes outside so that we can be safe and follow the guidance of our governor.

So, it’s kind of actually fun to be outside, a little bit refreshing to feel the wind. And, yesterday we danced outside in the rain, which was a little extra fun. So, just be prepared for that. It’s gonna be fun and super excited. So, we will have our classes outside for the time being.

Here’s what’s on the studio calendar/upcoming events.

This Friday, May 7th, we’ll have outdoor open studio. If you’d like to attend just let us know/RSVP by Thursday evening, if you want to come to open studio outside.

And, then, this Saturday, actually which is May 8th, is our virtual competition filming session. So, everyone who’s competing in Nationals will come to the studio this Saturday and the schedule will go home with your student this week in class; actually today in class, so FYI on that.

And then, next Saturday is the pet parade we are still planning to attend that and participate in that. If you would like to join us, and walk in the pet parade next Saturday, just let us know in class and we will get you set up with the information about where to meet and the protocols and all that.

The week of May 17th is crazy hair and studio t-shirt week. So, get your hair all crazy and wear your studio t-shirt and we’ll be crazy outside in our tent, yeah? Maybe, who knows maybe by then we’ll be able to be back inside. We’ll see.

And then, May 29th, the last Saturday of May, is our all-studio summer kickoff recital and dress rehearsal. More details coming on that, pending COVID restrictions.

And, we will celebrate our recital in classes the next week after that. So, it’s the week of May 31st, we’re going to have a celebration. That’s going to be a little different than you’re normally used to, so I’m kind of excited about that.

And, that week also, the week after recital we have first Friday open studio on June 4th.

And, the very next week we’re going to start learning the clog down show down. Yay! Super excited about that.

So, that’s what’s on the calendar. Please keep those dates on your calendars.

Also, remember how much we appreciate you. Thank you so much for being part of our studio community. We’re excited to be offering this new, enhanced curriculum. It’s what I’m calling our Happy Dancer program. Still kind of thinking about the name for that, so if you have any suggestions let me know.

And, yeah, I’m really proud to be offering an education that provides your dancer with the skills to excel as cloggers and as people.

Thank you so much for being part of this unique culture, this unique studio community. We appreciate you and wish you happy dancing.