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Hey, it’s What’s Happening at Silver Creek Clogging the week of July 12th.

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.

We have a lot to go over this week, so we are just going to get right to it.

This month, our Tapping into ExcellenceTM leadership focus is self-esteem, and we are focusing all of our class chats on self-esteem.

Last week, we invited students to reflect on what makes them unique, and students who return their “I’m one of a kind” worksheet to the studio will get a little prize. So, we’re super excited to learn more about each one of our students and what makes them unique.

This week we’re going to talk about the next step. So, once we acknowledge and recognize the things that make us unique, then we can build self-esteem by contributing those skills to a group or community to which we belong.

So, every community needs a variety of personalities and skills to thrive, and so being able to recognize the unique value of your contributions is super important.

So, we’ve asked you to support the studio-wide focus on self-esteem this month, by helping your student choose and follow through on one of these activities.

So, one option would be to think of a group or community that you belong to and then think of something you, in particular, can contribute toward a need that community might have.

So, a couple of options would be: if you have a group of friends who are spending way too much time on your screens, then maybe invite them to some sort of physical activity you could organize (even a clogging class for your group of friends), and then get them involved in something away from their screens.

Or, maybe at your workplace, you have a particular skill in organization. You could contribute that to your workplace, by organizing your own workspace and then helping with an organization-wide effort to clean up the office environment.

So, those are a couple of examples in that.

Another option would be to think of a way you are able to contribute either a service or do a kindness for a group or community that you belong to. And, think about your unique skills/your unique gifts/your unique talents, and find a way to do that kindness or service in a way that doesn’t require or invite recognition or a reward. So, see if you can figure out a way to do that, in a way they can’t guess who you are. Do you think you can do that? Try that.

So, check out one of those two options to help your student practice sharing what they have to offer, because as we begin practicing contributing our unique gifts talents/skills/abilities in our own communities, then that helps us be more confident and really grow into ourselves.

Hopefully, you will support your student in doing one of those activities. Of course, they’re all outlined in your email. So, take a look for that.

This Friday, July 16th is our fourth annual clog down showdown and family potluck. So, here’s all the details:

It’s this Friday, July 16th at 6:00pm. We’ll do it here at the studio, at the Silver Creek Clogging Dance and Movement Center.

So, you will want to bring your family, you want to bring your own chairs, and you’ll want to bring a side dish or a dessert to share with everyone.

And, we at the studio, will provide some hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, all the fixin’s for those things. We’ll bring the water, the lemonade. We’ll have the paper products, the plates, the napkins, and so forth, and serving utensils for the dishes. All right? Yeah. Super fun.

Come prepared to participate: one, to watch our students dance away and show off their skills, and then two, while we’re eating and enjoying the time together, we will also have some family activities that we’ll play. All right?

So, please remember to bring your own chairs. To help with the physical distancing, we’re not going to be setting up tables, so we’ll have each family kind of congregate together with their own chairs and their own space. All right?

I’m really excited for this. I think this is probably going to be one of our smallest clog downs ever; but I also think it’s going to be one of our most exciting clog downs ever. So super excited. Can’t wait.

We are hiring here, at the studio. We have a need, an immediate need, for a part-time classroom aid at Silver Creek Clogging.

Currently, this position is only open to currently enrolled students at Silver Creek Clogging. We want to give you, our current students, the first opportunity at this job. It is for someone who loves to share clogging. It’s for someone who wants to grow into, potentially, other roles and opportunities at the studio. It’s for someone who… (even if you don’t want to be a clogging teacher for the rest of your life), it’s for someone who wants to grow in other areas of your life. To learn skills, just like we teach our students leadership skills, to learn skills that are going to help you be successful in other areas of your life.

So, if you are excited about the possibility of contributing to the success of a growing studio community, and to building your own skills as a dancer and a person, this is for you.

The link to apply, and more information about the position (including a video about my own journey as a clogging instructor), that’s in your email.

All right, June’s practicer of the month. Give it up for Teresa. Yay, Teresa. She’s our practicer of the month for June.

And, you know what, every month every student is entered into being our practicer of the month. So, all you need to do is log on to TeacherZone, start your practice timer, and the student who logs the most days practiced within a month, in TeacherZone, wins a voucher for one free competition entry to next February’s competition in Portland.

So, Teresa, Teresa’s on a roll; because she has won the last three months straight. Which means, she’s got three vouchers for three competition events. She’s practiced it up. Yay, Teresa. Way to go.

If you want to see if you can beat Teresa in July, you got to get going now, because we’re already several days into July. So, make sure to log into TeacherZone every day. When you click your practice timer, you will automatically be entered in to the competition. All right?

Here’s what’s coming up on the studio calendar. Of course, this Friday remember, clog down showdown at 6:00pm.

The week of August 2nd, please wear your dance costume, or other fun dress up, to class. Whatever you want that seems fun.

Monday, September 6th, for those of you with Monday classes, please remember, no classes that Monday.

And, the week of September 27th, wear your studio t-shirt and crazy socks to class. Super fun.

The week of October 25th, wear your non-scary Halloween costume to class.

And then, next year, Saturday, January 22nd, please keep on your calendars our Winter Showcase dress rehearsal and recital. All of our students are invited to participate in that recital.

And also, Saturday, June 4th, 2022 is our Summer Kickoff dress rehearsal and recital, in which all of our students are invited to participate.

So, summer community performances, also; all of our students are invited to participate in every single one of these summer community performances.

Saturday, August 7th is the Homer Davenport Parade and we want you to be in the parade with us, helping pass out candy, just dancing a little bit and having tons of fun.

Saturday, August 21st, we want you to participate in the Silverton Arts Festival with us. We’re going to be dancing on the stage and every single student who is enrolled is invited to come and dance with us at the Silverton Fine Arts Festival.

And, there are a few other events that are on the calendar, that we’re still trying to nail down, We won’t go over those, particularly, right now; but, please check your email and please join us, and make sure to put those dates and events on your calendars, so you can join us. All right?

Remember to help your student practice using their own unique skills and talents to contribute to a community they belong to (a group of friends, a church group, a school group, a workplace, any place where your student is part of a community), and help them practice contributing their unique skills to their community by doing one of the activities that we talked about earlier. It will really help their confidence, and their knowledge of their own value and what they have to contribute, grow. So, can’t wait to hear how all of that went. We’ll be chatting about that in classes this week and until then, happy dancing.

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