Audio Transcript

Hey, everyone.  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 and this is What’s Happening at Silver Creek Clogging the week of December 6th.

December all month long in our, our Tapping into Excellence™ leadership program, we are talking about teamwork.

And, did you know that a team is a group of people working together toward a common goal? Yes.  Being part of a team, who is working together, That’s teamwork. And it can be so amazing to work together as part of a team and it can also take practice.

So, we are challenging you this month, to practice teamwork by doing one of the following challenges:

One; identify the teams you are part (teams come in all forms). Make a list of the things you’ve been able to accomplish as a result of being part of a team and working together as a part of a team, that you wouldn’t have otherwise been able to accomplish individually. That’s one.

Another challenge is to make a list the characteristics that you think make up really amazing teamwork.  And, then, start working to embody those characteristics yourself.  Yeah? That’s the real challenge.  Is once, you have that list, to start working on being the kind of team member that you think is idea.

And, if you didn’t know, you – as a member of our Silver Creek Clogging community – you are part of our team.  We really appreciate you. We are working to give our students the skills to excel on the dance floor and also in life and we appreciate you and everything you do to help us and work with us to help accomplish that goal.

We are grateful for you as part of our team and here we go.  Go Team.

We have some updated student check-in protocols at the studio.

Recently, I think just before Thanksgiving, there were some changes at the state level that are impacting our check in protocols. And, so, here’s the deal.  We are no longer – at least for the time being – we are not asking the check in/pre-screening questions at the studio.  You, at home, you are required to assess the health of your own student at home. 

There are some specific questions that your student must answer, “No”, to.  If your student can answer, “Yes”, to any of the questions that are outlined in your email, then your student should not come to class.

So, if your student has had a new or worsening cough, if your student has a fever, if your student has shortness of breath, a sore throat or loss of smell and/or taste, if your student has been in close contact with anyone with those symptoms or whose been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 10 days – you should not come to the studio, okay.

So, if you’re not well, if you answer, “Yes”, to any of those questions, please don’t come to the studio.  You can join your classes virtually.  That is definitely an option.  If you don’t know how to do that, just let us know and we’ll help you understand how your student can join classes virtually. 

Please also know that students are required to wear face coverings while they’re inside the studio at all times, except while actively dancing.

So, you’ve gotta wear it to get in.  You need a mask to enter the studio and if you don’t have one, we have some and we’ll give one to you.  So, just a heads up on that.  Please let us know if you have any questions about that.

We have a couple of announcements for our competition students.   So, competition students – one, you have a fundraising opportunity. This Saturday at the Silverton farmers market, if you want to make any craft to sell at the farmers market booth to earn money for your entry fees or travel costs associated with competition, please do. 

This is a really great time, pre-holiday season, to sell little trinkets for people.  So, just let us know, we’ll be getting final info from students this week in classes.

And, also, competition students – the competition entry deadline for both Portland and Boise is right around the corner.  It’s just one month away, actually.  We will be sending entry forms home with students.  We’ve already been working on our competition events. So, this will just kind of bring it into reality when you see that on paper.

Competitions at Boise and Portland and Nationals are required for Team Combustion; all other students may participate if they choose.  So, just let us know if you want more information about that and we would love to have you join us. 

Here’s what’s on the studio calendar and what’s coming up.

This Saturday, December 11th is Silverton Farmers Market performance. If you’d like to perform with us, we would love for you to perform with us at 10:30 and we will get RSVPs in classes this week.  Also, that’s the day for competition students who may want to sell items to raise funds for their competition entry. 

And next week, the week of December 12th is wear your “ugly”, or not ugly, holiday t-shirt to class

And, then, the week after that, winter break starts on Wednesday.  So, winter break is Wednesday, December 22nd through Saturday, January 1st.  We will not have any classes during winter break.

Thursday, January 6th is the competition entry deadline for Kick-Off Oregon & Kick-Off Boise. Heads up on that.

Saturday, January 22nd is the Winter Showcase recital. And, we are not actually going to end up having a dress rehearsal, so all the details are going to come on that. Low key, super fun and, yay, we’re finalizing all those details now.  So, you should hear more about that next week. 

And, then Saturday, January 29th is Mid-Winter Festival in Albany. In the next week or two, we’ll have handouts for that

February 4th and 5th: America OnStage Kick-Off Portland

February 10th through 12th: America OnStage Kick-Off Boise

May 13th & 14th: America OnStage Nationals, in Salt Lake City

Please keep on your calendars Saturday, June 4th.  That is our Summer Kick-Off dress rehearsal and recital at the Historic Grand Theatre in Salem.

And, then, as soon as we can get a performance scheduled for the Davenport House we will let you know.  In the meantime, please put all of those events and all of those dates on your calendars.

Please remember to practice developing your teamwork skills by doing one of the challenges that we described for you.

Thank you, again, so much for being part of our team here, at Silver Creek Clogging.  Thank you for everything that you do to contribute to the education and the growth of our students.  We really appreciate you, we are grateful for you, and we wish you happy dancing.

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