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

This is What’s Happening at Silver Creek Clogging the week of January 3rd. Yes? Yes. It’s January; January 2022. Happy New Year!

This is the time for a renewed vision, a renewed perspective, and hope. Yes. I hope you all have enjoyed a lovely winter break with your loved ones and I hope you were able to get your own R & R time and that you will be ready to be back in the studio for all classes regularly scheduled this week.

I’m super excited to see everyone back in the studio for dancing. I’ve missed you.

Anyway… this month, January, our Tapping into ExcellenceTM leadership focus for the month is on goal setting. And, one of the most important things we can learn to do is, how to set goals.

In fact, anything you want to do, it requires goal setting and especially when you’re learning something as deep and as complex as dance.

And, in fact, dance is a super great way to practice goal setting. And, it doesn’t matter even what you want to achieve, as long as you want to learn and grow and progress in some way. Whether that’s that you want to continue a steady practice, where you’re continuing to grow and become more confident – that’s a worth worthwhile goal. Whether you have a desire to master new steps or techniques, to become highly proficient – that’s a worthwhile goal. Whatever it is that you want to achieve, it’s really important to set goals; because learning how to focus your time and your energy on what it is that you want to accomplish will not only help you learn and progress and grow faster towards reaching your goals, it will help you to actually see how you progress along the way.

So, as part of our month-long focus on goal setting instructors are going to be scheduling one-on-one goal-setting sessions with each student, so students and/or parents can meet one-on-one with your instructor to chat a little bit about your progress, to chat a little bit about what you want to accomplish, what your individual goals are and how we can help you focus on what you want to achieve here at Silver Creek Clogging.

So, that’s coming. More information about that will be upcoming. In the meantime, take advantage of your car ride to and from the studio to talk about the value of setting goals; and to think about what your dreams are, what your students dreams are, and what their visions are for the future; and maybe even talk about your own goals and what you’re currently working to achieve.

For me, I know that if I don’t set goals, it’s just like all over the place; but if I know and I can track and remain on track with my progress and monitor that – boy, I feel so much better, I get so much more done and I actually can see what it is that I’ve achieved. I want that for you as well.

And, a really important part of setting goals is positive thinking. You actually need to believe that your goals are measurable, that they’re achievable.

And, Oprah Winfrey said, “Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life; because, you become what you believe.” And, I want you to believe in yourself and I want you to know that you are worth setting and achieving your own goals. Alright? So, that’s what we have. I almost got a little bit teary-eyed there, but we’re going to be doing that with you guys this month.

And, competition students, this week (this Thursday, actually, January 6th), entry forms and entry fees are due for Oregon kickoff and Boise kickoff. Okay? We will be talking more with students in classes this week and those competitions are required for advanced students and higher. All other students, if you would like to participate, you are totally welcome. And, instructors will be chatting with you about that this week.

Our winter showcase recital is scheduled for Saturday, January 22nd. All the details about that are in your email. This is our mid-year (mid-dance-year) recital, where it’s a time for our students to (in a super relaxed, super low-key, just super friendly and warm environment), where you can show off to your family and friends what you’ve been learning so far for this dance year.

So, we do this every mid-January. It’s always super, super low-key, super fun, it’s a good time for others in our studio community (whom you may not have met yet) to meet and mingle.

And, usually, we have some sort of treats, I guess, that people can bring a treat to share. This year, due to COVID, we’re not going to be doing a potluck style treat. So, we’re going to keep an eye on the protocols, the COVID regulations, and we’ll decide whether we as a studio are going to go ahead and provide some informal refreshments. But, you will maybe be surprised the day of the show. But, that’s one of the most fun parts of this January recital (to me anyway), is just that opportunity to get to hang around and chit-chat a little bit. But, we’re keeping an eye on those COVID protocols, so we’ll see how that goes. But, all the location, the schedule for the day, all of that, is in your email.

Tickets to the show, online ticket sales, open this Friday, January 7th. You’ll get a separate email with a link to where you can purchase those tickets. You may, each student may, request up to two complementary tickets, you’ll get a coupon code for that. Each additional ticket to this particular performance is four dollars per audience member. Again, it’s a super low key, super relaxed, it’s just friendly – for some of us this is our very, very, very first performance on stage (ever); so, we’re just low keying it. Super friendly, super low-key, and kind of just get to know each other.

So, again, all the details are in your email. You will get more information about ticket sales later this week; but, in the meantime, please feel free to ask your instructor any questions that you have about that. It’s really exciting. It’s just a couple weeks – three weeks, woohoo!

Silverton farmers market we have another market performance this Saturday, January 8th. This is optional. You are invited and you are welcome to join us to perform at 10:30.

Competition students, you are invited to sell any kind of non-food/non-agricultural type of crafts at our booth, to help you raise funds for your entry fees. You have entry fees coming for nationals, you have travel expenses coming up, so you can raise money to help you with any of that. And, that’s that.

So, here’s what’s on the studio calendar and what’s coming up.

Again, this Saturday is the Silverton Farmers Market performance for anyone who wants to participate.

Next Saturday, January 15th, we’re hosting an open house for new students. So, if you know someone you think would be an amazing addition to our studio community, please share the open house link with them and they can sign up for a free preview class that’ll be held during the open house. And, the link is in your email.

Saturday, January 22nd is our Winter Showcase.

Saturday, January 29th is Midwinter Festival in Albany. It’s all day Saturday and it’s optional. It does cost extra money and it is not right for every student, so we will be letting you guys know about that/giving you the handouts in classes this week.

And, then, let’s see – competitions that are coming up: February 4th and 5th, Kick-off Portland; February 10th through 12th is kickoff Boise; and then May 13th and 14th is Nationals in Salt Lake City.

Saturday, June 4th we will have our Summer Kickoff Dress Rehearsal and Recital at the Historic Grand Theater in Salem. That is our on stage, in the theater, fun end of the dance year performance. That one’s a fun one, too.

So, please put all of those dates and all of those events on your calendars and, remember, Happy New Year!

I am so, so, so grateful that you are part of our Silver Creek Clogging studio community and I, and the rest of our staff, are wishing you an amazing 2022, the best year yet.

Happy New Year and happy dancing from Silver Creek Clogging.

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