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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 17th.

And, first, right off the bat, I just want to remind everyone that we do have classes as scheduled Monday January 17th. I know some of you are off school, some of you are off work, but you’re not off dance; so we’ll see everyone who has a classes as scheduled on Mondays – we will see you on Monday, today; Monday, January 17th, all right? Super excited.

This month, all month long, January we are focusing our Tapping into ExcellenceTM leadership principle on the topic of goal setting. Goal setting is so important. It’s important in dance and it’s important in life. And, this month we’ve been talking about the difference between short-term and long-term goals, and they are both super important.

If we don’t set long-term goals for ourselves, we’ll never know where we’re going, right. And, those short-term goals help us kind of keep motivated and progressing towards those long-term goals, right. So, it’s so important. Both of those types of goals are really important.

But, you know, sometimes those long-term goals, if all we ever do is focus… Let’s think about this as like mountain climbing. If I’m at the bottom of a mountain and I look clear up to the top of the mountain, it looks so far away and that can be overwhelming, right. So that’s why those short-term goals – as I’m looking to climb that mountain, maybe I just look to this little ridge ahead of me. Let me get to that ridge. Great. Then, I can get to the next ridge after that. Great. And, then the next ridge and, eventually, I will be at the top of the mountain if I stick with it, right. So, those short-term goals are so important to help keep us moving towards our long-term goals. So, let’s keep looking at the top of the mountain, that very tallest peak. Let’s keep motivated towards getting there and, to help keep us from being so overwhelmed, let’s also use those short-term goals to help keep us chunking away. All right?

So, what are your long-term goals for dance? What do you want to accomplish? What do you want to achieve? We all have goals. We all have reasons why we are in dance. So, what are those reasons, and what are those long-term goals, and then let’s set some short-term goals to help us reach those long-term goals, right.

That’s why this month we are doing our dance and dream sessions with students. This is our time where we’re going to go over our semi-annual student evaluations with everyone and we’re going to help figure out, and set, and make a plan for your goals and your future of dancing.

So, if you’re if your teacher hasn’t already been in touch with you to set your dance and dream session up, let’s make sure to talk about that this week and get that set up. We want to do those in January, where we’re talking about goal setting, right. All right.

One thing that’s so super important about goals… Vance Havener… said this, “Action is everything. The vision must be followed by the venture.” Yes? “It’s not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.”

Right, so you’ve got to set your goals and then you’ve got to get about moving towards action to accomplish them and that’s what we’re going to talk about in our dance and dream sessions this month.

Saturday. Yay, I’m so excited for Saturday. It’s our winter showcase. I do want to tell you a couple things about that. One: this is so super relaxed, so super informal. This is not like a theater performance, so this this winter showcase is just that, it’s a showcase of what our students have learned so far. And, this year unfortunately, due to COVID, we are not going to have refreshments. So, I was hoping that maybe we would be able to, but it’s just, we’re just, yeah – we’re just not going to. Usually, we have refreshments and we mingle and we chit-chat after (it’s just a such great community building time); but we’ll have to figure out how to build community in other ways this year.

Tickets to the show. Tickets. We have very limited tickets left, so if you haven’t already ordered your tickets, I hope you can get some. Because, last week they just kind of went boom. Everybody ordered their tickets – most everybody ordered their tickets. We actually only have maybe a dozen tickets left, so hopefully if you haven’t already gotten your tickets there are still some left for you.

If you have questions about that, of course, just chat with your instructor and they can help you figure out how to get tickets.

Okay, here’s what’s on this calendar and what’s coming up. This Saturday, of course, is our winter showcase. All the info about that is in your email and notes have been sent home with students.

Saturday, January 29th, that’s next Saturday, is midwinter festival in Albany for those who registered. And, then, we have a bunch of competitions coming up right away after that.

So, February 4th and 5th is Kick Off Oregon; February 10th and 12th is Kick Off Boise; and then May 13th and 14th is Nationals in Salt Lake City.

We are also, on Monday, February 7th, we’re having an Intro to Power Tap workshop for adults. So, if you know anyone who you think would have an amazing time here and be a great addition to our studio community, please let them know about that.

And, then, of course for all students, Saturday, June 4th is our summer kickoff recital. That is in the theater. It’s at the theater – it’ll be at the Historic Grand Theatre in Salem.

And, please put those dates and those events on your calendars. I’m so super excited for our showcase this Saturday, can’t wait. We’ll see you in class. Until then, happy dancing.

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