ST JOSEPH AND CAIRNGORM HIGHLAND DANCERS.
Hi everyone. Sorry the newsletter is so late this term.
Competitions held since the last newsletter have been Scotia Competition/Moreton Bay Championships, Scotland in the Park and Bay Islands. Bay Islands was the first premier competition for Laura, Emma and Olivia Pomerenke and it was the first Intermediate competition for Charlotte Scott. All of the girls entered, danced really well and I was proud of each and every one of you.
We also had students Courtnie McGrath-Kerr, Laura Anderson, Sarah Lockyer and Amy Jimmieson travel down to Gosford to compete in the International Highland Dancing Championships in July with all girls dancing beautifully. We entered one choreography piece and the girls gained 4th placing (and they were the only Queenslanders entered!). Courtnie and Laura A also placed in the top 6 in the International Championships. Well done to all girls.
Laura Anderson, Isabella Arnold and Hannah Watts competed in Coffs Harbour last weekend and all three girls were a credit to the studio and their parents, dancing really well.
Dancing at competitions is not just to win prizes and all dancers should be aware of this. Dancing at a competition gives each dancer a bit more incentive to work harder in lessons and to work or strive towards a goal. The joy of doing your best for family and friends and entertaining people is something that should be very high on the priorities of each dancer as the prizes come and go and accumulate sometimes in a box at home. But the achievement and growth and maturity gained by each dancer from the experience will last a lifetime and enable them to have confidence to face difficult situations in their many years to come.
We danced at a number of displays and fete’s recently where everyone danced wonderfully and the audience really enjoyed the performances.
St. Joseph dancers have been asked to perform at the Cultural Showcase being held on Monday night, 9th September at 7pm. More information will be available shortly but if you are interested in performing in this showcase please let me know ASAP via email.
A reminder that the exams are coming up towards the end of September and I hope you are all practising hard and learning your theory.
Once again we have taken on the running of the canteen and catering for the South East Queensland Performing Arts Eistedfod in October and we are needing your assistance with baking and/or volunteering some of your time to help man the canteen during these weekends. Please refer to the email sent out earlier for the dates and times help is needed. I am hoping everyone can offer just a small amount of their time to help with this fundraising event for the studio.
Finally, as it is almost the end of year, its time to start thinking about the end of year concerts and Christmas party. Could you please let me know if you will be attending the concerts and/or the party so that planning and catering can start to be organised. Next year we will be having a Canadian teacher for our Summer School which will be held in late January. This will be an amazing opportunity and experience for all dancers who are able to attend. Dates and times will be given out next term.
Information It would be appreciated if everyone could let me know whether they can attend competitions, displays, fundraising events, or if they wish to let me know anything at all, that this be done via email or via a note placed in an envelope. As you can appreciate, when I am teaching a dancing lesson, my focus is on my students and although I may take in something that is said to me at the time, I don’t have time to sit down and write it down in my diary or make a note of it. By the end of the day I don’t always recall everything that is said to me. This does not mean that you cannot speak to me at all, and if possible I will always try to talk to you and provide you with answers to any questions you may have, but my priority is to my students and in trying to give them the best lesson possible.
Paying Money Please ensure that any money that is given to me is put into an envelope with the student’s name on it and what the money is for. If I am teaching and money is given to me and I don’t have anything to say where it has come from, and then I continue to teach, I sometimes forget who has given me money. So please put it in an envelope with your child’s name on it. If you are writing out a cheque, please make it out to T. Riding, as there is no bank account for Cairngorm Dancers.
Important dates to write in your diary/calendar for 2013:
23rd November – St. Joseph Concert
7th December – Cairngorm Concert
8th December – Christmas Party
Highland Dancing Term Dates for 2013
Term 3 – 11 weeks – 8th July to 20th September 2013
Term 4 – 9 weeks – 7th October to 6th December, 2013
Lessons will not be held on the following Days due to Seminar’s; Workshops, Competitions etc.