Month: August 2016

10 questions for our amazing Lou!!

Get to know our teachers and their love for dancing with these questions

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When did you start dancing?

3, I think?

What’s your favourite part of teaching?

As I mainly teach young ones, it’s the interactions with them every class. It’s the love, cuddles, stories and sometimes even the grumpiness!

 

 

If you weren’t teaching dance, what would you do?

No idea!

What is your life outside of Stepnout?

Bringing up my 4 year old. No where as exciting as my life at Stepnout.

What’s your favourite dance step?

Each year it changes. This year my signature move is clap knees and clap hands or step point.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Don’t be afraid to take risks.

What’s your next holiday destination?

Hopefully Europe if Liz lets me (fingers crossed).

Who is your favourite performer?

Jean Kelly, still would have to be my favourtite.

What was the last show you saw?

Matilda

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I still see myself apart of the Stepnout family whatever capacity I can!

It’s Not All About Winning

As the Olympic Games draw to a close this weekend it has been astounding to hear comments made about our Olympic team and the results that Australia has achieved in Rio. It’s also that constant reminder for all parents and children about the importance of understanding that competition at any level and in any medium “is not all about winning”.

As a the slightly “older” parent I clearly remember that at school and in all sports and other competitions there were those that won or placed and those that did not. It was and still is one of life’s lessons. The thrills of winning and the disappointment of not placing. To become the resilient people that we want our children to be, we, as parents need to guide our children through this challenging life lesson. It’s not whether you win or lose, it really is about how you play the game.

There are people that are exceptional in their chosen field. Most of us can only live in awe of their abilities and achievements. Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps and Simone Biles immediately jump to mind. They are elite sports people and their achievements are mind boggling. The commitment and sacrifices that they have made to achieve this greatness is phenomenal. Most of us will never encounter men or women of this calibre in our daily life but there is always the possibility that we compete against someone who is clearly superior to us.

Our competition teams and soloists are facing this hurdle at the moment. Some teams have moved up in age group, they are made up of different students from last year who are gaining experience along the way and they have not had alot success this year. As you can imagine there are many factors at play here including the competition standards, the number and quality of competitors in a section, the difficulty of the routine, the adjudicators’ personal opinion and each students commitment to the team and each individual performance. There is no doubting the disappointment when you don’t place but the students’ joined the teams to gain performance experience and to partake in competitions. There is never a guarantee of success.

It can be quite difficult for students to be honest about their own performance whether in solos or teams but this reflection in itself is a wonderful life skill. Its very easy to blame others but the important thing is that each child in a team or a soloist can hold their head up high and be proud of their own efforts. They may never win but if each performance brings about improvement then they have achieved amazing things.

Life is not about winning and losing it’s about taking part. It is about experiences, adventures and moments in time. To be successful is to always try our best. We are all different and have individual strengths and weaknesses. Our journeys are all unique. We must all strive for our own personal best.

A trophy or ribbon does not define who you are. The journey is what makes you the most amazing person that you can be.

Always be the best person that you can be!

NEW PARTNERSHIP

We are excited to announce our new partnership with the Pancake Palour. Every student of the month will now receive a gift voucher to have a special treat! Well done to all of our student of the months.

Resilience

Resilience is one of those life long skills that we all need. At times I have doubts about my own resilience so wonder how I’m going to instill this important skill on my child and those that I teach or have the opportunity to develop relationships with.

I was reading some articles on this subject and there is so much information out there it’s hard to sort through. I will mention below the articles that I borrowed information from.

The most important thing that I found out was that it’s the parents and/or main care givers who need to do the most to ensure our children become resilient. Hopefully teachers and other adults will all do their part which will support your children on this journey but the buck stops with mum, dad or their main caregivers.

Resilience is more than coping. It’s the ability to bounce back after disappointment, take on challenges, shrug off failures and know boundaries to develop interpersonal and personal skills. Seeking new experiences and opportunities that require risks to achieve goals and navigate setbacks and rejections. Resilience builds great self-confidence.

So what can we do as parents and carers? Children need loving and strong positive interactions with their parents and carers and opportunities to safely make mistakes and learn from them. A sense of humour is a wonderful tool both at home and in dealing with the challenges life throws up. There is nothing like a big belly laugh to make you feel great inside. Find something funny in any adverse situation to keep things in perspective. Teach your children to make plans, be organised, have self discipline, be tidy and have reduced clutter around so they can think clearly. Help them understand that they need to work hard and be resourceful to be successful. Nothing is handed to us on a platter, don’t hide this fact from your children.

Helping your child connect with a good school and be involved in positive community groups like Stepnout Performing Arts will also offer opportunities to develop resilience and a sense of belonging. Opportunities here are as simple as successfully preparing for exams, practising concert dances at home so they know them, trying to push themselves a little further in those steps or stretches that they are struggling to master. Our teachers are here to help all of our students achieve goals. They only have to ask or show initiative.

Finally, memories from childhood build patterns of expectation in the brain for life. Those little rituals that you have can make all the difference. Repeated “magic” moments like reading a book snuggled together at night, singing together in the car, watching movies together, walking in the park, your family’s festive traditions, Birthday celebrations can help them anticipate positive and optimistic moments in life.

Bringing up children is probably the hardest thing you will ever do but just like the magic moment when you first held them in your arms it could be the most rewarding experience of your life. It takes a lot to build resilient, happy people but the rewards and joys make it worth every tear.

Resources: The Little Things are the big Things-Building Resilience by Maggie Dent, Resilience: Helping your child to ‘bounce back’ by Toni Noble & Helen McGrath.

You could also look back on the blog “Dancing builds resilience” from 8 March 2016.

Have a great Term!

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