Here we are in August. Wow! It’s freezing! After my wonderful getaway to Austria I am trying very hard to be positive about frozen toes. As you saw from my photos the rest of my holiday was just amazing. We spent time with some of Sarah’s closest friends and family. We took a bus ride around Linz old town so Ash could see the wonderful sites. We went up to Pöstlingberg to see Linz from afar, ventured into Linzer Grottenbahn (a dragon train ride around the land of the Dwarves and wandered around a model of Historical Linz) and caught the historic Pöstlingbergbahn mountain tram back down. Mum and dad arrived to join in the fun and our Austrian adventures continued. A glorious day was spent in the Lakes region where we got to experience iconic Austrian beauty – it’s mind blowing! Sarah finally (after almost 20 years) bought herself a Dirndl (the Austrian Nation costume that they all wear to special feasts) in the glorious Sankt Wolfgangsee and we had dinner on top of the world at Traunsee. We had a family getaway (10 people) to Portoroz, Slovenia. It was like watching a hollywood movie seeing so many beach umbrellas & deck chairs lined up along the promenade overlooking the Adriatic sea. All for hire to relax in the sun. The daytime temperature were an very even low 30’s and the nighttime temperature was always 22. This is how they enjoy every summer. It was just glorious. We visited a beautiful old town Piran, just up the road which was breathtaking and also hopped on over to Umag, Croatia for a wonderful day. Then the wind up began as we prepared to come home. It was dreadful saying goodbye as we had the most wonderful time with our Austrian family. They made our time so special. We got to be locals and tourists all in one. Our last day was spent wandering Vienna and getting a special bike tour (with a very cute guide) of it’s most iconic sites. Our Trip of a Lifetime is hopefully Part 1 in many more adventures still to come.
Now to your news. The year is flying by. Our class photos begin in 24 days. Term 3 school holidays are in 44 days (not that any parents are counting this date down).Our Senior Concert is in 68 days. Our Preschool Concert is in 120 days. 2017 classes finish in 128 days. Christmas Eve is in 135 days!
Disclaimer: I may have have my numbers out by a day, depending on how you count down but you get the drift!
While I was frollicking in the sun, Stepnout students were having lots of fun in the chilly winter break. Firstly, a big congratulations to all our students that participated in ATOD exams this year. You all performed really well on the days and represented the studio beautifully. Term 2 is always a tricky for students but it was worth the hard work and repetition necessary to master the exercises as you all did. Now the fun begins as we prepare for our 2017 Annual Concerts.
As always our Preschoolers looked adorable in their dress ups for Parent Watching Week. It’s always so much fun to watch them dance and perform in their special outfits.
Our Performance Teams didn’t have any competitions during these holidays but did attend a great workshop day to master their next group of dances. The competitions have begun since returning for Term 3 and the teams have done a great job representing the studio and achieving wonderful results. Keep up the great work girls. You are great ambassadors for the studio. We can’t wait to see you perform in the concert.
Our soloists and students participating in Duo’s have been busy throughout and have also been very successful and true ambassadors. Great work girls!
Our Winter workshop was a huge success! As always the students had an absolute ball and the parents had a nice day too! The first Wednesday of every holiday is our designated workshop day so put it in your diary for the September. The Spring workshop on Wednesday 27 September will be super fun. Book in early to ensure you have a spot.
We had a wonderful Jazz & Acro workshop day. The students that attended absolutely loved the challenges and skills that they learnt. There were challenges but everyone was up for the task.
Pilates sessions with Stef (our superstar dance teacher from years gone by) began last weekend. Everyone who attended had a marvellous time and their bodies were given a great workout too. There are more sessions in the coming months so check facebook for more info.
I’m sure I’ve missed so much of what you’ve done but as the year is now hotting up for concert preparation, the fun has begun.
If you weren’t working at the dance studio, what would you do?
I always thought I would be a nurse – maybe a midwife. I do love my job, I think it is an integral part of the studio to welcome, explain and get know those who are interested in joining our beautiful family at Stepnout.
What is your life outside of Stepnout?
So, so busy! I have 4 kids to chase after and a husband who works different shifts so there is always somewhere to be or to get to! My mum also lives with us so it is a busy little household.
What’s your favourite dance step?
No favourite step really – love all things Classical Ballet and Hip Hop
What advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t doubt yourself or your ability.
What’s your next holiday destination?
Coalville with my brothers and sisters, their partners and all the kids. Around 30 of us! Then, hopefully, Europe 2018/2019??
Who is your favourite performer?
Wouldn’t say I have a favourite. I never tire of watching talented youth give it their best shot on stage. Love seeing local ‘amateur’ theatre/performers – nothing better!
What was the last show you saw?
The Lion King – amazing!!!
What is your greatest strength?
Understanding / Listening
What are your goals for the future?
Enjoying my job and learning new things. Being happy and healthy. Go travelling.
What is your best childhood memory?
Playing “Starwars” in the backyard with my sisters – making them be storm troopers while I always took the role of Princess Leia and Luke who lived down the road was Han Solo!
If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?
Travel before settling down to have my beautiful family
What do you feel most proud of?
My kids – they drive me crazy sometimes but they all have beautiful hearts and I am proud of how they are growing up.
What is your favourite music?
Anything at all, I have a wide appreciation for many genres of music, Instrumental as well as vocal
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
Aside from my Europe dream…. I would love to see the Northern Territory
What teacher in school made the most impact on you and why?
Mrs Same, year 8 Math. She explained things so well and always had time to go over things that I was having difficulty with.
What was one of your most defining moments in life?
When I moved out of home
How do you spend your free time?
Getting my kids around to where they need to be, catching up with friends and family. Sleeping in when I can!
If you won the lottery, what would you do?
Clear any debt. Give some to The Leukaemia Foundation, Beyond Blue and Royal Women’s Hospital. Take that holiday to Europe!
What was your most embarrassing moment?
I had a terrible cold, it was our Ballet exam day and I sneezed. No one had any tissues as we were in the local church hall and the toilets were in the exam room! I stood there with both hands covering my nose until the exam was over and someone could run in and grab some toilet paper.
What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?
To quilt and crochet
What does a perfect day look like to you?
A day spent with family with nibbles and drinks while the kids play and the laughter is contagious!
At Stepnout Performing Arts we are very excited to announce we are now a registered affiliate studio and a member of the DanceStep program. Offered in partnership with studio teachers, DanceStep empowers students to take care of others and guides them to be leaders and role models. The program covers assistant teaching skills such as behaviour management, different learning needs and styles, Safe Dance Principles and anatomy to name just a few. These concepts are broken down to be taught in a sequential and age appropriate way to children from ten or eleven years of age. Whether students are considering a career in dance teaching or otherwise, the DanceStep program is a great preparation for many aspects of life.
With the inclusion of DanceStep at Stepnout Performing Arts our young dancers have a framework where they can contribute to the community in a positive way. Past students of the DanceStep program have experienced increased levels of confidence and have learnt patience, empathy, communication skills and how to take initiative in different situations. As affiliate members of the DanceStep program, it is wonderful for us to be able to provide this opportunity for our dancers to flourish not only as young people, but to also watch them grow into competent and confident assistant teachers and student leaders.