January saw us preparing for an action packed year as a Team. Firstly, I flew to Sydney for the day to escort 5 of our preschoolers who were chosen to dance on TV screens throughout the world on Nick Jnr! Then I headed to Melbourne for READY SET DANCE training with Jo. The day is always a highlight and we are so lucky to be a valued member of the RSD community who are so supportive and motivated to deliver the best classes possible for the next generation of dancers! Jo attended RAD Conference, Shaping Bodies, Shaping minds which looked deeper into teaching ballet and individual needs of students. Then I headed back to Melbourne for ATOD Training which is always a wonderful day learning from examiners and teachers. Our teachers then met for Team training as we do each term to ensure we are all delivering the best experience we can and creating memories for families but most of all having a positive impact on student’s lives.
Term 1 started with lots of joy and excitement and lovely weather. It was wonderful to see so many returning students and new families who settled in beautifully. My teachers did a fantastic job and all students gained new skills and confidence. We launched our 2020 concert theme - Step Back in Time and had fun dressing up as always.
How quickly life can change! Now is the time for us all to spend time with families and slow down for a while. Life gets too busy and I am sure we are all going to come out the other end with a whole new perspective and appreciation for the things we currently take for granted. Simple things, like seeing your dance friends each week are so important.
As per government guidelines our studio has closed until further notice. During that time we will continue to connect with our SSD community through our RSD Parents Facebook group and our Band app (for school aged classes). Please make sure you are in those groups as we are sharing many free resources to students which include dance classes to keep them active. None of us know when we will be able to resume business and we may need to adjust our plans along the way but know that as always we will work behind the scenes to prepare and we will keep you informed. We can’t wait to hear the sounds of families back in the dance studio!
As many of you are aware, I was diagnosed with Breast cancer recently and am recovering from surgery. I will commence treatment soon. I guess I am lucky the break will give me more time to focus on my recovery and heal. Thankyou all for your love and prayers, they mean the world to me and my family. Please take care of yourselves and keep me smiling by sharing your photos and videos on our Facebook page or in our App.
Sharon Saunders Dancers were finalists in the READY SET DANCE Awards at their Conference in Sydney on the weekend.
They were thrilled to be finalists in 3 Awards chosen from over 200 Dance Studios throughout Australia & New Zealand.
READY SET DANCE Regional Studio of the year
READY SET BALLET Studio of the year
READY SET BALLET Teacher of the year (Hannah McBain)
They didn’t win any of their categories but Principal, Sharon Saunders was announced the recipient of the Gold Twirl Award which was a people’s choice award chosen by her colleagues. READY SET DANCE is a pre school dance program. Their aim is to get preschoolers moving and focuses on the 3 C’s- Coordination, Creativity & Confidence.
Photo: Sharon Saunders with ‘Freeze’ & ‘Twirl’ from Nick Jnr. TV show READY SET DANCE.
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