New project in the works!

I am very excited about a new project! Won't give too much away but this weekend I am working on a prototype! I am super excited about this project and I am excited to use them for our workshop next week! I will take photos and possibly do a video about this new product! I feel it will really help my dancers visualize what I am saying! My only hint, Tartans! more to come next week stay tuned. Happy dancing!

Gearing up for the U.S.I.R

So very proud of two of our dancers that have qualified to compete in Nationals this year! They will be heading to  Gettysburg in just a few short weeks! we wish them the best of luck! They have worked hard for this and have been training diligently!  Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

We will have a workshop in the Dallas location starting July 9. More information on this workshop soon.  The workshop will focus on technique and getting ready for nationals.

Dallas will also be hosting a workshop in August and we will be covering the championship steps that will be coming out soon! Exciting times! Any guesses on what the steps will be or which premeirship dances? Its always fun to tackle the new steps!

Keep practising!

Feeling very nostalgic

  I was recently sent a box, in it were four beautiful brooches that once belonged to my beloved dance teacher. My dance teacher was Jean Forbes, a second Mom in so many ways. I danced with her from the tender age of two until the age of 18. Jean Forbes was a teacher and judge in Highland dance, she also taught ballet through the royal academy of dance and tap. 

      Mrs. Forbes opened up the world to me. Besides traveling all through the U.S. for competitions our dance group got to travel to Scotland (which are memories that I will always cherish) and a Dance exchange to Canada. We saw so many things and meet so many people all due to the love of dance.  

       Due to a diving accident I broke my back and for a few years had trouble walking at times. I still went to dance class and watched. Mrs. Forbes decided I could do more than watch. She asked me to come early and work with the “little ones” puzzled I said sure. What did she mean, how could I help?  

     So I came in early wondering what she had planned. “I’m broken“ I thought, I’m using a walker, I can’t make my legs work the way they used to, how can I help?  But I trusted Mrs.Forbes she loved me and had a plan. So before the littles came in she told me what I was to teach them that day, I was puzzled, she gently smiled. Turn your walker around so you can balance, use your words and your legs if you can. I’ll be right here if you need help. So I did just as I was instructed. 

    My heart was doing flip flops! I saw these tiny faces looking at me, they watched and listened and they did it! I did it! I wasn’t broken after all! That day changed so much for me!  

       I am all healed and have been for many many years. And I have learned many things since then. But I am forever grateful for that day! Now I have a dance school, and many sweet children have come into my life through dance which I am grateful for each and every one as they have a special place within my heart. 

         So I will wear this brooch with joy and pride, remembering all that Jean Forbes did for me. And I am forever great that she was in my life. 

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Thank you Nancy!

San Antonio Highland Games and Celtic Festival

We had an amazing weekend! It felt like Scotland in San Antonio this competition, with temperatures from the 40’s to 50’s all day! The piper ,Daniel Carr did amazing in the cold weather and all the dancers there were amazing! As I should watching the many competitors compete I was impressed as I knew my own feet were numb and yet they were up there dancing trying to achieve a personal best! 

    This is the mindset of champions! Personal best, they are working hard to dance the very best that they can. The other dancers are trying to achieve their personal best also.  

      With this in mind, I love to go to the Highland dance competitions. The dancers are excited to see dance friends weather from their own school or another school. While these dancers are in competition, they are encouraged to make friends with at least one new person at each event. I love the encouragement to all dancers there, the kindness and the friendships. They are all encouraged to look inwards to their own dancing. This is only one of the things about highland dance that I love. 

The next dance there was a workshop with the dance judge and the piper (who is a world champion highland dancer and teacher himself) the workshop was amazing! Beginner through premier dancers danced at this workshop for 5 hours. They worked on so many things and after dancing all day left the workshop happy, tired, and enthusiastic about what they had just worked on! Can’t ask for anything better than this! 

      It was great getting to do this workshop with these two amazing people ,as our Regional competition is just a few weeks away! Dancers are gearing up and getting ready! Will they get first, second or third to qualify for nationals? Have they practiced enough? Have they done their best to get ready? We are getting close ........ 

 congratulations girls!

congratulations girls!

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  1. dance friends! 

Workshops and Medal Testing

What a busy month! We had the wonderful opportunity to enjoy a killer workshop ran by Ms.B Klein and Tom Brugger. While Ms.B worked our dancers on technique Mr.Brugger worked on getting fit. The dancers learned so much from both instructors! And were quite sore for several days. Hurts so good!

Next our dancers took their annual medal tests and I am very proud to say all dancers ranked the highest marks on their tests. Well done dancers! I am one proud teacher!

Just this weekend we had a workshop held in Houston. Our dancers worked hard super proud they danced full out for 3 straight hours. Well done even our primary dancers did great! Getting ready for competition season! 

This weekend we will be performing at the Sherman Celtic Festival and Highland Games. We had a fantastic time last year and it looks to be even bigger this year! We will be performing at 11:00, 3:00 and again at 5:00. Come by and say Hi!

Events that are coming up soon!

Very excited to say that we are very busy. March 3 our school will be participating in the Spring Fling, Ms.B will be the instructor . We are always excited to attend workshops and work hard!

March 10th we will be having medal testing at our Dallas location. 

March 24th we will be performing at the Sherman Celtic Fest https://www.shermancelticfest.com! We preformed at this event last year and had such a fun time! And two of our dancers were the subject of the prize winning photos in the photo contest how fun is that! If you attend stop by and say Hi!

April 7-8th Our dancers will be competing at the San Antonio Highland Games. https://www.sahga.org/

 

 

Sadie Simpson Weekend

       Our own Mary Dickinson was nominated to try for the Sadie Simpson Scholarship! What an honor this has been for Mary and our school! I had the good fortune to know Sadie Simpson when I was a child dancing she was an amazing woman and to have a dancer try for her scholarship made this dance teachers heart swell with joy!

       The weekend was held in Nashville Tenn. at the very fancy Gaylord! We had two other dancers, Nolan and Sydney that participated in the dance workshop! What an amazing trip we had! The dancers worked hard, danced all day  Friday,Saturday and Sunday. There were amazing teachers/judges there  from all over the world! I loved getting to take notes and meeting so many people it was such an amazing trip!

    Mary came in second for the scholarship and we couldn't be more proud! All of our dancers left with steps running through their minds and sore feet! Great workshop!

Kicking off the New Dance year!

Well summer is gone, schools are back in full swing, I can't say cool air and sweaters are here, as Houston and Dallas well not yet for that.

We just attended the Scot Fest in Tulsa Oklahoma. Dancers had a great fun day! Congratulations to Claire for moving to Intermediate! Our morning dancers all placed! As did our afternoon dancers! And a special congratulations to Mary for winning all firsts and her age category trophy but for also winning the "Dancer of the day" award! Well doe to all our dancers that were able to attend!

This weekend three dancers, three parents and I will be heading to Memphis Tenn for the Sadie Simpson scholarship and workshop! We are super excited for this! Mary was nominated to get to try for the scholarship which will be held on Friday. Then all three dancers will attend the workshop on Saturday and Sunday. We are all geared up and ready to go! As part of the scholarship  program Mary will compete a choreography which I will try and post at a later date. Good Luck Mary!

Our classes are all going now in full swing! We have classes on Tuesday mornings 8:30-11:00 beginner and advanced beginners in North West Houston off of 290. On Wednesday classes are  3:30-6:00 in East Plano Texas for levels Premier- Novice. Thursdays we have a beginner class from 5:30-6:30 in the Heights in Houston. The classes are going well and super proud of a our dancers! 

U.S.I.R. Salt Lake City 2017!

We made it! We made it to Salt Lake City for the United Stated Inter-regional Championship! The weather has been amazingly beautiful! Dancers are ready and gearing up for three full days of competitions! To kick off the whole event Thursday the dancers got to join in an afternoon of fun and meeting all the other national qualifiers! That evening a Banquet honoring these dancers was held. The dancers were dressed so beautify and we all got to share an evening of friendship and laughter!

Friday morning was the Pre-championship competition! Dancers competed the Fling, Swords, Seann Truibhas and Strathspey and highland Reel! Congratulations Juliana for placing in this competition! Friday afternoon was the Premiership Championship, no rest for these strong dancers! They competed the Blue Bonnets, Highland Laddie, Sailors Hornpipe and the Village Maid. Congratulations Nolan and Mary! Both placed in this competition and Nolan won 5th runner up! The day wrapped up with a regional dinner. Dinner was yummy and it was great to visit with dancers in our region. Then a good night sleep, tomorrow is nationals!  

Saturday the U.S.I.R. begins! We saw current world champions! What a delight to watch all of these amazing dancers ! Each earned the right to dance on the national stage  and dance they did, each put forth their very best! So proud of each of our dancers! Many had personal bests! Tonight some swam, ate dinner, visited and rested. The dancers are growing tired and there is still one championship left. 

Sunday North American open Championship! Bright and early we gather again, yeah for starbucks this morning. the dancers are happy and ready, a good night seep was had by almost everyone! Wow, impressed with our dancers today many personal bests and all danced well! We had dancers win several medals congratulations!

And the U.S.I.R. comes to a close. the dancers put their best out there, they have wonderful memories, lovely new friends, they spent fun times with fiends and family, they danced on the national stage and danced well!, The youngest said he was Happy he got to be there, wished that he had placed higher and already planning his own practice schedule which he kept lengthening his time he need for practice as each day passed . All left inspired! Great trip!