Monday, August 27, 2012

{ Frustration, or the Troubles of Finding Dance Students in Oklahoma }

Good morning, sunshines!

I'm sure you're all very sunny in the morning. You're all morning people, right? No? Good, me neither.

Kellen, on the other hand, is definitely a morning person. He wakes up bright and early with a smile on his face and a song in heart! (That song quickly makes its way out of his mouth in the form of growls and other various silly sounds)

So here I am, bright and early and working on Scottish dance stuff!

I've had so much going on lately that I've had trouble even keeping my days of the week straight. Trying to get a couple Scottish dance classes together with almost no notice is incredibly hard. When you're teaching a dance form that very few people know of, you really need a lot more time than I have to gather students! So I'm 11 days away from my first class and I have one student. Kind of depressing, huh? Yeah...I may or may not have cried about it a couple of times. Especially since people who've been telling me for a year that they want to take dance classes say they can't do anything the night I have scheduled at the studio. Honestly, it's a bit embarrassing having to deal with this struggle for students, but I have to remember that this isn't ballet or even Irish dance - this is a form of dance that no one in Oklahoma even recognizes.

All that being said, I still have time to gather some students, and there's a Celtic event on September 1, so that'll be a place to do some networking. I've also been passing out fliers wherever I can and plan to take some around today, and of course there's a good bit of prayer going into this as well. :D If you have any ideas for my little PR campaign let me know! And of course your prayers are appreciated.

I'm also working on building a blog for the dance school. I'll let you know when that's up and running! :)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

{ Oklahoma, meet Highland dance! }

Exciting news! I'm finally starting up a dance school!

Check out the Ladymon School of Scottish Dance Facebook page here, and "like" us while you're at it!

Oh, and spread the word, too. I need as many people to sign up by the beginning of September as possible. Classes are in OKC at the NW Optimist Center and my prices are pretty cheap. Ages 4 to 99 are welcome! :)

Scottish Highland dance is one of the most gratifying art forms/sports available. Personally, it helped me overcome severe shyness and asthma - two problems that plagued my childhood. It also increased my strength, endurance, flexibility, spatial awareness, and coordination beyond what I thought possible, all while giving me a love of my heritage and a respect for culture and traditions. Through dance I also got to travel all over the US and become friends with some of the most unique and kind people imaginable.

Highland dance prepared me for life. It taught me valuable lessons and expanded my horizons mentally, emotionally, and physically. I relate story after story of how dance helped me in other facets of life - and I want to pass that on.

Help me re-establish Highland dance in Oklahoma. Help me have a job that allows me to still be a stay-at-home mom! Help me make a difference in the lives of others. Sign up for dance classes, or at least encourage those around you to do so!

This is back in 2006, I believe. I was a lot bouncier back then :D

In case you missed that link the first time - go like the Ladymon School of Scottish Dance!