Saturday, July 16, 2011


Hey All,
Can you believe that we are heading into Term 3 of 2011 already? I can't. Life is speeding by us that's for sure and so is my youngest Evie. Yes, it should be no surprise to my students who saw those tentative first few steps in the final weeks of last term that Evie is now in full throttle and we are all on High Alert. EVIE KNIEVAL IS ON THE LOOSE. No dance floor is safe.
The Slack-Smiths have enjoyed a fantastic two weeks AT HOME. Sure, we've been out and about ( normally not until at least 11am) and only then when we can chisel our PJ's off. So, what's been happening except for Evie's Flights of fancy??. Well, Miss Ondine celebrated her 9th birthday with 37 of her nearest and dearest. To all who were out on the streets of Dubbo on the 2nd July, yes that Party Bus was a rockin. We all had a great time. Onny felt very special to be surrounded by her dance friends, school pals and her family. We also had Molly Nelson, A Stepping Outer and good friend of Onny who shares the same birthday and once the same hospital along for the ride. So, Happy Birthday Molly too.
That same weekend we had the Keenans, better known in the dance world as the AMAZING Dance Unlimited stay with us. So, our little house was home to 9 kids but a great time was enjoyed and Miss Tanya ( Principal of Dance Unlimited) and myself brain stormed each other's concert ideas into the wee hours.
Stepping Out took to the stage for the Bridal Fair on Sunday, 3rd July with outstanding performances by Ondine Slack-Smith, Rhiannon Griffith, Caitlin Griffith, Brinley Catto, Zaidee Catto, Imogen Slack-Smith, Paris Burns, Brandi McGuire, Melissa McDonald, Jess Riley, Amelia Simpson, Kate Delmoro, Courtney Hart, Alyssa Lambert. I know my girls and Bella Keenan had a lot of fun at the Chocolate Fountain while I entertained my own bridal fantasises for my own poor children when they finally say I DO.
Caitlin Griffith, despite battling pneumonia travelled to Sydney with her family to audition for the Australian Ballet Interstate Program. Caitlin really enjoyed the experience especially having Bloch staff at both Bondi and York St drooling over those beautiful feet of hers.
Paris Burns danced at City of Sydney Eisteddfod and was delighted to be awardec HIGHLY COMMENDED in the Ballet Championship. Now as much as I believe in all of my students, I must admit I was blown away as I am aware how incredibly strong the competition is with so many already being in Full Time Dance Study so we were chuffed.
My kids all got to spend some beautiful time with their beautiful friends. I can't believe how lucky we are to be surrounded by so many great people and so honoured that we can call them friends.
I have had many, many enquiries from prospective students. So, if you are a new family reading this, thank you, I really am delighted that you have chosen Stepping Out as the place for your special little person to dance. We are very excited to meet you and hope we fulfil the trust and faith you have placed in us.
Miss Emma moved house in the holidays. Of course, she did. Miss Emma, as we all know doesn't like to be ever still so two weeks on holidays must have seemed like it needing filling with more than shoes. GO GIRL! I just received a message that her Forbes students have just received the most amazing results at Forbes Eisteddfod. YAY!
Anthony Bartley attended Brent Street Winter Camp and I am sure has got us all some incredible new moves. I saw a few on Facebook. BOYS CLASS and HIP HOP watch out.
We also welcomed into our family two new pets, Princess Snowflake and DJ HOP. ( two little bunnies courtsey of the Catto Zoo.)
I am finding music now for classes on Monday. I am so excited to see you all and welcome our new faces. HAPPY TERM 3

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