Greetings to everyone!
I know that many of you have started back to school rehearsals with your team and many teachers will start staff development within the next few days. Students will be back to school in many areas within the next week.
I am very happy to be back home from a marvelous summer of camps. We had a most successful summer presenting over 90 private camps along with our 20+ campus camps. The routines were definitely the best they have been in years and it showed with the outstanding staff to teach the routines.
This will launch the weekly messages that will arrive to you each Wednesday throughout the coming school year. I will try to keep you updated on happenings in Drill Team World. If you have stories to share or news to broadcast, I will be happy to pass along as much as possible.
It is not too early to start thinking about contests coming in 2000 and 2001. Make sure to visit
our web site for the dates and locations. We have added a new contest with the Dallas Sidekicks that will be November 12th. We encourage teams to bring their best field routines to perform on the indoor soccer field at Reunion Arena in Dallas.
There are also two non-contest trips offered in 2001: We will repeat the great success of the Millennium Dance Consortium trip to New York City in February. This was an incredible opportunity to take dance classes and see Broadway shows. We have also added the California Dance Explosion that will take select groups to L.A. in April of 2000 to take dance classes as well as visit Disneyland and participate in Disney Backstage. For more information on travel packages for these trips, contact Joan Hart with ATS Tours and Travel at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 800/698-3901.
If your group is interested in starting an En Croix chapter at your school or studio, make sure to visit the web site:
www.encroix.org for a charter application and organizational information.
As we all embark upon a new school year and a year to dance, the passage that was sent to me today by one of our friends has special meaning. I wish everyone a great start to the coming year. Please make sure to stay in touch.
Joyce E. Pennington, Pres. CEO
American Dance/Drill Team
When I meditated on the word guidance, I kept seeing "dance" at the end of the word. I remember reading that doing God's will is a lot like dancing.
When two people try to lead, nothing feels right. The movement doesn't flow with the music, and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky.
When one person relaxes and lets the other lead, both bodies begin to flow with the music. One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back or by pressing lightly in one direction or another. It's as if two become one body, moving beautifully. The dance takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness from one person and gentle guidance and skill from the other.
My eyes drew back to the word guidance. When I saw "G," I thought of God, followed by "u" and "i." God, "u" and "I" dance. God, you, and I dance. This statement is what guidance means to me. As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust that I would get guidance about my life. Once again, I became willing to let God lead.