Our Weekly Message for April 23, 2003

Greetings special friends,

I hope you were blessed with a wonderful Easter. This week we go to Austin, Texas, for the DTDA National Convention. We hope to see many of you there. We are also celebrating with our Jr All Americans High School All Americans and Summit HS at Camp Buckner and performances at Sea World of Texas in San Antonio this weekend with the Fiesta celebration. If you are interested in your team taking a performance retreat weekend in the Texas Hill Country in 2004, contact me at our office.

Here are some thoughts for the day on "Women" (author unknown):

"A woman is like a tea bag. . .you don't know how strong she is until you put her into hot water."

"Behind every successful woman is herself."

"Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels."

"If you want breakfast in bed, sleep in the kitchen."

Next week, April 28-May 2, is National Dance Week. Make sure that you plan some special activities with your team and your classes. Visit their web site for ideas at NATIONAL DANCE WEEK 2003.

Many of you are performing or planning your Spring Shows. Below is a special poem written by a senior at Hallsville High School with the Bobcat Belles, Sarah McKinnis. It is called "The Last 8 Count." It is a beautiful expression of the passion for dance/drill team that so many of us share. I hope that you will share it with your team.

Have a wonderful week, and, as always, please keep in touch.

Joyce E. Pennington
President, CEO
American Dance/Drill Team®

The Last Eight Count
by Sarah McKinnis.
Sara (a Senior) wrote this poem after performing for the
last time with her drill team, the Hallsville H.S. Bobcat Belles

My heart grew heavy as I stepped onto the floor
I took my position and prepared to soar
My dancing sisters to my right and my left
Girls that within 10 lifetimes I could never forget
Those who had been with me through times that were bad
With whom I shared the best times I've ever had
I kicked my highest and I spun my hardest
I smiled my widest and I leapt my farthest
All so that I could walk away and know
I wanted to dance my best and I had done so
With all of my heart and my soul
With gracefulness, style, and control
I danced my last eight count with the team by my side
I walked off the floor smiling, but inside cried
How do you lose something that you love to do?
Without it how can you still feel you're you?
That night as I laid down my head
I prayed a prayer to God as I stirred restlessly in bed
"God, please whatever you do,
don't let the worst fear of mine ever come true
I'll be whatever you want me to be
Just don't let that be the last eight count for me"
Then God looked down at me and smiled
"Why should it ever be, my child?
As long as there is music and love
As long as there are stars above
The gift that I gave you will be there
You can dance anytime, anywhere."


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