Our Weekly Message for April 21, 2004
Greetings special friends,
Tryouts and Spring Shows for dance/drill teams and
pom squads are bustling around the country. This
is the time of year that generates excitement to
wrap up a successful season and then make a fresh
start for the coming year. For ideas for tryouts
or spring shows, visit our Education Support Page.
For information about summer camps for officers,
social officers, teams and individuals, visit our
ADTS Summer Camps page. Directors can pre-register
their teams for camp by signing up for the
Directors Corner, which is a free service and area
for all dance/drill team directors and coaches.
Here are some thoughts for the day:
"Do the common thing in an uncommon way." Booker
T. Washington (1856-1915) educator
"The sweetest of all sounds is praise." Xenophon
(c. 431-253 B.C.) Historian
"Nothing lowers the level of conversation more
than raising the voice." Stanley Horowitz
"Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling
through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel
into which all other thoughts are drained."
Arthur Somers Roche (1883-1935) novelist and
The announcement of who makes the team is
victorious for some and traumatic for others.
Because each candidate is so eager to be a part of
the team, it seems a shame to send them off with
nothing when they have not made the team and
worked so hard during tryouts. To make the results
a little more personal, make an envelope for each
team member with her name or number on the
outside. The candidates that make the team will
find a symbol (heart for sweethearts, bell for
belles, boot for drill team, etc.) made out of
construction paper that they can wear to school
the next day. For those that do not make it, you
might include a personal letter of thanks and the
poem below. The students line up behind their
envelopes in the gym or dance studio and can
gather with friends or go to the side by
themselves to open their envelope. I think that
this is a more personal touch for each dancer. It
is also a reassurance that
tomorrow will be a brighter day.
Have a wonderful week, and, as always, please keep
Joyce E. Pennington
by Helene Lewis Coffer
Lord, you have taught me to accept defeat,
To taste the bitter with the sweet,
Knowing the longest night brings hopeful dawn,
I gather up the pieces and go on.
Now, let your Spirit tell me how to treat
A child whose dreams lie broken at her feet;
How to share the hard earned wisdom with the calm,
The confidence, to be her sore heart's balm?
She's tender, Lord. Her hurts hurt more than mine.
She's young, and thinks the sun will never shine.
Just yesterday, she laughed, and walked in clover.....
Teach her tomorrow is for starting over.