Our Weekly Message for September 1, 2004

Greetings to you all!

Thank goodness Labor Day weekend is just a few days away. We will all be ready for a much needed three day weekend to soften the blow of starting back to school with the temperatures still sizzling. Some of you will be performing in or attending Labor Day Parades around the country, while others may be headed to the beach or the lake for that last outing on the water. I hope that your plans are good for the three day respite ahead.

Here are some thoughts for the day:
"Everything counts! Everything you do helps or hurts, adds up or takes away." Brian Tracy, motivational writer and speaker
"Dance is a delicate balance between perfection and freedom."
"Some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections. Some literally give their life's blood. But everyone has something to give."
Barbara Bush, former First Lady
"If the shoe fits, you're not allowing for growth." Robert N. Coons

There is a great article in the September issue of Texas Monthly: the National Magazine of Texas on the Kilgore College Rangerettes called "Alive and Kicking" by Katy Vine. However, it is a must read for anyone that has to do with the dance/drill team world. It is a great article that you can read online but has some fantastic photos including the cover that features triplets from Coppell that are current sophomore Rangerettes. Pick up a copy at your newsstand or enjoy reading the story online.

Vince Lombardi is a very recognizable name in the history of football. He was known for his winning teams. Below is a passage, "What It Takes to Be Number One" that was originally written by Vince Lombardi but was modified to fit the dance/drill team world. I hope that you can read and benefit from the values that Mr. Lombardi had in mind about winning.

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

Joyce E. Pennington
President, CEO
American Dance/Drill Teamฎ


by Vince Lombardi
Revised for dance/drill teams by Joyce E. Pennington

Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while. You don't do things right once in a while. You do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my mind and that is first place. In college football there is a second place bowl game. But it is a game for losers played by losers. It is, and always has been, an American seal to be first in anything we do and to win and to win and to win.

Every time a dancer goes to apply her talents, she's got to dance from the ground up and from the soles of her feet right up to her head. Every inch of her has to dance. Some girls dance with their heads, and that's OK. You have got to be smart to be number one in any business, but more important, you've got to dance with your heart--with every fiber of your body. If you're lucky enough to find a dancer with a lot of brains and a lot of heart, she's never going to leave a competition in second place.

Running a dance/drill team is no different from running any other kind of organization --a football team, an army, a political party, a business. The principles are the same. The object is to win--to beat the other guy. Maybe that sounds hard or cruel. I don't think it is.

It's a reality of life that dancers are competitive and the most competitive contests draw the most competitive dancers. That's why they are there--to compete. They know the rules and objectives when they enter the "game". The objective is to win--fairly, squarely, decently, by the rules--but to win.

And, in truth, I've never known a dancer worth her salt who in the long run, deep down in her heart, didn't appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good people that really yearns for, needs, discipline and the harsh reality of head to head combat.


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