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Star Spirit Week has just wrapped up!  I’ve taken some time to see how it’s all going and wow, what a fun week it has been!  Being cold and rainy and snowy outside, it was a great time to fill the halls with warm and fuzzy activities to really drive home what it means to be a part of the Star Family.  

How did we come up with these activities?  

We have 10 core values at Star which are integral to our studio culture.  We chose activities that embody these values and added a bingo card and prizes!  

I consider Star Performance Academy to be a living, breathing, growing and thriving community of artistic families, so we chose these Top 10 Values to keep in mind as we learn, grown and develop together.

Check out the graphic to see our Top 10 values!

We’ve been so excited at the enthusiasm and participation in this fun week! Thank you to everyone who joined in the fun!  Stay tuned to learn who won the fantastic prizes we had available to be won!

I feel like I’m always looking ahead when January rolls around.  But I thought how many different ways could I look if I wanted to mix things up a bit this year?  As a dance teacher, I’m always coaching the direction my dancers look, “Up, centre, down centre, right centre, left centre!” etc…

If I look right and left, I think I would see a lot of hard-working, amazing parents beside me, doing just what I’m trying to do.  Work at something where I hope to be useful to someone somehow, all while trying to provide for my kids and provide opportunities for us to learn, grow and enjoy each other.  I think perhaps in this digital world we often feel like we’re going it alone, pushing forwards as we look down at our screens and forward. So I think this year I’d like to look sideways a little more, at the awesome people in this Star Family doing their version of what I’m doing. We have so much in common and I know I can learn a lot from these amazing people.  

So am I going to look side to side a little more?  VERDICT:  YES.

Check out the amazing people in the Star Fam.  They are a great resource. Advice. Carpool. Shoulder to lean on.  Inspiration. Tips and tricks to get through the year. Hugs.

Looking up.  That’s a common one.  Stay positive. Stay on the sunny side.  Look to God, the Universe, the source of all, the Sky… something bigger than myself.  I always try to look up when life drags me down a bit. It helps to remind myself that bigger things are at play.

So should I keep looking up?  VERDICT: YES.

Look up to gain insight.  Perspective. Time. Truth.  Direction.

Looking down. What could be any good about looking down?  People always tell you to lift your chin, look ahead. I think what can help me is to remember my roots; what grounds me, what stabilizes me, and what connects me through the earth to others around me.  I know my family and friends keep me grounded. But remembering to nourish those friendships and family moments when life gets busy, can be a challenge for so many of us.

So will I start looking down, on a regular basis?  VERDICT: YES.

Look down to stand firm.  Pay attention. What makes me, me?  What holds me “to it?” Call my family.  Say yes to that girls’ night out. Play with my kids.  Balance.

But after all this, do I still look forward?  VERDICT: YES.

Look ahead to where we’re going.  What’s in store? What is to come, based on today’s actions?  Kids are learning and growing. Parents are supporting that and more.  I guess we can’t know for sure, but from where I stand, looking around, the future looks bright!  #shinebright #lookallaroundyou #2019herewecome

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