Talking to the students before their performance began was like a tornado:
“Should I change my hair?”
“Do I wear these stockings?”
“I haven’t precticed enough!”
“We didn’t have enough time!”
“I can’t wait, this is so exciting…”
“I’ve been stressing this moment for weeks!!!”
“This isn’t the sort of thing I usually do…”
And you know what? The routines all turned out gorgeous. Just like your instuctor knew they would when they said you were ready to do this.
It’s a funny thing, learning. While you’re doing it, you think it’s all fine and great – but then you have to do the same thing in front of people and it can be as if the world is a totaly different place.
Suddenly curtains and rows of chairs seem to take your familiar dance floor and transform it into a scary focal-point of bright lights and photo flashes. But it won’t always be this way.
Eventually, we have been in front of those lights enough times that they are exciting friends, showing us off to our best potential!
After more than a few Newsome Twosomes and Newsome Gruesomes, we can officially say that this was one of the NewEST: Mychael announced that as of this fresh location change – WE ARE ALL NEW AGAIN!
That’s right: if you have not performed with someone at this past Thursday’s Newsome Twosome, then going forward you may act as though you have never performed with them at all! So when these events come up again (both Twosome and Gruesome;) if you havn’t performed with them in this location, then it’s fair to start making plans!!!
A new home means a clean slate, and we want this next Gruesome event (this fall) to be the sickest, slimiest and most creepy yet! Bring your courage and prepare to see strange things, because it’s open season out there on the hard wood floor… 8D
Can you think of a time when you did better at something than you ever had before? A moment when you rose above every challenge, defeated every obstacle and saw the toughest times through to the other side!
Think of how it felt to finally break the surface of the water and get past the hardest moments when you truly thought you were going to fail.
That’s how it feels for us as we approach this 2018 Winter Showcase! With all of our fellow schools in attendance, Arrowhead is proud to see our students show with such confidence, such excitement and a deep love for the reason we are all here: Ballroom Dance.
We’ve all come down a hard road, pushing ourselves to the max to train and prepare… Teachers perfecting their craft and Students putting in the practice time to make sure they hit their goals. And it all culminates at the February Winter Showcase in Phoenix! The excitement in our studio is crazy…
From having all of our out of town students fly in to share in the spectacle, to having a great turnout of 52 energized Arrowhead team-members, we are ready!
So many of us have moments when we feel like these events are never going to happen for us. We all get discouraged from time to time. But it’s those times, when we have sunk so low, that we rise highest towards achieving our goals and pushing to new heights of excellence! It’s when we have been broken, and lost that we heal and find our way.
Without the experiences of the past year, our Arrowhead team would not be the shining star that it is today. From saying good-bye to good friends as moving out of state or job changes took them away, to saying good-bye to our past, we are very happy to show that these lessons have brought a great deal of change to our perspective in the studio.
We have greater respect for each other as recent events have drawn us closer, and we have a great deal of hope for our student’s future as they continue to amaze us with their passion, commitment and hard work! It is all these things together that make us look at each other and say with confidence that we are making this our best Showcase ever! Our loudest, happiest, most dazzling event yet!
We are bringing more energy, more passion and more excitement to that ballroom than any other studio can boast and it’s happening this weekend! There isn’t anything we can say for this, save that we are so very grateful for our Arthur Murray family, our Students and most of all, each other, for collectively making all of this possible.
Thank you, and we’ll see you on the floor!
-The Arrowhead Staff
Change is good.
If you find yourself regularly enjoying the idea and pursuit of something new, you are not alone. Sometimes change comes naturally to us and we reach for it with endlessly renewed inspiration and vigor.
Or, you might be someone who struggles with it. Maybe you want to change, and try to force it onto your habits and daily routines, possibly feeling like you’re sticking a knife into a plugged it toaster (intending good things to come out of it, but knowing you’re asking for disaster).
For some, change is the last thing they would ever want. Some people say ‘hey, why mess with a good thing?’ And maybe they have a good point.
But our point is, change happens, no matter what kind of person you are. If you go out dancing, people are going to be moving all around you. Everyone is taking different steps, and changing the space that’s available for you to move in. And when that change comes, what will you do?
You can choose to be upset.
We all know someone that gets left alone at work and never asked to change their habits. Because if anyone ever did, then it’d be like ripping open a bag of chips all over the floor: you really wanted the wonderful salty flavor, but now you just regret that you ever had hopes and dreams in life. Asking that one person in the office to change has similar results, only with a lot more foot stomping, tantrum-throwing and complaining… and ultimately, no actual change.
And that kind of behavior won’t go over well if you’re out dancing. You may even get kicked out…
If change bothers you so much, don’t worry about it: just ask yourself what you are really upset about and talk to others for support. Chat with other dancers you know and get tips! Try to find the silver lining if you don’t want change in your life: even bad things can turn out to bring a lot of good to a situation if you’re open to it.
You could see it as a good thing.
If you’re fearless, you’ll look at change as a golden opportunity for new things.
You might welcome change when it comes, or create it by sheer tenacity and excitement! This is a great way to make the most out of every situation, and if you let it fuel you, that excitement can take you anywhere!
On a dance floor, this fearlessness is what makes everyone keep their eyes on you! It’s the passion that ignites the room and makes every night into one you’ll always remember.
Or you can accept Change for what it is: part of normal life.
Sure, sometimes it’s very uncomfortable to go through different stages of life, strange places, new faces and fresh challenges. But in reality, we are only served by these experiences: learning more, realizing new things about ourselves, growing as individuals and as part of a collective whole.
Change is to be expected in our fast-paced culture and instead of fighting with it, we can turn it to our advantage by being open and ready. Just like we have to make space for the other dancers as we all share the floor, we should be flexible when things have to be shifted, accommodated or modified.
Preparing ourselves for change is a lot like trying something new for the first time. Like dancing: we want to do it but we get nervous, delay and sometimes make excuses for why today isn’t the day to pull the trigger. Even advanced dancers get a little shy of pushing the boundaries sometimes.
But today is the day.
Trying something new is scary.
And change is good.