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Quarterly News Update

Welcome Welcome Welcome

It has been a couple of months since I have blogged.
Firstly I would like to welcome all new students and hope you are enjoying the experience.
 Summer has gone and Autumn is now upon us and we can definitely begin to feel the cool crisp air in the early morning and evenings.

There has been so much in the news recently and close to home I know it’s been tough for those in the flood regions. It hasn’t been an easy 2 years for so many with all the world events but I would like to say that this too will pass and I know that for those who have been effected by the devastation of the floods it is challenging to think ahead.

Dance Classes are slowly returning to some sort of normality. We are finding numbers are still not as confident as pre 2020. Here’s hoping the confidence will return soon especially now that socials and festivals are back.
Private Lessons Gosford – I have 1 spot available for regular privates.
Please email me for dates and times.

Reminder
Less than 3 weeks away our BSS Birthday is approaching.  We are so looking forward to The Lemon Squeezing Daddies with Pearl and catching up and seeing you all, hopefully there is time to dance between chit chats.
We do have 12 tickets which were returned and are available if you did miss out.
Please email or text me for details.

BSS Dates for Diaries
New Courses Emu Plains Monday 28 March
New Courses Concord Wednesday 30 March
New Courses Katoomba Tuesday 12 April
Camden Course date to be confirmed
Daylight saving ends Sunday 3 April 3am
Blue Suede Shoes Dance Party Saturday 9 April 7pm.

What’s New

The exciting news this month is that the Albert Palais in Leichhardt is now refurbished and available for events. I know some of our students danced in this stunning dance hall back in the day. This venue was built in 1934 and in its heyday boasted 3 stages and hosted countless bands and events. The venue holds 200 plus with ample space.
We would like to bring back the glory of this beautiful elegant vintage venue in an upcoming event. We are also asking and would appreciate feedback if there is interest for a formal event at before we go any further with plans.
 The band we have in mind for this event is The Aston Martinis with their new line up. Dates to be announced hopefully at our BSS Birthday Party on Saturday 9 April provided everything aligns and we have the support.

Festivals

The Festivals are increasing month by month.
We have been asked to host the Chromefest evening events this year on Friday and Saturday. More details will be posted soon and we will advise when we open the pre ticket sales. Once again pre ticket sales will be available at the BSS Birthday Party.
Below are some dates of the most popular larger Festivals. Please do check if there are any updates or date changes as we have seen with the Wintersun event.

Sayings

When you find yourself trying prove your worth,
you have forgotten your value.
Nansia Movidi

12 Days of Christmas

Jingle Bells Jingle Bells Jingle all the way to Christmas Day
I don’t know about you but I’m super excited for Christmas and the summer season ahead!
I love this time of year and the season of giving.  I don’t believe “giving” means lavish gifts and shopping till you’re broke.  Giving your time, being present, listening, making your gifts, making time and spending time with your loved ones is what I love most.
We have missed all our beautiful students and supporters and look forward to the start of 2022.

Our 30th Birthday

As you may now know our 30th Birthday event has been moved to Emu Plains on Saturday 8th January.  We are happy to still have the Lemon Squeezin Daddies performing at this event and we really looking forward to celebrating the New Year as well as our belated Birthday. Please be reminded this event is a sold out event.
Sat 8th January 2022
Emu Plains Public School Hall
13 Emerald Street, Emu Plains
Doors open 6.30pm

Naughty or Nice
Here is something fun you can do to fill in the days of boredom leading to Christmas.
Make a list Naughty on one side and Nice on the other.
List under each heading when you have been naughty or nice and give yourself a point  for nice and subtract a point for naughty.  Total up and if you’re in the positive reward yourself with a gift if you are in the negative give away a gift.

Dance Classes resume January 2022
Emu Plains 24 Jauary
Woodcroft 3 February
Concord 19 January
Camden 24 January
Gosford 2 Feb
My 12 days of Christmas

Anna’s Favourite Almond Biscotti Recipe Amaretti
Preheat fan forced oven at 180 degrees Line flat lamington trays with baking paper
Crunchy on the outside soft in the middle Makes 40 Amaretti

500 gram almond meal  (5 cups)
300 gram castor sugar (1.33 cups)
5 egg whites with a pinch of salt
3/4 of a small 50ml bottle almond essence
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup to 1 cup – Icing sugar for rolling biscuits

Method
1.Whisk 5 egg whites room temperature with pinch of salt until almost merengue texture. Add almond essence & whisk again.
2.In a separate bowl add almond meal and caster sugar and mix together.
3.Add the egg mix to the dry mix and mix all ingredients together until it starts to bind using a scraper.
4.Then use your hands to mix and until mix is combined. It needs to be wet soft texture.  Don’t over knead it.
Tip (If its too soft leave mixture in the bowl for an hour)
(You can rest in fridge overnight and make it the next day)

Shape the mixture
Use a tablespoon to pick up mixture and roll into a ball in your hands like a pattie and then roll into icing sugar and place on baking paper on an oven tray.  Flatten them on the top with two fingers.
Tip If mixture is too sticky just place water on your hands to roll the ball or shape as horseshoe and add flaked almonds on the outside
Optional –You can add an almond in the middle
Cook at 180deg for 15 minutes maximum CHECK THEM AT 12 MINUTES

What I’m reading
Meditations Marcus Aurelius
What I’m eating
Yummy summer Mango fruit
What I’m doing
Daily walks, yoga and gardening, preparing for Christmas

Saying

My Christmas Wish
I wish you all to have a purpose that gives you fulfilment and gives you inner peace.
As always be kind, don’t judge, love unconditionally and look within to find your answers.

Have a wonderful Christmas and may you find new inspirations in 2022 filled with lots of happiness, success and abundance.

Peace this Christmas

Love Anna & Justin

Midyear slump?

Have you hit the midyear slump?
Given the recent lockdown restrictions throughout Greater Sydney over the last 6 weeks I just want to reach out and remind everyone we will return once restrictions have eased.

In the meantime, please be kind to one another.  Everyone has a different opinion and rightly so.  We do encourage you to leave the politics to the politicians and respect each and everyone’s privacy. We are all experiencing different struggles.  Some have been
impacted either by health or financially and this takes a lot of mental strength to keep
resilient.  During these times please be considerate and supportive of one another as there is enough division amongst the people caused by external factors.

My wish for you all is to get EXCITED again!

I quite often get asked – How do I remain positive during this Pause Period?
Here are my tips not necessarily in this order.

3 years with no TV …best decision I have ever made
Turn off all negative social media (have a social media detox once a week)
Read books
Look ahead and Plan for when we get out of lockdown
Stay in touch with family and friends
Look for the good and look at the glass half full
Exercise daily even if it’s just a walk in the sunshine
Be grateful for the time we have been given to do those things we keep putting off
Set new goals

Try something new

My thoughts
We can all agree that we all miss our dance family and friends as well as the dancing.
This last 18 months have been quite the challenge especially for those in the south west and western areas of Sydney this time round.  Lockdown isn’t fun but we need to stay
focused and be resilient.  This too will pass and it won’t be long before we can all laugh
together again.

I want to keep you all motivated and inspired that there will be brighter days ahead and things may get worse before they get better but it’s just a bump in the road.

Now, Let’s do this short and sweet update.

­­30th Birthday Event
Our 30th Birthday Xmas in July has been postponed and now will move to our end of year Christmas Party.
We cannot give you a date as yet or venue until restrictions ease for dancing.  We still have Lemon Squeezin Daddies performing for this event.
Anyone wishing not to hold on to their ticket please email me for a refund.

Classes
Classes may look different when we get back as I would expect the 4sqm rule to come into effect first before returning to 2the sqm rule.  I would envisage private lessons coming into effect first.
Realistically my expectations for a start this year will be highly unlikely.

It’s our Birthday
5th August marks our 30th Birthday and what a ride it’s been.  We have had so many
wonderful memories and achievements.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you have supported us throughout those years and especially through these last 2
extraordinary years.

Chromefest
There has been no further updates for this event.  We will keep you posted.  In the
meantime there are no confirmation or ticket sales for any night events.
UPDATE 17 AUGUST
Chromefest has been cancelled.  It will now be run virtually.

Trivia
Did you know?
Soaking your feet in apple cider vinegar for 30 minutes soothes sore feet and gets rid of odour.  It also heals dry skin, cracked heals and toenail fungus.  1 part apple cider vinegar to 4 parts water.

Words of Wisdom
Life is always changing. You lose love. You lose friends. You lose pieces of yourself. New love enters. Better friends come.  And a stronger, wiser you is staring back in the mirror.

See you soon
Be Kind
Anna & Justin