I started dancing around the age of four or five. All I really remember from my early years of dancing was there was a girl in my class that could do the head-stand much longer than me... and therefore got the lifesaver candy. Every week. Dumb girl. Not that I'm bitter or anything.
I remember dancing to Splish-Splash and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. Those were the days.
When we moved to Moab I joined another dance team... and started clogging. Clogging? In case you don't know... you can check out a really interesting documentary here. Anyway... I don't remember the dance team name, but that's where I first started learning clogging.
When we moved to Richfield, I joined the Green Valley Cloggers and started competing. Scary, I know. A 12-year-old, 5'3", 75lb scrawny tween flailing her legs in somewhat of a rhythm. Soooo scary. I even have very scary pictures to prove it... but they are not allowed on the Internet due to their scariness. You'll have to confiscate the vault of my scrapbooks to see those. Anyway...I competed with teams like: Green Valley Kids, P'Zazz, Lightning, Storm, and Karizma.
Anyway... after my friend Melanie joked that she'd pay to see me clog at the State Fair this year, I decided why not? So I sent in my entry form and started looking at YouTube. I may feel young and agile, but after viewing a few of these videos I realized that my brain and body don't really remember much of how to clog.
So I looked around on the Internet and have now enrolled in a clogging class at Ninth Street Dance! Aaaghh. It's crazy. My friend Laurelin enrolled with me. The other participants are a bunch of hippies who are taking the class to, and I quote, "learn to dance so I don't have to feel weird when I don't have a partner at the community dances." Woah. It's totally awesome.
It's pretty basic, but it's been a fun few weeks. My teacher said she'd even help me learn some more advanced steps to get ready for the fair. I haven't heard whether or not my entry got 'accepted' for the State Fair, but if it did I'm well on my way to learning how to clog again.
Remember When George H.W. Bush gave a speech to students in October 1991? I'll be honest. I don't... I was just little after all... but after the hoo-haw that has been the uproar over President Obama's speech this week, I looked it up. This is the link
Well, after this speech, Democrats had a hay-day trying to imply that the speech was staged for Bush's political benefit and a total waste of government monies. After several weeks of investigation (which cost even more government monies, I might add) and some newspaper articles with fairly negative connotation, they finally concluded that Bush did not act improperly nor do anything illegal.
*encouraged students to take responsibility for their own learning
*encouraged students to step up to a challenge
*encouraged students to stay in school
*encouraged students to become productive citizens of society
Both cited examples of students who have risen above the odds. Both encouraged students to think about what they could do, individually, to help make this county a better place to live. Both referred to not letting excuses get in the way. Both implied that today's choices are important for the future.
If that's not propaganda then I don't know what is...
All sarcasm aside, it seems it's now the Republican's turn to be all up in arms about "propaganda" and "manipulation".
But unlike President Bush's remarks, the outcry came before Obama even spoke. One of the biggest outcries was that the "lesson plan" accompanying the speech asked students to write a letter addressing how they could help their president... after initial cries of "indoctrination" it was changed to how they could help their country.
Without ranting and raving (unless you really want me to then I will) I have the following to say:
*The President of the United States of America deserves our respect and when he speaks I'll listen
*I am entitled to disagree with the President of the United States of America
*If the children I have influence over listen to something the President of the United States of America says to them, I will take responsibility as an adult citizen and have a discussion with those children about what they heard, felt, etc. I will given them an opportunity to talk.
I'm still working on my own "letter" of what I can do to help my country. It will be different from everyone else's. But there are things I can do to help my country. Some of those things may look supportive of Obama's "agenda" and some may not... but I will do what I believe is in the best interest of my community. I will take responsibility for my contribution to my country.
So at the end of the day...
I just can't help but remember when this was said...