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May 7, 2024

Quote of the Day

"You can't make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen." - Michelle Obama

Verse of the Day

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12

A Love Note for My Dance Family

As we prepare to draw the curtains close on another academic year, my heart swells with an abundance of love and gratitude for each of you. It's truly been a journey filled with pirouettes of joy, leaps of courage and graceful arcs of sisterhood that have woven us into the beautiful tapestry that is our dance family.

Not only have we honed our technique, however we have also nurtured our spirits, finding solace and inspiration in the rhythm of our collective heartbeat. Your unwavering support, infectious enthusiasm and consistent dedication have been the driving force behind every plié, turn and step we've taken together.

As always, thank you from the bottom of my heart for both you and our dancers being the shining stars that light up my world. Knowing that our dance family stands together, united in purpose, let's finish this academic year strong.

A Message from Auntie Shayla

Dear Dancers and Parents,

Please take a moment to read the highlighted sections below:

End of Year Performance: Partnering with OAA's Performing Arts Department

The name of the production is "Christmas In Spring" and this is a special benefit performance for Oakwood Adventist Academy. We want to encourage you to invite as many as possible to attend in person. If they are not able to attend, we will also stream on the OAA YouTube channel. You can access it via clicking here.

Performance Information:

  • Date: Thursday, May 9, 2024

  • Show Time: 6:00PM

  • Location: The Dream Theatre,  3401 Holmes Ave NW, Huntsville, AL 35816

  • The performance is NOT taking place at OAA or either of our churches...It IS taking place at the theatre listed above

  • Call time for Dancers on Thursday: 4:00 pm ||| I am encourage dance parents to pick your dancer up early if you can to allow for them to rest up a bit prior to heading to the theatre.

  • Food: Pizza, fresh fruit and water will be provided for dancers at The Dream Theatre. For those who are vegan, there will be a vegan option.

  • Hair: All dancers must have their hair pulled back neatly and and secured in a low bun.

  • General Attire: Black leotard, black leggings and ballet slippers. The black leotard and tights/leggings will be worn under what is worn for each piece.

  • Ruby's Pieces + Attire:

    1. Party Scene |||  Casual or dressy attire that suits dancers personality/style; please match the color scheme of the flier posted in WhatsApp

    2. Sleepy Town ||| I already have their attire for this.  I just need parents to be sure they have a bonnet that is a SOLID color that matches the color scheme of the flier posted in WhatsApp. You can try stores such as hair queen, solid gold beauty supply, etc. Colors such as pink, orange, green, purple, blue, will work!

  • Emeralds Pieces + Attire:

  1. Party Scene |||  Casual or dressy attire that suits dancers personality/style; please match the color scheme of the flier posted in WhatsApp​

  2. Snow ||| White dresses ordered and white footless leggings

  • Diamonds Pieces + Attire:

    1. Party Scene |||  Casual or dressy attire that suits dancers personality/style; please match the color scheme of the flier posted in WhatsApp

    2. Talent Scene ||| Outfit that corresponds with their future career goals

    3. Flowers |||  Purple dress

Remaining Practices:

All practices will take place at Oakwood Adventist Academy. Please note the following:

  1. Tuesday, May 7th

    • Practice will run from dismissal time until 5:30pm for RUBY's and EMERALDS

    • Diamonds will dismiss at their usual 6:30 pm today

  2. Wednesday May 8th

    • Practice will run from dismissal time until 6:00pm for everyone.

Upcoming Events and Reminders:

  • Please remit payment if you have not done so for this session just yet. $360 if you are paying in full and final $127 if you are going the monthly payments route.

  • This session has been extended through May 31, 2024 to make up for the week of canceled classes just before spring break.

  • 2024 Dance Clinic will take place July 8-19, 2024 from 2-5pm, M-TH. The cost will be $175/week. Registration link will be dropped in WhatsApp soon.

  • Don't forget to follow us on social media for behind-the-scenes glimpses, dance tips, and studio updates.

Thank you once again for your continued support and dedication to our dance family. Let's make this final session of the year one to remember!

Warm regards,




Creative Director/Lead Teacher

Gombey's by Sonju



Meet the Dancer

Kayla Terrill


Age:  9

Grade: 4

Birthday: 8/20

Culture: Black

Favorite Movie: Teenage Kracken

Siblings: Yes, I have a brother and we enjoy watching movies together.

Favorite Food: Burritos

Favorite TV Show: Stuck in the Middle

Favorite Subject in School: History/Social Studies

Role Model: My friends because I enjoy helping and playing with them.

Favorite Song: "Watch me work" 

Day in the Life of Kayla Terrill: Wake up, say prayers, take a shower, get ready for school, eat in the car, go to school, come home and eat dinner and do homework, play with my brother and hang out with dad then go to bed.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?: As a teenager.

Want your dancer spotlighted? Take a moment and fill out the getting to know you document via clicking here. Thanks!

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