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Week Of March 17, 2024

Quote of the Week

"Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it." - Lou Holtz

Verse of the Week

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." - Philippians 4:6

The Power of Breathing

The basic idea of breathwork is to release toxins and stress when you breathe out and nourish your mind and body when you breathe in.

In an effort to activate the parasympathetic nervous system and de-escalate and de-stress, we practice this in the studio before each class.

This leads to a ton of positive feelings and emotions as it also aides with our focus and energy, which can lead to joy, fun and an overall better quality of life according to functional and integrative medicine specialists Melissa Young, MD. Click here to read her full article on the science of breathing and how embracing breathwork can bring you the peace and calm you crave, even in the most hectic moments.

A Message from Auntie Shayla

Dear Dancers and Parents,

As we enter the final session of the 2023-24 academic year, I want to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you. This year has brought its challenges, but your understanding, patience, and unwavering support have been truly inspiring. Your dedication to dance and commitment to our studio community are what make it all worthwhile. Thank you for your resilience and positivity throughout this journey.

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

We are thrilled to announce that we are exploring an exciting partnership with the Performing Arts Department of OAA (Our Academic Association) for our end of year performance. This collaboration promises to elevate our showcase to new heights, offering our dancers an incredible opportunity to shine on stage and share their talents with a wider audience. Stay tuned for more details on this exciting partnership in the coming weeks!

Celebrating Achievements and Looking Ahead:

As we prepare for our final session of the academic year, let's take a moment to celebrate all that we've accomplished together. From mastering new techniques to forging lifelong friendships, each milestone and moment of growth is a testament to your hard work and dedication.


Looking ahead, we are working on some exciting classes, workshops, and events planned for the upcoming session into the summer. Whether you're [yes, you!] a seasoned dancer or just starting your journey, there's something for everyone at our studio. Let's continue to dance, learn, and grow together as we embark on this next chapter.


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 $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.

  • Keep an eye out for updates and announcements regarding our end of year performance with OAA's Performing Arts Department.

  • 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

Za'Ra parham


Age:  7

Grade: 1

Birthday: 9/23

Culture: African American

Favorite Movie: The Little Mermaid

Sibling: I have 2 year old twin brothers. Running around the house and dancing is one of the things we love to do.

Favorite Food: Seafood!

Favorite TV Show: Reborn Shows on Youtube

Favorite Subject in School: Choir

Role Model: God is my role model. He forgives and saves me from all my sins. And He is always there for me.

Favorite Song: "Love Theory" - Kirk Franklin

Day in the Life of Za'Ra Parham: I wake up and thank God for waking me up, and I ask Him to help me have a great day at school!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?: In 5th grade at Oakwood Adventist Academy.

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