It is with great sadness that we prepare to say goodbye to our Office Administrator, Charlotte at the end of 2018 when she relocates to Canberra. Charlotte is a great friend, personally and professionally and will be sorely missed by us all. She wanted to communicate her thoughts and plans with you – the parent and student body of Dance Habit that she has come to love so dearly. Please join us in supporting her as she embraces the next exciting stage of her life!
Wow, how is it already October? Time really does fly when you’re having fun! As they say, all good things must come to an end, and it’s with a heavy heart that I’ve made the decision to move back home at the end of this year, and sadly will be leaving Dance Habit.
As many of you know, I grew up in the world of dance through my Mum’s dance school in Canberra. Dance itself has never been my calling, and for as long as I can remember I have been insistent that I would never follow in my Mum’s footsteps. I wanted to find something creative that was my own, and I’ve worked tirelessly to try and find that thing – make up artistry, stunt doubling (why not?!), graphic design… it goes on and on.
I have known many, many teachers (lots of great ones!) and have seen and been a part of the beautiful, the good, the bad and the ugly side of dance world. My relationship with dance was always a love/hate one, and it was going to take an exceptional experience and group of people to change my opinion of what dance could be to me.
And I found just that. I’m not exaggerating when I say that Dance Habit has changed my life.
The staff are the best. And I mean, THE BEST. Never have I been surrounded by a group of women who are so generous in their support of each other within and outside of work. This is a team that lives to lift each other up rather than putting each other down, which had been my past experiences working closely with a lot of women.
The values of Dance Habit resonated with me from the get go, and being a part of putting these values in action is so incredibly rewarding. The care that goes into every single decision, no matter how big or small sometimes makes me want to rip my hair out, but knowing that each one of those decisions makes Dance Habit a safer, more inclusive and welcoming environment for each and every student gives me absolute joy.
It’s so rare to find a dance school as special and unique as Dance Habit. I’m sure many of you have felt like you’ve found your place there, just as I have.
With a wedding on the horizon, my fiancé and I feel we need to start doing some proper “adulting”, and we will be moving back to my hometown of Canberra where I will be going into partnership with my Mum at her dance school. There are so many exciting opportunities for me through her school, and it’s the next step in my career, and in adult life I guess. Scary!
Making this decision was one of the hardest I have ever had to make. Leaving all the beautiful little (and big) faces I’ve come to know and love is heart breaking (I’ve already cried a number of times over this!) I’m going to miss my weekly chats with many of you parents and grandparents, I’ve come to think of so many of you as friends and our chats are often the highlight of my day. I’m going to miss all the staff who have become what I would call lifelong friends. Above all, I’m going to miss Megan who has become one of my closest friends, as well as an incredible mentor, and really, one of my idols. You’re all in such good hands!
As Winnie the Pooh says; “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”