Karen's 30 Day SODC Success Story

SODC recently celebrated our 10 year Birthday! We have a few families who have been with us from the beginning including the Bratcher brood. Karen and her family are incredible and we love them dearly. This past fall we introduced our adult fitness program at SODC and Mama Karen jumped in full force.

We could definitely see changes in her mindset and physique within a month so we decided to take a few pictures. We agreed that we would update the pictures 30 days later, after our holiday "Maintain Don't Gain" challenge, and BOOM Karen crushed it. Her results are jaw-dropping! 

It is simply amazing what can happen with consistent effort in only 30 short days! The pictures truly speak for themselves. Way to go Karen! We love you. 

Here's what Karen recently shared with us... 

Personally though for most of 2017, I felt stuck in a rut. I felt defeated, not happy with anything, grouchy, unexcitable, and wanting a change but unsure of what change I was wanting.  I was not really being present. I wasn’t the Karen I was at one time in my life or the Karen I wanted to be. I was believing lies without fully knowing that I was believing them. Furthermore what’s worse is not realizing the extent the lies grip had over me. To those stupid lies, I say “NO MORE!” Please, friends, don’t sell yourself short of stupid demoralizing lies.

In October, EB and I went on a cruise to celebrate our 15 year anniversary. As we started the set sail I got an email from SODC regarding fitness interest that was going to be starting up at the studio!! Yay SODC for this opportunity!! So as we are leaving Galveston, I sent a random cryptic half-email reply from a cruise ship saying “YES! Interested!” Thinking this will be something fun to try but not expecting to much more than that. I really just wanted to see what this is all about.

Enter November and SODC trainer Ember Nevill. Ember taught my first class and my life hasn’t been the same. I find that in my life, rarely has someone made such an immediate impact, but she did and continues too!! I am forever grateful that our paths crossed and forever changed. Thank you, Ember for your passion, your encouragement, your inspiration, your love and kindness that you freely give to all. Your passion is contagious.

Secondly, enter SODC fitness trainers Sidonie Hale and Casey Marler Blakewood these two gems are incredible. They both inspire, motivate, encourage and have pushed me way beyond what I thought was my limit! These two ladies have rocked my world and continue to do so!! Thank you, both! I love you dearly.

If any of my friends haven’t tried any of the fitness classes at SODC you TOTALLY should.

It is my prayer that anyone who reads this post, will NOT believe any lie that the enemy is trying to SELL you.

Don’t be afraid to try, take a step forward, trust in God’s plan, listen to your heart, be inspired, celebrate along the way, make a change and be EAGER. This is my 2018 theme word. I want to live with an EAGERness in all areas! I look forward to what is to come and live with focus and intentionality.

Blessings to each and every one of you! ❤️ 


The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Dancers

Tis the season for gifts galore! We know you want to see the joy on their face but are you feeling at a loss over what to gift the dancer in your life? We've got you covered! We asked our dance company what they hope to see under the tree this year and narrowed the list down to ten must-haves! 

1. Sweet Feet Deodorizing Spray
Developed by dancers, this non-aerosol, deodorizing foot spray is all-natural and will leave your feet conditioned and smelling fresh. Great to use before and after class. Simply spray the inside of the shoe and let dry. Perfect for athletic shoes, sandals, boots, dress shoes, gym bags, lockers, and more! 

2. Ponytail Holders
Ponytail Holders are a must-have basic accessory. We love this brand simply because the ponytail holders are metal-free and non-damaging. These hair ties are perfect for a simple ponytail and offer exceptional hold. Take a peek at your dancer's ponytail to see what type she prefers specifically!

3. Bloch Dance Warm-Up Bootie Shoe
Warm-up booties designed by Bloch Stars and American Ballet Theater principal dancers Irina Dvorovenko and Max Beloserkovsky. 100% polyester filling offers exceptional warmth and extreme comfort for the feet with a cushioned heel. A definite must-have!

4. Sugar and Bruno
It's too hard to choose only one item from the Sugar and Bruno site. We want it ALL! We especially love their apparel. You could choose anything from this site and have a happy dancer. Gift card stocking stuffer? YES PLEASE! 

5. Covet Dance
This is another site where we struggle with choosing only one item. Covet Dance provides awesome apparel, customized gifts, and more!

6. Luggage Tag
Our dancers are always on the go! It's important to easily find and recognize their gear so luggage tags are a must! We found really cute luggage tags on Etsy but you can find these just about anywhere. 

7. Garment Bag for Costumes
The Kernorv garment covers pack of 5 is an ideal answer to all your costume storage needs. It is washable and environmental for reusing. 

8. Activity Books
When there is downtime between practice, rehearsal, travel, and school it's nice to have activities to keep our dancers busy. Especially our younger dancers! 

9. A Nutcracker
Every dancer needs their own Nutcracker! Hollywood Nutcrackers is a collection of whimsical nutcrackers that are designed by renowned artist Holly Adler. The collection features an assortment of characters including Christmas, fantasy, and everyday nutcrackers. This exquisite gingerbread nutcracker stands at 17-inches!

10. Tickets to a Ballet or Musical
Making memories from a true life experience is one of the best gifts a dancer can get! Look up your local theatre and see which shows are on the calendar. Gifting tickets to a show will is sure to light up their life! 

Give the gift of dance! Register your dancer for classes at Studio One Dance Center!