Whew… we really made it!
After over a year of COVID shelter-in-place we are finally back in the studio for real and it feels so good to dance again… together! The feeling is palpable every time I step into the studio. I find myself overcome with emotion just witnessing the joy (and liquid awesome) emanating from all of you.
We’ve come a long way, sharing so many highs and lows throughout the pandemic. I had some very dark moments where closing the studio felt like the most suitable option. However, in those very moments a text message, a phone call, an email, a rap on the door from an impromptu visitor, would appear with encouragement, love, and gratitude… and sometime cookies.
So many of you express how inspired you are by me and your amazing instructors, but the truth is, you have all become my/our inspiration, our confidants, our family! You ARE the WE in “we made it”.
I must take a moment to thank your incredible Synergy instructor team.
From navigating through our shared concerns of the pandemic to decide to continue teaching. To pivoting to online streaming classes, which brought with it multiple pieces of new equipment and the need to learn that thing we had never heard of called Zoom. Then the wireless mics that failed, spotty and dropped internet connections… the list goes on.
Finally, we got to welcome back small groups into the studio again. Oh, but there’s a catch… those onerous COVID-19 protocols you had to comply with and enforce. Now hybrid classes have you juggling members in-studio with those online simultaneously. It has been a lot and you have and continue to handle it all with such professionalism, grace, and positivity; never batting an eye. I treasure you all beyond words!
Finally, to my dear (I hate saying this and she knows it!) EX-business-partner Caitlin.
Where do I start? You welcomed me into the studio as a member four years ago. I found Synergy a magical place, which is directly attributed to your passion, vision and amazing talents. You built an incredible program where dance, fitness and mindfulness all played together like a fine orchestra. You fostered a warm and inclusive culture where members feel valued and supported. All of this led me to partner with you after retirement from a career in corporate finance led me back to my true loves… dance and fitness. I am eternally grateful for every moment of our partnership and am humbled and honored to carry on! I thank you and I love you dearly.
Well, back to work and I’ve got tons of it… never seems to be enough hours in the day, but I love it all and I love you all!
Sandi Olivier says
Hello from Montana! I’ve stayed with you before, during and after COVID. Did the whole 3-ring circus of Zoom classes, YouTube classes in Houston and Dubai and live classes with masks on. Thank you for sticking with it! Love you!
Mindy Pedlar says
Jill, Thank you so much for having the courage and tenacity to carry on. We are forever grateful to you for keeping us connected and moving!
Santana Star Art says
What a wonderful heartfelt message!!! I gained much during my time working out with you!!! I wish you a brilliant diamond studded future for yourself and Synergy!!!
Much Love and Many Blessings,
Judy Witt-Sanders says
Awe such a heart felt expression of love and gratitude…you ROCK Jill! And the studio will continue to thrive under your leadership! Congratulations…we all couldn’t have done as well as we did to get through this without your support and enthusiasm…you have a very deep well of it snd amazing energy! Thank you with love and gratitude right back to you! Judy
Lona Carter says
You are such an amazing soul, teacher, rockstar!! We are so lucky to have you sharing your love, compassion and energy with all of us!! Keep dancing, my friend!!