Ginger's write-up for recital program book 2014....

I wasn't sure how I was going to start my write-up this year for the recital program book.  In fact, since I had written a message about our new Diamond Dance Force, I was going to skip my annual write-up....but Ms. Debbie Boyd (the one in charge) and Ms. Tina (the one behind the one in charge) informed me that they had left a page for me, and it would mess up their program I sat down to write....

About that time, two car loads of the Backporch Cloggers arrived at our Wesley house in Gatlinburg, and you can forget the concentration after that...

"Welcome Home" I said to the kids as they unloaded, and unloaded, and unloaded the the way this is only for 2 days!  LOL!  However, Ms. Mendy had been grocery shopping....and it appears to be enough food for the entire summer!

Then as Brock turned the TV on, he began to practice his spoon playing; you see he has become quite a 'hit' as 'Scrappy' in our shows!  Laughter rang from upstairs as Ms. Staci hollered "bring down your dresses you are wearing tonight"! Then Ms. Staci commenced to ironing as Ms. Mendy began unpacking the groceries and cooking supper. (By the way, multitasking is a definite prerequisite to be a Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales Backporch Cloggers' chaperone!)

I love it!!! What a blessing to share in the lives of these dancers and Moms!!!  Summer Season begins June 13th and goes through August 9th.  Our Backporch Cloggers will be dancing and bringing joy to the streets of Gatlinburg Wed.-Sun. nights 6:00-11:00 pm.  Hope you can come see us!!

This is just one of the many thrills of sharing in the lives of GBA families! It all starts when you sign up your daughter or son for a dance never know, you might even end up in Gatlinburg, on a competition team or a member of the Diamond Dance Force!  There will be fun parades, mall shows, recitals and making lots of new friends, some of which will last a lifetime!  Look at Ms Debbie Parsons...she went to work here when her daughter began her daughter is a nurse in Ohio, married and has 2 precious little boys...but Ms. Debbie is still here!!!(And thank goodness for that!!)  In fact, the majority of our Instructors grew up dancing in this family (of course we love the new family members just as much!!!)

As your dancer matures, there are still all the fun things.....but for some, dance begins to take on a deeper meaning as it becomes more of the language for their inner self.  I once heard it said that dance is the only true art of which we ourselves are the substance of which it is made....

There is an unexplainable energy, a passion, a "FORCE" that is translated through the dancer into movement, and because God made each one of us different, this expression of movement is unique.  So today.....DANCERS, as you take the stage,  unleash that energy, passion..."Unleash the Force Within You!

Luv to each of you, and may God bless you and your families always!



Posted on June 10, 2014 .

Summer Classes

Join us for our 6 week Summer Session! Classes meet on Tuesday nights only for the Summer. Classes start July 1st and run thru August 5th. Cost is $45 for the 6 week session; a 20% discount is given for a 2nd class and to siblings. Don't see a class time that works for you? Let us know your availability as some class times are flexible.

Posted on June 10, 2014 .


Thanks to Terrance, who came up with “Diamond” to add to a word I wanted to use.... “Force”; I tried Dance Co, troupe and other ways of using the two words, but I kept coming back to Diamond Dance Force because it just sounded and felt good to me.  I thought about some other names and some of you had some great ideas...but I kept coming back to GBA Home of the....DIAMOND DANCE FORCE.  Most groups use Troupe or Company....why not something totally different???

There are several reasons for Diamond.  Some of us judge for ShowBiz and that is for the top scoring dancers in their the inspirational aspects of the metaphor of a Diamond in relation to dancers i.e. “diamond in the rough, etc”...I love the analogy!  Below is something I found on the internet about Diamonds...

A diamond is one of the 4 forms of carbon that can be found in nature. It received its name from Greek word 'Adamas' which means ‘unbeatable’.’

A diamond is made out of Carbon. Carbon, which is burned wood, becomes graphite under a lot of pressure (already relatively hard). Graphite on its turn under a lot of pressure will eventually become –

a diamond.

The more harmonious the single stage crystal growth was, the fewer flaws it will show and the stronger it will be.

The hardness of the stone suits to the usability as a gemstone. Due to the fact that only another diamonds can scratch a diamond, it polishes extremely well. Unlike other stones it is easy to use on daily basis because of its resistance to damage. That also explains its popularity in wedding and engagement rings which are often worn every day.

Cool Facts: They are called "ice" because they rob the body of warmth when touched.


·        Adamas – Unbeatable

·        Diamonds are developed under pressure

·        Harmony causes less flaws

·        Resistance to damage allows regular use

·        Only a Diamond can scratch another Diamond

·        Diamonds are Forever

·        Diamonds are ‘cool’

I like the word “Force” because it sounds strong, stable, empowering.... "May the force be with you”, is of course a saying from the original Star Wars movie.  I choose to interpret that this would mean to wish someone well, that they would succeed and be protected from dangers. In these famous movies, the Force appeared to have the ability to enhance natural physical and mental abilities, including strength and accuracy.


·        Strong

·        Stable

·        Empowering

·        Ability to enhance natural physical and mental abilities

·        Accurate

And of course we are Dancers and thus.....DIAMOND DANCE FORCE....a strong, empowering body of dancers who in harmony work well under pressure, empowering one another to be unbeatable!

Posted on September 12, 2013 .