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Holidays  2015
Happy Holidays!
This is the time of year when I walk through the strangely quiet hallways and think of all the great things that have happened in the studios this year. The actor who got the part. The teary, unexpected reunion in the hallway. The rehearsal where the breakthrough happened and the show finally came together. The teacher's first successful class. For those of us who come here every day, it's easy to forget the importance of all these little moments. Thanks to all of you for bringing your art, your joy, your pain, and your passion into our studios throughout the year. We are so very proud to assist, in our small way, the creative process of all of you.

Happy Kwanzakkahmas!!!

John Norman
Director of Scary Balloon Masks
Ripley-Grier Studios
In The Spotlight:
John Ollom

Art is very often seen as an expression of the beauty of perfection. John Ollom is more interested in imperfections. "I have a passion for the underdog." Ollom says. "I'm particularly inspired by the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi Sabi" which celebrates the acceptance of flaws and transience. In his creative process, he has worked with dancers of many different body types and ability levels, one performer in particular being wheelchair-bound. One short documentary about his classes, There's Something About John by Emma McCagg, chronicles the experience of a former athlete finding sanctuary in Ollom's ballet class following an auto accident. 
Immediately likable and energetic, the former college football player-turned dancer/teacher/choreographer offers classes in ballet and modern dance, as well as a monthly movement class for men based on his method which is outlined in his recent book, Internal Landscapes. "It helps dancers who are locked in "shapes" and actors who are locked in characters", John says of his approach, which begins with free writing, and progresses from there into translation into movement. "It works because it's coming from you, you're not putting it on your body." 
Interested students can contact John through his website: 
Feng Shui and Fitness- Patricia Ripley 

feng shui color chart
Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday Season!
 We had a wonderful Holiday Party at the 520 Studios on Saturday night Dec. 12th.  Our food theme was Indian and we had a tasty variety of Indian food and lovely decorations.       We had over 50 adults and 19 kids.               Our Ripley-Grier family is growing larger every year. The entertainment was great,  we had a stage area with lights and mics and we had several talented singers and musicians perform. We also had a "guess the musical theme song" from movies and TV; songs played by our lovely Jeannie Ripley-Grier on the piano and sax. It was very lively and a lot of excitement.  The winning team won trophies and gift cards.  The rest of the talent came from our creative staff and family.   
 The weather has been really great if you are into warm sunny days and cool nights.   Perfect for me to hold off the winter blues.  Again advice: try to avoid over eating and drinking as best you can.  Get enough sleep and do not over obligate yourself to social events that may leave you tired and cranky.
 We are heading back to Tulsa for Christmas and then a week in California.  We will be spending a week in LA in Santa Monica and hope to meet up with friends from that area.
 Horoscope :  We are heading into the year of the Fire Monkey this next year,  this is the sign for folks born in the years of  1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016.  In January I will give an in-depth picture of the Fire Monkey and what to expect for the year.
Blessings,  Patricia
Employee of the Season - Fransisco Ramon


Here at Ripley-Grier, you see us working hard from 8am to midnight or so, keeping the place humming. What you may not know is that we have hard-working staffers here nearly around the clock cleaning floors, polishing up the pianos, painting, repairing, and making everything shine for when you arrive at dawn. Fransisco Ramon has been on our night staff for nearly 20 years, and thanks to his efforts we have made our name as not only one of the most fun and vibrant places in the city, but one of the most spotless. Thanks so much for all you do!
We have lots of great RG goodies for sale at our 520 location, including t-shirts, mugs,  totes, and more. This Holliday Season we are also selling our RG ornaments! All proceeds go to the Make a Wish Foundation. It's like two gifts in one! 

Give the gift of TIME and SPACE! Ripley-Grier gift Certificates are available at all locations this Holiday season, in many denominations. Give the performer in your life something unique! 

I hope all of you enjoyed Thanksgiving and ate lots of food. My family came over to my house and my dad had orderd and picked up some food from another town and brought it back home for dinner. The company we got the food from gave us a free carrot cake as a gift so we all shared it.  Heather, my sister in law, also made awesome cupcakes.  It was really good!  When we finished eating, we watched a recording of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV. Then we all went to the beach to see the sunset.  When we got back we played a bunch of board games. It was so much fun and I can't wait for Thanksgiving next year.
This month I also got to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (the fourth movie from The Hunger Games series).
I  had read the books when I was in middle school and I was pleased with the ending.  
We are heading out to LA after visiting our family in Tulsa for Christmas!
See you in the New Year!!
Happy Holidays!