Dance Students Criss-Cross County to Share Joy

Dance Students Criss-Cross County to Share Joy

The Kingdom Dancers–the outreach ministry of My King Studio of Dance have been working hard preparing to visit care facilities—they spent a week this summer learning dances, and have been practicing every Saturday to hone their craft. Their first performance is on October 10th at Garden View Care Center in O’Fallon. Throughout the year they will visit more facilities in O’Fallon, and also Wentzville, St Peters, & Dardenne Prairie. The Kingdom Dancers is a performing company started in 2004 whose mission is to go out into the world and dance in a way that presents the Gospel. Each year they perform in eight to ten senior centers, generally to large crowds who are happy to have a show come to them. Almost 30 kids participate, and they are blessed every bit as much as the seniors. “It’s not only an event for the residents, but the dancers get an opportunity to perform in public and hone their skills,” says studio owner Michelle Revelle. After the show, the kids and seniors mingle, and year after year as the kids return, connections are made. This school year the Kingdom Dancers are performing at Garden View Care Center, Delmar Gardens O’Fallon, Caregivers Inn, Barathaven Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, Parklane Care & Rehabilitation, Twin Oaks Estate, Hillman Place, Park Place, Chestnut Glen Assisted Living, & Assisted Living at the Meadowlands. Recently a director of another facility even called to try to get the dancers to come and perform there as well because of all the positive feedback she has heard from her peers at other centers. “Everybody can relate to dance in some way or another,” Revelle says, “sometimes we get seniors who are simply so delighted...
Sun, Sand & Prayers

Sun, Sand & Prayers

PREPARING FOR THE 2015-16 SEASON – WITH PRAYER Just as we ended the 2014-15 Dance Season, where we had focused on putting on God’s Armor, God had plans in the works to take what we had learned and get us ready for the 2015-16 theme of “Prayer.” My mom, sister, niece, my two daughters, and I headed to the beach for a week of fun, sun, and sand. For the last few years, we have taken a girls’ trip right after Dance Concert to decompress from the excitement of the performance weekend and to get re-fueled for the upcoming year. We had a beautiful start to the week for the most part. The weather was beautiful, we were a short walk from the beach and we were happy to be on vacation! My sister, unfortunately, was suffering from migraines all week. This was not abnormal for her to have headaches, but it really put a damper on the fun for her. She rested, and we all prayed she would be feeling better soon. On the last day, she slipped on some steps and had a fall. I sent an email to my church family asking for prayers, not really knowing how serious this was. After the trauma of the fall, she went to the ER in Florida. They released her, and the next day, we tried to make the trip home. We made it as far as Kentucky, and she stayed at a hospital there for 4 days, while they tried to determine what was going on. We continued to pray, to seek God’s wisdom, to trust Him when...