The Gift of Life

The Gift of Life

As we celebrate the coming of our King to earth this month, I think I am finally ready to put into words some thoughts about our trip to Haiti this past July. Ms. Vicki, my dad, my oldest daughter, and I made a trip with a team from Joy in Haiti, an...
Trusting the Process

Trusting the Process

A few months back, I was speaking with the mother of one of our students after a performance, and we were going over the experience. In our discussion, she mentioned the Matheny Manifesto as a contributing factor to how she approaches her daughter’s dance instruction....
Coming Down the Mountain

Coming Down the Mountain

Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters…” (Matthew 17:4) I hope that this summer has been a time of renewal for you and those closest to you. When the students come back to class at the studio in August, it...
The Most Wonderful Time of the Dance Year

The Most Wonderful Time of the Dance Year

Praise His name with Dancing! – Psalm 149:3 It’s that time of year! It’s exciting, emotional, and a little (okay-A LOT!) hectic. Drumroll…IT’S DANCE CONCERT TIME. If I was Ms. Karin I would add a woot woot to the end of that! For some people, this is their very...
A Chance To Dance

A Chance To Dance

Every April the owner of The Dance Arts Center in St. Joseph, Missouri organizes and puts on a benefit dance concert to raise money for The Northwest Children’s Advocacy Center. The Children’s Advocacy Center is a multidisciplinary not-for-profit agency...
Comparison in Dance and Life

Comparison in Dance and Life

[An] important lesson to impart to a young student is that they can be proud of their achievements, regardless of how those achievements compare to another’s. It is a waste of time and energy to be concerned about the achievements of others. (John White, Teaching...
You Do Not Have to…, You Only Have to Love

You Do Not Have to…, You Only Have to Love

For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. -Ephesians 4:4 Lately, I have been struggling with a couple things – One – Making mistakes. I tend to be a perfectionist, so end up putting a lot of...