Petals & Pointe Shoes Propelling Pre-Teen to Puebla

Petals & Pointe Shoes Propelling Pre-Teen to Puebla

Every year at the MKS dance concerts there is a table near the entrance loaded with flowers that will be lavished upon dancers at the end of the show. It’s a physical symbol that families and friends can share with their dancers to say ‘I’m proud of you.’ Every year, Miss Michelle reaches out to studio families to find someone who wants to sell the flowers to support a worthy cause. This year, not only are there flowers available, but also custom-painted pointe shoes that have been hanging in the MKS lobby. And the hope is that the sale of these items will propel twelve-year-old MKS dancer Erica Penney to the mountains of Estado Puebla to share the gospel with unreached peoples. On July 29th Erica will embark on a journey of over 1,800 miles with a team of 24 other Christ followers, including her parents and two brothers, from Lifepoint Church, O’Fallon. Once there the team will reunite with a local church partner, Aposento Alto. Together the international team will set out to share the gospel in the local towns and surrounding mountain villages. The 2016 team brought the gospel to 8 previously unreached people groups. Every dollar spent in celebrating your special dancer has the power to change someone’s eternal destiny. Flowers will be available for purchase at the event if you missed the opportunity to pre-order. How can people have faith in the Lord and ask him to save them, if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear, unless someone tells them? – Romans 10:14 https://clovermedia.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/store/4043dab4-9e78-4e8b-b428-4b2b0a58e7c6/526c7af54d/720p.mp4  ...
O’Fallon Dance Studio To Send Teachers to Haiti

O’Fallon Dance Studio To Send Teachers to Haiti

This July 9-16, My King Studio of Dance founder Michelle Revelle and tumbling teacher Vicki Miller will be heading to Haiti to share the fun of dance with children at the orphanage and school in Tabarre. MKS has been partnering with Joy in Haiti for a few years, collecting dance supplies for the kids and fabric and sewing materials for their seamstress ministry. In 2015 MKS won the O’Fallon scarecrow contest  and gave the prize money to Joy in Haiti. All those things are great and help the school and orphanage. However, at MKS we feel called to not only share our gifts, but also our talents, and for that there’s nothing like meeting kids and sharing your talents with them in person. In addition to the teachers, Miss Michelle’s daughter and father will be making the journey as well. “God has been preparing me for many years for this opportunity,” says Miss Michelle, “and I am excited to go and see what God has in store for us there. I cannot wait to meet all of the girls, dance with them and equip those who are interested with tools that will allow them to lead worship through dance. I am thrilled for my 9 year old daughter to meet the girls and also to see what life is like in other parts of the world. My dad will be a huge blessing, sharing his talents of carpentry and handy-ness. Ms. Vicki will be teaching some tumbling as well as helping me with dance.” Joy in Haiti Is a 501(c)3 Charitable organization that supports several ministries in the impoverished nation of Haiti. There is...
Kingdom Dancers Instead Of Competition?

Kingdom Dancers Instead Of Competition?

Are you looking to up your dance game, but are wary of the cost and costuming/messages of competition? Do you want your dancing to have a message and an impact beyond just combining tricks and moves? We have a great opportunity for you, but you must act by May 16th! Kingdom Dancers is the team of dancers who get the most experience performing for an audience, bar-none! Not only do they perform at 8-10 retirement homes (for groups of 20-100 residents), but they also get to perform in all four dance concerts for a total audience of about 2400 in one weekend! Occasionally other opportunities come up and guess who gets the first call to have the chance to perform? You guessed it! In 2017, the older groups in the ministry went to St. Joseph, MO to perform in a benefit show, and also participated in National Dance Week at Grand Center. Last year dancers performed at Washington University as part of a gospel concert. In years past, Kingdom Dancers have performed at conferences, church services, public events and more. If you are wondering how you can take your dancing to the next level, this is it! Kingdom Dancers participate in a mandatory Summer session where they learn their dances, so when the school year starts they are ready to start performing. Then, during the school year on two Saturdays a month they rehearse from 12:20 to 1:30. Then (generally on the 3rd Saturday) there is a performance starting at 2:00 or 2:30 in the community. The main requirements are that dancers must be enrolled in at least one other class at...
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 which serves Northwest Missouri children who have been sexually or physically abused or severely neglected. The 11th annual ‘Chance to Dance’ concert was held April 8th, 2017, and MKS was excited to be a part of the show! Miss Karin made all of the connections happen, as prior to moving to Lake St. Louis, she lived in St. Joseph and taught at The Dance Arts Center. Eight of the Soul Sisters and Faithful Friends travelled from O’Fallon to St. Joe (270 miles) to perform two dances, ‘Power’ and ‘Spirit of the Living God’. In addition to MKS and the hosts, several other studios sent dancers from across the state. The show was a huge success, generating over $10,000 for the children’s charity! Thanks to all who made it possible, and great job Kingdom Dancers!...
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 Classical Ballet) We live in a time that is rife with comparison. With the constant presence of social media, it is even easier to know what is going on in other people’s lives. But do we really know what is going on? I’ve heard it said before that it is all too easy to compare other people’s highlight reels to our personal behind the scenes. This is not fair or healthy. You cannot be envious and happy at the same time. From time to time, I find it is helpful to give myself a quick check-up in the comparison department. I ask myself “Do I compare my talents, my accomplishments, or even my belongings to other people’s?” I am often surprised at what is revealed, and it helps show me that there are more important things to do than compare myself to others. The Bible warns us against the dangers of comparison and gives us advice that is still relevant today. People have struggled with comparison and how to overcome it for as long as there have been people. In Jude (Jude 1:19) we are warned against the division comparison can cause, directives to avoid comparison run throughout the ten commandments (Exodus 20:17), and Israel’s first king, Saul struggled with it. “Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly. “They have credited David...
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 (unnecessary) pressure upon myself. Two – As a natural problem solver, I want to try to fix things. Things that are not even mine to fix maybe… God whispered to me today, “You Do Not Have to Fix Everything and Be Perfect, You Only Have to Love.” In Matthew 22:36-40, Jesus lays out the 2 greatest commandments: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” What is it that you “do not have to…” do today? What can you replace with love? There is so much freedom in letting go of the “should’s” in our lives and allowing love to be our focus. As we learn more and more about UNITY this year, it is encouraging to know that we are all learning and growing, maturing in our faith and in relationships. May we express compassion, grace, forgiveness, and mercy toward others. And when we do, may we experience peace, joy, and hope! So maybe, I can learn – One – To rest...
MKS OUT and ABOUT – 2016 Discovering Abilities Day

MKS OUT and ABOUT – 2016 Discovering Abilities Day

Two of our students from the Dance 4 Special Dancers – Level 3 class, Jaime & Alex, along with Miss Michelle, attended the 2016 Discovering Abilities Day at a local elementary school last month.  This was their 2nd year presenting to the 3rd graders as part of the school’s annual educational program.  The school brings in many different groups that teach the students about how different we all are, and yet how we can all interact with one another – sounds like UNITY to me!  Alex, Jaime, and Miss Michelle demonstrated a dance combination for the students to do with them.  The students also got to see Jaime & Alex’s class video performance from last year’s Dance Concert.  It was a fun morning dancing with the kiddos, and even some of  their teachers joined in!...
Welcome to a Dance Year All About UNITY!

Welcome to a Dance Year All About UNITY!

I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. John 17:23 We are so excited about the 2016-17 Dance Year! We have had a great start already – getting to work with our classes for a month now. Thank you for joining us this year! We are thankful for each of our students and families! We want to also welcome Miss Amy to our Front Desk this year! She is joining Miss Angela & Miss Bridgette and is enjoying getting to know everyone. The Front Desk Staff is always available to help if you have any questions. The instructors and I spent a great deal of time this summer and into the start of the school year refreshing and updating curriculum. We will continue to work to make the content that is taught here at MKS top-notch, challenging and enjoyable too! We will also be sending out letters from your teachers. Please look for those in your email inbox very soon. UNITY is our theme this year, and we are focusing on sharing the love that God has given us. In doing so, we hope to encourage one another and get along well with each other. We are working on making sure that My King Studio is a positive atmosphere – in our classrooms, in our lobby and in our lives! Looking forward to a great year of dance and tumbling at MKS!...
Movement

Movement

I remember sitting there, and the girl was hardly moving. Her face, her heart – they said everything that needed to be said. It was clear that she did not have extensive, if any, formal dance training, but it was also clear that she loved to dance. This girl was using her body to truly worship – to say something to and about her God, the creator of the universe. This is a memory of mine from a dance ministry event I attended in Arkansas in August of 2004. I will never forget that moment in which God showed me so clearly the purpose He has for dance. It was a teachable moment that, in the ensuing years, would remind me that we do not have to be in competition with one another or with other studio dancers in order to be successful at dance. Dance is to be joyful, expressive, God-honoring. Our staff strives to offer the best possible technique and teaching methods to our students, and we are free to present dance differently than the world does. It is incredibly important to us to do everything with excellence, but not for the purpose of being able to pat ourselves on the back. It is so that we can honor God with the gifts He has given us, and we can be used to point to the God that we serve. That girl, the dancer in Arkansas – she danced with no reservation and no concern for what others thought about her technique. When she danced with abandon for her audience of one, I learned one of the...
Music

Music

My pastor attended the Dance Concert a couple years ago, and even as someone who loves music, was surprised at the variety of good Christian music that was sampled at the show.  In another instance earlier this school year, I talked with someone new to the faith about Hip Hop music by Christian artists, and her expectation was something akin to monks chanting.  It is curious to me how foreign faith-centered music can seem.  There is such a wide variety of rap, folk, jazz, pop, R&B, rock, punk (and pretty much any style you can imagine) available in addition to the praise and worship music that is played on Joy FM.  Some of these less known music styles can be heard on Boost, and all of these genres are on Pandora and iTunes. After all these years investing hours and days searching through iTunes looking for just the right music for each class for the Dance Concert, I still think it is fun.  The music is out there.  It may take a little extra work to find something that fits our theme just right, but it is satisfying to find something that also complements the dancers and the style of dance being performed. I am responsible for finding music that will be uplifting to our students – who hear the songs over and over and over – and also to each member of our audience in June.  I want to say something meaningful with the music (and dance) that will hopefully speak to our students and someone in the audience in a positive and encouraging way. When I questioned...