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 is always fun to hear about their summer highlights. Maybe it was a summer camp, a mission trip, a sports camp, a memorable milestone reached, a great family vacation or outing. These are the mountaintop experiences from the summer that help get us through the daily grind of the traditional school year. This summer, several of our teen dancers had the opportunity to attend various summer dance intensives in the St. Louis area. These students had the privilege to spend around five hours a day, for a week or more focusing on just dance. The life lessons learned, relationships formed and improvement in technique can be huge and feel life altering! It’s amazing what progress can be made in a short time when it’s the main focus. These students literally spent the equivalent amount of studio time in just one week that normally takes place over the span of six months.  Just like all intensives, camps, and vacations-we have to come back to our daily lives. We have to come down from the mountain. We might feel forever changed by our experience but the world around us has continued to go on. Nobody in history has had a greater mountaintop experience than Peter, James and John. “After six days Jesus took with him Peter,...
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 first dance performance. The schedules, the hair, the make-up can all seem a bit overwhelming and the excitement of performing on stage is tangible. For others, this is their last dance performance with MKS- it’s a time for closure and celebration. In between, we have all ages and years of experience. I’m guessing there are even some tips and tricks I could still learn from some of our devoted veteran parents and students. I recommend talking to someone who has already been through a dance concert. It can be super reassuring! As I thought about this post, a myriad of catchy titles, top ten lists and survival 101 ideas popped into my head. All this is floating around while I’m watching our leader, Ms. Michelle prepare the behind the scenes logistics for pulling off dance concert. Seriously–SO. MUCH. PAPER! I’m worried about the usual things a dance teacher is thinking about this time of year-blocking and cleaning choreography, helping students to show themselves through the steps they are doing, and of course, finale. That’s when I realized what I needed to be remember. How to enjoy dance concert. So here goes my list of things that I am daily reminding myself of and hopefully it’s helpful for all ages and levels of experience to hear. Don’t worry–I’ll have some practical advice...
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!...