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...
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...
Responsibility

Responsibility

It is interesting to me is that, year after year, people are surprised at the appropriate, yet in-style costumes our students wear, the variety of good music, and the technical ability and talent that our dancers show at the dance concerts.  A large part of our mission is to teach dancers to share their gifts while using appropriate music, movement & costumes.  When I say that, I think many people imagine dancers wearing dresses as big as tablecloths and dancing to “Kum Ba Yah.”  Not that that would be terrible, but I feel like we do a good job of keeping everything God-honoring while still being fun and not out-dated. I also want to be sure to say something meaningful with each song and dance.  I have seen performances that show beautiful talent and athleticism but express nothing to my soul.  I feel like these can be missed opportunities for those artists to share something meaningful to their audience.  I have seen performances that express something negative or degrading.  These are sad moments.  I hope that our students learn that their dancing gives voice to their souls and that they use that voice with integrity & joy. Jesus is the living water, the ultimate refreshment – when we express ourselves within His will, the result is refreshing for us and for those who see it. So, express yourself – your hurts, your happiness, your anger, your silliness, your love, your prayers, your praise, your worries, your hopes.  God has created you to speak with your whole self, and we pray that you will use this voice with responsibility. It...
The Season of Consumerism

The Season of Consumerism

True or False?  “The things we consume (food, TV shows, music, etc.) affect us.” We often hear these types of responses – “False – I don’t listen to the lyrics.” “True – I would like to be in better shape.” “False – The violence doesn’t bother me.” I see apathy in my own life toward the things of God.  I consume too much sugar, and I would rather play a game on my phone with my spare moments than do something constructive. As a believer, many times I have to beg God for the desire to be in His Word and sit with Him in prayer – consuming nothing but Him in the silence, peace & rest.  Other times I am back to my apathy, and I blow off my idle consumption. As believers, we are all called to the mission field right here where God has us – in our families, at our jobs, at our schools.  Does what we consume affect us?  If so, then does it affect this ministry to which we have each been called? In the moments when I am seeking after Christ and being obedient, I consume guidance, joy, peace, strength, love.  This affects me.  And then surprisingly, just like the fishes and loaves, there is more to share with others. As we enter this season, I recently heard referred to as “consumerism,” I pray you will consume the Bread of Life (John 6:35 – “Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’”) and the...
Scarlett the Scarecrow

Scarlett the Scarecrow

  Here at MKS, we aren’t real big on Halloween in general, but we jump at the chance to put a tutu on a scarecrow! O’Fallon is holding a scarecrow-making contest for businesses, and MKS has created an entry–we named her Scarlett. Now you might think that scarecrows are all about protecting crops from winged interlopers, but Scarlett has another thing on her mind–Dance! Scarlett has been busy dropping in on activities around the studio, trying out her legs in Ballet, testing her flexibility in Tumbling, even a bit of office work at the Front Desk. If you love Scarlett as much as we do, please like the page https://www.facebook.com/visitofallon and vote for her (#2) as the best Scarecrow in O’Fallon between 8am October 6th and noon October 8th. Share and vote! *See updates below       * Update – MKS has been working with Joy in Haiti to support an orphanage in Haiti and they recently mentioned that they have to move to a new facility and need significant support to accomplish that. MKS will be forwarding on any winnings from the scarecrow contest to support this endeavor. Frequent readers of this space may remember that we collected ballet shoes and leotards for the kids in May of last year.   **Update – Scarlett won! Blessed to donate the $300 prize to www.joyinhaiti.org! Thanks to everyone who voted and made that possible.  ...
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...