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.   66SHARESFacebookTwitter Facebook Twitter Google+...
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...
Dance Concert – Stress or Joy?

Dance Concert – Stress or Joy?

Dance Concert – Stress or Joy? Each year around this time, we enter a season of focused preparation for the Dance Concert.  Although we started planning well over a year ago, we kick things into high gear during the late Winter.  Winter sometimes brings with it a sense of drudgery – being cooped up inside, the cold, gloomy days, etc. But just as with the coming of Spring, the anticipation of the Concert brings excitement and the wonder about what God will do when He shows up for our worshipful concerts that busy weekend!  It is tempting to be stressed about all of the details… – Costumes, Hair & Make-up – Teaching, Learning, Cleaning Routines – Organizing Schedules – Volunteers for the Dancers and Backstage – Making arrangements with the venue …and the list goes on.  (and on.) And yet, when I work through all of the tiniest details, day by day, I am encouraged when I imagine what God can do through the work everyone is putting forth – Parents, Families, Dancers, Teachers, Front Desk Staff, Volunteers, Stage Crew, etc.  I am excited, not stressed.  For the last 12 years, God has shown up and made His name known at our concerts, sometimes in tangible ways and other times in ways that I am sure I will not even know about until I reach heaven. Every bit of work that is done in preparation is done with forethought, wisdom from experience (a lot of hard lessons, with more to come, I’m sure!), love, desire to serve all who will be there the weekend of June 6 & 7,...
Communication

Communication

I am always so thankful when a customer shares with me encouragement about something they appreciate about My King Studio.  Equally as important are the constructive comments about concerns.  It is true that we cannot fix a problem if we are unaware of it.  I appreciate the time that people take to help make MKS a great place to be. Communication goes beyond just the pros and cons of our everyday experiences, though.  Communication between students and teachers is so important too!  We want our students to be encouraged and challenged.  We want our students to grow in skill and also in confidence.  Students who learn how to address their teachers – with healthy respect and realistic expectations – grow into mature adults who can effectively communicate with others. Parents who model this communication by talking with teachers and staff about what may be going on with a student – issues at home, injuries, reasons for absences, etc. – help us to better serve the student.  When we know where a child is coming from when they walk in the door, we can meet them there. Dance has such a healing power.  It has the ability to allow students to enter into a safe place where they can shed the problems from the day.  Dance allows students to physically release the “yuckiness” of life, even in just 45 minutes or an hour.  I can remember countless days of entering the dance studio feeling terrible, and then leaving refreshed and ready for another day. Thank you for taking the time to communicate with us, so we can help our students...
Armor vs. Apathy

Armor vs. Apathy

God promises us in Ephesians 6:13 that if we put on the full armor of God, we will stand firm against the enemy. “Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.” Ephesians 6:13 NLT I had no idea when we first started plans for this year’s theme – Armor of the King – how relevant Armor would be to dance.  And yet, the more I study about the armor, the more I realize that we serve in battle at the studio all the time. The decision to put on God’s righteousness (breastplate), express God’s truth (belt) and offer of salvation (helmet), walk in peace (shoes) while grounded in His word (sword), and holding up our faith (shield) before us as we move forward each day automatically puts us into the battle.  In weak moments, when we let go of any piece of this armor, we are vulnerable and weak against the enemy. Any apathy we may have toward the things of God – any areas of willingness to brush off righteousness, faith, and peace or ignore truth, salvation, and God’s word – is sobering.  This is true in all areas of life.  In dance, I see this apathy when people say, “That song isn’t so bad (even when it promotes the opposite of your beliefs),” or “That’s okay to do that move (even though it causes someone else to stumble in their thoughts),” or “That costume is okay (even though there is more skin showing...
Drudgery & Success

Drudgery & Success

My own daughters, after two weeks of tumbling class, informed me that they could do cartwheels, and my youngest was puzzled that they had to keep doing cartwheels each week, as she had already learned how to do them.  With a smile (and a little giggle), I let her know that she would do hundreds of cartwheels during the year and in the coming years as well. I came across the following quote in the introduction an algebra text book shortly after this conversation with my daughters that seemed very applicable – “The repetition in the problem sets in this book is needed to allow students the opportunity to master all the concepts.  Application of the concepts must be practiced for a long time to ensure retention.  This practice has an element of drudgery to it, but it has been demonstrated that people who are not willing to practice fundamentals often find success elusive.  Ask any athlete, musician, or artist about the necessity of practicing fundamental skills.” John Saxon’s Exhortation to Students, Algebra ½: An Incremental Development, 3rd Edition Because we live in a culture of high speed access to information, I have many times wondered how the fast pace of life will affect how we perceive the process of developing skills, and in addition, how willing our students will be to take the time necessary to build a strong dance foundation.  Students sometimes complain that dance is boring once they “know” a step, and yet, we know that repetitive practice of any skill is required for true mastery and retention.  And, this takes time, something that seems to...
October is Invite a Friend Month

October is Invite a Friend Month

I have noticed lately, more and more, how important an enriching activity is for kids.  With my own children getting older, I see the value of having something to do, to work at, and to achieve in order to keep their minds focused on positive things.  This is the reason so many kids are in dance, gymnastics, sports, music, clubs, etc… the list goes on and on.  We are thankful that you, our MKS families, have chosen dance to be one of those positive influences in the lives of your children.  The hard work, dedication, and perseverance it requires to find success in dance (or any similar activity) is paired with greater confidence, improved strength and sweet friendships too. And because we know dance can be a place to meet new friends and to meet with friends, we set aside one month each year – October – to invite YOU to invite a friend to class!  If you know of someone who might enjoy the positive benefits of dance, we would love to meet & dance with them! 4SHARESFacebookTwitter Facebook Twitter Google+...
GRACE-full DANCE!

GRACE-full DANCE!

If you are a Christ-follower, do you ever feel pressure to be perfect?  It is easy to believe the lie that we have to somehow measure up to a high standard before we can be useful to God.  We experience this same pressure at MKS at times. We desire so much that students would be encouraged, gain confidence and grow in their faith while in classes here.  Although we serve a perfect Lord, we unfortunately fail at times.  We strive to serve God with excellence, but as Miss Heather always reminds me when things do not go the way I had hoped and I fail, “Congratulations – you’re human.”  This is always a fantastic reminder of why I am a Christ-follower in the first place – I’m a sinner in need of a Savior.  What a great and merciful God we serve! We are thankful for each family and for the opportunity to serve your family – not perfectly – but with humility and grace! 1SHARESFacebookTwitter Facebook Twitter Google+...
Little Things Can Make a Big Difference!

Little Things Can Make a Big Difference!

As a recovering perfectionist, I continue to work on being content in my current circumstances.  With that being said, I have learned and continue to witness the benefit of the “Little Things.”  Small improvements here and there, like touching up paint in my kids’ bedrooms every so often (instead of repainting the whole house) or wiping down just one shelf in the fridge (instead of cleaning the entire thing at once) can make a big difference.  With a busy schedule, it’s easy for me to write things off until I “have more time” or wait until the moment “is perfect.”  Learning to let go and do what I can manage at the time (and be okay with that!) is huge! Getting ready for the dance year each summer has taught me some of these lessons.  As we paint, clean, refinish floors, organize and freshen up our decor for the coming year, I see that newness in the “Little Things.”  As the MKS Staff spends time looking at the “Little Things” – the details of class structures, curriculum, teaching philosophies, and more – I see the benefits of always working to improve.  Regularly making seemingly small improvements in our teaching styles and our customer service helps our students and hopefully all of our families to have a great experience at MKS! As you watch your dancer (or yourself) grow this year, it will be amazing to see – month by month – the “Little Things” add up and then be displayed at the concert next year…  Confidence, technique, leadership, musicality, faith, and friendship – just to name a few –...