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   39SHARESFacebookTwitter Facebook Twitter Google+...
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! 42SHARESFacebookTwitter Facebook Twitter Google+...
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! 2SHARESFacebookTwitter Facebook Twitter Google+...
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...
Dance with Purpose

Dance with Purpose

Did you know that there are people in our community who are involved with modern-day slavery known as Human Trafficking?  People are bought and sold for various reasons right here among us, and we may not recognize it.  This month, the MKS Blessing Project will be hosting our 2nd “Everyday Abolitionists” performance to raise awareness of Human Trafficking.  On Saturday, January 17 at 6:30pm at Cornerstone UMC in O’Fallon, MO, we will be shedding light on a dark topic using dance and music.  We anticipate the show to last about one hour. Please come and join our dancers who have been working very hard in preparation.  Our Contemporary teacher, Miss Erin, along with four student choreographers: Megan Alexander, Emi Ferrario, Auriel Hughes and Macaiah Hughes, have created and taught their dances over the last three months.  We have 19 dancers participating who have learned these 8 dances and are rehearsing hard! In the summer of 2013, I met an amazing woman, Amy Pernie, who also runs a Christian dance studio, In His Steps, which is located in Florida.  She has been to India 30 times in the last 9 years and has seen first-hand what Human Trafficking looks like in that part of the world.  We will be using video footage from one of her past trips in our program on January 17, and she will also be coming to support the work we are doing to raise awareness of Human Trafficking.  We are thankful for her prayers and her presence! Your prayers are also greatly appreciated – for those who have been and who are being trafficked, for...
Haitian Dancers Seek New ‘Sole Sisters’

Haitian Dancers Seek New ‘Sole Sisters’

Haitian Dancers Seek New ‘Sole Sisters’ PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI. In 2011, this city was ranked 221 out of 223 cities for quality of life. On the edge of the city is an orphanage for girls called House of Joy. Says O’Fallon resident Cindy Keagy, “this orphanage was started 3 years ago by Pastor Jean Brisenault and his wife, Joseline. The majority of the girls came from Cite Soleil, probably the poorest and most over crowded area in Haiti.  That is where the Pastor came from and he knows the chances of making it out of that poverty are very slim. Most of the girls had not attended school or been a part of a church community until they came to live at House of Joy. Some are orphaned and others come from large families being raised by single mothers. Since Pastor and his wife have one daughter, they decided to start an orphanage for girls only.” Like girls anywhere else they have hopes and dreams, “The girls dream of being a ballerina or a dancer but in Haiti they do not have the opportunity. There is only a small group of us going this summer and we’re trying to come up with some things the girls would think was super exciting. We do not have any training in dance but are taking music and a ballet instruction video so hopefully they will pick up a few things but mainly just have fun. My friend that is going with me is making tutus,” says Keagy. There are eighteen girls, mostly between the ages of eight and ten. “They are extremely interested in ballet and...
Can a Few Flowers Make the World a Better Place?

Can a Few Flowers Make the World a Better Place?

Can a Few Flowers Make the World a Better Place? It’s a great idea to give flowers to your dancer after their recital, and sometimes giving flowers has more impact than you’d expect. The first full weekend of June is usually a beautiful weekend–with temperatures in the 80s, blue skies, and endless days for the kids. By then Summer, in attitude if not in season, has begun. Every year on this weekend, My King Studio holds it annual Dance Concert. It is a busy time, merging excitement along with teamwork and a bit of anxiety. In parallel with this event though, there is always a sideline. Flowers. It is a tradition that every year parents and family buy flowers for their dancer and present them at the end of the show as a way of saying “Great Job!” Obviously, flowers are available at lots of places, from the local florist to a neighbor’s front yard (Not Recommended). But MKS always has another option. Each year a local group coordinates flower sales to benefit a cause. In years past, they have benefitted a Boy Scout Troop, provided mosquito nets to prevent Malaria in Africa, benefitted the Churchill School in Town & Country, helped to provide running water and sanitation to a village in Africa, and helped out a local family struggling with a child going blind. (seriously–those last two links are worth a click…) This year, the flower sales are being led by the Christian Middle School Dance team to raise funds for their program. Please be encouraged to preorder by May 17th at this link, or buy some flowers at the...