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+...
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! 1SHARESFacebookTwitter Facebook Twitter Google+...
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...
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,...
Dance Dad Uses Woodworking for Recitals

Dance Dad Uses Woodworking for Recitals

Dance Dad Uses Woodworking for Recitals Ever wonder what makes a recital great? Clearly, a good recital entails a lot of forethought and organization–planning which kids will be in each act and what costumes match the music, picking songs that fit the theme, and creating a flow that seamlessly transitions from one act to another. But what about the set? Mike Wilson is a whiz with power tools, and has a real can-do attitude about nearly any project imaginable. Given enough time, he can figure out a great way to make something just perfect to solve whatever dilemma is presented. A few years ago, dance studio owner Michelle Revelle started asking him to make the backdrops for her dance concerts. After some consideration, he agreed. He is after all a dance dad, specifically, hers. I asked Mike about how he came to be so handy. He said, “I’ve been building things since I was very young, like Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs and Erector Sets, etc. Then came the usual bird houses, and wooden copies of fishing lures that actually caught fish. Turning an idea or a picture into something real has always been very satisfying for me. The process is at least as enjoyable as seeing the finished product.” The last few years, the backdrops have gotten more and more elaborate, with lots of detailed cutting, special paint techniques, and even hidden lights that can be dimmed.  Mike says, “my wife Kathy and daughter Michelle come up with great ideas and it’s my job to make it happen, so far so good. The thing that makes the backdrops so challenging is that I’m usually given...
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...