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 that they hug the kids and start dancing right along with them after the show! It’s so neat to be a part of brightening someone’s day.”