Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Auditions for "Beyond Bethlehem"

Auditions for "Beyond Bethlehem" were yesterday at 1 PM. Nine families showed up and nineteen children and teens over 10 years old auditioned. They all did very well, and selections for the cast have been hard to make!

Boys are especially hard to find, as only 5 came to auditions. I'm in the process of contacting others that could possibly fill roles if we did special rehearsals, and I'm praying for God to provide.

I look forward to working with these families as we rehearse each week to bring another story to life. Please pray that God guides the whole production process, and that we bring glory to Him in all that we do!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fun Ballet Attire

Last week was "Fun Ballet Attire Day," a time when students have the option to wear something to class other than the required black and pink.

Ballet II - my oldest class, minus one girl who was on vacation. They are a joy to teach, and I've enjoyed challenging them!

Basic Ballet/B - Younger classes can be harder to keep focused, but their energy and enthusiasm is fun to work with!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Of Barres and Mirrors

Ballet classes have been underway now for 5 weeks, although they seem to have gone by so quickly! God has blessed me with 36 students between the ages of 4 and 14. I teach 2 classes on Tuesday afternoons (with an exercise/dance class for ladies that evening) and 4 classes on Thursday afternoons. Preparing and teaching keeps me busy, but I enjoy it.

This year I am blessed to be able to use the new fellowship hall at Fountain of Grace, and they graciously allowed me to install mirrors on one of the walls. My dad got the best quote and oversaw the installation, also loaning me money to pay for them. Thankfully, I paid them off this month.

The mirrors are so nice for the students to be able to see exactly what they're doing and what it's supposed to look like! It also helps me to keep my eyes on all of them at once, and allows me to demonstrate things while letting them all see clearly.

My dad also designed and built barres for me out of PVC pipe with some metal rods inside to keep them sturdy. Finally, version 1.7 passed my stability test, and the girls have enjoyed using them. They're so much better than the chairs we used to use!

Praise God for His provision and grace to teach and plan day-by-day!