When I think of ballet, I think of grace. Grace is another aspect of God that flows into our lives when we are connected to Him.
What is grace? With ballet, I think of ease and fluidity in every movement. I think of beauty and poise. I think of being inspired and moved as I watch. When I think of gracious people, there are many similarities. People who live with grace are beautiful and inspiring. Through their own ease with themselves, they put others at ease.
Grace is a gift. It is not something we can strive to obtain. We can only receive it and offer it. No one can earn it. If we could, it would cease to be grace! (Romans 11:6).
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2: 8-9, NIV).
Amazingly, the books of Acts once again (just as with boldness), contains nearly a dozen references to grace. And if you think grace is only a trait for women, you're wrong.
"Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people." (Acts 6:8)
God's grace brings us forgiveness, salvation, and all we need for daily following Him. Our recognition of how much we need his grace helps us to offer grace to those around us, when they mess up, disappoint us, or hurt us. God's grace, freely given, is meant to be shared.
So, as you practice becoming graceful at dance class, remember how important it is to be grace-full in all you do and say. Freely receive. Freely give!
What is S.H.I.N.E.?
Basically, each class performs a short segment of a piece they're working on and judges note the things the class is strong in and where they can grow, Each class receives a ribbon that reflects what the judges felt was their strongest characteristic: effort, technique, musicality, entertainment, or teamwork. An over-all winner from each age category (7-8, 9-12, 13+) is also chosen with each member of that class receiving a medal. There is a great-big trophy for the studio that carries the record of those winning classes as well.
Where is S.H.I.N.E.?
S.H.I.N.E takes place at the Red Gym of MBCI, 173 Talbot (across from Jubilee Place and sharing the same parking lot), and accessible from Brazier and from Talbot. Note that students can be dropped off at the east entrance (parking lot), but audience entrance will be from the west entrance. Teachers should be on hand to direct. Just follow their instructions.
When is S.H.I.N.E.?
S.H.I.N.E takes place Saturday, March 4th, at 3:00 p.m. (dancers arrive 2:15, doors open at 2:45).
Who can be in S.H.I.N.E.?
All students in year-long classes ages 7+ are automatically entered.
Who will be judging at S.H.I.N.E.?
Leanne Sanders CSC-Dip., CICB
Leanne Sanders is a Graduate of the University of Winnipeg and of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Teacher Training Program. While at the RWB, she produced choreography for the First Steps competition, which was voted an audience favorite, as well as many pieces for the Recreational School. Currently, she holds her Associate Diploma with the Cecchetti Society of Canada and runs the Ballet Program at Studio One School of Performing Arts, where the joy of dance is truly alive. She enjoys taking jazz and tap classes at the studio on her “time off.” She is also a current choreographing/performing member of Prairie Dancers, a Winnipeg modern dance troupe, under the direction of Paula Blair.
Leanne is a certified Stott Pilates Instructor and Physiologic Yoga instructor, currently teaching private sessions and classes at Donna Sarna Physiotherapy, The Reh-Fit Center and The Yoga Center. She also teaches Clinical Rehabilitation and Kinesiology to Massage Therapy students at Robertson College. She hopes to pursue her Masters of Occupational Therapy in the coming year.
She is overjoyed to be participating in SHINE as an adjudicator and wishes all the dancers the best of luck and can’t wait to see them all shine on the stage!
Tracy "Trigger Tray" Tomchuk has been dancing almost 20 years, covering a wide range of genres such as Ballet & Jazz with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, African, Hip Hop, Breaking, Latin Ballroom, West Coast Swing and Belly Dancing. She has been the lead choreographer for local Nigerian music artist Benjamin Tamana since 2014, and together they have opened up for international artists such as Iyanya, Davido and Rough & Smooth. Tomchuk has performed with talented and reputable organizations such as BOSS Dance Team, DARK Dance Company and Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
Currently residing in the community of Winnipeg, Tomchuk continues to develop herself as an artist of many media. However, when it comes to dance - the primary artistic focus of 2015 & 2016 - her main concentration has been the study of Breaking, African Dance, and Hip Hop. Tomchuk volunteers her time to teach kids in the community through various organizations such a IRCOM, and recently started a new position at a local studio where she can spend even more of her time joyfully teaching and sharing dance culture.
Why do we have S.H.I.N.E.?
S.H.I.N.E. is a skills showcase that started a few years ago in the hopes that students would have a chance to sharpen themselves and each other in the areas of: Skill, Hard work, Integrity, Nobility, Excellence. A chance to get a taste of competition and adjudication. A chance to recognize strengths and areas of improvement to grow in.
How much does S.H.I.N.E. cost?
$5 for spectators (entrance fee for students has already been included in registration fees).
Please bring cash.
How long is S.H.I.N.E.?
The even takes about 2 1/2 hours. Youngest participants (7-8) finish usually an hour sooner.
Will there be snacks and drinks to buy during S.H.I.N.E?
Yes! There will be a canteen.
What can I expect at S.H.I.N.E.?
As a family member watching, expect to whet your appetite for the recital, learn more of what is looked for in a performance, and to feel pride and joy at all of what your kids are learning and growing in.
As a participant, expect lots of mixed feelings of nervousness, pride, exhilaration,and disappointment. Expect to learn as you listen and watch. Anticipate opportunities to grow in your character, and to practice rejoicing with those who rejoice and mourning with those who mourn! Know that we are all cheering for you and very proud, regardless of what ribbon or medal you do or don't get.
During a prayer time after church, my pastor's wife used Hip Hop as a metaphor for being big and bold (she's pretty cool). It made me think of how dance styles can exemplify certain characteristics that we need in our walk with God.
In Hip Hop, dancers have an attitude of not backing down, of putting it all out there. The movements are strong. There is no half-way. Hip Hop is unapologetic. It's bold. In the world, that boldness can be accompanied by hard-hearted rebellion. That's not what God is after. But he is looking for those who will stand up and stand out (just like BOLD lettering).
The book of Acts is full of references to boldness. After Peter and John were told not to speak in Jesus' name any more, they got together with their family of believers and they prayed. This is the end of the prayer recorded in Acts 4:
29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
And this was the result:
31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
Paul, even after being imprisoned, never backed down:
"He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!" (Acts 28:31).
We can't manufacture this kind of boldness. It is the result of the empowering of the Holy Spirit. But when God's Spirit is alive and at work in us, we can be BOLD as lions! (Proverbs 28:1)
A child needs a grandparent, anybody’s grandparent, to grow a little more securely into an unfamiliar world. ~Charles and Ann Morse
What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies. ~Rudy Giuliani
Make sure to invite your kids' grandparents to come and watch them next week (or a special person in their life that they look up to and have a special relationship with).
(Quotes from quotegarden.com)