When I think of jazz dance, I think of exuberant, energizing joy. This joy lights up the face and expresses itself in every movement, right to the tips of the fingers. This verse, from 1 Peter 1:8-9, comes to mind:
8 Though you have not seen him [Jesus], you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Inexpressible and glorious joy. Maybe it's not inexpressible if you're doing jazz!
I'm also reminded of the story of Nehemiah, whom God called back to Jerusalem to rebuild the broken walls around the city. The Israelite people had been far from God and when God's Word was read to them, they began to weep. Instead, Nehemiah instructed them to celebrate with all sorts of good food and drink and to set apart that day to God, telling them, "the joy of the Lord is your strength".
v.12 "Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them."
There is great joy in knowing God and experiencing his salvation. That's the joy of the Lord. It's our strength, too.
As we remember Jesus' death and celebrate his resurrection and all that means for your life, may you be filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. And may that joy come out in your dancing and daily living.
It's time to decide what you'd like to remember your year at Masterworks with:
All of this information can be found and filled out on the pink order forms available at the studio (if you've misplaced yours), and there is a link to the order form on this page: http://www.masterworks.dance/parent-corner.html
Photos and DVD's should be available for pick-up at the Open House in June. Mail-out is also an option for a small fee of $2.
The second event (see first here) you don't want to miss if you love supporting artists is:
"Explore the Woods" - an acoustic concert featuring the music of Alexander Grant (our musical theatre teacher), Bread We Break and Fated.
Here is an introduction from Eventful.com
Alexander Grant and Redeeming Music present a "sneak preview" of their new album "The Woods", which is set to drop this June. However, Alexander is too anxious to wait till June for people to hear these new songs. "Explore the woods", will be a simplified acoustic concert showcasing the majority of the songs from the new album in their most authentic and rawest form. For Alexander these are some of the most profound compositions he has every done, and in this intimate setting you will get to hear the heart behind the lyrics.
When: April 1 2017
Tickets: $12 (only 250 available)
Location: CMU Auditorium (rushed seating)
Doors open: 6:30
Opening acts: FATED Fated is a new local Canadian band/duo, predominantly producing "singer-songwriter" music, The duo aims to create music that inspires, uplifts and connects to listeners through lyrics that contain stories or emotions that are easy to relate to.
If you are looking for some unique arts events to close out Spring Break, and have a heart to support Masterworks staff and students, then you need to read more!
First is, "The Artist Within" - with three performances Thursday (7:00 p.m.) and Friday (4:00 and 8:00 p.m.) at MTYP. Second is "Exploring the Woods" on Sunday, 6:30 p.m. at CMU.
Here is write-up taken from the Facebook Event:
T H E A R T I S T W I T H I N
is a story driven production written and directed by GeNie Baffoe. The story seeks to cast a light on what it's like to be an artist while balancing a day job and other aspects of life unrelated to the art itself. While at the same time addressing the consequences of overworking yourself and those around you. All of us must fight day in and day out to grow, share, and protect our passion in whatever form it takes. This can come with many ups, downs, laughs, frustrations, rewards & failures along the way. We invite you to witness this story that follows the journey of a Dancer, a choreographer, an actor, a rapper, a beatboxer, a singer, a workaholic and a DJ. Some have put in the work and made it, some are working to make it, and some just find themselves working. This is a 1 of a kind look at the "behind the scenes" struggle of the artistic lifestyle. You think you know, but do you?
A cast of over 80 local artists
over 50 dancers -- 10 choreographers -- 5 parkour athletes -- 2 rappers -- 2 actors -- 2 producers -- 2 International Lighting Technicians --2 videographers -- 1 DJ -- 1 poet -- 1 beatboxer -- 1 visual artist --
GeNie is one of our Hip Hop teachers. Also in the show are teachers Michal Goertzen and Jenna Voth and students Holly P. and Patrick S.
Tickets are $30 here or $40 at the door (or talk to one of the participants).
Venue: Manitoba Theatre for Young People, at the Forks
Performances: 7:00 Friday, 4:00/8:00 Saturday (doors open 6, 3:30, 7)
Come and support these artists and gain a whole new appreciation for what they do!