As we finished out our Midwest Tour and began our journey home, we were very fortunate to continue meeting wonderful new people as well as reconnect with old friends. After Ballet Emmanuel left Kiowa, KS we traveled back to Woodward, OK for a workshop with the Woodward Studio of Dance. Then it was back to Kansas where we spent a day teaching masterclasses for the Pointe School of Dance in Hutchinson. That evening we had the opportunity to hold a concert in Newton at Salem United Methodist Church, where we were joined by Angel Feet Dance Studio who performed a piece to open our concert. From there we traveled to Salina to dance at a Sunday morning worship service at University United Methodist Church. Afterwards, while still in Salina, we added an addition to our tour family. We are pleased to introduce our mascot for the 2013 Midwest Tour; "Sir Umm..." (yes we are referring to the Pumpkin!)
Next, we (along with "Sir Umm...") traveled to Ellsworth, KS for a workshop with the Ellsworth Ballet. We also enjoyed the chance to return to Hesston College for a chapel performance as well as Moundridge for a workshop that same night with Angel Feet Dance Studio. Our last stop on the tour before heading home was a chapel performance at Central Christian College in McPherson. In the company of "Sir Umm...", we once again made the drive across Kansas and arrived safely home where we unpacked the vehicle one last time!
We would like to thank everyone for all your prayers and support throughout the tour.
We thank God for all He did to keep us safe and for the opportunities we had to share our love for Him and our love for dance.
After beginning the season with a
whirlwind of activities, lots of crazy days in the studio, and saying goodbye
to old faces and hello to new ones, Ballet Emmanuel kicked off our 2013/14 tour
season. We began our Midwest Tour last Thursday and have since been to
Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas. We have had the great opportunity to reconnect
with people as well as meet many new ones. The trip first led us to John Brown
University in Arkansas where we were blessed to work with a small number of
students from the Great Abandon Dance Ministry, as well as perform at the
University. The college students were wonderful and very eager to learn.
While in Arkansas we traveled
just a town away to work with the Adonai Ballet Academy. The students quickly
absorbed everything we had to teach which included a couple pieces of
choreography and they then joined us onstage at John Brown University. Dancers
from New Creation Professional Dance Company also joined us for the workshop
and concert. It was wonderful to once again share the stage with these lovely
dancers! We then skipped over the border and into Oklahoma where we were
graciously welcomed at First United Methodist Church. While in Woodward we
tried our luck riding a golf cart and hiked to an elevation that would make a
Colorado Native chuckle, but we enjoyed ourselves very much.
We then headed to Kiowa Kansas to
work with Studio Pro Dance & Fitness. The students were great and
quickly picked up our choreography and joined us on stage for the concert. While
at Studio Pro we were fortunate enough to get to participate in some classes
(we even tried Hot Yoga!)
As we finish out
our Midwest tour we pray that God will continue to use us to bless those we
meet. We greatly appreciate all your prayers and support.
We want to invite you to our 2013 Little Ballerina Workshop!
Coming up on Saturday, September 28th Ballet Emmanuel will be holding its Little Ballerina Workshop for children ages 4-9. The workshop will be held at Turning Pointe School of Dance located at 7667 N. Union Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80920.
Tuition: $20 per participant (registration due by September 21st)
Early Bird Tuition: $15 (due September 14th)
Tuition: $25 per participant (registration due by September 21st)
Early Bird Tuition: $20 (due September 14th)
Registration forms and fliers are available on our website (www.balletemmanuel.org)
Help us get the word out, if you know of anyone who might be interested in attending please send them to our website or contact Erin at (719)433-8820 for information.
We're excited about what God will do during this year's workshop!
While it is always sad to say goodbye to dancers, we love saying hello to new ones! Meet our new apprentices!
Alyssa Schneider began her dance training at age 3 in Winona, Minnesota at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts. As a dancer Alyssa spent her summers training with the American Ballet Theater, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Fort Wayne Ballet and The Milwaukee Ballet. At the age of 16 Alyssa transferred to Perpich Center for the Performing Arts and later to St. Mary’s University to finish out her high school career. Alyssa went on to attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance where she studied dual emphasis in both ballet and modern techniques. In her time at UMKC, Ms. Schneider was chosen to perform for the opening night Gala performance at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts as well as Carmina Burana, Dark Elegies by Antony Tudor, and “Without a Word” featured at the American College Dance Festival. Ms. Schneider holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City
Meet Alyssa's Family:
Sophia (youngest sister), Julia (oldest sister), Kyle (baby brother), Alyssa (third oldest), Chelsey (older sister) Kneeling: Ron (Dad) and Mary (Mom)
Sarah Sherlock began dancing at the age of two in Binghamton, New York. She studied classical and contemporary ballet at various schools in the area. Her summer intensives include Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Ballet Magnificat. In 2011 she felt the Lord call her to Youth With a Mission where she completed at Discipleship training school in Montana. During a mission trip to Dominican Republic she felt God leading her to continue in Dance. She went back to Montana for the School of Dance Studies and had the opportunity to go to London to partner with Project Dance for the Olympic games. Most recently Sarah has been enjoying teaching ballet and Zumba in her hometown. She is excited to start her first season with Ballet Emmanuel!
Meet Sarah's Family:
from left: Stacy (sister), Michael (brother in law), Paul (Dad), Nephew, Sharon (Mom), Sarah
We also asked the girls a few questions:
What are you most excited for in your first year with Ballet Emmanuel?
Sarah: I'm most excited to see God's hand at work through the dances we perform, to be able to use our gifts and give them all back to him.
Alyssa: I am excited to not only continue promoting the arts but to glorify God by using the medium of dance and be part of the Ballet Emmanuel ministry.
What is your favorite bible verse:
Sarah: Hebrews 6:19- We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
Alyssa: Philippians 4:13- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Sarah and Alyssa have been in Colorado for several weeks now working hard to learn all the ropes. They have been taking class, learning and rehearsing pieces for our new concert, and getting a crash course on the business aspect of B.E. We are thrilled to have them here with us and are excited to see God work through them in extraordinary ways.
At the end of April we headed out to Evanston, Wyoming for the first time. We held a Friday-Saturday workshop for people from the community as well as a concert Saturday Evening. We had wonderful students, specifically one brave 4-6 year old who got up on stage with Miss Melanie and performed all by herself. We were so proud of her!
From there we headed to Saratoga, Wyoming to work with the Platte Valley Arts Council. We had a fantastic workshop with 30 adorable students and had the biggest audience for the concert in Saratoga to date!
We ended the Wyoming Tour with a stop in Cheyenne. We held another workshop at the Cheyenne Alliance Church with some of the sweetest girls you will ever meet. Of course they performed in our "Courage" concert that evening, and did a lovely job.
Workshop Participants at Evanston Alliance Church
4-6 Year Old class in Saratoga, WY
7& Up Class at Cheyenne Alliance Church
With so many great people to work with, how could we not have a wonderful time!
Grand Junction Tour
We finished off the 2012/2013 season with a tour to Grand Junction, CO. This was our 5th time working with the wonderful people of GJ and we had a fabulous time. While there, we held dance workshops from ages 4-Adult for 3 days including bible studies, ballet class, learning choreography, Israeli dancing, and creative worship. We even had a guys hip-hop class and Miss Mia worked them hard! It was great to have 3 days to get to know our students, work on their technique, and really dive into God's word. By the end of the week, they all knew the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego very well :) The students all performed in our last performance of "Courage" on May 31st and did a fantastic job.
Intermediate Ballet Class
4-6 year olds
7-9 year olds
Advanced Ballet Dance
With the Advanced dancers after our last performance of the season
We would like to introduce you to the newest Ballet Emmanuel apprentices, Miss Sarah Sherlock and Miss Alyssa Schneider. Stay tuned for more information on our newest dancers!
Laci Landry and Mia Calabrese are retiring from Ballet Emmanuel to head off to new adventures. We have been blessed to have them as a part of this ministry and will miss them greatly! Thank you ladies for all of your tireless efforts over the last years. You are truly amazing!
Laci Landry has been with the company for 5 years and is very excited to continue her journey in pursuing a career in education as well as teaching dance locally. She will continue to work with Ballet Emmanuel as part of the administrative staff for the 2013-2014 Season. We are very excited for her and her husband as they take on new beginnings.
Mia Calabrese will be pursing a career in secondary mathematics education as well as teaching dance in the Colorado Springs area. She will continue to take class with the BE dancers and help out with volunteer opportunities whenever she can.
(due to technical issues) click the link below to see a slideshow of Mia...
If you are interested in having Ballet Emmanuel participate in your event, come to your church or other organization to hold a workshop and/or concert, please feel free to contact us for more information by phone or e-mail:
It has been a crazy past few months that have included lots of preparation for our tours, workshops, and concerts, but we are pleased to say that everything has been running smoothly and we appreciate all of the support and prayers!
Our tour to Tennessee was a quick one and we enjoyed every minute of it! We can, with great amusement say, that we stayed in Bristol, Virginia and performed in Bristol, Tennessee.
Truly, it was a fun little town with great people, great food, and awesome hearts for the Lord. The college students we worked with were so willing and eager to learn all that we had to offer and share.
The performance went really well and we are so grateful for King College and all that they did for us.
We look forward to working with them again!
Spring-Break Dance Workshop March 2013
Throughout the week, we worked with over 30 students of all ages at our workshop.
They were taught ballet technique, choreography to perform at our concert, jazz, creative worship, and we even spent time studying God's word.
(7-9 Year Old's Class)
It was great to see the students grow throughout the week both technically and spiritually. We look forward to working with them again next year!
(4-6 Year Old's Class)
Colorado Springs "Courage" Concert
@ Sunrise United Methodist
We were blessed to have 400 attendees at our Concert on March 28th. It was amazing to see the community come together to worship with us and to support the Ballet Emmanuel ministry.
4-6 Year Olds "My God is so Big!"
13+ Years Modern "Shadowlands"
10-12 Year Olds Ballet "Stand"
7-9 Year Olds "Four Men Walking Around"
13+ Ballet "Come Alive"
All "Baruch Adonai"
10-12 Year Olds Jazz "Unstoppable"
Montana Tour April 2013
Ballet Emmanuel had the priveledge of going to Billings, MT for the first time to be a part of a Christian & Missionary Alliance Women's Retreat! We were so blessed by all of the amazing women who attended our workshop and came to our concert. They were so eager to learn how to use dance to glorify God and we were excited to teach them! Looking forward to working with this group again in the future.
Billings, Montana Women's Retreat
Dance Break-Out Session #1
Dance Break-Out Session #2
Learning Baruch Adonai
Stay tuned for more updates on our latest tours to come!
Ballet Emmanuel just got back from our Michigan and Minnesota tour in February. Nearly 4,000 miles and a whole lot of goldfish later, we returned home to Colorado safe and sound!
(Argo Tea Stop, Chicago, IL)
We had a blast working with many studios and churches holding workshops and performing all over! It was great to see students on fire for the Lord and ready to use dance as a way to worship Him. Can't wait to work with these students again next year!
(Performance @ Cedar Springs High School Auditorium, Cedar Springs, MI)
We performed at many worship services as well as performed many concerts throughout MI and MN. Although it was very cold at times, we were blessed with safe and easy travel. We appreciate all of your prayers and support for this tour!
"I loved seeing how the students we have worked with in the past have grown in their dance ability over the past year." ~Melanie Dexter on teaching workshops
"It is always extra special when you get to tour to your hometown and visit, perform, and teach with friends and family." ~Laci Landry on visiting North Branch
"Teaching is definitely my favorite part of touring. Being able to teach the students I watched grow up was much fun. I was blessed to be able to work with my old studio!" ~Mia Calabrese on teaching at Turning Pointe
"The tour was fabulous! It was great being able to share the story of courage with hundreds of people in Michigan and Minnesota. " ~Erin Benson on the tour as a whole
Auditions: 2013-2014 Season
Audition deadlines for our 2013-2014 Season are coming up soon!
*We are looking to hire both salaried apprentice and company member positions.*
*Tuition- $40 per participant (registered by March 18th)
Ages 10 & Up:
Dates/Times: March 25th-27th 9:00am-2:00pm and
March 28th 2:30pm-7:00pm
*Tuition- $75 per participant (registered by March 18th)
Receive professional dance instruction in ballet, contemporary, jazz/hiphop and more! Discover how to use your love for dance in a wholesome and worshipful way. Learn a dance to perform during Ballet Emmanuel's evening performance of "Courage...standing strong in times of trouble"
Turning Pointe School of Dance
7667 N Union Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Colorado Springs Concert
Who: Ballet Emmanuel What: An original Ballet entitled "Courage...Standing Strong in Times of Trouble" Where: Sunrise United Methodist Church 2655 Briargate Blvd Colorado Springs, CO 80920 When: Thursday, March 28th, 2013 @ 7:00pm Cost: FREE Admission!!