Tuesday, August 7, 2018

My 2018 Workshop Experience in Snapshots

Hello World Wide Web!  How was your summer? If it was anything like mine, then it just flew by! I haven't even had the chance to tell you about it until now! I had the grandest time this past month over at Belhaven University helping run Ballet Magnificat's 2018 Summer Dance Intensive (SDI). Our summer dance intensives give students the special opportunity to take dance classes every day from Ballet Magnificat staff and company members such as myself. Company members also get to mentor them, lead them in times of worship in the mornings, and Bible study in the evenings. In the dorms, I was given a group of 12 girls to be in charge of and responsible for. We had ourselves lots of fun and I would tell you "I had the best group EVER!" if you were to ask! 😏 

I will share some pictures from this past month down below, but for live updates and more, I suggest you follow me on Instagram at @oqpiedoptimist, and subscribe to my newsletter ( I haven't sent one out in a while though, hah) so you never miss a beat!

Teaching the wonderful level 7's

Companies taking class...

One day I got to slip off campus with these awesome people to dress up like a cow to get our free chicken from
 Chickfila on "Cow Appreciation Day", It's a thing!

A picture of me with my amazing group of girls on our shopping trip weekend!

One weekend we performed for the students. Here The Ballet Magnificat Alpha Company warms up before the performance.

In costume, me snapping a pic with one of Alpha's newest dancers, Ashton!
Can you name the photo bomber?! 😏

Performing "The Garden" Choreographed by Tara Thibodeaux Drew. Ingrid in red is stunning!
PC: Claire Quint

Performing "The Garden" Choreographed by Tara Thibodeaux Drew.
PC: Claire Quint

Another picture with my beautiful group of girls after our performance.

One weekend the Alpha Company taught an Olympic themed conditioning class to all the students. Pictured here are some of the Alpha company members posing in a tough-olympian kind of way.  

My group of girls represented the country of Puerto Rico during the conditioning Olympics! Look at what a lovely flag they made!

More sweet faces I got to work with this summer...
A student from my variations class

Wow! The Lord did so much over the course of this years SDI. I don't think I will ever forget it! And it is so much more than just the dancing. One of my favorite things about helping run Ballet Magnificat's SDI is that with all the time and energy that is spent investing in the students, it always surprises me how much I find the Lord investing in and teaching me! Just when I thought the students were the only ones on the receiving end, I realize that I too have learned and grown so much through all of the pouring out! 

With all the wonderful memories behind us and a new season approaching, we will not forget the Lord's faithfulness and all that he has accomplished in us. There was enough transformation going on in all of us, students and staff alike, this summer and I want us to be reminded that we are never done transforming, so long as we find ourselves on this earth. Summer may be over, but I think transformation has only just begun!  
But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. ~2 Corinthians 3:16-18
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