Thursday, February 21, 2008

Teaching Joys

The above picture certainly helps represent what I've been busy with lately. Preparation for a dance presentation has to be done months ahead, so preparing for the upcoming May end-of-the-year presentations of The King's Praise Ballet began before classes even started in January. Thankfully, most of the dancers (all but the 5 new students) had their dresses from the Christmas presentation, but there were still spring accessories to find and make! I had a fun time finding the pretty hair pieces with beautiful colors, sparkly rhinestones, or delicate rosebuds. The colored skirt overlays for Ballet II are fun and fluttery! The colors - vibrant red, deep purple, royal blue, pretty pink, and aqua green - in the satin I used to make the sashes out of seemed to sing! It took quite a while to make all 39 sashes, so I'm glad to have them done! You'd think sashes wouldn't be hard to make, but between cutting them all out, sewing seams, turning right side out, and ironing out puckers, time really adds up! I still have 5 slips to sew, but then all of the costuming side of things will be done.

Then there's the choreographing and teaching. My head has been swirling as I try to come up with creative and different ways to stage 10 dances. Each class is doing a mostly ballet and a ballet with a flag dance, and it's been fun and hard at the same time to choreograph each different song. Then there's the teaching of the dances, trying to help the girls dance what I've felt in my heart and seen in my head. There's the classes to plan each week, choosing music and moves to focus on week-by-week. The King's Praise Ballet involves more then just the almost 5 hours spent teaching classes each week!

I've learned a lot on the business side of things, for which I am grateful. I've learned ways to keep track of money, the art of trying to arrange everyone, how to write clear instructions and updates, and so much more. Daddy was kind enough to help me figure out how to file taxes and social security for the year - and I learned firsthand how much you have to pay when you're self-employed!

All-in-all, I've been very blessed by these almost two years of teaching ballet. If you had told me just a few years ago if I'd be doing things on this scale, I would have been shocked. But, little by little, God grew and expanded my feeble efforts, and has given me the grace and strength for each step of the journey. The King's Praise Ballet isn't my "job" - it's a part of me. Yes, it has its stressful times and the organization is not a breeze! But the joy of seeing "my" girls discover the art of praising God with ballet has been so worth it all. The little gifts or pictures they give me are so thoughtful, and to hear their exclamations of joy and how much they like ballet thrills my heart.

The task isn't over. We're in full swing of classes and learning for the spring, and on March 1st, my oldest class will, Lord willing, have the chance to present the first song they've learned, He Reigns. There's still choreographing to finish up and planning to do for the spring presentation, schedules to organize, a location with a big stage to secure, etc. It certainly continues to be a big portion on what my time gets spent on. Through it all, God proves Himself faithful, and I'm humbled and honored to be His instrument.


Sammybunny said...

You sound like you truly enjoy the work God has given you! You are so creative!

PoetLady said...

When is your end of the year dance program of your students, Anna? We may try to come.

I am sure they enjoy having you as their teacher:)

Your sister,

Anna Naomi said...

Maria: It's planned for Saturday May 3rd at 2 p.m. It'd be fun if you could come!

Jody said...

I know exactly what you mean! Teaching lessons is not a go to work and come home kind of job. There is so much "behind the scenes" work to be done. But it is very rewarding to see the students grow and learn. Especially the younger ones. They are aso proud of themselves when they achieve their goals!

Ella said...

Anna, God has definitely used you in a mighty way! Your love of teaching is clearly evident.

Maria Pauline said...

I think it is so neat that you teach ballet! I'm convinced that you are a wonderful teacher.

Governments these days are just too hard on the self-employed. That's one reason we moved from Norway.


A Young Lady In Waiting said...

Sounds like you really have a heart for your students. I'm glad your using your talents for God.

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