Friday, May 02, 2008

Preparations for "The King is Exalted!"

Yesterday was the dress rehearsal for The King is Exalted! - the spring recital of The King's Praise Ballet. From noon onward, we decorated, took pictures, and did a final run-through of the dances on the stage, making one long and busy day! Each time a presentation rolls around, I'm struck again by how much work goes in to putting something on! Organization for this began in January, finding material and hair things and choreographing dances. As the months rolled by, I finalized line-ups, Scriptures that corresponded to the verses, and found a church building to rent that has a nice big stage (a blessing after the small stage we'd been using!). April just got busier, with each of the 5 classes dancing at a church or park to minister. A few weeks before, I set the lights and finalized who would help with which class. Then there's the picture CD and DVD order forms, and the DVDs to make once the actual performance is done!

Once again, I'm reminded that I can't do it alone. There's been so many people to help things run smoothly. My family has been the biggest support and encouragement, filling in on the little jobs that are needed, Jubilee folding programs, Mom helping decorate, Dad taking pictures, Elijah will videotape, etc. There's moms to help take care of the dancers backstage and make sure they're lined up, there's a wonderful lady that gave of her time and resources to help make the stage look beautiful, and of course all of the parents that make sure their girls are where they need to be on time! I couldn't do any of this without the strength and grace God gives. It's only through Him that I'm even able to begin!

Currently I'm working on a slideshow that will play at the end of the recital, sorting through the 300+ pictures my dad so kindly took yesterday. I thought I'd share a few with you, as a sneak preview. =)

There were group pictures of each of the 5 classes

Sister pictures, as I have quite a few families that have 2 or more dancers enrolled!

Each one got their own special dance portrait

I pray that everything goes well tomorrow, as we present The King is Exalted at 2 p.m. on May 3rd, 2008.


Maria Pauline said...

What pretty pictures! It is so fun to see pictures of you and your students. I only wish I could come for real! I'll be praying for the recital. :)

Miriam Rebekah said...

The stage looks beautiful! I messed up a few times yesterday (like forgetting to say our verse before Wonderful, Merciful Saviour). =)

Oh, and I grabbed your line-up sheet yesterday on my way out. It was where mine had been and I didn't look twice at it. I suppose you got mine?

See you tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

What beautiful pictures! I love the dresses! May I ask what pattern you use? I have a friend whose daughter really wants to dance but cannot find non-revealing outfits. Keep up the wonderful work!

Ella said...

Anna, everything looks wonderful. God has used this Hard thing in amazing ways for His glory! I wish I could be their in person, but I will be in thoughts and prayers!

Anonymous said...

Good luck on your performance tomorrow Anna. Everything looks beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Not that I have a problem with standard dress attire, but those are some beautiful costumes. I can't do ballet (appalachian clogging), but I love wearing dance skirts as regular attire. It would be good to know the pattern or the company you get those from.

Bonnie S said...

I hope it all goes well! I can't wait to see more pics!! :-) The girls all look lovely!

Lydia said...

I pray that your performance goes well! I'm think of you as you are probably, right now getting the last finishing touches done before it starts. Wish I could be there for it! Love and miss you!
Your sister,

Anna Naomi said...

Thank you for all of your prayers! It went well on Saturday, praise God!

Jenna and Amber Lee: I actually didn't sew the dresses - I just made the sashes and slips to go with them. All those ruffles would take a long time to make for everyone! I ordered the dresses off of a dancewear website. You can see the dress here: Be forewarned, however, that there is a lot of other revealing dancewear if you click on other links on that site.