Sunday, October 4, 2009

Celebrating 10 years of Dance...Reflecting...

This pictures shows me at the age of 4 1/2yrs old.
2006 Dancing to a song called Held By Natalie Grant. This dance I dedicated to my dad whom passed away 10 years prior. The healing power of this dance for me was absolutly amazing!
Today marks the start of our 10th dance season. It seems so hard to believe I have been at this for that long. I remember the day we opened my business Amanda was just 1 yr and Bailey 3. Grace is now the same age Amanda was, and it is so cute how she loves to dance with us :-) Having the dance studio was my dream ever since I could move my feet. I knew when we moved here (13 years ago) and there was no dance studio, that it was my chance to follow that dream. How scarey it was for me way back then, and now it is just part of my life! Part of our lives! I remember as my relationship with the Lord grew so did my heart for Christian music. I told my husband back then..."if I open my own studio I will use some of the popular music that the kids love, but also want to use the Christian music that I love....will people still come?" I decided this was the only way I would do it...With God as my partner and by my side, I decided to go for it! AFter all you never know until you try! And yes the kids came, and still keep coming! This does not mean that I have had it all easy, and for sure there have been the many challenges that come with a business, but I think for sure a business that is speeking the word of God in the way we do through dance movement! Believe me, I have had my share of moments when I have said "I don't think I can do this anymore...Im done". God whispers.."yes you can". One thing is for sure, God is stronger than anything, and through it all I have learned to always lean on Him for support, guidance, and strength. Great memories for me have been in the moments when a student has come to know the Lord in a much deeper way, or right before a big show when my students come and grab me to say "Miss Tina it's time to pray with us before the show"! Or moments when I see my daughter dance with her heart for the Lord, and of course the glorious moment last spring when we brought our Gracie home from Korea two weeks before our last show and I did a small dance with her on stage! As I reflect on the past, and also move into our 10th year, I pray that this year will be filled with many many blessings!

7 comments:

Matt and Jenny said...

wow! 10 years! that's so exciting! praise the Lord for blessing your ministry in the form of dance!

3 Blessings said...

What a beautiful 10 years it sounds like you have had. Such a blessing that you use your dance studio to bring glory to God.
Blessings,
Amy

Krista said...

Wow! TEN YEARS! What a milestone! I still remember the first day of dance in your basement! How you've grown since then!!! Congratulations- each year just gets better and better!!

Linsey said...

How I wish I could still be there today. I sit here and my desk is surrounded with pictures and memories from dance and of course my beaten ballet shoes sit next to me in chance they will find some use =) I sure miss it all. Good Luck and keep going Tina you have done so much for so many young girls.

Kim said...

Beautiful story Tina and congratulations on 10 years!! I always love to see it when people follow their dreams they had from childhood!

Stacey said...

Oh wow,, I almost cried! This is so sweet! Congrats and best wishes for another wonderful dance year! and by the way,,, I LOVED that you use christian music! I cried during your show last year!!! LOVED IT! You do an amazing job!

Waiting4OurAngel said...

Congrats on 10 years--that's wonderful!