Monday (August 12, 2013) marked the first day of Ballet 5:8's second full time performing season. That morning, ten dancers - including company artists, apprentices, trainees, and plenty of new faces - arrived at the studio for their first morning devotion and class together as a performing company. As we took time for each woman to share the story of her journey to becoming a part of the ministry of Ballet 5:8, it became more and more clear that God has a very specific purpose for this group of dancer-missionaries and for the upcoming performance season. The company, fresh with the strength and artistic diversity of our seven professional dancers, is looking forward to a full program of brand new choreography by Artistic Director Julianna Slager set to premiere throughout the 2013-2014 season. Slated works include As We Pray, a celebration of dance and worship based on the Lord's prayer, Indwelling, an exploration of the struggle between the "old man" and the "new man" discussed in Romans 7 and 2 Corinthians 5, and a full-length contemporary story ballet based on the story of Job. Premieres and performance dates will be announced soon on the Performance Schedule page.
As we are walking - and dancing - through this first week of the performing season, taking time to get to know one another and to develop a rhythm for the season ahead, we are praying that God uses our dancing mightily for His kingdom this year. This is not by our strength, but instead, according to the immeasurable power of our great God and His provision toward the calling He has entrusted to us. What a wonderful privilege it is to be able to use the thing that we're passionate about - ballet - as a platform for engaging audiences with beauty, involving them in worship and starting eternally-siginificant discussions about the hope of the Gospel.
Please join us in expectant prayer as we look to the coming weeks and months and what God has in store. It is our prayer that we will have many opportunities to engage other artists in discussion, encourage other believers in faith, and share the Hope of the Gospel with those in our city throughout this performing season.