Steps of Faith Dance Company, Inc. is excited to announce that the Lord is establishing a Dance Discipleship Training School through us. It is true that each venture we could pursue would be worthless if it was not led by our God. Throughout the years God has lead Steps of Faith through exciting changes and overwhelming challenges and we are completely reliant on His guidance in bringing this Dance Discipleship Training school into existence. (UPDATE: This program is currently on HOLD. Please let us know if you would be interested in a program like this in the future.)
Psalms 127:1 says, “Unless the Lord builds a house the work of the builder is worthless; Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good.”
The focus of this Discipleship Training School is to ignite in each participant an ever growing desire to seek and serve God through studying His Word and applying it to their lives. We hope to encourage this through in-depth study of topics such as…
- Character of God
- Fear of God
- Holy Spirit
- Gifts of the Spirit
- The Church, body of Christ, the Bride
- Religion and Theology
- Hearing from God
- Devotional life
- Spiritual warfare
- The bible
I've loved SELAH because it's given me a whole year to fill up on God in a way that I think is necessary, through something that I love, Dance. It's been a year to focus on Him and listening to what God is wanting in my life to be like. I"ll look back on this year as being one of the best! - Natalie, full year participant
We firmly believe that God reveals Himself through His Word and that our job as daughters of the King is to seek after Him as Psalm 25:4-5 says, “show me Your ways, oh Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.”
So often in our culture young adults are expected to stick to the normal schedule of pursing college directly after high school, or to go straight into a lifetime career after completing their college degree. Success and setting a financial foundation for oneself is expected of most young adults. Taking a break from the busy schedule laid out by schools, universities, and careers is often questioned or even looked down upon. But who is more worthy of our attention and of our time than our Father in Heaven, is there one more worthy to receive a few months of focused attention while we take a break from the world, reflect on who He is, and seek His will for our lives. The word selah, seen most commonly in the Psalms, although its exact meaning is disputed, is believed to mean to measure or to weigh what has proceeded it, to encourage reflection upon what has been said and what it might mean for the future. We desire to be selah, to be the moment or the months where each participant can measure, weigh, reflect upon, and ultimately focus her attention on God, His Word, His will, and His ways.
“This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face. Selah” Psalm 24:6
SELAH really challenged me, not only as a dancer, but also as a Christian. It gave me the opportunity to combine my two loves which are God and dance. - Katelyn, half year participant
A huge part of this Discipleship Training school is DANCE. There are many opportunities for young adults to pursue the same spiritual growth through Discipleship Training schools or Masters programs, there are even a few which include or focus on dance but to our knowledge this is one of the few which offers dancers an opportunity to grow in knowledge and understanding of first of all classical ballet
technique, as well as other dance form’s including, jazz, hip hop, Pilates, lyrical, African dance technique and whatever else the Lord might lead us to offer. We believe that God has a purpose for classical ballet along with other dance techniques, while we reflect on God’s Word, His will and His ways we also want to reflect on, how He has used, is using, and desires to use dance for His glory. *See news below on how non-trained dancers can be part of this DTS.
Each week participants will present a response to the weeks Biblical and dance topics through a variety of means including...
- Dance presentation/sermon
- Written report
- Research project
- Musical presentation
These responses serve as a way for the participants to recap what they have learned, present the most meaningful parts, and challenge their ability to express what they have learned in a creative way.
Service both locally and internationally will be a huge part of Selah. Ministering to people in the local community through either dance or other means is a calling Steps of Faith has walked in for years, and we hope to continue this calling through reaching out to people in our community with the Love of God and the Joy of dance through Selah. We feel confident that the Lord is leading us to give Selah an opportunity to take the gospel through dance to an international location. We are working with Operation Mobilization-Dancelinks to make this happen and have several locations we are looking at!
SELAH has been a great growing experience both in my relationship with God and in my dance! It's been so fun and I am really grateful to have been a part of it - Ashley, full year participant
Of course, we will spend alot of time focusing on dance training, since everything we do, we want to do with excellence! Participants will have ballet classes 2-5 days a week, with weekly classes in jazz, lyrical, modern, body conditioning for a minimum of 10 hours a week in instruction. Instructors include top level teachers who are accomplished teachers in their area.
Our short term goal is to grow this program to a ballet program of classes four to five days a week by Fall 2011. With partnership with Steps of Faith Dance Studio, we are able to bring a multitude of classes to any student to meet their individual goals for their dance career through a variety of classes offered at the studio in the interim while the program is launched.
Submit form, an audition video (you may audition in person; just call for appt.), and a photo of you (side shot) in first arabesque en pointe. Deadline is August 1 for Fall acceptance; October 31, for January session. Only a limited number of applicants will be accepted. You will be made aware of your acceptance within 10 days of all application materials.
SELAH VIDEO AUDITION
SELAH VIDEO AUDITION REQUIREMENTS*
For Women: Please wear a solid colored leotard and pink tights.
For Men: Please wear black tights and a fitted white shirt.
No skirts or costumes please.
- Barre – Please record from the side. One side only.
- Rond de jambe
- Grand Battement
- III. Center – Please record from the front. One side only.
- En dehors pirouette
- En dedans pirouette
- Petit allegro
- Medium allegro
- Grand allegro
- Pointe – Please record from front. One side only.
- Piqué turns
- Classical Variation en pointe (preferred)
- One minute solo in a different genre of your choice
Must be recorded on DVD or VHS to be accepted.