Monday, January 29, 2018

Reflections of a Trainee 2

  At the close of my first year as a trainee at LWB, I was contemplating diversity in the context of personalities, and how that correlates to ministry. As one thing leads to another, my mind wandered to the trainee program and how God brings such contrasting individuals into close proximity.
    At the beginning all are nearly strangers, each uniquely gifted and designed; each bearing experiences and opinions so greatly different from the next. Some are frighteningly similar, while differences of personality exist that rival the contrast of night and day. Yet, He brings each to this place to do something that demands and develops unity. That is, to dance. And we do. And as we dance, fight, laugh, cry, worship, learn, and minister, a singular tapestry of talent, power, talent and camaraderie is woven. It is astonishing to observe how the Lord grows each person in ten month's time.
    It is my firm belief that things are accomplished each year that hold value being the bounds of this world! I will never cease to be amazed at the way the Lord unites comically different individuals to further His Kingdom and encounter His faithfulness. I believe this is the essence of the program: to build relationships upon the foundation of Christ, and to love others out of that place, all while dancing.
 -Melanie Smith, LWB Trainee

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Huntington Elementary School

We recently completed a most rewarding project with Huntington Elementary School, made possible through partial funding through a CNY Arts Education Grant. The project consisted of LWB partnering with the Arts teacher, Music teacher, two fourth grade Social Study teachers and 32 fourth grade students at Huntington. LWB taught 16 fourth grade students a dance to a song called, "The Ballad of the Underground Railroad." This song was sung live by 16 other fourth graders. The song and dance became a portion of the professional production that LWB company and trainees performed for the whole school (two performances) called "Follow the North Star". The focus of this project was on the NY State historical account of Harriet Tubman and her involvement on the Underground Railroad. We included as a part of the set, a quilt made by the fourth grade Art class. We were able to encourage students through the life of Harriet Tubman, that they can make a difference where they are by making good choices today! They were wonderful listeners and seemed to be greatly impacted by their comments and feedback afterwards. We were able to build relationships with the students, as we spent a whole week teaching them the dance and having them perform with us. They truly embraced the opportunity and were wonderful to work with. We were amazed by the excellent feedback from the School Principal, Mrs. Joanne Harlow, who is leading her school wonderfully. She said the students were completely taken in by the production and expressed this with tears in her eyes. We are very grateful to CNY Arts for funding a portion of this project. It was our first time having students dance to live singing! A part of our hearts is truly connected to Huntington Elementary School! We are very grateful for the leadership and staff at Huntington as they labor to make a difference in the lives of their students.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

H. W. Smith School

LWB company and trainees, along with fantastic guest performers Jay and Skip, performed "You Are Special" at H. W. Smith School on May 20th. This performance in particular was special, because it was our last time performing this ballet for the season--it had also been ten years since it debuted! We were able to perform for lots of enthusiastic grade levels all at once, which was exciting. Afterward, we were able to teach two gym classes. Both the kids and the company had a great time learning/teaching the different steps, as well as enjoying the kids' personalities and styles. We are so thankful God continues to open doors in our local schools! ~Hannah W.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Dr. King Elementary

This May the 19th, Company and trainees continued their trips to the Syracuse schools, at Dr. King Elementary. They had the pleasure of performing You Are Special for the children twice. Both groups of kids responded so well to the story's humor and message. With raucous laughter at the jokes and enthusiastic shouts of "I am super special" and "You are super special" when they were prompted, this group made for one fantastic audience. It was such a blessing to see them grasp and apply the purpose of the ballet, as well as to laugh and smile with each of them. ~Hannah R

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Hughes Magnet School

Light of the World Ballet Company and Trainees had the privilege of performing at Hughes Magnet School! The performance of You Are Special just brought genuine smiles to the children's faces and showed them a glimpse of just how special they are. They also learning that their friends were special too and to tell five people that day that "they are special". Such an encouragement for the children and for us! ~Crisanna

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Transformation Syracuse

May 14, 2016
The Company had the privilege to participate in a Transformation Syracuse event hosted at Faith Chapel. Aaron Nesbit was the guest speaker at the meeting. We performed 'Build Your Kingdom Here' to finish off the worship time. We joined with believers gathered from many different churches in the area to worship and honer the King of Kings! It was an honor to be a part of the event and to be able to encourage and bless those in attendance.
~ Alyssa