On Our Hearts: October

Shine:

verb

1.     Of the sun or another source of light; to give out a bright light.

2.     To be very talented or perform very well.

 noun

  1. A quality of brightness, especially from reflected light.

“Arise, SHINE, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.”                                                                    

  — Isaiah 60:1-3

Turning Pointe Dance is committed to providing excellence in dance and theater instruction while cultivating hearts of worship and nurturing creativity. In addition to dance and theater training, our dancers go beyond technique to develop important life skills including learning to be respectful and confident, and share their gifts and talents with the community and beyond. As our students and staff pray over October’s focus and scripture, we invite you to join us in prayer as we celebrate all the ways #TPSHINES!

 How We SHINE:

 "Let your light SHINE before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

                                                                                                                      — Matthew 5:16

 Join us October 5 as we SHINE to our community through COS I Love You’s CityServe initiative. Participate in an official event, or simply perform an act of service (This can be anything from volunteering at your church, school or local food pantry, picking up trash at your local park or simply bringing cookies to your neighbors).

 Snap a picture of your efforts and share it using #TPSHINES and #CityServeDay2019 throughout the day and tag Turning Pointe for your chance to be featured on our Instagram or Facebook page!

 Turning Pointe is committed to SHINING His light in our city, and participates in outreach and service events each month. Be sure to read your newsletter for information regarding upcoming events and find your chance to participate and SHINE with us!

 “Those who are wise will SHINE like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”

                                                                                                                                    — Daniel 12:3

Let our dancers SHINE for you during Fall Peek Week, October 7-12. For the last 15 minutes of each class, families and friends are invited to take a peek and observe what our dancers have been learning. Bring your cameras and share in the joy as we SHINE His light through the gifts and talents of our students! Your next chance to observe will be Christmas programs, December 2-14.

 “Let your face SHINE on your servant; save me in your unfailing love..”

                                                                                                                                    — Psalm 31:16

Our vision is to be a faith-based center for the arts in our community that empowers students with grit, grace, and gratitude for the arts and for His Kingdom. Our long-term goal is to see TP students flourish in their gifts and be equipped to go into every man’s world by training the whole person body, mind, and spirit. This month, we focus our hearts on SHINING His light on the stage, in the classroom and beyond!

Turning Pointe’s Top 5 Ways to Avoid “Fall Overwhelm”

‘Tis the season… for stress! With school, dance and other activities back in full swing, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the chaos of new schedules and expectations. Looking for a little encouragement this month? Check out Turning Pointe’s Top 5 tips for avoiding “Fall Overwhelm.”

 

1. Be Prepared
“Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit.”   —Luke 12:35

 Being prepared will have a positive and powerful effect on you and your dancer. Simple things like packing your dance bag, laying out dance clothes or packing dance snacks the night before can be helpful, as can arriving to class early, and jotting down events or due dates as soon as they’re known. Want to double check the details? Everything you need to be prepared can be found on our website, including important dates, dress codes, office hours and FAQs.

2. Pray About It
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”   —Philippians 4:6-7

When the busy schedules and many details of a new season seem like too much, cast your cares on Him—He cares for YOU! (1 Peter 5:7) Need a little encouragement? Spend some time in the Word, inquire at the front desk about becoming a member of the Turning Pointe Prayer Team, or simply find a member of the TP staff. We’re always happy to pray with you!

3. Keep A Dance Journal
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”   —2 Timothy 1:7

Help yourself or your dancer feel confident heading to class each week by starting and keeping a dance journal. Write down corrections from class, things to practice at home, the monthly scripture, choreography or tricky combinations, goals for the year and any important announcements right after class. Looking for inspiration? Check out these tips for starting your dance journal from our very own Miss Moriah.

4. Use Your Resources
“Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”   —Proverbs 11:14

Details can be overwhelming, but Turning Pointe is here to help! Communication is key, and we’re persistent in our efforts to make sure you feel fully informed. In addition to our website, make sure you check out each month’s important announcements (they’re posted on the outside of each classroom door!), check your email and read our weekly Wednesday newsletter, and take advantage of our friendly and knowledgeable front desk staff. If you aren’t receiving your newsletter, log in to your DanceWorks account to ensure we have your current and correct email address (and don’t forget to check your spam folder!).

5. Be Intentional
“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”   —Exodus 9:16

Each month, Turning Pointe chooses a word and a scripture to focus our hearts and minds in the classroom. Throughout September, we’re praying over “intention.” (Read more about that here.) As we welcome a new dance season, and eagerly await the work He has in store, we invite you to join us in setting your intentions and approaching each stressful detail with a heart of gratitude. When we’re intentional about putting God above all else, we will follow Him and live free of worry. (Matthew 6:33)

On Our Hearts: September

Intention: in·ten·tion

noun

noun: intention; plural noun: intentions

1. a thing intended; an aim or plan.

synonyms:

aim, purpose, intent, objective, object, goal, target

“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”                                                                 

              — Exodus 9:16

“Intention means making a deliberate choice, every day, to follow the path God set before you.  It means not allowing circumstance, emotions, other people’s feelings or actions to make the choice for you. It means moving through (not avoiding) the hard, the monotonous, the uncertainty, until you arrive at God’s intended outcome.”

                                                                                                                                                — Miss Sara 

“My intention this year is for every student to leave feeling encouraged, more knowledgeable, and excited for the next class. My prayer is that every student is filled up with God's love and truth while in class so they are able to go about their week as a light for Jesus!”

    — Miss Emily 

“Intentionality is a rare commodity in a world that sees ‘self’ first. In our Turning Pointe world, we encourage our students to lift their eyes and see those around them. Be that intentional voice that encourages others. Intentionality can change lives and change our world! We then reflect our Creator who sees us and in that place...we shine best! Praying for our parents and students as we begin a year of shining bright!”

Miss Carmen 

“Intention is taking the time to really see every dancer that enters my classroom, to pray for them, and to partner with Jesus to love them. The best part of my day is always seeing them!”

  — Miss Emma

“To me, intention means to hold focus and to have a steady gaze. Doves don't have the ability to focus on more than one thing at a time and my prayer for September is that we would increase in holding focus and having dove's eyes for Jesus and what He is doing.”

   — Miss Sarah

“What sticks out to me about intention is that it’s synonymous with purpose. As we begin a new dance season, I pray that each student and teacher who enters Turning Pointe will turn their eyes to Jesus, block out the noise and busyness, the sore muscles and challenges, and focus their hearts on His purpose.”

    — Miss Mimi

“Intention to me means seeing a need for growth and not acting on it passively, but actively. My intentions for my students this year is to meet them where they are at, and actively encourage growth with love.”

              — Miss Tonya

Back to School: Can my child handle school AND dance?

Welcome back to school! We want to encourage all of our moms that have kiddos starting school (maybe for the first time) that dance is not something that will add stress to their schedule or be overwhelming...we actually believe it is beneficial to school aged students to continue with an extracurricular activity and here is why:

School is a work place for kids where they are growing their brains and developing their mental capacity- but they need an outlet to relieve stress, let go, and express themselves- what better place than at the dance studio?

Students are sitting for a lot of the school day- dance gives them a much needed space to move and get some of that energy out...or even re-energize after school!

We believe all students need a "third place". Third place is a term coined by sociologist Ray Oldenburg and refers to places where people spend time between home (‘first’ place) and work/school (‘second’ place). The 3rd place is a place where kids can grow, be themselves, have a level playing field, build community and relationships, and pursue their passions. The most effective ones for building real community seem to be physical places where people can easily and routinely connect with each other: churches, parks, recreation centers, gyms, restaurants, and DANCE!

So while there is a transition with children beginning school, we encourage you to make sure they are getting time in their third place where they can create, re-energize, and MOVE!

We can’t wait to see you September 3rd!

More Than Dance: Turning Pointe’s 2019 Outreach Roundup

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have the works?  — James 2:14

 Turning Pointe Dance is Colorado Springs’ premier faith-based dance studio, committed to providing excellence in dance and theater instruction while cultivating hearts of worship and nurturing creativity. In keeping with the heart of the studio, in addition to quality dance instruction, Turning Pointe works as Christ’s hands and feet in our community and beyond. For a look back at how we kicked off the 2018-19 dance year, click here, and check out all the ways we wrapped up another blessed season praising His name below:

 Turning Pointe students and staff set their intensions for another year in His name last January, spending time in the scriptures and setting goals for the new year. The session was accompanied by a prayer walk around the studio and other places around the city pertaining to individual goals.

 On February 15, students of Turning Pointe’s Training Division shared their gifts and talents with the residents and patients of Life Care Center of Colorado Springs – an inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation center that provides 24-hour nursing care in the Pike’s Peak Region. Students shared the gospel and shined His light through worship performances, treating those in attendance to music and dance that glorified His name.

Similarly, students of Turning Pointe’s Irish classes performed for children and their families to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day weekend, bringing faith-based Irish performance to the Go For Gold Kids Weekend at Bear Creek Nature Center.

 On April 13, Turning Pointe’s Mission Team hosted The Royal Ball, a Daddy-Daughter Dance. Complete with crafts, door prizes, sweet treats and plenty of dancing, the event’s proceeds helped support Turning Pointe’s 32-member mission team as they spread the gospel to the people of El Salvador in June.

June 6-13, our mission team traveled to El Salvador to spread the love of Jesus through dance and drama in schools, churches, national theaters, and outdoor plazas. It’s an honor and privilege for our students to be able to use the gifts and talents God has given them to bring joy and hope to others. We loved connecting and praying with the beautiful people of El Salvador we met from the students to the employees at the hotel we stayed at- there is always an opportunity to be an encouragement!

 This summer, Turning Pointe is excited to partner with Pulpit Rock Church's “Love Your Neighbor” team to collect donations of lumber, mattresses and bedding to help build bunk beds for children in the foster care system and others who are sleeping on the floor in impoverished homes. For information about how to make a contribution or to learn more about the “Love Your Neighbor” team, check out the display in Turning Pointe's lobby during your summer classes! 

 Turning Pointe’s mission is not only to fully develop a dancer’s skills and talents in an atmosphere that is glorifying to God, but to encourage students to use their gifts to bless others in our community and beyond. Be sure to read your newsletters and check the bulletin boards in the lobby for upcoming outreach opportunities and how you can be a part of Turning Pointe’s mission!

 

El Salvador 2019 - Day Six - Bittersweet Goodbyes

We spent our last ministry day at two different schools. The first was a school called Josúe Christo, which is in Ataco. It's really close to Apaneca, where we went ziplining earlier in the week. This school is in a pretty low income area. It was the joy of our hearts to get to love on the students there! We played and danced with them before our program, and afterwards they stretched out their hands to pray for us.

"Having the elementary students from Ataco pray with extended hands for our team really touched my heart. This showed that the kids can have just as big of an impact as the adults. They're strong little warriors for His kingdom!"

Abigail Hughes

Our last few team members who had not spoken during a program (whether that be giving testimony or introducing the show) got the chance to do that. For several of our team members this week, speaking in front of an audience has been a difficult thing- but each of them has felt the power of their words and the victory of facing their fears afterwards!

"I shared my testimony, I could feel that the enemy didn't want me to do it. After I did it I felt strong, and so loved by the Lord. My team members prayed over me after I did it. I know that no matter what I do now that God still loves me and cares for me!"

Hannah Fravel

The second school we visited is called Casa La Atarraya. This school has a special place in the team's heart, as it's where our team leader lived for seven weeks in 2016! Casa La Atarraya is a very nice school with lots of awesome programs and opportunities for the students there. We had an awesome time dancing for him- and they thoroughly enjoyed watching us! At the end, they cheered and begged for us to do one more dance, so we performed our recital theme dance from the showcase recital this year.

It was an extra special day for some of our returning team members who had been to these schools before. What a privilege it is to get to go back and build relationships year after year with these sweet kiddos! Our contact, Wally Cook, told us that one of the best things short term missionaries can do to broaden their impact is to keep returning and building relationships, and we are so honored to be in a place to do that.

"Visiting two schools that we've been to last trip was such a cool way to end. I talked to several kids and everyone seemed to be enjoying our program." Emily

After our final performance, we headed back to the hotel to cool off and eat dinner. After dinner we broke into small groups to pray over and edify one another. It was a precious time of deeply loving and sowing into each other as team members. When our small groups wrapped up, we packed our suitcases. Some of us headed to bed for a couple hours, while others chose to stay up- we left the hotel at 3:45 AM to catch our flight! Most of the team members have been sleeping or journaling on the plane rides.

"The flights home have been very bitter sweet. On one hand, we are all exhausted and want our comfortable beds and to be able to drink tap water again, but on the other hand, El Salvador became our home over the last week. The week in El Salvador cannot compare to any other experience we've had before and most of us are not ready to move on from El Salvador and take everything we learned and apply that to our every day lives."

Marika White

As our team heads home, we are so full of all that Jesus has done this week, and so excited to share with all of our friends and family back home! Thank you for supporting us with your prayers this week. The Lord has truly moved mightily as a result!

All of our love,

Team El Salvador


El Salvador 2019 - Day Five - National Theater

Today, our team drove 2 hours out of San Salvador to Santa Ana to perform in the national theater. This building is so beautiful, and we were all super excited! We had about 400 students in the audience who came as a school field trip. What a blessing it is to be able to serve these communities!

After leaving the theater, we got lunch at a local pizza place and tried some fun, unique pizzas- apple and almond was one of the favorites! We enjoyed a time of fellowship with each other, and greatly appreciated the time to cool off from the heat.

After lunch, we walked to a park in Santa Ana and did some street ministry. For most of the team, it was their first time ever doing street ministry! We blasted some music to draw the crowd in, and had a good amount of people show up, which was so exciting. It was so cool to get to minister to people of all ages and backgrounds, and the entire team so felt the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Afterwards, we headed back to the hotel. Several team members spent some time cooling off in the pool and laughing and joking with each other, which was such a great release after a couple of intense days.

After dinner, we spent some time in prayer and worship over one of our team members. Again, the presence of the spirit was so there!

“It was amazing to be able to perform in a historical theater here in El Salvador. I was blessed to meet the students of El Salvador were in the lobby and how much fun they were having with our team. This evening we spent quite a bit of time in praise and worship as we prayed for one of our members. I am blessed to be a part of this amazing team.” Ron Young

Tomorrow will be our last full day of ministry. We would love you to be praying over our team! We're all pretty exhausted- we need Jesus to fill the gap! We're so excited to be visiting some pretty special schools, and we are so pumped to give them our very best!

Love, Team El Salvador

El Salvador 2019 - Day Four - Power of Generosity

This morning we headed out to España, a public, all girls school in San Salvador. España is one of our favorite places to go as a team. The girls there embody the Salvadoran culture of generosity and openness, and it is so special to get to minister to them.

"I told one of the girls I was talking to I liked her earrings and she gave them to me as a gift. She didn't even think twice- she just wanted me to have them. This week I've been learning to not question what God's doing in my life and to just receive what he has for me, and this girl was a beautiful reminder of that." -Maegan Winter {Side note: in Salvadoran culture, giving gifts in this way is very normal. Our translators assured the team that they should accept any gifts they were given and that it was culturally okay!}

We got to spend some time playing with younger students and talking with older ones before we performed. We had a great time practicing our Spanish, and they had a great time practicing their English!

“It was cool to see how the language barrier wasn’t really a problem to communicate with them. It was cool to see when some of our team members were praying for the students, they were able to show emotions and they felt comfortable with people that they did not know because they trusted us.” Abbie Van Horn

Both of our performances at España were so anointed. We could feel the girls really listening and responding, and had some amazing times of prayer with and over many of them. So many of our team members fell in love with this school!

Afterwards, we headed back to the hotel and spent the rest of the afternoon in prayer, fellowship, and debriefing. This evening it poured buckets of rain, hard enough to knock mangos out of the mango tree by our hotel! Several of the team members thought it was hailing for a moment, thanks to our spring hailstorms in Colorado.

We're all so excited for our outreach tomorrow- we will be heading out Santa Ana to perform for 650 people in El Salvador's national theater, followed by doing some street ministry by performing in the park across the street from the theater. Be praying for the spirit to fill us and allowing us to serve well!

Love, Team El Salvador

El Salvador 2019 - Day Three - Poesia

The team woke up this morning well rested and ready to serve! Our breakfast included fresh papaya, watermelon, and pineapple. Fruit in Central America is so delicious! We heard from a group of team members on the idea of hope for our devotion, then headed to the bus to roll out.

Today, we visited a church in San Salvador called Poesia, which translates to poetry. Upon arrival, we met some new translators and got the opportunity to sit down with them and listen to their stories. It was so cool to get to connect with them!

“I met one of our translators on the team, Anna, who was very connected to the spirit and it was so neat to hear about her life and her experiences with other mission teams before us.” -Ally Williams

When we headed into the church, we had the opportunity to participate in some pre-service prayer time. Then, when the service began, we spent an hour in worship with the people at the church. While they sang in Spanish, we sang in English. What a beautiful example of every tongue, every tribe, every nation- this is what the kingdom of heaven looks like!

“I was sitting down in the church and I was listening to the Lord and I felt the Lord say ‘The spanish language is the beautiful language I have created.’” - Anah Swank

We performed Spellbound and gave testimony. We then had the opportunity to talk with some of the congregation and pray for them, and received prayer from them. Again, what a beautiful example of what the kingdom of heaven looks like!

“I had the opportunity to pray for a man who felt he had no purpose from the lord. He said he needed prayer to find the direction in his life.  This man was brought to tears by my prayer. It was absolutely incredible to feel that I had impacted a complete stranger’s life because of the words God spoke through me.” - Kensley White

After the service was over, we were invited to eat lunch with the congregation. They served us an amazing meal of chicken, rice, and veggies. We had the opportunity to financially bless them and their ministry, as well, by purchasing Poesia shirts, which the team was all about.

After lunch and saying our goodbyes to the church, we went down to a market to find gifts to bring back to our families. We had a great time bartering and exploring, as well as practicing our spanish. This evening was sent debriefing the day and sharing in fellowship before heading to bed. We’re all looking forward to our next ministry day tomorrow!

Love, Team El Salvador


El Salvador 2019 - Day Two - Zip Line Review

Our second day on the field was spent investing in each other. Most of our ministry is conducted at schools and churches- neither of which are running on a Saturday! We talked as a team about how our job is to serve our contacts, and part of that is being in agreement with them and the itinerary they set for us. We were able to give our translators the Saturday off to be with their families, and also love on M and J, who are Wally and Judy’s grandchildren. We also discussed the fact that our long term missions field is with each other. When we leave the field, we still have each other to invest, love, and serve with.

We drove about 2 hours out of San Salvador to Apaneca, a town up the mountains full of coffee plantations! We went ziplining over the coffee plantations, partially in the rain- see the team member videos below to hear their thoughts!

Afterwards, we went to La Pampa, a local restaurant, for lunch. The team tried some adventurous foods, like fried yucca and grilled rabbit, before heading back to the hotel to spend some time in prayer and journaling. We feel so ready and equipped to hit the ground running again and serve well!

Love, Team El Salvador