“For in him we live and move and have our being.” – Acts 17:28a, ESV
About Our School
We believe that the ability to move our physical bodies is a gift from our divine creator, and that dance and the arts is the pinnacle of the expression of this gift. We are commanded also in our lives, to do all things for the glory of God (Romans 11:36, 1 Corinthians 10:31). While dance has been often used to promote attention to oneself and has contributed greatly to the hyper-sexualization of our culture, we believe that the ultimate and highest expression of dance is found in the worship of God, to use our bodies to bring glory to the Creator and for Him alone. This is what sets us apart from other dance schools.
Our main focus and goal is to teach young dancers how to use dance as a way to deepen their worship and cultivate their relationship with the true and living God, and to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. Although this is our primary goal, we are also commanded in the Scriptures to do all things to the utmost of our abilities, as serving the Lord, and not man (Colossians 3:23), and thus, we desire to teach dance at a high level and challenge each student to reach their full potential and achieve excellence in whatever they desire to pursue in the arts.
Here at Soli Deo Gloria School of Dance and the Arts, your child will receive not only first class instruction in classical dance technique and voice from our instructors Elyssa Currey and Louise van Niekerk, but will also hear and learn about the God who made them and who loves them and who gave them the gift of dance. Classes will open and close in prayers.
What Sets Us Apart
We believe in the dignity of the physical body, that it was created beautiful by God, but is to be treated with thoughtfulness and discretion. We believe that dancing should bring glory to God and not undue attention to the physical body. As such, our costumes are carefully crafted and chosen to be modest, yet elegant and enjoyable and fun for students to dance in.
Although we are a school of dance and the arts, each of our classes will include a brief time of sharing and prayer, as well as reading of Scripture. We believe that the ultimate purpose of dance and the arts is to lead us to a deeper and more intimate worship of God, and so incorporating these elements will allow the focus to remain centered on Christ. This will allow students to also learn Biblical views on body image, self esteem, true beauty, and their eternal worth.
Along similar lines to our costume selection, we believe that choreographed dance movements should not draw attention to the individual self, but to direct and lead audiences and students themselves to a deeper worship of and heightened attention toward God. As such, our choreography is thoughtfully planned and considered, and is appropriate for all ages of students and audiences alike.
We believe that you deserve to and should know what your student is learning, what songs they are dancing and singing to, what Scripture verse is being memorized, and what themes are being taught in class. We will make every effort to ensure you are thoroughly and comfortably informed!
We believe that music choice is extremely important! Children (and even adults) “catch on” to words of songs very quickly and soon sing along! Therefore, we take the selection of music and songs very seriously at our school. Songs that proclaim Christian theological truths, are edifying to the soul, and proclaim the glory of God will be chosen for classes, to nurture the minds of our students beyond just dancing and singing.
Our teachers are not just excellent dancers and singers, but individuals who bring a wealth of personal experience in their own journey in life and in their expertise. They are committed to being godly examples and role models for students, and eager to share the love of Christ with them, while also challenging them to reach new heights of excellence in dance and the arts!