Then maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow. Jeremiah 31:13
Our dancers get a well-rounded dance education and foster an appreciation and awareness for the arts. The Crean Lutheran High School Dance program was created for dancers of all levels: Dance 1, Hip Hop 1, Hip Hop 2, Dance 2, Dance 3, Musical Theater Dance, Dance Ensemble/Ministry (Advanced Dance), and Dance Company (Honors Advanced Dance).
Through the performing arts, we are given the chance to express God’s beauty to others. This ministry aims to be a light that shines for God, not our own personal glorification. In this posture of worship, we desire to actively participate in realizing God’s call for the Crean Lutheran High School Arts.
Busy year planned for Crean Lutheran’s dance programs
"Praise Him with timbrel and dancing, praise Him with the strings and pipe... Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.” Psalm 150:4-6
This is a full year for Crean Lutheran’s Dance Ensemble and Dance Company programs.
In August, members of the Dance Ensemble began “learning choreography for one of the pieces the group will present at chapels throughout the year,” said Megan Morphis, dance teacher.
“We visited four to five feeder schools in the first semester where we led chapel with a few student-led messages/devotions as well as two to three dances,” Morphis said. “This is a great opportunity for our dance students to share their love and gift of dance with elementary and junior high students. We also had an opportunity to share our dances in a Crean Lutheran High School chapel.”
There were other activities planned this year. “In October, we had an event called ‘A Night of Praise and Dance’ with some of the other dance classes and the worship team,” Morphis said. “This isn't a performance but a night where students and families have the opportunity to come together to worship God through music and dance as well as supporting a local charity or organization that our dance officers select.”
Then in December, all of the performing arts classes came together for the Joy of Christmas performance. “Dance Ensemble performed dances to celebrate Jesus' birth in a fun, family friendly concert,” Morphis said.
Morphis said the program will follow its Bible verses throughout the year.
“Dance Ensemble has a special place in my heart because we get to focus not only on growing in our technique and training but also how dance is a gift that God has given us and that we have the opportunity to worship Him through our movement as a way to thank Him for who He is and what He has done for us,” Morphis said. “He gave us our breath and our bodies as instruments to give Him the glory and it is so amazing to watch dancers move not just for themselves, but for God.”
The Crean Lutheran Dance Company also planned a number of activities, according to Christina Papandrea, one of the instructors. The company took part in a homecoming rally in the middle of September. There was also a fall Benefit Dance Concert on Tuesday, Oct. 8 in which students choreograph their own pieces in two groups. In addition, a Treasure the Truth event was held on Saturday, Nov. 2. “This is the girls favorite event,” Papandrea said. A Joy of Christmas Show was held before the Christmas break. Then in the New Year, there will be a second pep rally, a HALO Dance for Autism, a USA Dance competition and a spring dance concert, Papandrea added.
2019 Orange County Register
Artist of the Year in Dance: Irene Kim
Junior Irene Kim was named the Orange County Register's 2019 Artist of the Year in Dance.
"In addition to technique and skill, it was Kim’s artistic inquisitiveness that helped lead her to top honors in the concert dance specialty and to be named the overall Artist of the Year in dance." -Greg Mellen, OC Register.