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Thursday, October 31, 2013


We are now enrolling for our Winter Training session which is from January 6- February 25,  2014 for $70. There will be no recital at the end of the 8 weeks. This training is strictly to work on the dancers hearts and ballet technique, as well as, to have fun without the added preparation for a recital.  The Spring Session will end with a recital again.  There will be a Worship Dance class associated with each age group FREE of charge if already enrolled in a class, or $25 requested donation if not.  We look forward to you joining us! We welcome new dancers!!

Ms. Alyssa will be teaching the younger children Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet on Tuesday evenings, Ms. Heidi will be teaching Beginner Ballet to 9 yrs. through Adult on Wednesday evenings and Ms. Whitney will be teaching Jazz, Tap and Irish Dance on Mondays for all ages!  Ms. Melissa will be helping us with the Worship Dance classes!

See you next week!! email or call 219-476-5595 if interested!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Hello everyone!

First, I want to mention as you may have noticed, we are having class from 5-6pm and I am not dismissing the little ones earlier.  It got too confusing for me! I hope that works for everyone, but I think it is working out well for the girls.

Second, we are looking forward to preparing for the recital and there are several things I would like to mention regarding it.

  • It will be a small in-studio recital due to our enrollment this session.  The girls will be trying on their tutus tonight so that I can fit them and then finish them for pictures!  (Pictures TBA)
  • Take NOTE: there is no elevator access to the lower level where our studio is, so please be aware of that when inviting guests to this performance.  There are ONLY STAIRS available.
  • The Recital will be Tuesday, Nov. 19th at 6:30pm.  This will give time for the girls to have a good dinner and then arrive by 6pm to get ready.  No class prior to the recital that evening.
  • Limited seating available, so please limit your spectators. They can stand if needed, but we will have a few more chairs available.
  • Hair should be up in a nice ballet bun. Go on YouTube and search for good ballet bun and you will find great tutorials!
  • The girls are to wear their current nice ballet leotard, tights and ballet shoes, the tutus will go over them.
  • Please bring a plate of cookies to share for refreshments afterwards!

Let me know if there are any questions.  Thanks!

Friday, August 30, 2013

HOURS--take note!

*Normal business hours will be the following--however there are a few changes for this week.
Mondays      3:30-8pm  (however, this will not begin until Sept. 16th.)
Tuesdays     8:30-9:30am, 3:30-8pm (No 4:15 class due to low enrollment, however, those enrolled are combining with the 5pm class until enrollment is up!  So still time to sign up!)
Thursdays    8:30-9:30am
Satursdays    9-11am (however, no classes this Saturday, 9/7 due to the Popcorn Festival!)

*Please be patient with us as we are still growing our staff.  We do not have a full time receptionist yet so if no one is at the desk during the hours mentioned above she is probably teaching a class! If this is the case, simply fill out the registration form on the desk, sign the back and either join us downstairs for class or write your question on your form. You may also pay for classes by putting your payment into the pink payment box on the front desk.  I am currently looking for a receptionist that would like to get a discount for her child's classes, if you are interested let me know!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


We had a great OPEN HOUSE Party this evening and I am so thankful to see some of you again and to meet new ones!  If you were not able to attend, you can sign up yet!!  Click on the REGISTER tab to print a form and see information for sending it.  You may also stop by the studio on Tuesdays between 3:30-4pm or betwee 8-8:30pm.  

We are so excited to announce the addition of 2 instructors to our dance studio this year! God has answered prayer!  Melissa Davis will be teaching Worship Flags on Saturday mornings and Whitney Zaenker will be teaching Intro to Jazz/Tap, Jazz, Tap and Irish Dance!  She can also take our ballet program to the next level when we have students ready for intermediate ballet. Welcome them with me! They are still looking for students, so you are welcome to consider trying something new this semester or next!  Pass the word to your friends and don't forget to share our website and facebook page on your facebook page!  Thanks!

We are still looking for a receptionist for our front desk.  I am looking for a parent who would like 50% off their child's tuition and who is willing to be at the desk for  all/most of the sessions on Tuesday and/or Monday.  If you are interested email me at or call at (219) 476-5595.  Thanks and we are looking forward to a great year!!  

Enjoy the pictures and video of tonight's OPEN HOUSE!! Share this post with your friends!

Monday, August 12, 2013



  to see our NEW studio, REGISTER for classes and have a FITTING!

When: Tuesday, 8/27/2013, 5:30-7pm
Where: Bridgepoint, Church Office Entrance door!! <---new place!
Who: Everyone! Bring your neighbors and friends!  Open to new people!! Also, remember dancing is not just for little ones! We have a new Ballet Fit class for teens and adults! We also have Beginnner Ballet and Worship Flags for 9 yrs- Adult!  
Looking forward to seeing you all there!  
Classes start September 3rd, so register now in order to be ready!!  
(takes a week or so to order your gear)

Friday, May 10, 2013

Fall 2013 Semester Announced! Registration Open!

Master's Dance Academy offers year-round dance; fall, winter, spring and summer sessions;
 and fitness instruction from a Christ-centered perspective for all ages.

Register for $120 by August 15!
$135 after August 15 
Or 12 weeks/$45 month.

Fall Session: Sept. 3rd - Nov. 23rd, 2013
See the 'Classes' Tab on the website for more information!
Check out our new Worship Flags Class for ages 9 and up as well.

Fun pictures from the Spring Recital Service in May 2013.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Learning Dance

We had such great classes last week! Thanks again for sharing your kids with me and I enjoy teaching them dance! I want to share a little more about me and the teaching your child is receiving!
Many of you have said, 'my daughter kept asking to do this' and 'she has been wanting to do this for a long time!' When you say, 'do this' I assume you are saying to learn 'ballet' and she is actually learning so much more!  I am teaching the children praise dance as the main goal and ballet skills as needed.

Growing up I was in a few different ballet classes and I longed for something more. I knew there had to be more in regards to the purpose of dance than just dressing up like a Christmas tree, for example, for a Christmas Recital. I also realized the temptations for young girls to think they have to 'look' a certain way to dance and work so hard to be the 'best' so to speak. Dance can become very self-serving and self indulgent and can lead to unhealthy competition among dancers and eating disorders. This type of dance world hindered me from wanting to be a part of it. As a Bible teacher at heart and a Bible Ministry major in college with a love of dance and a few years of ballet training, I long to create an environment for young dancers to flourish and learn all that God has called them to be as dancers. Dancing was God's idea as it says in Zephaniah 3:17, "The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice (DANCE) over you with singing.”

There is much verbal teaching that goes along with this type of dance and I will be doing this in classes along with teaching some physical ballet skills. The ballet skills are secondary to the praise dance and are taught to enhance the interpretation of the songs. At some point in the future, Master's Dance may offer 'ballet only' classes for students to gain more extensive ballet skills.  The current classes are a good foundation for all their dancing!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Class Etiquette

In preparation for our SPRING SESSION starting next week below are some various CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE TIPS that you may find helpful!! 

(Below is adapted from The Ballet Companion, by Eliza Gaynor Minden)
 Please share these with your dancer!
"Studio etiquette may seem mysterious at first, but its importance soon becomes apparent." 
Dress the part:  Please wear the appropriate required attire listed under the Attire tab on the website.  This is not to squash individuality, but to enable the teacher to see clearly.  Wearing the attire shows you are ready to take class seriously!  You will dance better too.  If for some reason you do not have the clothing or shoes before the first class starts, just let the teacher know you will have it soon as its on its way! You may wear leggings, shirt and socks until the clothing comes in.
Oh---and for those new to ballet----your tights ARE your underwear.  Don't wear underwear with your leotard and tights!! Thanks!! :)

Be Neat:  Hair that moves is a distraction.  It should be tight against your head so that you can spot freely (if you don't know what that is, you soon will).  Also, long braids or pony tails are hazardous as they can smack you or someone else!  Before you arrive at class, your hair needs to be in a bun or a french twist.  For those young children or with short hair, you may use two small and short pony tails or something close to that.  You may also use a headband to pull the bangs and whispies away.  A hair net should be used for buns.  They are easy to find at the store next to the bobby pins and come in a little package with usually several in one.  They should be invisible once in your hair.  I have a couple links below to help you and your parent/guardian learn how to do a great ballet bun!! I recommend the dancer learn how to do their own as soon as they can!!   Remember, we are looking for excellence in everything we do!
Ballet Bun Tutorial - Check this out!
Quick Bun

Be on Time:  Arriving late disturbs other students and the class already in session.  The class builds on the exercises done at the beginning. If you must be late, ask permission to enter. You can do this with eye contact and hopeful look! Locate a spot before walking into the room and take your place quickly and quietly.  Do a few plie's on your own to warm up as needed.  Once class starts there are no bathroom breaks, excepts for real emergencies; have you and your mom plan accordingly! Plus the bathroom is quite a walk!!  Also, don't eat a big meal just beforehand, but don't dance on an empty stomach either.

Jewelry:  Don't wear jewelry to class.  Small stud earrings are allowed, but no dangling earrings, bracelets, large necklaces or watches. 

Be Clean: As there will be all ages at the studio from time to time, those of age to use deodarant, please do!  Respecting others means wearing a clean leotard and tights.  Airing out the ballet shoes is also a necessity! Shower before class as needed and possibly keep some deodorant in your ballet bag as well.  Avoid strong perfumes or cologne, what smells fine to you may be overpowering someone else.  Also, have your mom give you a fabric softener/dryer sheet to put in your bag if its gets smelly.  This will help keep it fresh smelling. 

Mind your manners:  Dancers are ladies and gentlemen. They are polite. They don't lean against the wall or sit down unless directed to do so.  They wouldn't dream of chewing gum in class.  Rudeness to the teacher is unthinkable; you could be dismissed from class or even expelled! Yawning, talking, whispering or having private giggles with your friends counts as rudeness. 

Pay attention:  You are there to work and learn.  It is your job to watch and listen, especially when a combination is given. Your teacher may not give it twice!

Stash your stuff:  After you have used your dance bag to get ready for class, look for the other dance bags and place your by the others. Be careful to place it safely out of the path of dancers.  Speaking of dance bags, here is another link for what to bring: Dance Bag  You may not need all of these items just yet, but I am sure you will find it helpful. 

Do the movement as given: If the teacher showed everyone what to do and you decided to 'improve' it, its not only a distraction, its downright disrespectful to your teacher.  If your teacher is talking and you want to share something before everyone starts doing the combination, you may raise your hand. If she does not call on you, put your hand down and consider it after class.  Do not interrupt your teacher with your ideas during class unless the teacher asks for your thoughts about something. If you have an injury and need movements modified, let your teacher know before class so it does not surprise her. 

Also, finish every combination given.  Even if you mess it up 'royally', the discipline of ballet requires you finish it with as much poise as you can!  Sighing, making faces or otherwise showing your frustration or other emotions is inappropriate. 

Know where to stand:  We do not have barres yet, but will hopefully have some in the near future. The barres help support the dancer while she practices during class.  The dancers are expected to share the barre with others and not always to have the same spot.  The teacher may suggest a spot for you, otherwise find an empty place and ask your neighbor if there is room and settle in.  If there is not room to extend your leg while doing grand battement for example, then angle out when doing exercises.  If the barres are portable, help get them out and remove them.

When class moves to the center floor, the dancers create a line of 3-4 dancers across depending on the size of the room.  The lines will rotate so everyone gets a chance to check placement in the mirror.  However, we do not have mirrors yet either, so you will probably just rotate in front of the teacher.  All must take a turn at being in front and being on their own. If the line is not rotating, sometimes the teacher will have the more skilled dancers stand in front so others may follow. This is an honor to stand in front, work hard for this honor!

When everyone lines up to dance across the floor, take your place in line and be ready. Know the right number, count or phrase to start on so you can start on cue.

Drink Politely:   Do bring a water bottle with you and drink before class starts, but the norms of the gym do not apply to ballet class.  You may drink only when the teacher gives permission. When we have barres, you will be allowed to drink while the barres are being put away and before center work.  Do not drink while your teacher is giving a combination or between exercises. 

Ask permission to leave: Always ask permission to leave the studio if its during a session, even if you are suddenly ill.  Wandering in and out of the room is not allowed.  If you must leave early, get the teacher's okay before class starts.  Acknowledge the teacher by catching her eye and communicating your thanks with a silent wave, then leave unobtrusively.

Routine:  Class will have a set routine each week.  The class will involve learning Bible verses about dance, learning God's purpose for dance, learning ballet steps and combinations and learning how to express God's word/worship through dance.

Future:  Eventually, there will be a foundational praise dance class that will be separate from other dance forms.  It will take some time to grow, but the Master's Dance Academy plans on having ongoing year round sessions and adding more class choices over time. One main goal of the academy is to have a dance troupe that travels and/or holds worship services to display God's Word and worship through dance.   At this time, Alyssa and Derek plan on traveling to Ukraine over the summer to adopt their child(ren) and Alyssa plans on have a fall session start in Sept. 2013.  She plans on all those currently attending to attend again unless otherwise spoken.  Thanks in advance!!


Monday, February 4, 2013

Upcoming Dance Season Info!

Welcome to the Master's Dance Academy!
Below is the information for the upcoming dancing season!

Date:          March 5, 2013 – May 21, 2013
Day:           Tuesdays
Time:          4&5 yrs.: 4:15-5pm; 6-11 yrs.: 5:15-6:15pm
Location:    Bridgepoint Church/Campus Life Entrance (old YMCA)
Cost:          Suggested Donation of $40/month or $10/week
Register:    Deadline March 1st. Contact Alyssa-see below.
Attire:         Required dance attire of the following:
                    ages 4-8 years- pink leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers (pink sweater opt.)
                    ages 9 years and up- black leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers (blk sweater opt.)

Below are some links, however, they are just options for examples of the right item, you may purchase elsewhere if desired.  Please no frillies or skirts attached to the leotards. Thanks!

 Required Dance attire linksChild size Ballet Slipper
                                                  Adult Ballet Slippers
                                                  Child Pink Ballet Leotard ages 4-8 yrs.
                                                  Adult size Black Leotard ages 9 yrs. and up
                                                  Child Pink Tights  ages 4-8 yrs.
                                                  Adult size Pink Tights
                                                  Optional Child Sweater
                                                  Optional Adult size Sweater

Please also see the FAQ's page on this blog for answers to some of the recent questions!!

If interested in classes, please message Alyssa Chirch on facebook or email at with your address or email address and she will send you a registration form! Thanks!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Adoption Blog--Kaylee's Hope

Here is a link to our adoption blog! We will be posting more news soon and updating the 'look' of it! Enjoy and thanks for following our personal journey to adoption.

Click here.

Monday, January 21, 2013

It's Dance Time!

March will mark a new beginning. March through May 2013, I will be offering praise dance for ages 4-10 years at a location yet to be determined. This will be for a cause, the orphan's cause!  As many of you know, my husband and I have been trying to adopt for almost 2 years now from EE.  Recently our particular country closed its doors to American adoptions.  This has been a very sad time, especially for those in the midst of getting their child.  We had not been matched yet, so we are looking at other options while grieving for the orphans left in that country.  As my husband and I have been seeking to adopt for a long time and praying about direction, we have been learning about the orphans needs all over the world and want to do all we can to 'set the lonely in families' by supporting the orphan.  The verse below states what our Creator requires of us:

Micah 6:8

"He has told you, O man, what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,[a]
    and to walk humbly with your God?"

As we seek to do these things in our lives, we will only be asking for a donation amount per sessions which is flexible and will be giving 100% of all profits to orphan care. Adopting can be a very expensive process. It takes costly paperwork, time, travel, etc. and can be very burdensome to those wanting to rescue a child.  

In these early months, some of the donations will go to support our personal adoption as we get close to travel.  We also support a transition house (keeping 'aged out' orphans off the streets and giving them living skills/evangelism/safe opportunities) in Ukraine which is supported by The Orphan Mission and would love to give generously to them.  Also, personal adoption stories are always welcome for Master's Dance to support. 

We will be announcing soon our next step in our personal adoption! Thanks for all the support all along!