Hallelujah Here Below: The testimony of AFAA alumni and Ballet Magnificat Trainee Joy Tripp

My name is Joy Tripp and I am eighteen years old. I am in my twelfth year of dancing and this is my first year of being in Ballet Magnificat’s Trainee Program. Ballet Magnificat is a professional Christian ballet company with the desire to  “…equip the trainees technically and artistically to bring God glory both on and off the stage.” It was never my dream to pursue ballet at a professional level after high school. But roughly a year ago, the Lord placed the desire in my heart to pursue ballet when I went to Ballet Magnificat’s summer dance intensive....

Eyes of an Artist

Eyes of an Artist

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.”  (Genesis 1:27) We are created in the image of our creative God.  As His image bearers we have the capacity to emulate and translate the beauty and emotion in and around us. Visual artists have the opportunity to capture a fleeting moment in time and communicate it to all who see their work. Sometimes centuries after they have left this world their art remains; a token of a God-given gift, a silent monument marking the commonality of mankind....

AFAA Summer Workshops: Student Testimonial

AFAA Summer Workshops: Student Testimonial

My name is Maura Auman and last summer I attended a dance camp through Alamance Fine Arts Academy Summer Workshops! I was so happy that I went. I made so many new friends and it made me a better dancer and person. I definitely recommend this camp to everyone who is interested in dance or just wants to have a little fun over the summer! Before the camp started that morning I was super nervous. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to make new friends or that the teachers may be mean or that I wasn’t going to...

How the Arts Serve to Remember: Harriet Tubman

How the Arts Serve to Remember: Harriet Tubman

“Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me,” Isaiah 46:9 ESV Have you ever been in a low place; a season where things seem to just be going wrong? Oftentimes, one of the ways we can pull ourselves up out of the pit is to remember; we remember that there have been good times before and we take heart that there will be more good times ahead. The memory of blessings in our past gives us hope of blessings to come in our future....

Dance as an Opportunity to Show Love

Dance as an Opportunity to Show Love

How can students show love towards one another instead of a heart of competition? While dance is not classified as a sport, it is a highly competitive environment. It can become very easy for a dancer to spend his or her entire time in class comparing themselves to his or her classmates. This can sometimes make it difficult to develop relationships with one’s classmates. I have been incredibly blessed throughout my time dancing at both Arts Alive and now Alamance Fine Arts Academy to have incredibly kind and gracious classmates who are highly encouraging to one another. However sadly this...

Weaving Trust in God

Weaving Trust in God

Reflections on 2018 at AFAA After a phenomenal dance recital (Come Alive), a spring theatre production (Charlotte’s Web), and an art show wrapped up our first official year as a studio this past spring, we headed full charge into our first summer of classes.  With students filling our halls each week with dance camps, theatre workshops, and art camps, the summer season was a success! In August we were already riding high in anticipation of another amazing studio year, and we have not been disappointed! A record number of students came through registration, and by the end of the third...