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...

Theatre on the Mission Field

Theatre on the Mission Field

Judah Fox, a former student at Arts Alive, recounts how God worked during a recent trip to France in which he and his fellow theatre students used their theatre skills as a means of evangelism. ——— Every person, yourself included, has a gift. This gift might be singing or dancing or speaking. Whatever it is, it was given to you to help others. However, often times we squander these gifts. If you aren’t using your God-given gifts and talents to affect others, then what good are they? I learned a great deal about this when ministering in France and Belgium...

4 Strategies to Encourage a Special Needs Child to Get Involved in the Arts

4 Strategies to Encourage a Special Needs Child to Get Involved in the Arts

Music and the arts are the cornerstones to any child’s growth and development. They are known to promote creativity, improve motor skills, and boost self-esteem. For children with special needs, they also offer an alternative way for them to connect with the world and a new form of expression. Though it may take some extra effort to encourage your child to get involved with the arts, it is well worth it. 1. Encourage Exploration The best way to encourage your child to get involved with the arts is to let them explore and experiment on their own. Many disabled and...