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"Karar Academy performances always leave us wanting more and longing for a deeper relationship with Jesus. Their ability to share the love of Christ in such a beautiful way, gives God glory and people hope. I can't wait to bring them to our community!
Wendy Hoekstra, Youth Pastor, Augusta, Wisconsin
Hello, my name is Grace Torgerson.
I am 15 years old and ballet is my passion. I fell in love with ballet after the first class I ever took two years ago in 2014. I knew then that I wanted to dance professionally if it is Gods will for my life. My family and friends are supportive of me and I dont know what I would do without them.
My favorite verse is Genesis 17:1b. It says, “I am the Almighty God; walk before me and be blameless.” This was God talking to Abraham. Abraham was to be wholly dedicated to Gods cause, not free to live like the Canaanites around him, nor to be half-hearted in his service to God. God showed me this verse a while ago and wanted me to dive all the way in. Not just dip my toes in the water, but to serve him completely and give him my hopes and desires. It reminds me to stay in Gods will and follow him with a cheerful heart. That is why I love Karar so much, I am able to use my gifts to serve God and others around me and the best part is it always glorifies God. I have improved in ballet ever since coming here, but more importantly in my walk with the Lord. Through all the fun times and struggles of life, we are there for each other. Sometimes we have to pick up our fellow sister, dust her off, and point her back to Jesus. We are accountable to each other and lift each other up. Being able to minister through dance is one of the best things in the world. I love being a part of something that honors God so much.
Karar Student Ballet Company takes dancers in training and gives them the opportunity to share their gifts all across Wisconsin and surrounding states. Our focus is on giving the best that we have from the level we are at and offering it to the Lord and to others.
The girls are learning that when they are willing to be used, God will use them. Consisting of middle school and high school students this small troupe has been privileged to dance and share testimonies at worship services and other venues around Wisconsin.
Karar's Student company offers it's dancers rare opportunities. Each performance brings them to a new location with varied personalities instructing them on what is required that day/evening. The dancers learn to adjust at a moments notice and maintain a heart of service to those around them as unto the Lord. Faced with constantly changing stages, costume changes in a matter of seconds, audiences of all ages and cultures as well as ministering to audiences of young children to high ranking business people; they work together to overcome fears and insecurities that would hold them back from giving all of themselves to serve the Lord. The dancers are taught that they are nothing but
imperfect people ministering the love of Jesus to other imperfect people.
On top of the personal growth of the individual girls, we become a family onto
ourselves. These girls learn to cheer each other on to rejoice in the success of another
dancer and encourage one who is struggling. They pray together and through dance,
worship together. They travel for hours in cramped back seats surrounded by
costumes and sleep on one another's shoulders. It is a precious time.
Finally, it is not us alone who receive the blessings. Many have been touched by the
ministy of the Karar Student Co. They come quickly to the girls and share the many
ways that their hearts were affected as they watched the powerful movements of
ballet bringing glory to God.
Meet our current Company Dancers below:
Hello, My Name is Mary Mallum.
I am 15 years old and I'm going to be in 9th grade for the 2017-18 school year. I have been in Karar Academy for three years. In my free time, I enjoy riding bike, swimming, hanging out with friends, reading, watching Netflix, listening to music, and being in nature. My family consists of my mom, dad, stepmom, two sisters, two cats and my fish.
Hello, my name is Molly Schwendeman.
I am 10 years old. I started ballet on my 4th birthday and joined Karar Academy when I was 7 years old. I love Jesus and ballet and I am so thankful for the opportunity to worship Jesus through dance. I am the 7th of 10 children in my family and feel blessed by all my family does to support me and help me grow in my walk with Jesus, and the gifts he has given me. I also love to play violin, read, sing, and write songs, and poems. My favorite colors are blue and purple and my faorite animals are dogs, cats, and birds. I love the bible verses Psalm 23:1-4 and Rev 22:12-13. Some day I hope to lead a bible study, and when I grow up I want to be a Professional Ballerina or a Missionary.
Hello, my name is Annabelle Fisk.
I have one sister and one brother. My lovely parents are named Amanda and Jeremiah. I also have a dog named Willow. I love my family and thank God for them everyday. I love to do ballet in general and I did it for about a year when I was three years old, but it was not in a christian school. I love Karar Academy and what I learn there. Here are some random facts about me. My favorite food is Poptarts, my favorite animals are elephants and my favorite color is pink.