By Talitha de Klerk
For us, as for many, 2020 was a year of refining and realigning our culture and vision. As a collective company, in lockdown, we went back to the drawing board to rediscover and outline more clearly why we exist. This re-discovery has helped us do what we do with less comparison and more passion, and has therefore been one of the most liberating discoveries to date for us. Below is a section for our official ‘Identity Curriculum’ sharing exactly what we stand for and would like to achieve…
We dream of seeing a young generation of girls, from various different backgrounds, rise up as healthy women with vision, confidence and compassion, willing to use their unique gifts as instruments to bless and make a difference in their communities. We aim to use their dance journeys to achieve this.
Our Core Values:
- HOPE- to expect with confidence : TRUST; Hb: tikvah (teek-VAH). Strong’s defines it as a cord, expectation, and hope. It comes from the Hebrew root kavah meaning to bind together, collect; to expect: – tarry, wait (for, on, upon).
Rom 5:4: perseverance, character; and character, hope. (Resilience)
- EMPOWERMENT- authority or power given to someone to do something, process of becoming stronger and more confident.
- MINISTRY- the word “ministry,” in the Greek (‘douleuo’- to serve as a slave), is essentially the same word used for “serving tables” —ministry is what we do for God’s glory based on where He has placed us, how He has gifted us, and what He has called us to do. Carrying forth Christ’s mission in the world.
- EXCELLENCE- the quality of being outstanding or extremely good.
- LEADERSHIP- the state or position of being a leader. Action of leading a group of people. Act of influencing or serving others out of Christ’s interest in their lives, so they accomplish God’s purposes for and through them.
- FAMILY- “what every family has in common is that the people who call it a family are making clear that those people are important in some way to the person calling them his family” “Two or more people who share goals and values, have long-term commitments to one another”
We want to be KNOWN for:
- Releasing confident, bold, humble leaders and missionaries into society
- Excellence, creativity and hope in all we do
- Restoring and empowering families through dance
- Changing the dance industry’s status quo to place where wholeness and healing are a natural byproduct.
We want to leave LEGACY of:
- Creating legitimate ministry opportunities for our students and teachers
- Uniting diverse cultures through dance
- Creating ministry pieces/ repertoire that can stir revival in communities
We want to SERVE:
- The church by empowering it’s ministry
- The marginalized, poor and orphans
- The dance industry by creating an environment for wholeness and healing in our community
- The families in the communities we function in
By sharing these statements and aims with you, the public, we hope for more accountability in these areas. So please let us know if you think we are not living up to them and encourage us along this exciting journey!