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Arts Award Ceremony

We just got home from the city’s arts award ceremony.  I still can’t believe we were named as a finalist.  Other nominees in our category were Royal Bank, Anna’s Cake House, Concord Pacific Development and Accent Inns to name a few.  BIG TIME BUSINESSES!!! And here we are, little CORE Revelation named as a finalist!  God’s ways are far beyond our own.

 
Press release naming the finalists.

When we received the invitation to the awards ceremony, it said to have a three minute acceptance speech prepared incase you are the award recipient.  I didn’t prepare one, seeing that the other finalists were Am-Pri Construction and Appia Group of Companies.  I did however start thinking about a speech while sitting in the council chambers.

Thank you to the Richmond School District for welcoming CORE Revelation into so many of the elementary and high schools and for continuing to do so.  I’m looking forward to teaching at McKay, Westwind and Brighouse in the next month!  A huge thank you to the Tapestry Church for allowing us to run our programs from the fellowship hall and for allowing us to mentor dancers who strive to impact our city and our nation through dance.  Thanks to all the community centres, dance studios and fitness studios that I’ve had the pleasure of teaching at.  It’s been an amazing decade of teaching and look forward to the years to come.

Congrats to the winner in the Business and Arts Category, Appia Group of Companies.  For those of you who are not familiar with them, they donated $200,000 towards public art along Lansdowne Road and the Canada Line.  What a big honor to even have our name mentioned next to them!

 
Master of ceremonies, Mayor Brodie, inside Council Chambers.

 

City of Richmond Arts Award Finalist!

We have been selected as a finalist for the City of Richmond Arts Awards in the category of Business and the Arts!  It is such an honor to be selected as a finalist in a category that Coast Capital Savings won last year!  Business and the arts recognizes a business that has made a significant contribution to the arts in Richmond by supporting a Richmond-based artist or arts organization through sponsorship, philanthropic and/or volunteer service. Here’s the press release.
 



I had an amazing afternoon workshop yesterday grooving with the ladies of SD 38.  It was a wonderful experience to be a part of the school district’s primary teacher pro-d extravaganza.  Though most of my time is spent working with children and youth, it’s always refreshing to teach adults.  

Being on mat leave has been great, dancing around the house with my little B-girl.  (For now the B will stand for baby, maybe she’ll be a breaker in the future)  It’s such a blessing to be able to get back into teaching so quickly!

Back into the Groove

Well it’s been a long 10 months since I’ve danced, but happily returned to the studio on March 10th!  It felt wonderful to be moving and grooving again without the 30 pounds of pregnancy weight!  (Yes, I was still trying to dance at 37 weeks pregnant)  I’m looking forward to getting back in shape and dancing on a regular basis.

Right now I’m working on some strengthening exercises from my physiotherapist as the pregnancy took a toll on my sciatic nerve.  Ready to loosen up and get groovy with everyone again!

Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus

The show was worth the one year wait!  Within the first fifteen minutes we saw Hip Hop, Ballet, Stomping, Breaking, Acrobatics, Aerial Artists and more!  The show really captivated what MJ was all about.  What a fantastic experience it was to see the signature choreography to such songs as Beat It, Dangerous, Thriller and They Don’t Care About Us.  The cast and band were great, lots of talent, energy and style.  I can’t wait to see what the show will be like once it takes residence in Vegas!"I keep on dancing and dancing…and dancing, until there is only…the dance"- Michael Jackson 

The show was worth the one year wait!  Within the first fifteen minutes we saw Hip Hop, Ballet, Stomping, Breaking, Acrobatics, Aerial Artists and more!  The show really captivated what MJ was all about.  What a fantastic experience it was to see the signature choreography to such songs as Beat It, Dangerous, Thriller and They Don’t Care About Us.  The cast and band were great, lots of talent, energy and style.  I can’t wait to see what the show will be like once it takes residence in Vegas!

"I keep on dancing and dancing…and dancing, until there is only…the dance"
- Michael Jackson 

My interpretation of the “Break Free” video by Committed.

The video starts with the group walking up to the ocean, already representing freedom through the Holy Spirit.  The detail in the first few seconds I really love is the close up on the group’s boots.  Dirty, old looking, like they’ve been through a journey.  On our faith journey, no matter what condition we are in, God invites us to come to Him!  All we have to do is walk.

 

As the intro of the song begins, we see flashes and transitions between the band, crossed with images of the ocean and birds.  To me the ocean and the birds represent the Kingdom of heaven, things in high places, and the band reminds us that we are not alone even when we feel chained to our burdens.  We are created for fellowship and relationship.

 

Throughout the first verse, we see the strength of the lead singer, mixed with images of a wolf.  When I think of wolf, the connotation that comes to mind is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  Evil disguising itself. (2 Corinthians 11:14 – For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light)  The song is about declaring victory (Romans 8:31 – If God is for us, who can be against us) and about breaking free of bondage that the enemy uses to chain us, and hold us captive from achieving life’s purpose.  God gives us the power and the authority to reveal the wolves that try to keep us from breaking free. (Luke 10:19)

 

In the second verse, the group is standing under a tree, representing God’s leadership.  It is also a reminder that anything that ties us down was hung on the tree at Calvary.  I think it’s appropriate the lyrics say “All along I held the keys to my freedom.”  We were given the keys to freedom over 2,000 years ago.  Often we are tricked into believing that it is by deeds that we earn our salvation, but indeed it is by grace.  There is nothing we could’ve done, or can do to earn it.  His work was done on the tree. (John 19:30)  Another nice detail in this verse is the lights surrounding the chair and hanging off the tree.  Light will always surround darkness.  Light is its own entity, darkness is simply the absence of light.

 

I didn’t notice this at the beginning of the video, but the band stands between the ocean and the mountains.  In this setting, mountains also represent the Kingdom of Heaven to me as they are high.  No matter where we are, we are always surrounded by the Kingdom of Heaven and the beauty of creation.  Finally the video ends with a quick headshot of each band member.  This reminds me that we are all unique, created for a unique purpose, and that we all have an identity.  Sometimes we just need to break free in order to discover ourselves.  Break free from the self that the world has turned us into, and return to the self that we were created as.

I was spiritually blown away by this painting.  The artist, Becca, painted it during our Sunday Service yesterday.  It was neat to see this painting being created right in front of us!  I just remember looking up being totally hit in my chest with all the symbolism I saw in this piece:
1) The DivisionFor the majority of the time, the left side had very defined pink and black patterns. This represented the negative side to me.  Evil, things that cloud your heart and the past.  I felt as though this is the side of us that lives according to our emotions - lacking wisdom and discernment.  The right side represented living according to the spirit - goodness, promise, the future! 2) The ColoursOn the left side, pink means childish and black represents our own desires, darkness. Toward the final minutes of completing this painting, Becca blended the pink and black using a thick brush, painting white over.  Just seeing those large strokes represented that light will always wipe away any darkness, the past is the past.  God doesn’t remember our past, just like we could no longer see what was on the canvas previously.Red symbolizes authority, and white purity.  Towards the end of the painting, Becca added orange at the top, symbolizing perseverance.  The orange added really gave me hope (which is what yellow symbolizes.)  It was a reminder to persevere in order to reach the top, our destiny.Gray is used on both sides.  On the darker side, it represents weakness and on the lighter side, representing wisdom.  I only saw the purple when I walked up close, and again was blown away with revelation.  Purple represents royalty, which is so neat that we see it on both sides of the stairs.  No matter if we are struggling up the left or climbing the right side, the King of Kings is there!3) StairsWithout stairs, we can never reach the next level.  Are we climbing the left side or the right side?  Are we climbing towards using God to serve us, our desires, our purpose, our own distorted version of the cross?  Or are we climbing to reach the true, solid, authoritative Saviour, to serve His purpose and to reach our destiny?  I count 11 stairs. Eleven is the number that represents transition and of course if you’re using stairs, you’re moving from one place to another, you’re transitioning.  Unfortunately stairs can also be used to go down.  There will always be people, powers and principalities that try to tear us down.  What are we doing to ensure that we are constantly climbing upward?I’m not sure if Becca has titled this piece yet, but she mentioned her inspiration for the stairs came from hearing our pastor say “high places.”  I think that would be an appropriate title.  What are we climbing towards?  What are we holding in our high place?

I was spiritually blown away by this painting.  The artist, Becca, painted it during our Sunday Service yesterday.  It was neat to see this painting being created right in front of us!  I just remember looking up being totally hit in my chest with all the symbolism I saw in this piece:


1) The Division
For the majority of the time, the left side had very defined pink and black patterns. This represented the negative side to me.  Evil, things that cloud your heart and the past.  I felt as though this is the side of us that lives according to our emotions - lacking wisdom and discernment.  The right side represented living according to the spirit - goodness, promise, the future! 

2) The Colours
On the left side, pink means childish and black represents our own desires, darkness. Toward the final minutes of completing this painting, Becca blended the pink and black using a thick brush, painting white over.  Just seeing those large strokes represented that light will always wipe away any darkness, the past is the past.  God doesn’t remember our past, just like we could no longer see what was on the canvas previously.

Red symbolizes authority, and white purity.  Towards the end of the painting, Becca added orange at the top, symbolizing perseverance.  The orange added really gave me hope (which is what yellow symbolizes.)  It was a reminder to persevere in order to reach the top, our destiny.

Gray is used on both sides.  On the darker side, it represents weakness and on the lighter side, representing wisdom.  I only saw the purple when I walked up close, and again was blown away with revelation.  Purple represents royalty, which is so neat that we see it on both sides of the stairs.  No matter if we are struggling up the left or climbing the right side, the King of Kings is there!

3) Stairs
Without stairs, we can never reach the next level.  Are we climbing the left side or the right side?  Are we climbing towards using God to serve us, our desires, our purpose, our own distorted version of the cross?  Or are we climbing to reach the true, solid, authoritative Saviour, to serve His purpose and to reach our destiny?  I count 11 stairs. Eleven is the number that represents transition and of course if you’re using stairs, you’re moving from one place to another, you’re transitioning.  Unfortunately stairs can also be used to go down.  There will always be people, powers and principalities that try to tear us down.  What are we doing to ensure that we are constantly climbing upward?

I’m not sure if Becca has titled this piece yet, but she mentioned her inspiration for the stairs came from hearing our pastor say “high places.”  I think that would be an appropriate title.  What are we climbing towards?  What are we holding in our high place?

I was very inspired while watching this video.  It just reminded me that we were all created to create!

New music video from a local artist, a brother that I have the honor of knowing.  

Faith = Healing?

A friend posted this article on Facebook and I really enjoyed the read.  It really resonated with me, having a healing battle of my own for the for the past seven years.

Can prayer and faith heal you, and heal others?