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Elevate Dance Company Texas Exchange

As part of the Elevate Dance Company course with Springs Dance Company we are given the opportunity to go on an exchange with Ad Deum Dance Company in Houston, Texas. I have recently returned from this trip and I loved it!
In the mornings we were able to dance with the main company, Ad Deum 1, and their apprentices, Ad Deum 2. It was a privilege to dance with such talented dancers who were so full of the love of God. The mornings began with worship and devotional times - a highlight was when a ballerina from Korea came and danced and prayed over us. We then trained with teachers from American Ballet Theatre and the Martha Graham Company, as well as Randy and Shizu who were the incredible Ad Deum directors. The classes were super challenging but so worth it. I felt like I improved so much because I was thrown in at the deep end and just had to survive! After technique class in the morning we had a quick break before learning some repertoire from Ad Deum 2. The solo we learnt to ‘Clean’ by Natalie Grant was about how we see ourselves as broken but God sees us as beautiful; He’s cleaned us of our sins. Hopefully I’ll be able to take this piece on tour with Elevate later on in the year. We also learnt a duet to ‘I surrender all’ which was a beautiful piece about baptism.
In the afternoons and at the weekend we got to do some sightseeing and other tourist activities with the girls we were staying with, including a trip to NASA. The weather was so good (even in January) so I even did a bit of sunbathing and swam in the pool. All in all it was such a good trip and I returned to England feeling very inspired by all the wonderful people I met. I would definitely recommend this exchange to anyone in Elevate Dance Company in the future!
Hannah Wolak
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