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October 8, 2013

Ballet Emmanuel to perform locally

Woodward, Okla. — The fine arts are something one expects to get when they go to the theater or a museum of art.

Yet in this day and age, the fine arts, such as dance and theater are finding their way into the sanctuary of many churches.

On Oct. 13, at 6:30 p.m., residents of Woodward and the surrounding area will get the chance to see a ballet performance with an enlightened theme, said Rev. Shannon Davis, Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Woodward.

The performance is free to anyone who wants to come for only a love offering, he said.

The performance entitled "All Things New" will feature trained ballet dancers from professional Christian ballet company, Ballet Emmanuel.

It is the fist time a professional dance company has come to the Woodward church for such an offering of talent, Davis said.  

Ballet Emmanuel is dedicated to sharing the joy of dance and spreading the Good News across the nation, according to Erin Benson, Director of Ballet Emmanuel.

"All Things New" is an original, contemporary Ballet concert depicting a story of love, loss and sacrifice," Benson said. "Join us as we explore the greatest love story of all time."

According to Davis, the story of Christ's love can be shared in many different ways other than traditional church services, Davis said.

"There are a variety of ways to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.  I believe that Ballet Emmanuel will inspire and touch our hearts to love and adore the One who can and will make “All Things New,” Davis said.

Davis is excited for the church to support those who are performing at their highest level of their art and for that performance to be about giving the praise to God.

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