The King’s Praise Ballet began in September of 2006, with just 19 students and a countertop and chairs in place of a barre. It was started by Anna Lofgren, then a girl of 16 and still in highschool, at the request of several homeschool families. Anna loved ballet, but had never expected to become a teacher. God wove events together so that, with the encouragement of a few moms, The King’s Praise Ballet was born.
Summer of 2006 was spent finding a name and theme verse, and finding a place to hold classes. Fountain of Grace was the second church she asked, and they were very kind to allow Anna to use their fellowship hall to teach in.
Though The King’s Praise Ballet halted when Anna left to attend college, it soon returned with a new vigor as she came back a year later and began The King’s Courts in summer of 2009, an arts ministry that encompasses The King’s Praise Ballet and The King’s Theatre.
The classes were again held at Fountain of Grace, but this time in a new, larger fellowship hall. The church graciously allowed Anna to install mirrors on one of the walls, and her dad built portable barres, allowing students to learn and practice in a better studio environment. In the fall of 2011, a roll-out dance floor was invested in, to provide a better, safer dance surface.
Soon, in January 2013, Anna will be getting married to a wonderful, godly man and moving to Iowa, passing The King’s Praise Ballet on to a team of her older students. She always held The King’s Courts with open hands, knowing that it was God’s, and that teaching was a season of life that she was blessed with.
So, by God’s grace, The King’s Praise Ballet will keep moving forward, perhaps led by new faces and names, but always under God’s control and direction. Anna and her students pray that it will continue touch many lives for the glory of God.