“As this is my last year performing in ‘The Promise,’ it is truly bittersweet to reflect on my past performances,” said Denbow. “The Promise is a beautiful, God-driven experience that not only touches the hearts of the audience, but deeply moves the dancers as well. It has been an honor to take part in these shows, as they have truly changed my life in many ways. I have been opened up to new friendships, I have grown closer in my relationship with God and I have undergone rigorous training that has prepared me life after Turning Pointe and more opportunities to come.”
“The Promise” weaves the Christmas story together using scripture and Christmas music with classical and contemporary ballet. The six-show run opens at the Knickerbocker Theatre on Friday, Dec. 8.
“Turning Pointe School of Dance is honored to be in our 19th year of serving the lakeshore through the Christian arts,” said Connie Brunelle, marketing director. “This year’s performance run of ‘The Promise’ is beautiful and powerfully soul-stirring.”
There are several new elements to this year’s production.
One will be the live performance by the Holland Chorale, in a professional collaboration that started with Turning Pointe dancers performing the chorale’s Tulip Time show.
Also, along with the six public performances of “The Promise,” Turning Pointe will host an extra show Dec. 14 as an outreach to 500 members of the West Michigan community who are served by 24 social service agencies. The outreach event, Worship Impact Night, is underwritten by Kerkstra Precast Inc. who reserved the entire Knickerbocker Theatre for the night. In attendance will be clients of Barnabas Ministries, Benjamin’s Hope, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Holland, Good Samaritan Ministries, Harvest Stand Ministries, Holland Rescue Mission, Kids Hope USA, My House Ministries, Special Olympics Area 12, YoungLives Holland and others.
According to Executive Director Debra Burr, “Experiencing the story of Christ’s birth through the interweaving of scripture, music and dance can be a transformational tool to open hearts to Christ’s love.”
Turning Pointe School of Dance, a Christian ministry is a nonprofit organization and pre-professional dance school, serving the lakeshore since 1999 with the mission statement: preparing the dancer in body and spirit to glorify God through artistic excellence.
Performance times are 7 p.m. Dec. 8-9 and Dec. 15-16, with 2 p.m. matinees Dec. 9 and 16. Tickets are $20, $16 for students in advance, or $22 and $18 for students at the door. To purchase tickets, call the Hope College Ticket Office at 616-395-7890 or online at tickets.hope.edu.
The Knickerbocker Theatre is at 86 E. Eighth St. in downtown Holland.