Thrive

is the dance ministry of FBC Oxford. The primary objective of the dance ministry is to glorify our Lord and Savior, JESUS CHRIST by providing:

  • encouraging classroom atmosphere led by experienced teachers and accompanied by Christian music, 
  • worshipful performance opportunities emphasizing appropriate music, movement, and costumes, and 
  • Christian spiritual guidance through Bible-themed classroom activities and scripture verse memorization.

Classes are available for children age eight through high school. Beginning and experienced dancers are invited to attend. Students are not required to be members of First Baptist Church Oxford to participate.


Ballet/Lyrical: Interpreting both Classical and Contemporary Christian music with traditional ballet technique for the purpose of praise and worship. 

Jazz/Contemporary: Incorporating more upbeat Christian music, classic jazz movement, contemporary techniques, pantomime and creative movement to convey the message of CHRIST.  

Hip-Hop: Including Christian rap, funk, and pop music for the purpose of faith-based technical dance instruction. 

All classes meet once a week for 1 hour. All movements and costumes are held to the highest standard of modesty. 


Thrive 2021-2022 Dance Calendar

(15 weeks in each semester)
8/10: Parent/Student Orientation at 6 pm
8/17: First Day of classes
10/12: Break, Columbus Day Holiday
11/23: Break, Thanksgiving Holiday
12/7: In-class parent showcase, Last day of 2021 classes
1/11: First Day of classes
3/15: Break, Spring Break Holiday
4/29: Mandatory Stage Rehearsal
4/30: Spring Recital

Schedule for Fall 2021

(subject to change based on enrollment)

All classes meet on Tuesdays:

4:00-5:00 pm, ballet/lyrical, grades 3rd-5th

5:00-6:00 pm, jazz/contemporary, grades 3rd-5th

6:00-7:00 pm, hip-hop, all ages

7:00-8:00 pm, jazz/contemporary, grades 6th and up

8:00-9:00 pm, ballet/lyrical, grades 6th and up


Registration

A non-refundable yearly registration fee is required for enrollment.  “Early bird” by July 16:  $40 per student. After July 16: $50 per student. This fee covers administrative costs, assures the student(s) spot on the class roster(s), and includes a ministry T-shirt. 

register online


Tuition

To calculate your family’s total tuition, add the total number of class hours your student(s) attend each week. All classes meet once a week for 1 hour. This is your family MONTHLY tuition, including all applicable multi-student or multi-class discounts. All tuition will be automatically withdrawn on the 10th of each month; August-November and January-April; no tuition in December. Spring Recital costume downpayment of $40/class will be due by December 1, and the remaining balance by March 1.

Total Weekly Class Hours Total Monthly Tuition
1 $50
2 $90
3 $120
4 $140
5 $163
6 $180
7 $193
8 $212
9 $225
10 $250

Dancewear Protocol

All Thrive Students are required to dress modestly for class and wear a cover-up while in church hallways or parking lot.

Ballet/Lyrical, grades 3rd-5th
girls: pink ballet shoes; pink, white or tan tights; modest-styled leotard (any color); ballet skirt or athletic shorts

boys: any color T-shirt; athletic shorts; black socks or black ballet shoes

Ballet/Lyrical, grades 6th and up
girls: pink ballet shoes; pink, white or tan tights; modest-styled leotard (any color) or T-shirt (no see-through cloting, no spaghetti straps, no racerback bras, no belly showing); ballet skirt or athletic shorts with tights underneath

boys: any color T-shirt; athletic shorts; black socks or black ballet shoes

Jazz/Contemporary, all ages
girls: tan jazz shoes or pink ballet shoes; modest leotard or T-shirt (no see-through clothing, no spaghetti straps, no racerback bras, no belly showing); modest jazz pants, leggings or athletic shorts with tights underneath

boys: T-shirt; athletic shorts; black socks or black ballet or jazz shoes

Hip-Hop
girls and boys: tennis shoes; modest T-shirt (no see-through clothing, no spaghetti straps, no racerback bras, no belly showing); sweat pants, leggings, or athletic shorts with tights underneath


Meet our Faculty

Monika Pineda, Dance Instructor/Thrive Ministry Leader
Monika originates from Poland where she was a professional gymnast and member of the Polish National Gymnastic Team (all-around individual Polish Champion, four-time all round team Polish Champion.) For many years she has competed internationally. After completing her sport carrier, Monika fell in love with the art of dance and concentrated on modern jazz. Monika joined a dance company in Olsztyn, Poland where she lead classes and advanced to lead choreographer later on. With the Olsztyn based dance company "Paradox”, Monika competed through Europe in both European and World Championships in Show Dance Formations between, always joining the finalists, and often standing at the podium (World Cup semi-finals in individual Hip-Hop, World Cup 3rd place in Dance Formations, European Cup 2nd Place in Dance Formations). Monika Pineda met JESUS for the first time in New York City during September 11, 2001, tragic events, and since then redirected her passion for dance toward praise, worship, and artistic Gospel presentation. Monika has a vast experience in both teaching dance (classical, jazz, modern, contemporary and hip-hop), and directing a Dance Ministry in Georgia for the past 12 years.


For more information about Thrive Dance Ministry, contact Monika Pineda, Dance Instructor and Ministry Leader, at 770-617-3672.

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