September 26, 2011
Dance Quest Provides Christian Dance Instruction
Dance Quest International, a unique Christian dance company, has been serving greater Brandon families since 1997.
Dance Quest International is a full service dance company which offers instruction in Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Jazz Theatrical Dance, Hip Hop and Boys-Only Hip Hop.
It is unique in that it is not just about dance. “Each child is genuinely loved as an individual. We strive to build self-esteem and confidence,” said Virginia Jones. Owner, Mary Beth Maynard added, “We want to reclaim dance back for the Lord. When you dance for God, there’s nothing like it. Walls come down when people see performances. I want to pour this into our students and teach them that it is not about the spotlight on them. Rather it is about shining the light on people’s lives and showing them that God loves them.”
This teaching was evident at the recent performance at Hawthorne Village in Brandon. Students in the camp called, Project Dance Camp, worked hard to prepare a performance for the residents of Hawthorne, but they also incorporated a school supply drive for Kids Charity of Tampa Bay. For the residents at Hawthorne, each child made a frame, flower pots and each flower was dedicated with a love note.
Crystal Riley of Riverview whose daughter, Katie King, was among the performers said, “As a parent, it is clear to me that it is not just about learning dance. The children learn about Christ and outreach in the community.”
For many years, the teachers of Dance Quest International taught dance in area schools as an after school program. Now, Mary Beth and Rob Maynard are proud to open their own studio located at 307 S. Parsons Ave. in Brandon.
Dance Quest International offers programs at schools such as Bell Shoals Baptist Academy, Central Baptist Christian School and The Peacock’s Plume. With the new studio, they can now offer an expanded schedule. Dance Quest International plans to offer events such as “Parents’ Night Out” each month.
For more information, please visit www.dancequestonline.com or call 842-1687.