GIVING GLORY TO GOD THROUGH DANCE

DOXA - A BALLET MINISTRY IN AMARILLO, TEXAS 

The ballet world has been known to push dancers toward an unattainable level of perfection with their bodies and performances.
 
But we believe that each dancer was created by God, for the glory of God.
 

And for us, that changes everything.

THE DOXA DIFFERENCE

 
Doxa is a Greek word that means “the glory to God.” Our mission is to equip dancers to use their God-given talents to worship God and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, so that His name will be glorified.
 
In our classes and performances, in the way we treat and speak to our dancers, we want to make sure each one knows:

You are fully loved by God exactly the way you are.

  • God made you, intentionally and wonderfully, for His glory.
  • Jesus Christ, his Son, died in your place as a payment for your sin, to give you eternal life. This is the free and gracious gift of God, offered to all, earned by none.
  • If you follow Christ, your identity is found in Him alone. It is not defined by the world around you.

We want you to strive for excellence. Not perfection.

  • God alone is perfect, and chasing perfection can become a self-glorifying or self-deprecating pursuit.
  • Instead, strive for excellence because God is worthy of your best offering of praise.
  • Striving for excellence simply means you try to improve. To become better than you were yesterday.

You can share Christ through your dancing.

  • Dance is a beautiful and powerful way to communicate.
  • Mastering correct ballet technique can help your dancing be more clear and have more impact.
  • God gave you many gifts, talents, and abilities. The greatest joy comes from using those gifts to glorify Him.

EXPERIENCE DOXA

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MEET THE DOXA TEAM

Brittanie Wooten founded Doxa in the summer of 2009 with 24 dancers.

Now Doxa has over 500 dancers and a team of accomplished, caring teachers.

BRITTANIE WOOTEN

DIRECTOR

"I believe it is important to teach children that God is the author, creator, and artist of all things, and that any talent can and should be used to bring glory to His name. We are dancing to praise Him and point others to Him."

  • Started dancing at age 3 with Lugene Cole
  • Trained at the Hess School of Dance from age 7 to 18
  • Danced 11 seasons in the local production of the Nutcracker with roles ranging from a little Christmas Angel to Clara to Sugar Plum Fairy
  • Summer Intensives: The Jillana School in Taos Ski Valley, NM; Ballet Magnificat! in Jackson, MS; American Ballet Theatre in Austin, TX and New York City, NY; Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, WA
  • Ballet Magnificat Teacher Workshop in 2012
  • Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) certification: April 2017

MARK LEBER

INSTRUCTOR

"I advocate hard Work and Freedom. The greatest Freedom given to us is found only in Christ. The hardest Work for mankind has already been accomplished through Christ. In other words, we are liberated to worship and be ambassadors of Christ."

  • Started ballet training at age 8 with Maryland Youth Ballet
  • Participated in the pre-professional level of Ballet Magnificat!'s Summer Dance Intensive in 2010-2012
  • Became a trainee at Ballet Magnificat! in 2012, was promoted to the Omega Company in 2014, and toured internationally with them for 3 years
  • Served as an Instructor and Assistant Choreographer at Christ In The Arts in Lubbock, Texas
  • Began teaching and choreographing at Doxa in January 2017
  • Leads Doxa Coterie and Doxa Kerusso programs

LACI MCCREARY

INSTRUCTOR

"I am thrilled to be a part of the Doxa ministry and combine my dancing knowledge with the gift of worship. I'm thankful to be a part of a community of fellow believers who strive to teach more than just technique." 

  • Started dancing at age 3 with Lugene Cole
  • Trained at Ballet Lubbock under Suzanne Aker and Yvonne Racz-Key
  • Attended the University of Utah on scholarship and was a member of the Utah Ballet Company and Utah Character Dance Ensemble
  • Chosen to perform Russian in the Nutcracker with the professional ballet company, Aspen Santa Fe Dance Company
  • Performed in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Seoul, South Korea
  • Graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ballet
  • Served as resident Ballet Mistress at Ballet Lubbock for 3 years
  • Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) certification: April 2017

 

 

KARRINA LEBER

INSTRUCTOR

"I want to encourage dancers to work hard unto the Lord and worship Him through the ability to move that is a blessing from Him." 

  • Started dancing at age 11 at California Elite Sports Center
  • Trained with Maple Conservatory and was part of the Maple Youth Ballet
  • Attended the University of Utah as a ballet major for 1 year until God led her to Ballet Magnificat!
  • Attended the Ballet Magnificat! summer intensive in 2013 and became a trainee with their Trainee II Events Company. During that time she toured nationally as well as in Mexico and Honduras
  • Joined Paradosi Ballet's touring company in Tacoma, Washington in 2016

CYNTHIA MCCORMACK

INSTRUCTOR

"I'm passionate about not only teaching the art of dance but also sharing Jesus with my students. I love being able to bring dance into a church setting because it gives me the opportunity to show people a different and unique way to worship the Lord."

  • Started dancing at age 6 with Neil and Camille Hess
  • Pursued dance in college and received a Theatre Arts/Dance degree
  • Has been teaching theatre and dance since 2003 at various churches and dance studios in Amarillo
  • Involved in Amarillo College Conservatory Theatre, Amarillo Little Theatre, and Amarillo Opera
  • Started teaching at Doxa in 2013, using her theatre background for acting/improvisation courses. She is primarily responsible for the acting coaching in Doxa's story ballet productions

 

KATHY COWAN

INSTRUCTOR

"I'm excited to be a part of the Doxa ministry. I enjoy sharing the art of dance with children and worshipping the Lord with them. I believe God is the great creator and artist and it is a privilege to praise Him through dance."  

  • Started dancing at age 4
  • Studied ballet for 4 years at West Texas A&M University
  • Has been teaching dance in Amarillo since 1997, including ballet, tap, jazz, and music movement
  • Choreographed 2 Amarillo College musicals
  • Choreographed and taught dances for St. Stephen United Methodist Church
  • Performed with the "Texas" cast in Austin for the State Capitol rededication

REBEKAH GASPAROVICH

JUNIOR INSTRUCTOR

"I am excited to watch my students grow not only in their technical abilities but also in their love for the Lord."
 
  • Danced for 1 year at age 6 under Kathy Cowan at Amarillo College; resumed dancing at age 14 with Doxa
  • Performed in Doxa's productions of Esther, Bloodline, Daniel, and The Ark & the Covenant in various roles
  • Attended Ballet Magnificat!'s month-long Summer Dance Intensive for 3 years where she was taught by various company members including IBC silver medalist Kathy Thibodeaux
  • Assistant teacher at Doxa for 4 years
  • Member of Doxa Coterie
  • Became a Junior Instructor in the 2018/19 Season

JORDAN MCCORMACK

JUNIOR INSTRUCTOR

"I am excited to be teaching these young men in the foundations of ballet and to also grow them as men chasing after God."
 
  • Trained in musical theatre, jazz, tap, and ballet
  • Began dancing in 2015 with Doxa
  • Performed roles in Mary Poppins, Seussical, and The Music Man with local theatre production groups
  • Performed in Doxa's productions of Bloodline, Daniel, and The Ark & the Covenant in featured roles
  • Attended Ballet Magnificat!'s Summer Dance Intensive in 2017
  • Member of Doxa Coterie
  • Joins Doxa Team as a Junior Instructor for the 2019/20 Season

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