Jena Davis,lead instructor
Jena's first year with Praise Movement was in 2008 as a camper. Her last year as a camper was 2009. Because of her spiritual and dance maturity, she was asked to serve as an instructor at age 14. In 2011, she joined the instructional staff to lead the 10-12 age group, and she led them without a co-instructor! She's served as an instructor every summer since then, and every summer, she's led her campers without a co-instructor. In 2013, Jena made her mark as the only instructor in Praise Movement history to also make a solo Sweet Sixteen debut at the dance camp showcase. No other dancer has served as a camper and instructor at the same time. She is entering her senior year at John F. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School where she studies ballet and modern dance. Jena clings tightly to Psalm 119:67 (ESV), which reads, "Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word."
The year was 2008 when Kyla joined the Praise Movement family as a camper. She made her Sweet Sixteen debut with a group of 5 dancers in 2013, and this will be her first year serving on staff as an instructor. We're so glad we get to have Kyla in the summer because we'd probably never get a full week out of her during the school year. She is entering her senior year at Westside High School, where she serves as a member of Junior Council, Executive Council, National Honor Society, and Youth Leadership of Richmond County. She is also a varsity cheerleader. She was voted president of Junior Council, and will serve as vice-president of National Honor Society this coming school year. Kyla is a member of FLAIR (Foreign Language Alliance for International Rapport)/ Foreign Language Honor Society and she will also reign as the 1st Runner-Up of the Miss Westside Leadership Pageant.
No wonder her key scripture is Matthew 6:34 (NIV). She definitely needs to live one day at a time with a plate that full! The verse reads, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
mita lee(left),food service coordinator
Jasmine (J. G.) is a true Praise Movement veteran. Her first year with PMSDC was the year it began--2005. She was 9. She is the only Praise Movement dancer in the school's history to go through all the ranks--camper, sweet sixteen dancer, and instructor--and not miss one year! Jasmine made her Sweet Sixteen solo debut in 2010 and joined the instructional staff the following year, 2011. On many occasions, she's said, "My summer is incomplete without camp. I have to be there." Her sentiments are the exact dedication the campers need, and she certainly gives them her all. Jasmine is a junior at Georgia Military College, studying Biology. After receiving her degree, she plans to further her studies in optometry and culinary arts. Her hope is in II Corinthians 5:7 (ESV), and it reads, "For we walk by faith, not by sight."
Dee's first year as a camper was 2009. She quickly showed that she was not only a skillful dancer, but a servant leader. Every year as a camper, she earned an award that reflected her leadership and spiritual maturity. Dee made her Sweet Sixteen debut with a group of 5 dancers in 2013, and this will be her first year serving on staff as an instructor.
Dee is entering her senior year in high school and is home schooled. She has studied ballet for 11 years. Romans 12:9-11 (ESV) is close to her heart. It reads, "Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love on another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord."
Ms. I. director/choreographer/instructor
When God called Ms. I., a New Orleans native, to Augusta, GA in 2003, He appointed her to the city with a specific mission: teach young women and girls the Word of God, and invite them into relationship with Jesus Christ. Praise Movement is the avenue she uses to do that. It's been the joy of her heart, every summer since 2005, to teach, guide, and mentor girls all over the CSRA (Central Savannah River Area). Many have come to know Christ through the Praise Movement ministry and have given Him their hearts, and others who were already in relationship with Him, but weren't living a Christ-reflective life, have decided to live a life that pleases Him. Ms. I. always says, "Dance brings them each year, but it's the Word of God that keeps them."
Ms. I. loves teaching God's word in ways that the girls (ages 5-16) understand. It's her heart's desire that they walk away knowing who God is, what Jesus' sacrifice means for them, and that they CAN live a life that pleases Him, no matter their age.
Outside of dance camp, Ms. I. is a workshop and conference dance facilitator/speaker and teacher of the Word, and she is a full-time 7th grade Language Arts teacher with the Richmond County School System.
Romans 6:13 (NIV) is a verse of scripture that Ms. I. believes covers it all. It reads, "Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather, offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life, and offer the parts of your body to Him as instruments of righteousness." This verse is Praise Movement's scriptural focus.