A dance program offered to home schoolers evolved into what is now known as light of life performing arts. Being home schooled herself, Alexandra Miller began offering dance classes to home schoolers when she was fifteen. By the time she graduated, the home schooler's ballet classes had grown and these were the founding students on which Light of Life was established. The home schooler's ballet transitioned into Light of life performing arts in the summer of 2000. Alexandra's parents were the key founders and worked to convert the sewing factory in Seven Valleys, Pa into a fully operating dance studio. For the first several years, Alexandra Miller was the primary instructor. After the first few years several other instructors were added, one being her younger sister Miranda Siegrist who upon graduation came along side her and helped to bring a new creativity and originality to choreography and productions.
Light of Life's first performance was little Red Riding Hood, which led to other story book classics like Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and The Nutcracker. As well as classical ballets; Bible stories like Ruth & Esther and Christian Allegories like Hind's Feet & Pilgrim's Progress also became themes for performances. Watching how the Lord shaped our ideas and creativity over the years has always given us gratefulness and encouragement for His patience and leading.
By 2014 Light of Life was outgrowing it's parking lot and building. The Lord opened a door for us to lease space in the former elementary school in Seven Valleys, currently owned by Liberty Christian Fellowship. Our new location was just around the corner, and while leaving the building that held fourteen years of memories was bittersweet, we were blessed beyond measure with our new much larger facility.
While our connections with other dance organizations have brought in various guest artists and teachers, some of our instructors have been with us from the earliest years . As the first crop of dancers progressed from childhood into graduates, the studio began to abound with even more vitality, talent and life. Several of the dancers who were dancing when LOLPA was founded, have become key instructors and leaders. Growing up at Light of Life, these dancers understood the vision, mission, and heart of LOLPA. As instructors they carry the DNA of Light of Life, which is excellent dance fueled by prayer, devotion and relationship with God. Former students like Grace Blaise, who is our Company Manager and Assistant to Artistic Administration, and Stephane Clayton, Instructor and Social Media Manager, have paved the way for other LOLPA dancers to continue their passion for dance in the outlet of teaching and choreography. It is always exciting to see our students joining professional Christian Dance Companies, studying dance at college, or joining our staff of instructors.
We feel we have come so far, yet know there is much more the Lord has in store for us as we abide in His leadership and direction. Dance continues to evolve and inspire new generations of dancers, and we are honored to be a company of dancers who are passionate about our art and our creator!