Who we are
Makers Ekklesia Dance Co. was founded in 2018 to provide Knoxville, TN with an encouraging, loving and educational dance studio. We believe in practicing excellence in our craft as well as practicing dance as an expression of worship. God created each of us with unique giftings, and dance is such a fun way to express the love of God!
Makers was established so that all could have a place to be free, create and worship in movement. We are passionate about using dance to glorify God and show his love to others.
All of our classes are based in technique and love. We are proud to be a part of the More Than Just Great Dancing network!
THE ORIGIN OF OUR NAME
Ekklesia is a Greek term used in the New Testament of the Bible often to describe the church, or “the called out ones.” We have been called out by our Maker to follow Him and make Him known. We were made in the Maker’s image as well. Thus, we were created to create! We are His Ekklesia, sent out into the world to create. We are the Makers as well as the Maker’s.
Our founder, Jennifer Blessing, started dancing in 1995 and has been teaching for over 15 years! She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, contemporary and modern in her dance career while dancing in a company throughout her time in high school. She went on to dance in college and direct Company AbunDance, dance in Chara Dance Company, Talitha Dance Company and then was the Artistic Director for the Knoxville Dance Project after moving to TN in 2012. She is a wife and mother to two little girls.
Amanda has been dancing and teaching dance for over 17 years, and is so grateful to be able to share her passion of dance through teaching. Growing up, she was a part of Histown Dance, a Christian dance studio and company in her hometown of Franklin, Tn, where she danced, performed and taught for over 12 years before coming to Knoxville for college. She has studied ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, modern, tap, and musical theatre and taught many different ages in these styles. Amanda has taken several classes and workshops about ministry through dance about worshipping through improvisation techniques. She has had incredible experiences and opportunities through dance including performing with Mercy Me at the Grand Ole Opry House, dancing on national TV at the Dove Awards and being a member of Histown senior company. Amanda is studying child and family development at UT, and she loves incorporating what she learns into her dance curriculum and teaching style. Above all, her greatest passion is encouraging and teaching her students about Jesus and worshipping him through movement.
Our classes are currently held in Street Beatz Studios, located at 1023 Summerwood Drive, Knoxville, TN