"My granddaughter is 6 years old with mild cerebral palsy on her right side. Even though she would jump and twirl around the house saying that she was a princess and a ballerina, she was a little shy about her right leg and arm and asked why she limped. We enrolled her into Above The Clouds ballet classes in the middle of September 2011. Since her classes began, I have noticed that she has been using her right side of her body more and helps to strengthen them. She is starting to use the right hand to dress herself and can stand steadier on her right leg. This program has been a real blesing to her and us. THANK YOU!
-- Ms.Gloria Richardson (Grandparent)
"My name is Ruth Brown, a 63yr old grandmother of a 7 & 8yr old. I work 40 hours a week, pick the children up after school, go home to do homework, dinner, baths, nothing much to do in the evenings. I found Above The Clouds in 2006, enrolled the girls in drama and ballet and the following year added music. I enjoy the warm and friendly faces and the time I get to read or share with other parents waiting for their children. I love the patience of the instructors, prayer before and after class, how it has toned my girls down to a slower pace where they stop and thin kbefore making decisions, how to treat others and themselves, along with what it means to follow directions and share. I am grateflu for ATC and appreciate the program, especially that it's free and the girls can take as many classes as they like. Thank you ATC."
-- Ruth Brown
"ATC has allowed my children, Jamison and CeCe, to discover and develop their love of the arts. They looks forward to meeting other children who share their interests and they truely appreciate the time and effort that the instructors bring to the classes. Our entire family thanks God for Linda and Barb answering God's call to minister to the community through the arts."
"I'm impressed with Above The Clouds, but not surprised, because I'm familiar with Barbara and based on her background and Christ centered life, I knew that whatever she would do would be of high quality. Based on my observatins, it's proven to be true. Instructors are professional and dedicated in delivering instruction to their class participants."
-- W. Bowie
"I choose Above The Clouds for dance lessons for my 7yr old daughter. THe instructor came highly recommended by a friend of mine. I loved the fact that she would be taught by a godly woman in a Christian environment."
-- T. Sherman
What a blessing Above The Clouds has been to my daughter Ashley. She started ballet classes in September 2006, she was 5yrs. old, and absolutely loved it. I'm thankful that this Christian based program has been an avenue for Ashely to experience the arts. Her dance teacher Kim, has a God given gift for teaching that captivates all that are under her tutelage. Learning ballet while praising God has been the greatest joy for me as a parent because I'm confident when I drop her off for class that the values we are teaching at home are not being compromised with the world's music.
Meeting new friends that she has been able to grow with over the years is another positive the Above The Clouds offers. Ashely is a youth praise dancer at our church. When she first started, they were so amazed at the gracefulness she displayed. I know this was only attributed to the training she received at Above The Clouds. Ashley had the opportunity to see a performance of the "NutCracker" on an outing with Above The Clouds. She was also privileged to take a backstage tour in which she will never forget.
Ashley has attended First Stage Children's Theater on a scholarship through Above The Clouds which has been a blessing. Experiencing the world of drama has identified a desire and passion for theater that she is very excited to continue exploring.
My special thanks to God for giving the vision of Above The Clouds ministry and for them walking in obedience. Ashley is living proof that Above The Clouds has made a wonderful and Godly long lasting impact in my child's life.
Thank you and God Bless,
-- Cynthis Nord
"Every Thanksgiving our family takes turns sharing something that we are really thankful for. This year our daughter said, "I'm thankful that I can have free ballet lessons (at ATC)." THank you for this ministry that blesses so many by increasing their love for the Lord and by sharpening/shaping His gifts of creativity."
"The Interpretive Dance teacher is fantastic! I told all the teacher that, if they come to watch for a few minutes, they will find themselves smiling. The kids are full of such joy when they are dancing. I also love that the kids are listening to prayer and music about God's love throughout the class."
-- April, St. Rafael School
"I bring my child to Above The Clouds becuase it's a fun place for children to come. THe staff is friendly, organized, & professional. My daughter is a little shy, so being around other kids helps her to break out of that shyness."
-- Althea Turner