Ballet Magnificat!’s Summer Dance Intensive is much more than just a dance camp… IT'S A MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY! Each year over 300 students, from around the world, come to Jackson, MS, for the Summer Dance Intensive and find so much more than just ballet. These students discover that Jesus Christ is the source of true life, that He loves them, and that He has a plan and purpose for their lives. The result is students walking in the freedom that Christ provides and spreading His truth to a world that is in desperate need of His love.
These students need caring adults to mentor them and encourage them as they learn about Christ. If you have a heart to make an impact on young people, and desire to use some of your summer to attain that goal, a counselor position may be just what you are looking for.
1) Men and women (20 years old and older) to serve as counselors/chaperones
2) You may choose between 2-week and 4-week options for time of service
3) Qualifications are flexible, but a strong commitment to the Lord and references from a pastor are a must
4) Counselors are responsible for the cost of their room and meals.
a) Room costs: 2 weeks $495; 4 weeks $887.
b) Meals: $6.99 per cafeteria meal eaten.
5) Counselors are required to arrive three days prior to the start of their session for Counselor Orientation.
6) This is a missions opportunity.
7) Deadline for submitting application is May 1, but earlier submission of your application is extremely helpful.
*Please note that a background check will be run on all counselor applicants.*
Download a Counselor Application to fill out and send in:
Being a Counselor
Counselors play a significant role in everyday life here at the Summer Dance Intensive. Students are divided into small groups, approximately 10-12 per group. Housed on the same floor of the dorm as their small group, counselors oversee and provide support for their students. Responsibilities range from being an away-from-home mother/dad/friend, to overseeing the students when not in class, to conducting the Bible Study.
Each year, counselors arrive prepared to share their love for our Lord as they lead their students through the riggers of the Summer Dance Intensive. Most first-time counselors are not prepared for the tremendous blessings they receive from their students and for the personal spiritual growth they encounter as a participant in this unique ministry. Click below to read what previous counselors have to say about their experiences.
"I love being a counselor at Ballet Magnificat!'s Summer Dance Intensive Workshops, even though I often feel inadequate. It is an awesome joy and privilege to serve the dancers, in whatever manner is needed, showing love, acceptance and grace daily. I view the position of counselor as a combination of many roles: counselor, teacher, second mom, nurse, artist, activity director, intercessor, courier, and friend. Every dancer's needs are unique, and every day brings a different challenge and adventure. I have to rely totally on the Holy Spirit for wisdom, discernment, and strength. God does amazing things with the dancers, as well as with the counselors. I often think I learn (and receive) more than the students! Ministering at Summer Workshop is the ultimate in multi-tasking -- and I wouldn't miss the opportunity for anything!"
Jayne Kier, Acworth, GA
I first came as a counselor because I didn’t want to send my then 14-year old daughter to Jackson MS by herself. As a counselor, I could keep an eye on things; what I found was unexpected. I found the Lord not only works in the hearts of dancers, He also works in the counselors’ hearts, too. He has brought healing in many areas of my life while at each workshop. Here I thought I would be teaching and ministering to dancers, but many times I was the one ministered to. Another unexpected surprise is the life-long friendships I have made with other counselors. God has brought many deep relationships due to the experience of being a counselor together – and we’ve had LOTS of fun! Every year I look forward to spending July in Jackson – as long as the Lord is willing!
Lori Plyler, Santa Clarita, CA
At age 13, our daughter wanted to attend 2002 Summer Intensive, but she had never been away from home. So I decided to accompany her as a counselor. I must admit that I had dual motives in coming because I wanted to "check out" Ballet Magnificat for myself. I wanted to see if they were "real!" We would need almost double the funds for both of us to go. But as usual, God showed us His cattle on 1,000 hills! He ALWAYS enables those He calls! A friend encouraged our daughter to write support letters explaining the ministry of dance to family & close friends and then He started sending in the needed funds for us both. I truthfully came blindly and then fear flooded my heart as the time got closer. What had I committed to? My inadequacies haunted me, but God helped me to put one foot in front of the other. She and I planned, listed, shopped, and packed and through it all, we bonded even stronger as mother/daughter. Upon arrival, my girls welcomed ME and made ME feel comfortable! What a blessing! (We're still friends today!) On the very first day, I heard God say "next year...a month!" I loved every easy AND difficult moment of it all! There's time for sillyness and trips to Super Walmart. There's time for serious spiritual talks with tears on your shoulder and trips to Super Walmart. There are cafeteria lines and lots of walking to and from dorms and trips to Super Walmart. There are rules to follow and rules to enforce and trips to Super Walmart. Did I mention that we shop at Super Walmart? At the end of the 2 weeks, I probably wept harder than they did because I did NOT want to leave my new girlfriends! (Who wouldn't want to feel about 20 years younger AND befriend 12 girls who think whatever you said or did was cool with them??) Personally, God dealt with my hidden feelings of inadequacy and used the girls to affirm ME! Spiritually, digging into God's Word with others was JUST what I yearned for and I grew! Relationally, I met countless friends from all over the world! Where else can you experience escape from the routines of life and see GOD imparting HIS wisdom, love and acceptance to young people all around me? This ministry is MORE THAN REAL and VERY TRANSPARENT! (I have tested it and found it to be true!) Jesus IS the desire of their hearts as He is mine! My life has been changed through the ministry of The Word, dance, worship, singing, friends, and trips to Super Walmart. Having been a counselor for 4 years now, I have been able to see God prove His Word (Eph 3:20) to me as He does exceedingly abundantly beyond all that I could ever ask, think, dream, or hope! Do prayerfully consider joining me as a counselor whether you bring a dancer with you or not! Just email me and I'll give you my packing list!
Linda Hurstell (Atlanta, GA)