About Us

Reign Dance Theater

Reign Dance Theater: a refreshingly positive dance experience in classical ballet training for ages 7 through adult, including disciplines of barre exercise, muscle strengthening, stretching, classical technique, and choreography, combined with the excitement and opportunity of theatrical performance.

Reign Dance Theater is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to:

  • Classical ballet training in a positive, family-friendly atmosphere that promotes modesty and moral purity,
  • Character development through godly role models and biblical scripture memory,
  • Quality theatrical productions which integrate the art of dance with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.

    Staff of Reign Dance Theater

    KARISSA TRAVIS, co-founder and Artistic Director of Reign Dance Theater, began classical ballet training in New York at the age of seven. She performed there in five seasons of the Nutcracker, and seven other productions including Coppelia, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Celebration of Miracles.

    Karissa choreographed and co-produced her first show, Vaudeville Ballet, in New York in 1999. Since returning to her birth state of Minnesota that same year, she has been teaching classical ballet and has choreographed and directed over 14 theatrical productions, including premieres of Esther: When Hope Hides, On the High Seas, Flashback, Weekend at Wickershams, and Daniel Undefiled.

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    KAREN TRAVIS, co-founder and President/Executive Director of Reign Dance Theater, combines her passion and training in ministry with her years of experience in the arts, costume design, and ballet administration. Since 2000 she has written and produced all Reign Dance Theater productions.

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    KATIE TRAVIS, Media Director of Reign Dance Theater, has a passion for professional visual storytelling through video production, graphic and web design. She graduated from film school in 2012 and currently owns her own film and video production company Katie Travis Films, LLC.

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    Purpose, Key Values, and Distinctives

    PURPOSE:

    Reign Dance Theater desires not only to train youth in the arts of ballet and theater, but also to share a life of hope in Jesus Christ and inspire youth in this generation to use the creative arts to shine the light of that hope in the world around them.

    KEY VALUES:

    While much of the dance world today is marked by intense rivalry in an environment that undermines godly character development, Reign Dance Theater holds to the following values:

  • Each student is uniquely created by God with differing gifts and abilities to be developed and used for His glory.
  • While good posture and physical training can enhance the health, appearance, and performance of the body, emphasis is given to the fact that true beauty and strength come from a heart and life that is pure before God and others.
  • The art of ballet can be learned and enjoyed without the necessity of wealth, inappropriate movement, or indecent costuming. God can be praised through the art of dance.
  • God has given in His Word, the Bible, everything needed for life and godliness.

    DISTINCTIVES:

  • Classical ballet training in a positive, family-friendly atmosphere that promotes modesty and moral purity,
  • Character development through godly role models and biblical scripture memory,
  • Quality theatrical productions which integrate the art of dance with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.

    "Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you SHINE LIKE STARS in the universe as you hold out the word of life." - Philippians 2:14-16a.

    Testimonials

    "The Reign Dance ministry teaches much more than dance; it nurtures true Christian fellowship and is a blessing for entire families! Our children have made life-long friends and experienced great spiritual growth as a result of the broader program including scripture memorization and bible study." - William & Susan A. (parents)

    "We first learned about RDT when we were invited to watch a full theatrical stage production. We were captivated by the quality of the show, drawn in by the show’s message of hope, and encouraged that children of all ages and abilities were working together to bring forth something beautiful on such a grand scale." - Mike & Kim S. (parents)

    "We’ve especially enjoyed seeing our girls grow in their strength, confidence, joy and friendships while attending classes. A definite highlight of their week." - Char K. (parent)

    "When our daughter goes to her RDT classes, not only will she learn proper technique, but the class atmosphere is loving and nurturing. She will be challenged to grow in her expression of dance, where love, respect, care, and kindness, one towards another, are expressed." - Mike & Kim S. (parents)

    "We are grateful that our children are learning classical ballet and growing in their ability and love for dance. A big bonus for our family is that our kids not only get to be taught by a fantastic dancer/teacher but that they are surrounded by a group of students with a Christ-centered spiritual moral compass." - Alejandro & Sarah O. (parents)

    "It has been a joy to be a part of productions that are creative and bring a message of good news." - Laurie J. (parent)

    "What an amazing experience! We were most touched to see God lifted up throughout the entire production both on stage, as well as back stage." - Char K. (parent)

    "Yes, it is possible to have a strong theatrical production, with an even stronger Christian message. Our family is blessed to have been a part of such amazing productions." - Alejandro & Sarah O. (parents)

    "We love that RDT encourages its students to learn and memorize the Word of God. Our desire is that the Word would dwell richly in our daughter’s heart; having this message further reinforced at RDT is invaluable to us." - Mike & Kim S. (parents)

    "We have never seen our girls have so much enthusiasm and motivation to memorize bible verses. The importance put into God’s word says so much about the heart of Reign Dance." - Char K. (parent)

    "Training kids to remember God's Word, what could be better?! In listening to and helping our children memorize verses, we as parents have been learning them as well and have been amazed at what a blessing it is to know God's Word." - Alejandro & Sarah O. (parents)

    "Reign Dance Theater has become like a family to us." - Laurie J. (parent)