Why Dance with the Asaph Dance Ensemble?

Dance is one of the most beautiful art forms ever created. It’s also one of the most all-encompassing ones. It involves physical awareness, artistic vision, musicality, stellar technique, clarity and depth of expression, physical and emotional strength, a good memory, patience, tenacity, confidence, humility, teamwork, strength of conviction, and self-discipline.

Every single one of these aspects is nurtured and appreciated in the Asaph Dance Ensemble. Our dancers know how to come alongside of each other and encourage one another to excel and fully express themselves through their art. The desire of this company is to honor God and inspire the community through performances of excellence. The company not only has large performances at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, but we also do community outreaches in smaller venues, such as senior retirement residences and public and private schools.

Dancing with the Asaph Dance Ensemble is not just another job at another ballet company; it is an experience that will expand your artistry and give depth to you purpose in life.

-Robin Conrad Sturm, Artistic Director

Pachalbel's "Canon in D"

Shortly after Bob and Robin were married, the pastor of their church asked them to create a work for a Sunday service. Robin loved Pachelbel’s ”Canon in D” so they chose it for their first pas de deux together.

Bob and Robin performing Pachelbel's "Canon in D" at the Kennedy Center.

Bob and Robin performing Pachelbel's "Canon in D" at the Kennedy Center.

While in the process of choreographing it, they struggled for hours to perfect the first two minutes of the 7 ½ minute piece of music. Then one night, after a very frustrating rehearsal, they both experienced the powerful reality of Jesus in their lives. Their eyes were opened, and they were changed forever. After this emotional, inspiring night, they determined that their dancing should have a deeper meaning.

The next day at rehearsal, their ballet just fell into place; the entire piece was completed in an hour! Inspiration motivated the movements to the point where the struggle was gone and a divine flow took over. Bob and Robin performed this pas de deux many times and in myriad places, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.