Arts Camp

Join us for one week in the beautiful countryside of the Niagara Region, dancing, studying the Bible, worshiping God, building friendships, exploring art forms, and growing in our faith.

1:11 Arts Camp is a wonderful week of dance, discipleship, worship, and looking to the source of all creativity—God Himself. Camp is held in a lodge-style facility in a beautiful conservation area. We’re excited to welcome our great kitchen staff back as well as an amazing group of counsellors, available to students 24 hours a day. We’re also offering multiple levels of dance training to accommodate your range of experience. Some workshops and special morning/evening events are open to the public.


The Facts:
When: 2017 dates coming soon!
Where: Stevensville, ON
Who: Students ages 9+.
Who Else: 1:11 and Friends—dancers, artists, worship leaders, Bible teachers, and others with a passion for God and discipling the Lord’s generation! Check out our special guests from last year below.
How Much: $550 for the week. Family discounts apply. Some scholarships available. E-mail for details.


Carolyn Currey – Dance

Carolyn headshot1:11’s principal dancer and chief choreographer, Carolyn heads up the Dance Department for the team. Classically trained through the Royal Academy of Dance as both a ballet dancer and a dance teacher, Carolyn co-founded Soli Deo Gloria Ballet in 2007 and has become one of the ministry’s most recognizable faces. Prior to and concurrent with her work with SDG Ballet, she ran Daybreak Dance Studio for sixteen years, training dancers in British Columbia and Ontario.

Carolyn’s choreography has been called “superbly expressive,” utilizing influences from ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance. Award-winning recording artist Debbie Fortnum says, “Carolyn Currey is a dancer whose caliber I have not before seen in the Church . . . She is simply a gift to the Body of Christ.”

Carolyn will be teaching dance classes at our camp this year.

Rachel Starr Thomson – Bible Teacher

Rachel Starr Thomson speaking for webRachel Starr Thomson is in love with Jesus and convinced the gospel will change the world.

Rachel is a woman of many talents and even more interests: she’s a writer, editor, indie publisher, singer, speaker, Bible study teacher, and world traveler. The author of the Seventh World Trilogy, The Oneness Cycle, and many other books, she also tours North America and other parts of the world as a speaker and spoken-word artist with 1:11 Ministries.

Of everything she does, helping people see the Lord and learn to live well through the Scriptures is her greatest passion. Throughout the camp week, she will be teaching daily Bible classes.

Naomi Gilman – Dance

teachernaomi2014We are excited to welcome Naomi Gilman as one of our dance teachers this year. With an extensive background both in dance and in ministry, Naomi ‘s passion for the Lord and for young people is unmistakable and infectious.

From her youth, Naomi Gilman trained at some of the top dance schools in Vancouver, Montreal, and Ottawa. She always loved using what she was learning for the Lord, putting together many choreographies for church dance groups and missions groups. These projects took her across Canada and Israel, teaching and dancing.

In 2005 Naomi entered the Ballet Magnificat!’s Trainee Program in Mississippi. She spent four years there studying dance professionally, as well as growing in her love for the Lord and His word. Upon graduation Naomi toured for six months with Ballet Magnificat!’s Omega Company as Road Manager. She returned to Ottawa in 2010 and has been working for Arise School of Dance as director, teacher, and youth ballet director ever since.

My passion is Jesus,” says Naomi. “I’m thankful that the Lord allows me to use my gifts to bring Him glory.

Merry Macuzzi – Dance

IMG_9794Merry Macuzzi is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, where she received her early ballet instruction from Paul Gartland, Irina Zykova, and Margilyn Valle. She received training in jazz and modern dance from Cecil Slaughter and was the 2006 St. Louis delegate to the National Society of Arts and Letters competition in dance.

While still a student, Merry discovered her love of choreography and directed four children’s ballets. She gained teaching experience at Academy of Dance and Ballet Midwest, in addition to teaching privately.

Merry’s strong desire to use dance as a way to share the message of Jesus led her to Jackson, Mississippi, to join the Ballet Magnificat Trainee Program in 2006. In 2008, she was offered a position with the Ballet Magnificat Omega company and toured professionally for five years in the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, and Africa, in such productions as Hiding Place, Journey of the Prodigal, and Before His Throne . . . Boldly. While traveling with the company, Merry taught master classes and workshops to students of all ages and levels worldwide.

After moving to Canada in 2013, Merry joined the faculty at Arise School of Dance in Ottawa. Merry will be teaching dance classes at our camp this year.

Julie Broomer – Music

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Music teacher and choir director at Niagara Christian Community of Schools, Julie Broomer grew up playing piano in church, accompanying choirs or soloists as a way of worshiping. Even today, she feels like God is always present in the room when we are create sound that reflects His glory.

Julie has her ARCT in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory and worked for a number of years as a pianist for the RAD Ballet exams. Piano is her primary instrument, but she also plays flute and ukulele. Conducting has become a special part of her life as well, as she gets great joy out of conducting bands and choirs at NCC. (The school choir Julie conducts was awarded a Silver ranking at this year’s MusicFest Nationals.)

Julie loves to make music and teach others how to become musically literate so that they can use their gifts to glorify God.  She says, “Just like we cannot not read the Scriptures for ourselves without learning the alphabet, I believe it’s equally important to train our fingers and lungs to know how to read and perform music so we can lift praise to God.”

Julie will be teaching workshops in music this year.

Anita Mills – Worship Leader

AnitaHeadshotWorship team member and leader at Wellspring Community Church in Welland for seven years and counting, Anita Mills loves worshiping God through music and can’t imagine her life without it. Her main instrument is keys/piano, but she also plays guitar.

Anita has been married almost fifteen years and has four beautiful daughters. She says, “I’m so grateful to praise our God who is so giving that as we bless Him through our many diverse gifts and talents, He pours out grace, love, and joy into our hearts so we can share it confidently with others.”

Anita will be leading worship each morning at this year’s camp.

Nicole Smith – Drama

imageNicole Smith is the Creative Arts Director at WellSpring Community Church as well as one of many Worship Leaders. She has a great desire to see the arts used in worship as well as for outreach projects and enjoys pushing the boundaries and helping people find and grow in their God-given talents.

Nicole enjoys writing scripts and seeing them come to life before a live audience. “It is always my prayer that what is presented will touch the lives of those seeing it for the Glory of His Name and the advancement of His Kingdom.” Nicole is the wife of Ron Smith and mother of Michelle and Marcel.

Mercy Hope – Camp Counselor

Mercy Hope for webBased in North Carolina, Mercy Hope is one of 1:11’s two speakers. She will be joining us for camp again this year, spending time with our students to invest in them for the kingdom.

Mercy is passionate about seeing the Body of Christ equipped to make a difference in their world. God has opened the doors for Mercy to take her gifting of teaching and evangelism to a wide variety of people, speaking internationally with a platform that spans from churches, to corporate women’s events, to the homeschool community, to domestic violence shelters, to youth conferences. She also serves the hurting and broken as a Biblical Counselor.

Elyssa Currey

ElyssaElyssa Currey has danced for 14 years, training mainly in classical ballet with Carolyn Currey. She has also had dance experience in jazz and contemporary. Apart from training in the Royal Acadamy of Dance curriculum, this year she completed an American Ballet Theater examination. Elyssa enjoys using her gift of dance to minister to others and to worship and exalt the Lord.

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