Bezalel School Administration
A. Jean Mabry
(President and Founder of Bezalel School)
Mrs. Jean began teaching Praise Dance to children and adults during the 1980's in her basement in Lenoir City, Tennessee. Her first dance team, Benote Tzion, was a huge part of the "March for Jesus" during the 90's. Additionally, Jean taught herself how to dye silk and created "Dancing Silks," an art form she incorporated into dance which has spread all over the world. Her students excelled in Israeli Folk Dance, Praise Dance, Silk Dyeing and Dancing Silks. In 2000 she took her first youth dance troupe (called "For Zion's Sake") to Israel where they danced in churches and kibbutzim around the land.
In 2003 Jean created Bezalel International School of Dance & Pageantry, a non-profit School of Dance which she named in honor of Bezalel of the Bible, who created the tabernacle and its furniture.
Benote Tzion, For Zions Sake and Bezalel School continue to work together in presenting dance both in the United States and internationally. Both dance troupes have danced at the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem for many years. Jean and her husband, Jerry, have held a Bible Study connecting Christians to the Hebrew Roots of our faith since 1983. They have taken numerous tours to Israel and keep an apartment there for prayer, fellowship, and sending the sweet sounds of the harp throughout the land. Jean continues to teach praise dance and silk dyeing in the United States and abroad.
Candy Bowling is a homeschooling mother of 2 girls. When her girls became interested in dance she prayed for a place where her girls could glorify God with what they were learning. Now she and her family have been a part of Bezalel School for 3 years. Candy is a graduate of Walter's State Community College's Culinary Program and has used her degree in ministry for the past 10 years. She is a former Children's Pastor and is currently working in an administrative role for the Children's department at her church along with teaching the Pre-K 4 class. She loves teaching kids the truths of God's Word. She is looking forward to using her creative and administrative skills as she volunteers to help Bezalel continue on for the next generation.
Janel Tardy has been homeschooling for twelve years. She believes learning the arts is an important part of a child's education. Finding a place like Bezalel was an answer to many prayers because the school helps children grow and nurture their artistic pursuits in an environment that teaches them to honor and glorify God. God gifts us all differently and Janel is very thankful to volunteer at a co-op that helps children grow their abilities and use them to bless others.