Psalm 149:3: “Break forth with dancing! Make music and sing God’s praises with the rhythm of drums”(The Passion Translation).
WHY I DANCE?
To magnify His name.
Although I’m an author, I’m also passionate about the art of dance. I started dancing at 3 years old and completed training in tap, jazz, blackout, and kickline. By 18, I was inspired to further my education at a more contemporary studio. Here, I studied tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, modern, contemporary, acro, and hip hop. Beyond recreational dancing, I competed in national dance competitions and helped teach some younger classes.
After competing, I decided I wanted to create a dance team at my college. Ohio Christian University was new to dance, and I became the first student to create and run an effective dance ministry (Movements from the Heart). We used this ministry to glorify God through singing, signing, and dance. Once I graduated, however, I was unable to keep the group due to the college logistics. I formed a young adult ministry (Aisthitikós Joy Ministries) with the same intent but struggled to find committed individuals. Today, my husband and I still dance for the glory of God and are seeking new opportunities in this field of ministry. We founded Light in the Darkness Adult Dance Company in the fall of 2023, and dance for our Church (Open Door-Chillicothe).