Known as the “It Factor”

There are a variety of qualities that make a student stand out. Some are highlighted for their work ethic, while others demonstrate impressive skill. What makes a student catch my eye is when they’re unashamed to be themselves and embrace their beauty through dance. They do not apologize for who they are.

Let me explain:

I once saw a YouTube video of a ballerina doing a simple tendu at the barre. Though the step may have been simple, everyone in the studio stopped to watch what she was doing. She was beautiful. More than that, she presented herself with full confidence knowing she was beautiful. Not in a prideful way as to say, “look at me doing this marvelous tendu. I’m so amazing”. Instead, she had an acceptance of her beauty and what she was presenting at the barre. It was like she was saying, “This is who I am and this is what I’m doing” as a matter of fact. What if we as Christian dancers presented ourselves with the same kind of knowledge and confidence of our beauty?

Beautiful are the feet that carry out the glory of God – Romans 10:15

That’s YOU!

As dancers, it’s easy to assume this verse is talking about someone other than ourselves. We view our dancing critically and naturally see the success in others before we see it in ourselves. This way of thinking discredits our own giftings and abilities. That being said, I have a question for you. Do you know that you’re beautiful? Do you know that acknowledging your beauty is not a form of pride? Instead, it’s an acceptance of what God has already created you to be. “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). Translation: I praise you, for I am beautiful! We can say that with confidence because it also states that we are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). An intricate work of craftsmanship, made with a purpose. Once we begin to understand the intricacies of God, we can start to embrace our own because we are made in His image.

It’s potentially a sin to not think that we are beautiful because it goes against what God has already said about us. I know that’s a big statement to make, but if we believe the Bible is the word of God, then we should step/dance into the truth it declares! We are beautiful! We have a right to present our art for the glory of God and should not be ashamed of who we are in Christ Jesus.

You are not alone

This is a lesson I have been learning the past year about my own dancing. Not fully accepting my dancing as something worthy to present in class or on stage created mental blocks that held me back from excelling. Comparison is the thief of joy and creativity. That’s exactly what I did and it robbed me of peace. When I finally stepped into the truth of embracing the beauty, I found freedom in my dancing and was no longer ashamed of my inadequacies. I’m not perfect, but that doesn’t take away from the call God has placed on my life or the value of my dancing.

If you take away anything from this post, let it be: you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Translation: YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. So dance like you know it!