Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Humans of Downey - Sharlene


"I am passionate about the arts. Throughout my life I have been placed in all kinds of arts. I feel that I have been called to serve other people through the arts. One art that I entered and did for a very long time, in fact I still do, is dance. I first started dance as a freshman in high school. I had tried other artistic endeavors like cheer, soccer, or ice skating, but they only lasted for a year. But then I started in dance and I loved dance. I first joined because I wanted to have an extracurricular activity in high school, but I fell in love with it and I continued for all four years. I even continued and joined a collegiate group to compete against other groups.

"Then I felt led to bring dance to the community and so I started a ministry of dance at a local Downey church. I teach five different classes there. The church runs it sort of like a studio called Revolution Dance and Performing Arts. It is open to anyone in the community and my students range from 3 to 50 years old. I teach lyrical ballet, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop. In all these classes I incorporate teaching the students to worship God in their dance. They learn how to praise God and let God move through them as they use their gifts. I grew up with dance and it hit home when a friend asked me if she could teach me a dance move. Of course I said yes, and little by little I felt God changing my heart and the reason for my dancing."
~ Sharlene

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