When I tell people that I was “made to move,” I truly believe that I was born with a passion for performing. I have always felt that dancing is not “what I do,” but more of “who I am.” There is no doubt in my mind that dancing is a gift from the Lord, and I plan to always use it to glorify Him.
A movement started.
I began dancing when I was three years old. I asked my mother to put me in ballet classes and, since then, I have never stopped. I believe that God gifts us all with unique talents and abilities that we can use to serve Him. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” As for me, I want to serve the Lord with all of the talents he has given me, including dance.
I felt called into ministry when I was 18, but it wasn’t until after college that I was hired to work for a non-profit Christian organization that focuses on Sign Language Bible Translation. It has been an honor and privilege to serve alongside people who have a huge heart to reach the Deaf community by providing them Scripture in their sign language.
A challenge that I did not expect was the feeling of not being accepted for who I am as a dancer. There are so many misconceptions surrounding professional cheerleading. It may come as a shock to some but, I don’t dance for the enjoyment of the people around me, I dance because I enjoy it. I don’t watch what I eat and workout five times a week because I am obsessed with how I look, I do it because I genuinely love living a healthy lifestyle. And most of all, being an ambassador for a sports team creates a significant platform to share faith, values, and beliefs with others.
One day, God pointed me to a verse in Psalms. Psalm 149:3a says,
In that moment, God laid on my heart a vision for a movement where people would change the way they viewed professional dancing.A shared purpose where cheerleaders and dancers, alike, would feel confident to share their faith and their experiences. Perhaps we could create a peaceful place to talk openly and vulnerably about the issues we face. Through this movement, we can learn to embrace and support each other through our common struggles, resulting in the media portraying our profession as passionate and hard-working as other professions.
So here’s my call to action to you…
Together, let’s change the way EVERYONE views the profession of cheerleading and dancing.
written by Kristin Dodd