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aurelie-dupont:

The principal dancers of Royal Ballet

Photo © Rick Guest

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Amanda, never give yourself an excuse not to dance.

Amanda, never give yourself an excuse not to dance.

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juotin:

Jurgita Dronina and Jozef Varga in Hans van Manen’s Corps
Photo: Emma Kauldhar

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belunan:

dancers, Bertil Nilsson photography.

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"I think the greatest artistes are the ones that are really brave enough to lay themselves bare. It’s not about putting something on, to become a character. It’s about, sort of, stripping down and exposing yourself, which can be extremely difficult. And often, bringing something in from your life, that has happened to you, whether joyful or tragic."

"But I think in the end, you’re generally much more successful when you’re brave enough to let down all your barriers and let who you truly are on the inside, come out."

- Jillian Vanstone

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Today, I find myself falling in love with ballet, all over again. I’m not sure how long it will last this time round, and how bright I’ll let my heart burn for it. But the last time it sparked, was a time too far down life’s memory lane. 
I did not realise this till 10 minutes ago, that I’ve fallen out of love with ballet, slowly, gradually, but surely. I’ve long forgotten what it felt like to work so hard, just to get one step, jump, or pirouette perfect. I’ve lost the feeling in my aching bones, the cramps in my feet and neck, the weight of heavy shoulders. The accomplishment of my leotard and tights getting completely soaked, and yet, my hair still in its place.
The passion and dream I once had and pursued, the invincible feeling I had when I danced. The way my body moved, just to match the music beautifully, in perfect timing and exact crescendos. I’ve long let that all go, almost exactly five years ago. But today, I find myself caught in the wonder of it all, once again, searching for that heart to dance.
But I’m not who I was, and now life’s got too tight a grip on me. Muscles have tightened, skills have been lost, and time has been stolen. And now, I’m finally counting the cost.
How big of a passion is dance, really, to me?

Today, I find myself falling in love with ballet, all over again. I’m not sure how long it will last this time round, and how bright I’ll let my heart burn for it. But the last time it sparked, was a time too far down life’s memory lane. 

I did not realise this till 10 minutes ago, that I’ve fallen out of love with ballet, slowly, gradually, but surely. I’ve long forgotten what it felt like to work so hard, just to get one step, jump, or pirouette perfect. I’ve lost the feeling in my aching bones, the cramps in my feet and neck, the weight of heavy shoulders. The accomplishment of my leotard and tights getting completely soaked, and yet, my hair still in its place.

The passion and dream I once had and pursued, the invincible feeling I had when I danced. The way my body moved, just to match the music beautifully, in perfect timing and exact crescendos. I’ve long let that all go, almost exactly five years ago. But today, I find myself caught in the wonder of it all, once again, searching for that heart to dance.

But I’m not who I was, and now life’s got too tight a grip on me. Muscles have tightened, skills have been lost, and time has been stolen. And now, I’m finally counting the cost.

How big of a passion is dance, really, to me?

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Storm by Lifehouse

In all honesty, this is one of the most raw and vulnerable dances I’ve ever done in my life. In short (and almost literally), it was my heart beating on the dance floor.

After every performance of this dance, there was such a heaviness in my spirit and heart, a heaviness that I’ve never felt for any other dances I’ve done. It wasn’t a sad heaviness, or much less of any negative emotion, but a relief that God’s got me.

When I came before God to choreograph this piece to perform at EasterFest, I decided to choreograph a dance of where I was at in my life. And where I was at, wasn’t all that great, but neither was it sunshine cheery. 

It was almost the end of the DTS, and I was struggling and conflicted in my spirit and mind about leaving ‘home’ and returning Home. I grew so familiar with a place that was so unfamiliar, I grew to love a place and its people, whom I was once afraid to love. And the thought of leaving a comfortable space, and returning to a world filled with responsibilities and expectations, I couldn’t help but feel like life was gonna be rough when I hit home’s ground.

I was worried, anxious and petrified of having to make decisions about life when I’m home. And as I danced this dance, every part of me was screaming for the peace of God to overwhelm my anxious heart, and for the knowledge that God is still God no matter what, to comfort and help me understand that everything will be all right when I’m home.

I was afraid to fall when I’m finally back, my nerves were going bonkers with the thought that I might fail or make mistakes. But in God’s amazing love and grace, He showed me that the sphere of His grace covers every sin and failure that I could ever possibly make in my life. All I need to do, is to remain in and receive His grace. And really, everything will be, and has been, all right!

In fact, it has been more than all right, and I’ve found that when we choose to live in the grace of God, life becomes such a joy! Thank You, God. Thank You for showing me how great and awesome You are. Thank You for this dance, and thank You for dancing with me. I love You.

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Hi, I’m Amanda Grace and I cannot fully express how the grace of my amazing King has carried me through life. 

Putting this music video together was more than a dream come true. Every since I understood that dance is my form of worship, every time I step into the presence of God and imagine myself dancing, all I see is this - me, dancing on a large open field (kinda like Sound of Music) and the Creator guiding my every step.

As I danced at Plaza De Amars in Peru, Cusco, every time I knelt down on the ground to begin the dance (we had to film it quite a few times), my spirit was just reminded over and over to intercede for the nation. As I stood upon the grounds of Machu Picchu, and realising that I’m dancing on an open field with the most amazing Creator, I was captured in awe and wonder as I interceded for that land too.

Working with my outreach team to see this video come to past has been more than an encouragement to my spirit and heart. It has encouraged me by showing me that when you chase after your dreams and visions, things come to past. Especially when they are dreams and visions that God has placed upon your heart.

I’ve always wanted to do a dance music video, but the lack of resources (videographer, time, manpower, space) just made everything an excuse and I chose not to steward God’s creativity well. 

I thank God that His grace never let me go, though I’ve let Him go so many times. Thank You , Lord, for being an amazing Lover. You’re my Man! Haha.

And Team Peru, you know you mean the world to me! I’ll miss you more than I think I would, haha.

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Speechless. This is insane technique! Best duet I’ve ever seen, technique wise.

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MAD Dance Vision

When we come to that place of worship where it is not about us or the people around us. Where it is not about the technique or the stage; to that place where you are just placing God on the throne with everything you have, truly declaring that He is God. That is when fear is conquered, justice is brought, and righteousness is raised up. 

Our Daddy has blessed with a gift, a gift that we do not deserve. The gift of dance. 

So let us dance, not to dance, but to use what He has given us to glorify our Father and give our creator our hearts in pure adoration and awe. Through our worship, God will move, not only in our own hearts but in the hearts of others as well. 

Let us dance. 

“It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”

John 4:23 (MSG)

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WOW. Love the interpretation and choreography of this dance, amazing stuff.

Our God is a God of creativity! (:

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This performance will always be stored at the back of my head, till my death!
Not because of the fun I had, but because of the journey that I’ve been through, and God’s providence and guidance for me.
Though a secular means of dance, but still a place where I found people (who I’d like to call “friends” now) who are truly encouraging, inspiring and loving. I’m pretty amazed at the community I’ve found in them. It’s no wonder when people say “dance is a common language in itself”. All of us come from very different walks in life, from students to office workers, to lawyers and even dog-trainers, and yet, dance brought us together! (:
THANK YOU LYRICAL JAZZ DANCERS (: You’ve inspired me in more ways than one!And to the fantabolous Nic, thank you too! (though I doubt you’ll ever see this, hahaha)

This performance will always be stored at the back of my head, till my death!

Not because of the fun I had, but because of the journey that I’ve been through, and God’s providence and guidance for me.

Though a secular means of dance, but still a place where I found people (who I’d like to call “friends” now) who are truly encouraging, inspiring and loving. I’m pretty amazed at the community I’ve found in them. It’s no wonder when people say “dance is a common language in itself”. All of us come from very different walks in life, from students to office workers, to lawyers and even dog-trainers, and yet, dance brought us together! (:

THANK YOU LYRICAL JAZZ DANCERS (: You’ve inspired me in more ways than one!
And to the fantabolous Nic, thank you too! (though I doubt you’ll ever see this, hahaha)

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