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  • I'm a dancer. Classical ballerina all the way. Dance is what I love to do. Ever since I can remember, I've wanted to and thought that I would get a job with a professional ballet company and perform as a career.

    Then, life happened. God's hand adjusted my course. I found myself living in Chicago, not dancing, but working in food service and then as a receptionist, trying to finish the college degree that I started years ago: and no ballet involved.

    When God adjusted my course, however, he also planted a seed in me, a seed of inspiration. As I would stare down the Chicago river on my way to and from work--or anywhere in Chicago, for that matter--I would see people. Lots of people. Sidewalks full of people. Highrise buildings full of people. Buses, cars, taxis and trains full of people.

    I could have easily applied to any of the existing ballet companies or Christian ballet companies in other parts of the country, hoping to get a job with one of them and live my dream of being a professional dancer. But the people of Chicago keep finding their way into my view of the city from the State Street bridge, in reality and in the mental picture left in my mind.

    The thing that I'm passionate about, ballet, is a form of expression and communication in the context of art. I believe that God placed me here with this idea for a Christian company for reasons. Specific reasons. Dance performance can be used to encourage, to uplift, to inspire; it can be used to engage audiences with interesting ideas and difficult questions; it can be used to tell stories.

    I want to encourage, uplift, and inspire the people of Chicago. I want to engage audiences in Chicago with interesting ideas and difficult questions. I want to share stories with Chicagoans, stories about faith, friendship and love, stories about life and about the Gospel of Jesus Christ that has drastically changed my life for the better.

    Ballet 5:8's mission is to engage audiences in discussions of life and faith initiated through dance.
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