Recently our senior dancers went on a trip to New York City. Here's how Gillian Martens described it.
What was the trip for?
To attend Project Dance, a large Christian dance convention, where we were challenged as individuals and as a team in both our faith and dance journeys.
What were the highlights?
For me, the biggest highlight was the open air performance in Times Square where we got to dance for the people of New York. It was an amazing experience to not only share our pieces but also to see other groups perform and worship Jesus freely on the busy streets of New York. We also grew immensely as a team and shared so many memories.
What did you learn?
Without the Holy Spirit, dance is lifeless. The movement is pretty to watch yet somehow meaningless. It's once we invite God into the space and allow him to speak through every movement that the dance comes to life and becomes full. When we allow him to be the centre of our lives he can work through every movement, every breath, and every emotion. God is like a brilliant choreographer who has planned every step to fit perfectly together; we just have to allow him to guide us through his beautiful, seamless work. I believe this applies to every aspect of my life.
What NYC things did you experience?
We spent many hours just walking around taking in the overwhelming sights of New York. We saw the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park and enjoyed the yummy street food along with countless underground subway rides. We saw the Broadway production of The Lion King along with a backstage tour (a once in a lifetime experience!!) and went to Ground Zero, the 9/11 memorial grounds.