Monday, July 2, 2012

Audrey: Dance for Healing

Hello Beautiful

This week we will be featuring our first interview: Audrey. She is featured as this month’s background and you can see the rest of her photo shoot on Facebook.

Nickname: Audrina, Oz, Shnardbark
Occupation: Administrative Assistant
Major life dream: Public relations at a major performing arts venue.
Least favorite vegetable: Are olives a vegetable?

What do you believe it means to be beautiful?

Beauty means confidence. It's downright heartbreaking to see a girl struggling with who she is, in a constant state of TRYING. Trying to be perfect—good enough, smart enough, thin enough, talented enough. This girl is uneasy. It's not that this girl is ugly—her beauty is hidden under layers of burden. Confidence is key. And the umbrella that covers these things is God's Identity. How often we forget that He molded us especially the way He wanted to!

How do you feel that dance relates to beauty?

Yet another loaded question! I've always recognized a freedom in dance that I've never found anywhere else. Dance lets me explore, create and emote whatever is on my mind and in my heart, both good and bad. I can be completely transparent or entirely masked in the guise of someone else. Dancers are some of the most brilliant, maddeningly unreasonable people in the world. When they dance, they are in their purest, truest and freest form. It's nothing short of exhilarating, nothing short of addicting, nothing short of beautiful.

How have your challenges at home developed you?

It’s funny… until recently I had never thought of my home challenges as sources of 'development’. I considered myself victimized by them, fragmented beyond repair and eternally closed off from the fullness of God because of how angry I was. But within the past half a year God has been working in my heart and teaching me about forgiveness. I've come to realize that in order to grow into the woman God's called me to be, I had to first be real with my past and choose to forgive the people and situations that wounded my little girl heart. It's so hard to let things go and "cancel the debt," but I've already seen so much growth and healing come of it. It's taught me how to love more like Christ loved.

Has developing your dance alongside your faith helped you face your struggles?

Without a doubt. Before I became a Christian, I danced to be seen and heard. It validated me. After I started dancing as a form of worship, it took the focus off of me and onto God. When performing, people aren't seeing me—they are seeing God through me. The validation I sought after as a child doesn't matter as much anymore. Dancing has a bigger purpose, a healing purpose for me. What could be more fulfilling than to be called by God to add beauty to people's lives, to inspire them, or simply put a smile on their faces?

Thank You
You are Beautiful

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