The spring semester dance elective was a wonderful exploration of choreographic principles and how to tell a story without being too literal and didactic. How do we let the dance speak for itself? The following is a beautiful description of the artistic journey that Rachel took through the course of the semester and her culminating work:
"Before choreographing this dance we looked at the story of Esther. We read about her unwavering faith and courage to go beyond what was expected of her. Esther had to wear a mask for so long because her true self was unacceptable to others, but when she found strength in God and let the world see the real her they found a beautiful and strong leader. We found the song, "The Real Me" by Natalie Grant, which talks about God's perfect image of His creation. He sees the person underneath the mask. The song spoke to our ideas of being bounded by stereotypes, misconceptions, and expectations that are put on everyone. It continues to say how God releases us from this bondage because He sees the real us. The real us may be tattered, scarred and ﬂawed, but He only sees the perfection that He created. When we look past the views of other people and seek how God sees us, we begin to see ourselves in the eyes of love. We do not have to be bound up by preconceived notions, but rather be freed in the freedom that comes from God. When we look through His eyes we can see how the "real me" should be perceived, with love and conﬁdence. We must be like Esther and be conﬁdent in God's love in order to break out of our shell and be what He truly intended us to be, His image."
Thank you Rachel for your vulnerability and bravery in sharing this gift with your school.
Shannon Norquist, teacher of Spanish and Dance at Barrington Christian Academy, mother of 3 lovelies, wife to an artist, modern dancer, daughter to the King.