Kelsey MacLeay is the Executive Director of Soul 2 Sole in Denver Colorado. She beleives dance is a way to experience your faith in a different way. She would also say, "life is too short not to laugh at yourself." watch...
A Note from our Executive Director;
to those auditioning for A*Dore, 2B-Crew or iGnite:
Let me start by saying if you're nervous, don't be. We are all human and have bloopers in our lives. (see above video). Ultimately we want you to come as you are, be authentic with us and we will be tranparent with you. You may audition and not make it, that's okay! We believe God truly opens and closes doors for a reason. This just may not be the season for you to be in our company. Keep trying & keep dancing! You may audition and realize we are not the right fit for what you want. That's okay too! Please continue to seek what you feel God has told you to go after.
With that being said, I absolutly love my dancers! They are my family and I look forward to seeing them every week. They have more guts than most people I know, dancer or otherwise. For our company members dancing in a faith capacity can be somewhat of a rollercoaster. Read on to see what I mean by this.
As a dancer coming into the classroom you get a sense of comradery like nothing I have ever seen, especially in a room usually full of females. This is a rare-beautiful gift that we guard from competition, gossip, cliques or judgemental glances. In rehearsal we expect dancers to bring their very best, not just as technical dancers (as we do hold to a higher standard), but also as a believer artist you must create a heart ready for an intimate interaction with Christ. This is what makes us different. We dance for a number of reasons, but ultimately we dance for our King.
You are expected to be there. With a 12 week rehearsal season you can not afford to miss.
I will say performing for an audience simply put is a daunting task. You must guard your heart, because you never know what people watching will bring to the table that day.
* Some will think dance is boring in general.
There’s not a whole lot to say or do for those people but knock their socks off!
Dance your heart out and leave it all on the floor.
* Some people will think you must not be very talented or you would be in a ‘REAL’ dance company.
I would say to those people “Speech is silver, but silence is golden”. . . (smile and walk away)
* Some people will think it is sinful to use your body in such a way as to draw attention to yourself.
We're in good company, that’s what happened to King David.
His wife thought he was undignified for dancing to glorify God.
I would say the same thing he had to say…
“In God’s presence I’ll dance all I want! …
I’ll dance to God’s glory—more recklessly even than this.
And as far as I’m concerned . . .
I’ll gladly look like a fool . . .” - 2 Samuel 6:22 (MSG)
This is before you will even set one foot on the stage. People will have preconceived notions of what they are about to see. We must fight the feeling of being foolish, boring or sinful. These are blatant lies and not from our Father. God doesn’t shame us into submission, He is gentle in our convictions.
The rollercoaster ride of being in a Christan dance company is simply put, dance and life are
To close, we must take the opportunity at hand and lay it all out expressing immense love for Jesus through our movement. That is the way to not only please God, but to be used as a disciple. We’ve all been told to GO and share the gospel, it’s not withheld from any of us that we can not do this. For us it is our call to usher people's heart using dance. We with our very beings till the soil of their hearts. We are a movement with a message. Be bold, be of good character and be strong in the Lord friends.