WOW - Wednesday - Hope (Alumni)

Hope (or Hopie Joy as I like to call her) is one of our beloved alumni and has left an incredible legacy with our company. I have never met someone who embodies the meaning more than Hope. With wisdom beyond her years and a gentle spirit, Hope not only embodied her name, but also inspired others to hope, take heart, and have joy. She was definitely a voice of encouragement for me through some hard times. This woman is incredible. She has the ability to light up any room she walks into and people naturally gravitate towards her. If you ever meet her, she will greet you with a tremendous amount of warmth, a kind smile, and an infectious laugh. She is strong, courageous, and dignified. She loves God deeply and has committed to following Him wherever He leads. So while that means she is no longer dancing alongside of us, we are so incredibly proud to have shared the stage with her and are so excited for the things God is doing in her life. We love and miss you Hope!

xo, Michelle

"In all these things, we are more than conquerors in Him who loves us"

When did you start dancing? I started dancing when I was 9 years old. What’s your favorite style of dance? Contemporary Ballet What was your favorite part about dancing with S2S? The rich community. Being able to move, groove, and do life with such amazing people was completely life changing, and brought so much light, joy and love into my life during a very difficult season. Also, S2S balances professionalism, fun, hard work, and heart so well. While dancing at S2S I realized that having my heart in the right place, and making that the foundation for each rehearsal, enhanced both my performance artistically and technically. I learned that I bring my whole self, and not just my body to the stage. And when my whole self is full, alive and engaged, my performance is that much more rich and powerful.

What are you up to now? I am SO blessed to be doing three jobs I absolutely love! I am the Pre-Professional Director and Outreach Coordinator at HIS Dance Academy. I also teach ballet and contemporary at Turning Pointe School of dance, and work in craft coffee as a professional barista in the mornings. Gotta stay caffeinated with all that dancing!

What’s your favorite food? THAI FOOD and TACOS

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Is everywhere an acceptable answer? Currently, dreaming about road tripping, eating and drinking my way through Italy.

What’s your favorite thing to do besides dance? Explore cities and nature, and then curl up by the fire and read afterwards.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? FLY!!

What is one way you see God moving in your life? God has been opening my eyes to the unhealthy tendencies of perfectionism in the dance world. As a dance educator, I feel that one of my callings is to create safe environments in the studio where dancers feel free to move, create and try new things without fear of failing. Not necessarily getting rid of failure, but changing the mentality behind failure – failing means your tried something new and you put yourself out there. Sure, maybe it did not work out, but you gave it your all, that in and of itself is its own type of success. Failure causes growth. I am trying to lead by example in this area, and to dare greatly in my own life, and to invite them into the process of creating and growing together.

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