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Who do you dance for? For some, the answer to this question would be 'my audience'. But who is your audience? Is it the group of people sitting in the auditorium? Your teacher? Your peers? For me, the answer to these questions is a little different. I dance for an audience of ONE.
My audience consists of the only person that matters in the world. He is loving and gracious yet just. He is the Creator of the universe and inventor of humanity. He knows me by name and loves me unconditionally. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is Savior of the world. His name is God and He is my audience.
When I was little, I always heard of working for the Lord and not for men. I kind of knew how to apply that principle but it wasn't very clear. I also knew that I should use my dancing to glorify Him but I wasn't sure how to either. The summer of 2006, I went to Ballet Magnificat's summer intensive. There, I learned more about how to serve God as I danced.
I learned that it doesn't matter what kind of dancing it is–modern, tap, jazz, pointe, classical or contemporary–it all can be counted as worship. During class or on the stage, if you offer your gifts to God, He will take them. Sometimes, during a particularly difficult exercise, I will silently pray and say "God, this is for you". Even though I am not openly worshiping Him, my heart is. And that's what worship is all about; it's an attitude of the heart.
On the stage, our acts of worship through dance are magnified. It gives us a place to express our worship in ways that we otherwise would keep to ourselves. As you perform for God, a feeling of deep satisfaction and exhiliration is felt. And though your earthly audience may only see you as having a good time on stage, your heavenly audience knows that it is more than just a performance. In the end, what God thinks is the only thing that matters and if you dance for Him, you've done what you were created to do. So, don't worry about the people sitting in front of you; enjoy the gifts you have been given and dance for an audience of ONE.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men ~Colossians 3:23