Each of us has different motivations for why we dance. For some it is a fun diversion, for others a means of good exercise and a way to make friends, but my hope is that for Lifehouse students it will be life changing—not necessarily because they will perform on Broadway or dance with Ballet West, but more importantly because of the values they will learn that will spill over into every aspect of their life.

I believe we are given gifts and talents to inspire others to live a better life. The performing arts are meant to entertain and provide recreational enjoyment. They can also be a powerful force for good.

Your body in dance is your instrument or means of communication. In order for it to be effective it must be fine tuned and disciplined. It must be taught the proper technique. This requires a lot of hard work and training. If the instrument is not tuned correctly, it is ineffective in communicating its message. Students at Lifehouse are taught the “discipline” of dance. How to work to your potential and the reward that comes from giving your best effort. This does not mean you need to be the most flexible or have the most natural ability. It means you seek truth within the instrument you have been given.

I want the students at Lifehouse to understand that who they are is even more important than how they dance or sing. Performing is a vulnerable activity. The audience senses your motives, your insecurities, and your beliefs. If our goal is to impress and vault ourselves above others, the audience may leave feeling small or envious. If our goal is to uplift and to teach correct principles, then all will be edified.