Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Here is a letter that I am very proud of.
I am officially accepted into the SODS at YWAM montana lakeside!!
I have been working diligently since January, preparing for this school. Dancing, praying, hoping.

I didn't share much here, because I was afraid. Afraid that after taking 5 years off dance, auditioning for anything would be out of the question. I wanted to dance, I've always wanted to dance.

5 years ago, I quit. I took off my pointe shoes, folded up my tights and leotard, and thought I would never look back. When I had started ballet, 8 years earlier, I thought this would be my career path - I would dance until I could dance no more. At age 15, I decided that I would no longer pursue becoming a principle dancer. I felt the Holy Spirit speaking to me to join in work in other countries and pursue missionary work with my life. So I gave up, what I thought was selfish, laying down my talent to race after Jesus.

While Jamie and I were in DTS, I remember listening to a speaker from the Art and Justice League. He was so passionate about using fine arts in missions - he opened my eyes to the beauty and therapy art can bring. After his lecture, I googled, I googled for days. How can I make this happen? How can I use dance as a part of my ministry?

I found the school of dance studies, but knew it was out of my league. Hope began there though. I decided to try. For 8 months, I danced 4 times a week, training, hoping and praying.

I am still scared, the program sounds challenging and vigorous. But I honestly can't believe I have this opportunity - dancing and Jesus and missions, this is just how my heart beats.

P.S. I hope this answers your question Jennifer! I can't wait to meet you!


Dilan Dilir said...

oh sounds awesome,congratulations!

Elisabeth @ La Vita e Bella said...

this sounds so amazing! I gave up dancing sophomore year of high school -and then picked it up freshman year in college - and then just gave it up last year (junior year) when I got married. i miss it so much! that is so neat that you are able to get back into it!

Sara Kent said...

how wonderful! congratulations! God is so so good and he would not put this desire in your heart so strongly without giving you the strength to get through it blessed!

wow..I'm so excited for you!! :)

Sarah said...

Congratulations! That is wonderful and I'm so happy for you! I can't even imagine how hard you must have worked. God truly is good and guiding you to do exactly what you're supposed to do.

Sierra said...

Congratulations, Elise! This is such a huge accomplishment! I have been dying to get back into ballet since graduating college in 2010, but haven't been able to find any adult classes :( You should share a dance video on your blog :)

Briseidy said...

congratulations! you must be so proud and happy!

Denise Lopatka said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you!!! you will do beautifully!

Eskimo Kisses said...

I am so happy for you that two of your passions can collide!! Congratulations. :)

Jennifer Hanson said...

Yes it does answer my question!! I am so excited for you and what the Lord has in store for you. Your going to do great in the school because He has called you to do it.
I can't wait to meet you too! See you in January. :)