My dancing is an expression of the words I struggle to articulate – Makaita Kanyuchi ‘I am a creative’ series
From a young age, I remember just wanting to dance. It was something that made me feel good and it wasn’t hard for me at all, I didn’t realise then that it was a gift that God had given to me. As I got older I noticed that people actually thought I was a good dancer, and that also gave me confidence to keep pursuing dance. I had no real reason as to why I pursued it so much except for the fact that I knew I was a talented dancer and it made me happy.
Before I came to Christ, there was a period of time where I tried to use my talent as a way of making money and becoming a popular dancer in the entertainment industry. The kind of expressions that were required for the particular genre of music I danced to at the time were very provocative and drew a lot of attention to my body but not for the right reasons. And I soon started dancing for approval and male attention. So my motivation for dancing was no longer because it felt good but because I knew guys would watch me and lust over me.
When I gave my life to Christ, one of the first things I felt was a strong conviction in the area of dance and I stopped dancing completely and that made me miserable. But as I began to grow in Christ, I realised that it was God who had given me the ability to dance and it was to be used to glorify Him. Keeping it to myself would have been a very selfish thing to do and it would have robbed me of an aspect of my personality and who God created me to be. So I made the decision to use my talent for the glory of God.
There’s a quote by Leo Buscaglia that reads ” Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.” I love this quote because it truly gives the reason as to why I dance with such passion for God.
When I dance I feel like I can really express the words that I struggle to articulate. The moves become an expression of the emotions and the energy that I feel inside of me. It frees me to be able to communicate with God in a way that’s deeper than words. I feel like at that moment, my entire being is worshiping or praising God, and not just the words coming out of my mouth. Because of that reason, I like to move in a way that personifies the words in the song that I may be dancing to, so that it has real meaning.
I thank God for giving me such a gift, and one that He is teaching me to use as another way in which I can worship Him.
Makaita Kanyuchi, is a second year pharmacy student at Aston University. She is also the president of a campus fellowship called Radical Youth. She has a passion for dance and healthy eating.
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