Julie Lyles Carr: Sunday Selah

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sunday Selah

So it's not what I pictured for 2 of 8's senior year of dance.

For many a year now, 2 of 8 has been part of a dance company that is one of the premiere companies in our region. With a large group of incredibly talented athletes, they have enjoyed several seasons of winning everything, the sun shining, sparkles, ponies and rainbows following them all along the way.

Until this season.

2 of 8's senior year.

Injuries. Changes. Challenges. It's been a doozy.

We're deep into competition season and 2 of 8's company is finding itself having to re-choreograph, make massive changes, learn on a dime and deal with the stress and frustration that comes with those kinds of pressures.

So it's not what I envisioned.

But heavens, is it gorgeous.

These beautiful young women are stepping it up. They are doing it. Through tears and fears and change. They are hitting that stage with a story to tell, not just one of dedication and practice, but now one that tells of adversity and pressing through. The group is smaller but the story is bigger. Their hearts are raw, but the passion is deeper. And the victory is sweeter.

They are still winning. They still take away the breath of the audience and gather points from the judges.

But it's different.

Because now more than ever, they are immersed in character. The character to persevere, not for awards and accolades, but to persevere out of love.

May I learn them and dance the dance of life with similar steps.

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