Julisa: The Dance Teacher

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I love Summer Bible Camp! This is my fourth summer as an intern. The first two years I led the girl groups (7-11 and 12+), and last year I taught dance to every group. This year, I get to teach dance at both camps! I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous because I didn’t really know what to expect or how working both camps was going to work out, but God helped to ease the nerves a bit.

I don’t think I ever really realized how dancing helps make people feel better. I remember one little girl at Camp Faith walking in very shy with her group. She stood towards the middle of the room next to an M-Fuger (a volunteer). I turned on a song, and we began to dance. She moved a little even though she didn’t get the dance steps right away. The song went off and another came on. We were dancing when I glanced her way, and there was this huge smile on her face. I could tell her shyness had gone away in the middle of that second song. I sometimes wish I could take snapshots of those exact moments. I love seeing the kids’ faces light up when they accomplish a dance move. I feel like they take a piece of what God has blessed me with back to wherever they live and come back wanting more.

I don’t call myself a dancer. I’ve never been trained to dance. I just love to do it. The kids crack me up. Every other day when kids from either camp see me, they all say, “There’s the dance teacher,” or they’ll come up to me and ask “Are we dancing today?” It warms my heart that they are so excited to dance. Dancing makes me happy, and being with others that are dancing too makes me even happier. I love 2 Samuel 6:14, because I am sharing what God has enabled me to do, and that’s to dance before the Lord with all my might! It is my prayer that the kids see that and know that it’s okay to dance and have fun in Jesus’ name! That’s what I love about Summer Bible Camp! It’s a chance to be who you are while enjoying the presence of the Lord and having fun!

Psalm 150:4 ~ praise Him with the timbrel and dance.

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