Lexie from Aurora:
I have to say I think I’ve grown the most as a dancer this year at PD camp. Personally, I am someone who loves to perform, and I’ve always had the passion to do so. The difficult part for me is believing in myself. Coming to camp, the theme this year, “Inspire” was one so near and dear to my heart because I am inspired by so many amazing people in my life. It’s easy to look at the people around us and think “Wow, what an inspiration they are” or “They’re just such a beautiful person to watch onstage (and off!).” But normally, we don’t consider ourselves a part of that, or ever think we are good enough to BE an inspiration. I am without a doubt a person who feels this way most of the time. I worry constantly about what others are thinking of me, and feeling as if I am not good enough to do anything at all, and the enemy attacks with these words. However this year at camp, I felt the power only ONE can provide through every step, arm movement, facial expression etc. as I performed in showcase. There was so much joy in my heart, and I knew there was no where I would rather be than right on stage, dancing. And not just dancing, but dancing because The Lord called me to do so. It’s so special to remember each and every one of us is called to do something in our lives, no matter if we think it’s something big or minuscule. And that’s such a beautiful thing to realize. Inspiration comes from Him, and it’s incredible to think we get to be a part of that story.
Gabby from Oak Park:
I started participating in pd camp 5 years ago and fell in love with them. But something happened this last year. I was a senior, so it was my last time being able to go. It crushed me. But God used this last time to really work on me. I’ve never felt closer to God. Being surrounded by fellow Christians dancing for Him was incredible and definitely changed my heart. Even though it is my last time, it was by far the best, most memorable, and most life altering year yet.
I used to just dance because it was fun, but now I will forever dance for my Lord.
I think the most memorable part of Camp for me, was the ballroom class. It was the hardest for me. I had been partnered with a guy who was like 6′ft something and I’m like 4’11. I assumed the choreographer had messed up and thought I was taller than I was or there had been a mistake or something to explain why I had been paired with the tallest guy in the class!!! My shoulder met his lower chest for goodness sake! Well that night I had talked to my dance partner to see if he wanted to switch partners and we agreed; but that night I had prayed about it and changed my mind and figured “ok God, I came here to be challenged and You obviously know what you’re doing, I guess I’ll have to TRUST You.” I told the teacher the next day that I accepted the challenge… turns out she had faith in me the whole time and never had plans of switching partners. Oh man, that still makes me laugh. Big Thank you to my teacher for challenging me. It payed off and I can now say I’ve been able to dance with the tallest guy!
Elise from Lake County:
I think I grew as a dancer in many different ways during my time at camp, but I think I mostly grew as a dancer because I learned what truly inspires me to dance.
My relationship with God is always changing and growing but when you choose to do everything for His glory you are able to draw closer to him.
I will have to say that I will never forget how close our team gets at camp. After dancing all day and you are at your weakest point physically and emotionally when your team gets together and just talks about anything and everything. We share our struggles, pains, joys and remind each other that we never walk alone. I’ll always remember the promises that we make to each other and crazy stories that are told.
During Project Dance Camp, I realized that I never have to stop dancing, no matter what I want to do with my life as an occupational standpoint I will never have to give up my passion. I have been told by many people I look up to that, ‘you’re a good dancer but a dance career may not be for you,’ and ‘it is so hard for anyone to make it in dance’ but after this week I have been reminded that if dancing is your passion then it will find a way into your life plan. I know now that if I have been inspired to dance then I will dance anywhere because you don’t need a stage to dance on or an audience to dance in front of all you need is music and your feet to make you fly.
Favorite quote at camp: “There are no such things as mistakes, only unexpected solos”