A couple of weeks ago, there was an amusing hashtag on Twitter: #awkcathmoment. There were some great awkward Catholic moments shared. One that I tweeted was “When people find out you are a dancer and immediately assume you do liturgical dance cause you are Catholic.” Now this doesn’t happen very often, but it’s happened often enough to leave me frustrated by such shortsightedness.
My faith is all encompassing, which means my artistic expression should be too. Limiting dance to a very small genre and/or to a specific type of music, as in only Christian or Catholic music, is not very catholic. I wouldn’t use a small corner of the stage, which is partially hidden to the audience; that wouldn’t make sense. I would use the expanse of the stage in its entirety to reach every person in the audience. Some dancers may feel called to dance within these limits, but not me. St. Therese of Lisuex once said, “I choose all!”, and that is what I choose to dance on the entire stage!