"Everyday people are the movers and shakers. They are the ones who bear testimony to the great events."
I’m Anna and I set up UC Grace in January 2010 to share my passion of dance and movement. I wanted to teach the foundation blocks to approach life, by putting one’s faith into action through scripture using dance and movement.
I first began teaching in 2000, simple dance workshops that put movement to worship songs. This started a journey of recognising the relationship between my faith and dance and movement. In the early days I volunteered with charities and taught at Christian camps. Then in 2009 I took time out to take part in Elevate Foundation apprenticeship with Springs Dance Company. This was a pivotal point that encouraged me to step out and set up UC Grace.
As UC Grace began, I worked a lot with schools and communities centres, developing groups, and giving access to dance to those that didn’t normally get it. It became clear, as UC Grace developed that God was nudging it down a specific route. The route to encourage, grow and release people to combine faith, with movement and dance.
Dance to me is an embodiment of your soul, your heart, your very essence. As you move and dance, more of who you are gets revealed. Often, people know that there is something greater inside them, but to tap into it, to release it… is scary, and not a journey people want to go on, on their own.
Our faith helps us display who God has made us to be, the qualities and purpose he’s written on our lives, things that should be celebrated, encouraged, grown and then released.
My passion… is to help each one of those things to develop, to provide a safe space for people to dig deep into who they are, fall head over heels in love with God, to lay at His cross those things that they are struggling with, to lean with their whole body weight onto God in complete trust, and feel safe and secure in the knowledge that he is for them 100%. But to do that, using the tool dance and movement.