The Art of Dance Used to Express Biblical Truths

By: Sandra Henderson and Laura Plyler
As the old saying goes, there’s no place like home. Ms. Henderson and Ms. Plyler — the directors for CCA’s upcoming dance production The Journey Home — share the heart behind the show and how the safety and security we find in our families connects to our relationship with our Heavenly Father who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Click here to purchase your tickets and see this spiritual truth unfold on stage November 12-13!

“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.” –Psalm 27:4

The Journey Home: A Concert in Dance centers around the value of family bonds. The mother and three sisters open the narrative gathered around the family table. Each family member has her own unique personality and purpose that begin to unfold throughout the concert.

The mother, Elise, is the loving and steady caretaker who holds the family together by finding her strength in the Lord to preserve the bond of the family. As a single mother and the head of the household, she relies heavily on Christ as she maneuvers encouraging three teenage women on their life pursuits.

The middle sister, Jade, is a passionate writer who ventures out into the city to pursue a career in journalism. She is caught trying to maintain her family bond while climbing the ladder of success but ultimately plays a key role in bringing her family together. The oldest sister, Devin, seeks to marry and build a family that will always walk together in the pivotal moments in each other’s lives. The youngest sister, Olivia, is the helpful, compassionate sister who volunteers her time and energy at an orphanage, seeking to bring joy, peace, and love to her family and others.
Even in the midst of these variables, they learn that family is the only true constant.
As each family member in the narrative looks for her purpose, she is initially pulled in many different directions. Through various trials, they find their purpose, and eventually, find their way back home. Even in the midst of these variables, they learn that family is the only true constant. In the same way for us as Christians, God is the one we run back to — our unchanging home.

In the process of creating this narrative, we reflected on our own lives and the experiences we have encountered personally. We know that at times it is easy to be swept away in the various seasons of our lives, but we took time to consider the things that keep us rooted. As a result, the theme of family and home emerged.
[God] is the home we run back to even in the midst of change.
Digging deeper, we found that our homes represent and reflect a Christian’s relationship with God. He is the home we run back to even in the midst of change. We run to our family so often for help, support, acceptance, and love; and spiritually, we run to our home in Christ.

Why does God bring certain people together to be a family? How do we handle the highs and lows of each season of life? We have to stop and see that we need God, tangibly and spiritually through every season of life. His desire is to redeem and restore every facet of our stories.

Since 2010, Sandra Henderson has served as an Upper School Dance Instructor at CCA. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts (BFA) from New World School of the Arts in Miami where she received a full scholarship. Sandra has been teaching Modern, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, and Ballroom for the past 11 years in various schools throughout South Florida and Dallas.

Laura Plyler is the one of the few latest additions to the CCA Fine Arts faculty. She earned her bachelor’s degree in musical theater from Florida State University. She grew up training at Dance Empire of Miami and began her theater training at Miami Children’s Theater. She has danced under the direction of Alex Ketley of San Francisco ballet, Jamar Roberts of Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Paul McGill, and Mitzi Hamilton of Broadway’s original production of A Chorus Line. She was formerly a professional theatre performer and still loves performing to this day but is so excited and thankful to be a part of the CCA Dance Program. She’s so proud of these girls and so grateful to be their teacher!

Interested in learning more about Calvary Christian Academy’s Dance Endorsement track offered to students in grades 9-12? Click here to discover how this program makes it possible for students to receive professional dance instruction without having to sacrifice their Christian values.
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