Two months ago, a new LifeGroup sprung up on campus that allows its members to grow spiritually through dance. Founder and sophomore mass communication major, Trisney Bocala, began the group with the intent to utilize simple choreography to convey a powerful message.
Choreo for Christ meets at 7 p.m. every Thursday in the Aerobics room of the Hulsey Wellness Center. It features mainly contemporary dancing styles with other additions such as jazz, hip-hop and even American Sign Language, according to Bocala.
“When I first signed up, I wasn’t sure how dancing would be spiritual. I just knew I liked to dance,” said Hannah Hayton, freshman animation major. “I always leave feeling like I’ve learned something about how great and powerful and loving God really is.”
To Hayton they divulge Christ’s sacrifice and express human’s struggles. These concepts come from inspiration from other choreographers and Christian dance groups, which Bocala learns and teaches herself. However, she incorporates others’ ideas; therefore, if a particular move is too difficult or doesn’t make sense, it can still be adapted.
“My mantra to the dancers is that people who shine from within don’t need the spotlight,” Bocala said. “I believe that dance can be a powerful channel for worship; and I hope that through this, I can minister to students that resonate with creative expression.”