Story, Uncaged Adventures

When dreams collide

 “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “A missionary!” my eight-year-old self enthusiastically replied. 

 “So, what do you want to do with your life?” “I want to bring hope and dignity through dance and invite people into a story greater than their own–the story of Jesus” my twenty-one-year-old self would reply. 

I guess my answer hasn’t really changed much. 

When I was eight, I imagined myself sharing Jesus in a foreign country (one in particular but it shall remain unnamed). Maybe translating scripture in the jungle or living in a trash heap like Daddy’s former college roommate, or dodging the government with an underground Bible study.

Yet as I got older, I realized being a “missionary” wasn’t always defined by where you lived or what you did. In eighth grade, I was reminded by a dear teacher, Mr. Gilchrist, that we are called to “make disciples as you are going” and sometimes that meant staying in the same location on the planet. For the time being, I knew my “mission field” was where I was physically present at the moment. More specifically, I knew it was the dance world. 

The desire to GO didn’t leave. But as much as I wanted to serve internationally, I didn’t just want to jump on the next plane to _______ (fill in the blank). God simply hadn’t said “Go” yet. I have yet to travel beyond the borders of the United States of America. 

In the past few years, as God has honed the vision for Bluebird, the desire to serve internationally has been rekindled. The idea started seriously bouncing around in my head last summer. What if we could somehow combine dance and serving the nations? In January, He confirmed that it was time to go.

So here I am, about to go to Panama on Thursday. Two dreams, seemingly on opposite ends of the spectrum seamlessly colliding into a beautiful explosion of grace. I’m in awe. He is faithful. 



Year in review 2012

Bluebird has stretched its wings and tested the skies. We took a risk and began our ascent into the unknown. We went from being an idea to a reality. Thank you for taking this journey of bringing hope and dignity through dance with us.

January–I presented the idea to a group of close friends

March–we filmed the first installment of the Beautiful Things project

May–Beautiful Things was performed by the Atlanta Ballet Pre-professional division in their spring concert

AB BT girls

June–Our first collaboration, Roses, with William Hunt premiered in Charlotte, NC

July–we launched the Beautiful Things Project on the web

November–we hosted our first creative night

December–we began our next collaboration with William Hunt 😉


Looking forward to flying higher in 2013! 


the story (short version)

Bluebird: uncaged is the little sprout of a dream coming to life. It started out as a vague idea that was shaped and refined during some of the toughest seasons of life so far. Over the past few years I’ve been trying to answer the question. “What do you want to do with dance?” Ultimately, I want to bring hope and dignity through dance. I want to encourage people to freedom and confidence in their unique identities and invite them into a story bigger than their own.

Originally, I thought I would wait until after my “career” to develop something. But in January the message was clear–why don’t you start now? So that’s what I’m doing. I don’t know exactly what all of it looks like; we have a direction but not a map. And that’s part of what makes it beautiful. 

I’m looking forward to see where this journey leads. Will you join me?

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