Dancing With A Purpose

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McKenzie is a professionally trained dancer with over 18 years of experience. She has made a life out of dancing with a purpose and currently oversees and choreographs for the Gospel Heritage Foundation dance ministry segment. The purpose in her dance career has been to help build confidence in at-risk children, display African heritage, and to show people the connection between dancing and their relationship with God.

Dancing is something that most of us like to do from time to time, even if we do it out of the view of others. It brings fun and laughter for people of all ages. For some people, like Sabrina McKenzie, it has a much greater meaning and purpose. Her calling to dance has changed the way some people view dance and it’s also doing a lot of good along the way.

McKenzie is a professionally trained dancer with over 18 years of experience. She has made a life out of dancing with a purpose and currently oversees and choreographs for the Gospel Heritage Foundation dance ministry segment. The purpose in her dance career has been to help build confidence in at-risk children, display African heritage, and to show people the connection between dancing and their relationship with God.

“It’s been my calling to show people the strong connection between dance and how it can influence their quality of their life and their relationship with God,� says McKenzie. “I try to help people feel something from their dancing and also show them how to use dance to help them excel in life.�

McKenzie is the founder of Dance Nia, a non-profit organization located in Decatur, Ga. Dance Nia means to dance with a purpose. Through her organization she helps inner city youth that can’t afford dance training by providing them with the opportunity to study dance. Dance Nia offers these kids the chance to learn ballet, jazz, African, liturgical, and hip hop dances. “The goal with my organization is to introduce these kids to the beauty of dance,� explains McKenzie. “We want them to learn a love for dancing and use that to help them in their pursuit for excellence.�

Throughout McKenzie’s career she has been involved in many important events, organizations, missions, and activities. Along with being the founder of the International Dance Commission, Dancing Preachers and Dance Nia organizations, she can now add author to her list of credentials. Her book, “Dance with a Purpose: Dancing in the Church or Dancing in God's Presence,� (Dance International, 2005), is written for those involved in any part of worship and arts ministry.

“I’ve made it my next mission to teach others how to get started with their own dance ministry,� says McKenzie. “This book explains the entire process of starting one and why it’s so moving to be a part of one. We have seen great response so far and are pleased that so many people are interested in truly dancing with a purpose.�

For more information: http://sabrinamckenzie.org

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