On the night of the SFC Gala, eight of Santa Fe Christian’s ballerinas took the stage and glorified God in dance, leaving the attendee’s breathless. What began as a desire of two friends who were training at different studios became a reality. Junior Claire Needham recalls those first meetings in the Trotta’s living room as a freshman three years ago, “Grace Trotta and I wanted to be able to incorporate our passion for dance at school. We also wanted to give the opportunity for girls, who maybe don’t do any other sports, to belong to something at SFC.” With a passion for the Lord and faith that He would bring it to reality, they rallied together the strong contingent of dancers at SFC and began to map out their desire of a dance troupe.

Although dance is not one of SFC’s offerings, the school strongly supports students using their unique talents and gifts to honor God, providing support to make it become reality. Over the past three years, the girls took steady steps toward their goal of performing together as one. As freshman, several students got together with the administration, retained strong parent support, found a coach and prayed for a community of dancers to come together in a united troupe. What they discovered that first year was although very accomplished dancers individually, they were not ready as a group to perform publicly; they lacked unity. As sophomores, they worked once a week on Saturdays with dance instructor and choreographer Amy Stein, and there they bonded.

At the end of their sophomore year they were ready to perform as a team and rocked it at the Sadie Hawkins pep rally. By their third year, the Dance Troupe had secured multiple performances at a variety of venues. “God is amazing! I dance thanking Him for the opportunities that he has given me and the troupe,” Grace Trotta beams. So far this year, the SFC Dance Troupe has performed for the Homecoming pep rally, a CIF football game, the SFC Veteran’s Day Celebration, the La Colonia Park Veteran’s day program and for the Gala and the Middle School and Upper School Christmas Chapels.  

“This troupe is such a unique group of talented and godly girls. I’m so blessed to work with them. I love being able to help a group of girls grow closer to Christ and each other through the gift of dance,” Coach Amy Stine passionately states, “ I long for spectators to connect with dance in a way where they are able to appreciate the unique beauty of the art form and recognize God through it.” If the Gala is an example, Amy’s goal has been met.

What will these girls do in the future? Several have dreams to dance beyond high school. You might find one of them working at Disneyland as a princess, or dancing professionally with a company or on “So You Think You Can Dance?”

For more information on implementing your passion at SFC visit https://sfcs.net/campus-life/clubs/.