The Bridge of Dance: How Ballet Became a Surprising Gateway to Faith in Japan

Anna Gardner Herren

December 12, 2023Alabama, United States

One year ago, I had a phone call with a woman from Mission to the World. I wanted to serve, but I didn't know where or how. I told her, “Here I am, send me!” I wanted to spend my summer serving the Lord and sharing the gospel. As a ballet dancer, I also understood that committing to a summer of missions meant giving up dance altogether. (Three months off from dance is sabotage to any potential future in ballet.) I was planning to drop my dance major in college, quit dancing entirely, and focus instead on becoming a chemist!

But that was not what God had in store for me. ...