Keisha has always been interested in dance, from ballet and tap as a little girl, teaching dance at a local youth club to being involved in any dance that went on at school, church or in the community. Keisha has always been involved over the years.
There was a gap in Keisha’s life were she was just living and had the sort of lifestyle that had no time to endure any dreams or passions. Life was clouded by university, work and being a mum.
“I found it hard to strike the balance as all were so demanding of me. I think it was then I lost my confidence to step out and do the thing’s I had always wanted to do. I guess my main focus at the time was my daughter.”
As life had its ups and downs, Keisha came across challenges that now identify the reason behind her dance ministry.
Keisha went through what was a make or break situation that left her depending on God. It was then that change had started to happen, which took her through a process of healing which gave her confidence to do whatever God had in store for her.
“In the midst of my healing process I was involved in a dance at church for Africa day. I was still uncertain about it all, as time was sacrificed but loved attending rehearsals and practising with the girls, until the day I had to preform it at church. I felt terrible and so uncomfortable on the stage. A couple of months from this I remembered saying to myself it would be nice to do dance weekly, while reminding myself how good it felt when I sacrificed time to do the African dance a couple of months ago. But I was not sure what dance I wanted to do, so the search was on.”
Keisha went on to do salsa and grew a love for this dance but it still did not hit the spot as she wanted more. Keisha carried this heavy feeling for dance almost feeling pregnant and needed to be liberated. It was a very frustrating time for her.
“I would pray that one day I would get the opportunity to minister a dance at church. But throughout this time of feeling frustrated I knew deep down I was not quite bold enough to deliver, so my prayer changed to dear Lord please strengthen me with boldness to be able to minister in dance”. Keisha meditated on boldness and took on what felt right in her spirit to help her increase her boldness.
“My church was preparing for the new year’s celebration service and I was asked to dance by my youth pastor. It was then the revelation came to me, if I cannot dance in front of my family, how on earth will I be able to minister outside my church. I should treat this as my training ground, taking on any critiques from my family if need be. I remember battling whether I should do it or not. I felt sick at the thought of it. I knew the holy spirit would not allow me to fall at this opportunity, so I agreed, completely putting my life and reputation in God’s hands. The day came and I was next to minister. That split second feeling before my music started, words cannot explain. All I know was I felt like I was auditioning in front of kings and queens of the high priest. His Majesty.”
Going through the journey of not wanting to be in the limelight for a period of time, Keisha knew then that this was an audition for life. This has now become Keisha’s identity in a special way. Many doors have opened, including a door where Keisha danced at the Time With Natalie ‘Arise And Shine’ conference last year.
“I dance to express myself and for other women that cannot express their gratitude for what God has done for them. For women that have been through struggles and hard times and for all the struggles I have conquered. For women who been through emotional hurt. This is done through the moves I deliver and the songs that I dance to.”