This post marks the first in a series introducing some of the people who will be, Lord willing, joining the Ballet 5:8 ministry when our season begins in August. Posts will feature those joining Ballet 5:8 as company members, apprentices, trainees and interns. Please feel free to be lifting these ladies up in prayer this summer as they adjust their schedules and responsibilities--and for some, move clear across the country--to follow the calling they've heard and felt from God concerning Ballet 5:8.

Rachel Hargis

Rachel is currently a student at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. She will be joining Ballet 5:8 as an intern in the fall. Rachel, while satisfying some requirements pertaining to her study at Moody, will be helping with a few different aspects of the Ballet 5:8 ministry. Her focus will be assisting with the planning of Ballet 5:8's community involvement efforts. She will also be working as a mentor and Bible study leader within Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts.

Where are you from, and how long have you lived in Chicago?

I was brought up in the Chicagoland area--the western suburbs. I moved to Chicago in 2009 for college and to continue dancing.

What age, and where were you when you started dancing? What has kept you going to get where you are now?

I started dancing at age four and found that I really liked to move. I began to take ballet seriously around 10 years old when I began dancing with DanceWest Ballet, a pre-professional school in Naperville, Ilinois. I was always naturally good at many things I tried as a kid, but ballet was the one activity that I found to be consistently challenging and impossible to perform perfectly Thus, I was hooked to the thing I wasn’t a natural at!

What part of the ministry of Ballet 5:8 are you most excited or passionate about?

Communication is key, both in ballet and ministry. When ballet is used to share the Gospel, there is a level of understanding that goes beyond words and penetrates the soul. I am passionate about partnering with the Holy Spirit to break the barriers of communication that mere words cannot and am exceptionally excited to take this ministry into the secular community, outside the walls of church, to a lost and broken world.