In Greek, Agape means love. So, it's only fitting that a word with so much emotion be given to a group of girls that loves to dance.
But, these girls may never have had the opportunity to learn, if it wasn't for a volunteer with a big heart.
One look and you know these girls are dancing from the heart.
Thirty girls, all different ages with different backgrounds, make up Agape Dance. A group built on love.
"We want to show these girls an unconditional love and that they are loved in this community," Instructor Lindsey Byers said.
Byers formed the free class two years ago, while a volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club of the Brazos Valley, as a way to give the gift of dance to girls who couldn't afford the steep cost of lessons.
"I get letters from parents saying we couldn't have afforded this had you not been willing to teach dance or we've wanted our daughter to be able to dance and it's because of you they now have the opportunity," Byers said.
And ask any of the girls about the class and you'll get the same answer....
"Dancing is fun," one dancer said.
The group practices two days a week, and performs at community events. That's where these girls soak up the spotlight.
"It was like I was in heaven," dancer Wayneshia Daily said.
Dance isn't the only thing these girls are learning. They're learning to love themselves and each other. Plus, they have been given the opportunity to shine.
"I want them to know that they are loved and we can sit here and we can teach them dance, but if they don't feel the love, if they don't see that they're cared about and loved, then it does no good for us--we failed in that area," Byers said.
Agape Dance is free to any member of the Boys and Girls Club. The girls in the group are in grades kindergarten through fifth grade.
Call 822-7516 to find out more about the Boys and Girls Club of the Brazos Valley.
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