annie Panganiban | dancer
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"Restoring the hearts of women who have been sexually exploited."
After training under many professional dancers in the Chicago dance community, I feel compelled to begin experimenting with my artistic creativity using what I’ve gained in the past years of training. Beginning with Kapwa Modern, the company that first opened a gate for my professional dance experience, I was able to grasp a variety of styles such as popping, contemporary, and urban dance. After a couple of years, I was also blessed with the opportunity to train under CODA and The Puzzle League. This had opened many doors that expanded my dance abilities even more, such as competing out of state. Most recently, Daily Center provided a room for me to share my artistic craft for the first time, allowing my work to be showcased in Prelude Midwest 2017.
Most recently, I was blessed to be a part of the Ascension Performing Arts family. APA has been a welcoming community from the very beginning of its foundation. It has given me an opportunity to express my authentic creativity in a sanctuary environment as I worship our God through dance and other elements of art. APA has showed me different physical techniques to connect with God. As a result I am able to create because God is fully centered in my purpose and intention. Because dance is a big part of my life, I fell deeply more in love with God through worshipping Him in what He has gifted me with. Furthermore, I am glorifying God in my coursework at North Park University, where I am studying Biblical and Theological studies. I aspire to learn more about God intellectually and spiritually. With the knowledge I will gain, my hope is to become a part of God’s mission in seeking social justice. I desire to be a missionary after I graduate to share the better news in human trafficking. My heart wishes to rescue and restore the broken hearts who’s freedom was stolen from them.
why this cause matters to the artist
My heart burns for women that are sexually exploited around the world. In the winter of 2016, I visited the red light district of India in the city of Pune. This was the very first time I was exposed to this kind of slavery where women, girls, and children are oppressed to live a lifestyle broken from their free will. Walking in the district opened my eyes to a new perspective of women and the opposite authority.
As a woman who has struggled through years of depression from brokenness in relationships, I empathize with these women who had lost their happiness, confidence, identity, purpose and so much more that I might not even be aware of. If anything, these women are struggling more than I ever have. Although, it took me time to gain confidence again thanks to the Lord. Therefore, I feel compelled to seek God’s mission and advocate for the end of human trafficking, by pursuing the restoration of a woman’s heart.