Tenesia Benson danced with Moving in the Spirit for seven years, beginning in our Junior Company program. She worked diligently to become a member of our advanced performance group, the Apprentice Corporation, where her kindness and warmth earned her great admiration from her peers.
At Moving the Spirit, Tenesia collaborated with professional choreographers to create her own work, which she presented in Atlanta and on our international tour to Panama. She graduated from Columbia High School and is currently majoring in education and dance at the University of Georgia.
Tenesia is a member of Moving in the Spirit’s Alumni Committee, dedicated to mentoring current Moving in the Spirit dancers and raising funds for their activities.
Speaking to the impact Moving in the Spirit has had on her life, Tenesia shares, “I keep coming back because dance is my outlet. It’s my voice. Dance helped me say how I feel through movement, gave me another way to reach people and communicate. There’s a piece we did called “Speak,” about women’s self-empowerment. If it were not for that piece, I wouldn’t be able to talk to my parents as effectively as I do now. It gave me that will, that inner strength to say how I feel not only with respect, but with seriousness and assertiveness. Most of the pieces at Moving in the Spirit are about making change and being better leaders for tomorrow. I want audiences to know they really can change the world.”
You can see Tenesia and her fellow alumni perform on January 11, 2014 in “A Night at The Beam: A Performance by Moving in the Spirit Alumni.”