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The shape of the dance

From the March 2013 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Julie Ward could never imagine anything she loved more than ballet. Classically trained, she joined a regional dance troupe in Atlanta, Georgia, and went on to teach and choreograph. But before too long she left the tendus, pliés, and arabesques behind. She’d found something she loved even more. Healing.

 “So often I hear patients talk about how Science and Health can just seem like ‘words’ to them when they’re struggling. That makes me instantly think of dance—because it sometimes felt like just ‘steps’ to me. But when I understood my identity as Mind’s idea, that moment came when the steps all flowed together and I could really feel the shape of the dance—the reason for the dance.” 

Today, with her kids grown, Julie lives with her husband, Peter, in Alpharetta, Georgia. As a Journal-listed practitioner and Christian Science teacher, she just keeps following the advice of Miss Lummie Jo, her first dance teacher: “Practice, practice, practice.”

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