HOW RARE AND BEAUTIFUL
“How rare and beautiful it truly is that we exist.”
This line in the song Saturn by Sleeping At Last could not be more fitting for Katie O’Loughlin as she gracefully expresses herself through dance. If you’re thinking her face looks familiar, you are not crazy! She was one of the other dancers with Boogie Willis in the collaboration piece from my last article.
Now, I must warn you, no words will truly do justice for how amazing this person is, but I must attempt to explain a piece of what makes her so remarkable. Am I biased? Probably, but I’m sure by the end of reading this, you will be too.
YOU ARE NOT WATCHING A MERE DANCE ROUTINE
Katie lives and breathes dance. She started as a young child and hasn’t stopped dancing since. Boldly she flies across the dance floor with purpose in every step. She is out there changing the world one leap at a time.
With each piece you can see the genuine love of the craft by the way she moves. She somehow manages to take herself out of the equation, even if she is the only person dancing, and pulls her viewers into the story that she is telling. Watching her, you can’t help but respect how bravely vulnerable she makes herself. You are not watching a mere dance routine, you are looking at a piece of her soul.
GROWING HERSELF AND BUILDING OTHERS
Katie does not reserve her love for only dance alone. She extends her creativity into every aspect of the arts. From lighting, to photography, to set design, she is well versed in it all. Diligently she worked to gain knowledge in the whole production. She has been a part of so many creative performances, workshops, mission works, etc. that I couldn’t even begin to count the hours she has given to her community. Seriously, I dare you to keep track!
Her courageous spirit pushes her to challenge herself and pursue her dreams of travelling. Recently she traveled to Cuba for the second time where she gathered inspiration and learned from the different culture. She soaked up all that she could while she was there and brought it back with her to be able to share with others.
Throughout her journey, she never forgets to stop and empower every person around her. Whether it be her students, her peers, or her family, she speaks words of encouragement to enrich their lives. She leads by example on how to be humble and kind while simultaneously growing personal confidence. She aims to use her skills and her work to unite people in love.
THE CALLING OF HER HEART
There are times that she struggles to know her path, and questions if she is going in the right direction. Pursuing a life in arts and service is not always the most compatible for a stable life and let’s face it, it can be extremely daunting. But Katie pays very close attention to the calling on her heart and does not shy away from listening to it, even if the outcome is not clear. She combines hard work with faith and allows life to play out the rest.
HOW TO SUPPORT KATIE
If you were wondering how you can support this fiery woman, I have the answer for you! Her next adventure will be off to Kenya where she will be meeting the child that she sponsors through her church. While she is normally only able to show her love monetarily, this time she will be able to give the greatest gift of all, the gift of time.
It is difficult for someone who is so generous to call in favors or ask for anything for herself, so already she is stepping outside her comfort zone. But the beautiful thing is that she isn’t asking for herself alone, rather she is asking for help to give to others. Should it be on your heart to support her, please follow this link to her fundraiser page:
Katie O’Loughlin creates her own flare of fire and beauty. She is an adventurer, a leader, and treasure of a person to be around. She embraces her life and truly makes the most of her existence.