Chloe Stokes

Chloe Stokes 
Company Dancer
Mechanicsburg, PA

Chloe began dancing at the age of three in ballet, tap and jazz at the Kauai Academy of Dance and Gymnastics where she continued to study and train through high school. Raised in Hawaii, she discovered her passion for dance more clearly in high school when she took classes in ballet, pointe, hula, modern, contemporary and hip hop at Aloha Dance Studio and Kauai Underground Artists (K.U.G.A). In addition, she danced with the Kauai Community College Dance Crew as a crew member and choreographer. During the summer before her senior year, she attended a summer dance intensive with Backhaus Dance in Orange, California.

 In high school, Chloe began to explore dance as a form of ministry and worship by dancing at her home church. At this time, she also learned her love for choreographing and teaching dance specifically, which sparked her decision to pursue dance and education after graduation. Her desire was to use dance as a tool to reach underprivileged youth and provide them with the opportunity to use dance as a form of expression and creativity.

That desire began to shift slightly through her experiences at Messiah College as she discovered the power and influence dance has when used in outreach and ministry. Upon starting her undergraduate degree in Education and a minor in Dance at Messiah in 2013, she quickly became involved in the dance community on campus and in Mechanicsburg/Harrisburg area. As a Dance minor, she performed in works created by the department’s faculty and students, while also having the opportunity to create works of her own. She also participated in the student-led dance club, Acclamation Dance Ministry, in which she served as a teacher in intermediate jazz and advanced modern and, eventually, became Head Choreographer.

After her first year at Messiah, Chloe was hired as a summer intern in 2014 with Salt’N Light Youth Ministries where she became fully immersed in using dance and the creative arts as a tool in ministry. Working as a dancer, actress, choreographer and youth worker with SNLYM for the next three summers, she began to understand the influence dance has as a tool in communicating the gospel. She has loved to see how dance has the ability to tell stories, evoke emotion and proclaim truth in a way that words cannot.

Now, she finds herself extremely blessed by the opportunities she has had the privilege of experiencing and lives to glorify her Lord through the gifts He has given her. A recent graduate from Messiah College, Chloe currently works as a 7th/8th grade English teacher in inner city York, PA and teaches advanced jazz and adult hip hop at Reverence Studios, as well as being a company dancer with EncounteredHeart. Her hope is to a find a way to infuse her love for teaching and passion for dance/choreography. She hopes to use dance as a way to communicate God’s love, hope and freedom to all peoples and empower young artists to find their expression and creativity in dance as well.