RaChelle Fears-Neal knew in her heart that when she took her first dance class at 3 years old she would have her own dance studio one day. Faith in Motion began as a youth dance ministry at her childhood church, Allen Temple AME. She worked at a mobile dance ministry for years, traveling to Wabash, Kokomo, and throughout Marion teaching dance to church ministries and schools like White’s Residential, Family Services, Lakeview, and Indiana Wesleyan University. As her clientele continued to grow, she knew she needed something more. At that time, she began renting a facility so people could come to her for classes. It is now officially known as Faith in Motion, located at 501 S. Washington St.
Faith in Motion is a worship facility that offers dance instruction in the genres of tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, modern, and divine which is more of a worship-style dance found in churches. Fears-Neal said they are committed to offering this instruction without compromising lyrics or movements and that one does not have to be a believer or belong to a particular denomination to be a part of the Faith in Motion family, making it a nice community with which to be connected. They also have hydraulic fitness machines in their Revive fitness gym.
They currently have three employees — Morgan Lara, Assistant Director; Marlanna Murgaw, Senior Dance Instructor; and Tina Brooks, Receptionist/Audio Tech.
Due to Covid-19, they are currently closed. As long as things go well, they anticipate opening in September with regular hours of Mon., Tues., and Thurs., 4 to 8:45pm.
When asked what advice she would give a woman considering opening her own business, she said,
“As written in Habakkuk 2:2, ‘Then the LORD replied: Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.’ Write down every thought, every idea, every wish and dream! No matter how big or small, write it in as much detail as you can vision – be specific. (You will later take the notes from your journal to develop your business plan). Then, begin to work the plan daily. Some days you will make huge strides; other days not so much. But you’ll never make it if you allow fear and doubt to keep you from moving in the direction that you desire. Your tongue has the power of life and death. ‘Speak life’ into your dream…square your shoulders and walk it out confidently. The sky is the limit. Shoot for the moon – even if you miss, you’ll be among the stars!”
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