An Interview with Dancer Mari Madrid | MariletteSanchez.com

An Interview with Dancer Mari Madrid | MariletteSanchez.com

Keone and Mari Madrid are a married dance duo who have reached millions around the world through their YouTube videos. Most recently, they released a dance video for Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself" as part of his "Purpose: The Movement" short film (released on Bieber's own VEVO channel). The video has been viewed 35,000,000+ times. You might have also seen them teaching workshops, So You Think You Can Dance, X-Factor, Dancing with the Stars, the Ellen Show, Good Morning America, and much more. I was honored to interview Mari, who is a strong woman of God with a beautiful heart. She has a passionate desire to use her craft to create beauty and draw others to God.

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Inside My Prayer Journal: Thoughts on 'Avengers' and Femininity

Inside My Prayer Journal: Thoughts on 'Avengers' and Femininity

(WARNING: May contain plot spoilers from ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’)

Dear God,

I listened to Britt Nicole’s “Still That Girl” and I couldn’t help but break down. It’s like she wrote that song for me. I totally relate to how “dreams may change” and “plans may fail,” and how once upon a time, Britt believed she could be the girl “shining in the dark,“ the bright-eyed girl who truly believed she could change the world.

I’m thinking about ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and its different portrayals of femininity.

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“Give a Little” By Hanson on Shout it Out (2010)

When she walked in, with her painted lips
Did she tease you for your flirty quips?
Did she leave you frozen with the wrong words chosen?
You gotta show her why she can’t resist
Make her blush when you put your hand on her hips
She’s gonna keep on playing until you stop chasing
So wrap your arms around her body
Tell her all she needs to know

Give a little heart and soul
Let your body lose control
Give a little oh oh ooh.
Give a little
Wrap your arms around and give a little

You gotta show her, when she can’t decide
You gotta hold her, with that look in your eyes
When you move in close, take your time
Lave an empty shoulder, let her move in closer
And wrap your arms around her body
Tell her all she needs to know

Give a little heart and soul
Let your body lose control
Give a little oh oh ooh.
Give a little
Wrap your arms around and give a little

She love to keep you in suspense, but you know she just wants to dance

Give a little heart and soul
Let her body lose control
Give a little oh oh ooh
Just give a little
Wrap your arms around and give a little

One of my favorite love songs. 

“So In Need” By Vineyard (Sheri Carr)

With a broken heart I come to stand before You 
I’m so in need of a comforting word 
I’m feeling lost and I’m tired of feeling empty 
I’m so in need of You 
I’m so in need of You

Chorus: 
Now I’m holding on to the One that gives me hope 
Jesus, how I need You 
Oh, this stirring in my soul, it just won’t let me go 
Because I know I’m so in need of You 

When it’s hard to trust, and the fear wells up within me 
I’m so in need of a comforting word 
I need Your love and Your presence all around me 
I’m so in need of You 
I’m so in need of You 

No matter how I try I could never live without You 
Forgive me for thinking I could make it on my own, on my own