Dance is more than art for LJ Brodie – it’s a way to live out his mission


For LJ Brodie (’21), dance is more than art – it’s a way to live out his mission.

Photo by Scott Delony

The conviction that art can challenge, bless and inspire others motivates everything LJ Brodie (’21) does.

The senior musical theatre major from Mesquite, Texas, who will be the first graduate from ACU Theatre’s dance program, has been blessing others through performances since childhood, from work on his church’s step team to theatre in high school, and from regional musicals in Abilene to the 2019 Homecoming musical Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

“Dance has always come naturally to me,” he said. “It’s how I express myself when words fail.”

LJ Brodie dancingLJ was instrumental in implementing ACU Theatre’s new dance track. He has performed in shows ranging from Wonderful Town to James and the Giant Peach, arranged choreography for two ACU dance shows and had roles in the 2019 Homecoming Musical.

He also found recognition in the Abilene community theatre space, with roles in regional productions of the musicals Newsies and Pippin at the Historic Paramount Theatre, and the Abilene Opera Association’s production of West Side Story, where he worked alongside performers from film productions and national touring companies.

LJ has had ample opportunities at ACU to use art to express truth.

“Art is a living thing that can touch your heart and soul,” he said. “I love seeing Christ-like themes of human decency, kindness and love come to life on the stage.”

The conviction that art can make an impact even through challenging subject matter – such as this year’s Cornerstone production, the play American Son – has shaped LJ’s sense of calling and personal mission.

“One of my favorite lines from the musical Hamilton,” he said, is “If you stand for nothing, Burr, what will you fall for?”

“Theatre has taught me to figure out and fight for what I believe in,” he said.

LJ is ready to make a difference in the world. “I’m the first in my family to go to college, and I’ll be the first one to get my degree,” he said. “At the end of the day, when I graduate, I know I’m making myself and my family proud.”






3 responses to “Dance is more than art for LJ Brodie – it’s a way to live out his mission”

  1. Cassie Davis Avatar
    Cassie Davis

    I am so proud of you this is another journey completed that you truly ❤ and on to the next journey. May God continues to bless you love

  2. Sheilla Sreward Avatar
    Sheilla Sreward

    So proud of this young man!. He has GOD on his heart and mind and is a great example for other young people. GO LJ!!!

  3. Cynthia Brodie Avatar
    Cynthia Brodie

    My son yes ! We are very proud of you . You have shown strength, dedication, courage and tenacity through all your challenges. Through prayer, strong family and community is responsible for his success , Our Church Family, His Boy Scout Troop, His Teachers and many family members and Friends.

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