Artist bio

Hi! My name is Alliah Kennedy and I am from Jamaica. I am currently in my final year of high school gearing up to go to University. My love of dance took root in my earlier years of life. I was introduced to it in third grade by my friend who joined the Sign Language and Dance Club at my prep school back then. Once seeing how the dancers used their bodies as a means of expression of emotions and how they moved so graciously and in sync all while having fun, I knew I wanted to be apart of that. Soon, after begging my parents for a while, I got the wondrous opportunity to attend dance lessons as an extra-curricular activity at the Khulcha Theatre School of Dance. When I ventured off to high school, I knew I had to join the dance club as soon as I got the chance because I fell so in love with the activity that I didn't want to stop. Over the years I entered many competitions both in school, externally, and at my dance lessons. Some of my achievements placing 1st in the Young Choreographers' Competition in 2017 put on by the dance school, becoming a former member of the National Team of Performing Arts for my country as well as performing at numerous events island-wide both competing and showcasing. My most recent achievement is winning a gold medal at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) dance competition in February of this year at parish finals for my solo. Fast forwarding to my present situation, I am currently the president and senior choreographer of Dance Club at my high school where our motto is "Dance to inspire; express with confidence". This means that, through dance, one should not only use it as a medium to express themselves, but to aspire to inspire others as well as to have confidence in yourself at all times, even in your mistakes.





Artist Statement

I was quite nervous about the production of this video as it is my first official dance video by myself. In the making of this video complications arose, especially in the field of editing and time management. Despite these challenges, however, I am happy with the way it turned out and grateful for the experience.

How it fits into contest

Upon reading the scripture and pondering on it for a period of time my interpretations and inferences made were that in this world, there are many vessels of evil and ungodly sources that one may come across that will pose a threat to ones spiritual well-being and may even deter you from God. These things may take many forms and come in all shapes and sizes. Once you come into contact with these things, you should not be fearful or negatively impacted by them, but to face them head on, and not alone, but with the help of Jesus, He who died so that we could live. The bible says that we should cast our burdens on the Lord, and He shall sustain us; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved (Psalms 55:22). Therefore, going back to Ephesians 6:10-20 that speaks about the spiritual battle, I took from it that we, as God's children, should "put on the full armor of God", meaning that we must immerse ourselves and give ourselves to the Lord so that when we are faced with trying tribulations, with God on our side and in our hearts we will be able to defeat our oppressors by the grace of God.
I tried to portray and amplify all of this by the use of the music as well as the costume change and movement. In the beginning I am seen wearing a sparkly short black, blue and gold dress symbolizing someone not saved; someone who relies only on themselves and does not confide in the Lord. Initially, that person is going about life as usual, but then encounters trials that she tries to overcome on her own. Gradually, these trials become too much to bear and the person decides, after fighting but failing, as a last resort, to turn to the Lord in prayer casting her fears on to the Lord and repenting her sins. She then reappears in an all white costume symbolizing the new person that she becomes after devoting her life to Christ. This character is now able to face the trials that once troubled her head on with no hesitation because of this conversion. In the end, because of the Lord, she is able to overcome the evils disguised a trials after giving herself to the lord and not only grows as a believer but as a person overall.


Dancer, Choreographer, Editor: Alliah Kennedy
Director/Videographer: Yashieka Fearon
Composer: Benjamin Tissot

Other Goods & Services Available from this Artist

Online and in person dance workshops

Transcript / Lyrics


Submit Your Artwork Today!

Curious? Interested in submitting artwork to our contest? Know someone who might be? Through April 14th, 2022, the Engage Art Contest is open to the whole world! Get your foot in the door by claiming your Artist Page now!