With a stunning performance, seventeen-year-old Sadie Robertson exemplified Christian character on the dance floor Monday night. Sadie exhibited excellence in faith. Integrity!
Sadie and her professional partner, Mark Ballas, danced a Christian rumba.
Sadie was concerned about compromising – or appearing to compromise – her Christian faith. She explained, “I have a lot of Christian values and I just hope this dance doesn’t change who I am or make it look like I’m anything different than I am.”
Mark fully supports Sadie, who, he said, “has very strong beliefs and morals and I always keep them in mind when I’m choreographing.”
The audience and the judges were awestruck.
Julianne Hough (score 8) offered an explanation for the dilemma confronting Sadie, saying, “Obviously, the rumba is a super passionate dance, right, but when we think passionate sometimes we go into this whole, like, raunchy thing, but it doesn’t have to be raunchy. This was a beautiful story about falling in love, and that’s what I loved about that.”
Pitbull (score 10), known for his raunchiness, was enchanted: “It was simple but it was powerful.”
The judge for whom there is seemingly never enough raunch, Bruno Tonioli (score 8), also praised her dance, noting, “This was tasteful, sensual, romantic, and lyrical.”
Carrie Ann Inaba (score 9) was succinct but emphatic in her praise: “Exceptionally elegant, and gorgeous, and age-appropriate.”
Clearly, Sadie understands what it means to be “in” but not “of” the world and she graciously tackled what could have been either a spiritual setback for herself or a stumbling block to non-believers.
Sadie did not compromise with the world and Mark did not have to sacrifice the integrity of the dance. In a sense, Sadie redefined the rumba – or, at least, what has come to be expected in that dance. Sadie said, “I hope it doesn’t come off sexy, but it comes off sweet.”