Profile of a Protagonist is a recurring blog post with the goal of showing readers how individuals in our Voice community engage in the Gospel and see God’s love lived out throughout Orlando. Meet the protagonists.
Meet Daquan Goodson or to most of us, Quan.
Tell us about yourself:
“My name is Quan, I love to dance, I love my flattop (laughs), my favorite color is blue, my favorite genre of music is … and Kpop. I am weird and I love it.”
1) When did you first know you wanted to be a dancer?
“I’ve been dancing since I was 2, watching Michael Jackson; and I knew I wanted to be a dancer after watching him perform his song called “Dangerous” Live. I thought it was the most amazing performance I’ve ever seen, so it inspired me to dance just like him, to dance more everyday. So yeah, MJ; the King of Pop.”
2) How do you see God in the city of Orlando?
“I see God in many things. I think a lot of times when I think God is “something”, he shows me that he’s more, he shows me that he’s in more things. I remember when I went to H2Orlando the first time, and while walking around Lake Eola and walking around just the downtown area itself, I would just see pain but I would also see love. So, I don’t know, the way I see God, not just in Orlando but period; I see God as love. People don’t even realize that they show God through their love, and it’s God.”
3) How have you been able to see dance start a conversation, or resonate with people in a unique way?
“You see, the way the dance works is that everyone has their own unique ability and their own unique style; and so it’s always a great conversation starter; especially with people who don’t really dance. When they see dancing they might say things like “Oh, that’s amazing!” Even though for yourself, if you’re a dancer, you could be like “Yeah, that’s just nothing just now.” But, like, yeah, it’s just easy to express what you feel through dance; happiness, joy, anger, sadness, through it. So, just as much as it is easy to express those emotions, it is also an easy way to express God through it; like what you feel and let God move through you. So when people ask questions like “wow, you move so passionately, what drives you, that’s the automatic answer, it’s God. God is directing it.”
4) What is your favorite part about being a student leader at Mainstream Orlando?
“Oh Lord, my favorite part about being a student leader is the fact that I get to disciple and pour into student’s lives, especially the young men that, growing up today, have been through the same situations I have been through; like not having a dad. Growing up with just a single mom or growing up without a figure to follow. And so, being able to step into that role and let them know that there is hope, and things are going to be okay. God did give you a gift to use this to glorify him. God did do this for this reason; and so I think that’s my favorite part, to be able to let people know, everything will be okay and God’s got you.”
5) How has the Voice impacted your life?
“The Voice changed everything for me. When I first came it was during the series called “Love Sick” in 2013 and so that’s when I started coming. I started coming to Xstream, somebody told to come to the Voice, and so I started coming to the Voice. That’s where I met Nick Stallworth and he invited me to be in his human video. From there, everything just went up from there. I fell in love with “Fine Arts,” fell in love with the arts, period. Fell in love with the church, fell in love with, the Voice, Pastor Sonia, everything about it; and like, I don’t know, it’s just been a guiding light. It helped me to find my own voice and what I do in ministry, and so it’s really been a pillar in where I am today.”
6) What has been your favorite production that you’ve been in, or you’ve choreographed?
“That is so hard! My favorite production that I’ve directed was “Neverland.” I can’t choose between “Voiceapalooza,” at the Voice or “Move” at the Voice. I love both of those. “Voiceapalooza,” because that was my favorite choreography out of everything that I’ve choreographed and “Move” because it was just dancing non-stop; it was awesome!”