- Chorepgraphy: Increasing Skill Level (0) May 27, 2013
In our dance ministry we accept anyone over the age of 12, regardless of skill level or experience. So we find ourselves going over dance basics continually. That is not to say that we never do more complex moves or advance our skills, we do. If there is a particular piece that requires more complex skills, we introduce them across the floor. For instance in one of our dances there was a deep back release, but our flexibility wasn’t quite in tune with the choreography. So as we went across the floor, I demonstrated the move and a stretch exercise that could be done at home (on the job, in the store…) that would enhance our flexibility. I had each dancer do the stretch, aligning their bodies properly so they would know how it should feel when they attempted to do the moves alone. Then I gave them home work. By the next rehearsal, I could see an overall increase in flexibility at various levels within the group.
- Praise (0) May 26, 2013
1 I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.
- Favorite Piece (0) May 25, 2013
I have often said if we were to ever re-minister a song it would be Servants Prayer, a song by William Murphy that we ministered to a few years back, and though we have done other pieces of choreography since then, this is still my favorite piece.
Do you have a favorite piece of choreography?
- Before you minister (0) May 24, 2013
Do you have a routine before you minister? Is there something special you do to prepare to dance before God?
- Dance In Season (0) May 23, 2013
1 Corinthians 12:19-20 (KJV)
And if they were all one member, where were the body?
But now are they many members, yet but one body.
There are many dance ministries I admire, whether it be in skill or spirit, however, my dance ministry is not theirs. We serve in different congregations, our needs, our focus at any particular moment, may be very different and our dance ministries should reflect that. Not everyone can relate to struggle in the same way, that is why different songs reach different people at different times. Allow God to use you and your ministry to reach His people in the way He sees fit.
- Practical Choreography (0) May 22, 2013
Some of us began dancing at an early age, while others may have started a bit later in life. Either way all of us are consumed with a passion to praise God in motion ministry. Here are some basic tips about choreographing a dance that I find helpful to keep in mind.
* Prayerfully choose a song. Really listen to the words and not just the tone and rhythm.
* Consider your skill level and the skill level of the group you are choreographing for, then work to enhance the skills of the group as a whole. We can all get better
* Simplify. It doesn’t need to be complicated to be beautiful. If you can’t do splits in the air yet, consider a pointed extension on the ground.
* Split the dancers up, and have different parts to add dynamics into your choreography. This is also especially helpful when you have a variety of skill levels in your group.
* Remember stillness is also a motion, and can have great impact in a piece of choreography.
These are just a few tips of mine that I thought I’d share. What are some helpful tips that you have in choreographing for your group?
- Jeremiah 29:11 (0) May 21, 2013
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV)
A long time ago, I wanted to dance like other people. I was a leader unsure of my ability to lead…to teach. I mean, we can all talk a good game, but when the toes hit the floor, I will admit, to being under-confident. It wasn’t easy. I didn’t know if people would follow me, and then for a long time, I was the youngest in the dance group. I had to learn to assert myself, my blunt speech helped a lot with that, but still who likes people upset with them. I think sometimes that people forget that leaders are people too, in need of the same kindness and consideration that they want in return, only with a lot more responsibility. I have made mistakes, and I have learned that it is okay to make mistakes. I have questioned my judgements more than any one else has, and there have been LOTS of people with a plethora of opinions about what I should do, and what should be done next. But I have come to realize that one, God is not surprised…About anything. And two God has a plan to use me for this time, and as long as I am willing and obedient to Him, I shall eat the good of the land. It’s not an easy road to dance on, some areas haven’t even been paved yet, but it’s the one He placed in front of me, and as long as I’m here, I will dance along it.
- Choreography Intro (0) May 20, 2013
I often find it helpful when I am choreographing, to put on a playlist of songs that are currently ministering to me. Soon enough a song or two (do I hear three?) may grab me, and I begin to see movement and arrangements in my mind and from there, I begin to move, to commune with God, allowing my spirit to worship, inviting the Holy Spirit into my atmosphere. Often at this point, I will recognize a pattern taking place. Sometimes there are just shapes, and I may even get “stuck” on one part. I don’t always have a completed piece before rehearsals, sometimes I am finishing the choreography as I am teaching it, allowing one motion to flow into another, working out the details of a motion, a transition to the next part that I do have. Often I will default to a few of my favorite moves, I may tweak them, changing them up a bit. At the end of such sessions, I pray about whether this bit of ministering was personally for me or whether it can be ministered to our congregation. Does it line up with the vision and ministry that is issuing forth from our pastor, and I pray to have my pastors vision and heart, so that our ministry will enhance what he is working towards.
- Praise (0) May 19, 2013
Psalm 7:17I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.
- A Lifestyle of Praise (0) May 18, 2013
We should practice praise like a doctor practices medicine. Directing our thoughts and energy into living out our praise in a practical manner on a daily basis. When a surgeon, or specialized doctor is under pressure, his/her expertise flows from him/her. They are able and capable of responding appropriately according to their training. As praisers, as worshipers, we should also respond appropriately in all circumstances. When we are pressed on every side, we know we are not in despair, we pray for those who spitefully use us, we give thanks in everything, in all situations, we bless those who curse us, we know that the trying of our faith works patience, and when that patience is perfected in us, we shall be whole, complete, perfect lacking no thing. Fervent pursuers of a lifestyle of praise. That our lives might be totally surrendered to God, that our worship be both in spirit and in truth.
2 Corinthians 4:8 and James 1:3-4