Dancing to raise up the spirit

Cayman Outreach Association, along
with Dancing His Ministry Dance, is hosting a conference dedicated to lifting
up the name of Jesus through different styles of dancing.

The conference will be at the
Triple C School Hall from 11-14 August.

Mickye Castillo, director of dance
at Bishop T.D. Jakes’ The Potter’s House Church and director of dance at
Freedom In The Dance Infuse 2010 Dance and Mime Conference, will attend the
event, which seeks to bring ministries alive through dancing to praise God.

Praise & Worship Dance is a
distinct form of dance in that revelation is received by the dancer from God
and manifested and interpreted into movement in order to bring forth a message
to God’s people, according to the organisers. In addition, they say, God gives
revelation through people in a number of creative ways, such as singing,
writing, drama, instrumental music and dance. The dancing is meant to heal, and
compels people to seek after God, states a release from the dance ministry.

Participants will learn a variety
of dance techniques for praise and worship, including the use of props,
tambourines, ribbons, streamers, veils and flags.

Training will include modern, contemporary,
hip-hop and African fusion dance.

Members will learn how they can
bring the word of God alive through facial expressions and body language by
interpretive worship such as mime and the rhythmic beats of ‘step’. They will
learn symbolic meanings of colours and certain movements.  There will also be basic choreography
training.

A grand finale and closing ceremony
on 14 August will be among the conference highlights.

Registration fee, which includes
all workshops and a light lunch is $75; $65 for children. Group rates are
available at $20 a day or $5 per person.

T-shirts are available for $10.
Cash payment can be made by contacting contact Desiree Myles at 925-9951 or
945-2187 to arrange for collection.

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