Ballet tutorial #3

Fondu and dégagé sequence

This is the third video in a short series of ballet tutorials in which I teach a sequence from Lynn Hayden’s continuing education course in ballet. I chose sequences that I found particularly beautiful and worshipful.

Fondu in French is translated, “melt” or “molten.” There is a sense that we melt into the movement when doing a fondu, and it makes me think of melting into the presence of our God. Developé is to develop and when we practice developé, we develop strength and balance.

I hope you enjoy the beauty of the movements, and I invite you to move along with me, to your ability, listening to your body so that you move safely.

Ballet Tutorial #2

Ronde de jambe sequence

Ronde de jambe sequence

Welcome to video #2 of the ballet tutorials. In these videos, I teach some of my favorite sequences from Lynn Hayden’s continuing education series in ballet. I find this ronde de jambe sequence especially worshipful.

These sequences come from series 5 of Pastor Lynn’s continuing education course in ballet.

What are you doing to strengthen your technique? Please share in the comments.

New Ballet Series for Worship

Balancé across the floor

What are you doing to strengthen your technique? A dear mentor of mine once said, “Get training and take care of your body so your body doesn’t get in the way of what your spirit wants to say.”

This year I took a continuing education course in ballet from Pastor Lynn Hayden. As part of that course, I created a handful of ballet tutorials that I’m excited to share with you so you can enjoy a taste of the beauty I enjoyed in that course.

This is a short across the floor combination that you will love. You are welcome to weave it into your choreography or just enjoy playing with it.

I was also inspired to create a short series called Playing with Ballet, which will be available on my site soon. I’m so excited to share this with you. Keep an eye on your email inbox for details about that!

To watch the second video in the series, click here.

Live and Move – Hybrid Dance Conference

  • Would you like to be immersed in God’s presence during artistic worship?
  • Do you want to learn more about living, moving and ministering to the Lord (through the arts)?
  • Would you like to be better equipped as a praise dancer to minister His word through movement?
  • Would you like some incredible, creative, worship movement ideas?
  • Would you like to learn flag moves and expressions, choreography technique, and so much more?

Get ready for an amazing, powerful jam packed 4 days of information and instruction that will catapult you to new levels in praise and worship dancing!

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I Offer Me – Worship and Wellness Workshop Recap

Saturday’s workshop  was so wonderful, and I can say that without boasting because I was just one among a team of teachers. Cynthia’s movement devotion was so beautiful and powerful. 

Yesterday I had the most wonderful start to my day by replaying the video and moving and praying along with her again. And the testimonies by Barb and Nanette will inspire and encourage you, especially if you are have received a difficult health diagnosis recently. Finally, you’ll go away with some new choreography that I teach to a song that will touch your heart deeply.

I’ve created a 4-minute recap of the workshop for you to enjoy. I think the recap alone will minister to you. You can watch it here:

If you were unable to attend the workshop live, you may still receive from the workshop. The recording will be available through the weekend and the offers and giveaways mentioned will be good through Sunday night. To be entered into the drawing for a wellness basket, email me before 12pm PST this Sunday night.

If you would like to register and attend, you can click here: REGISTER

Thank you for yesterday, thank you for everything. I showed up yesterday looking for Spiritual Discernment. I received it watching, participating and listening to all of the Messengers God used to minister to me. The message/instructions was very clear on how to take care of His God’s Temple my body. I trust Him to help me through this new way and process. I appreciate you much. – Yvonne

Offering Our Bodies – Holy & Pleasing

Nutrition and Wellness for Praise Dancers

Our bodies are vessels of Jesus. Let’s not forget to tend to the vessel.

Today I’m going to be talking about something that is absolutely critical to our ability to dance with freedom and to have longevity with dancers.

It is an issue that affects our mood, our energy, our relationships, our finances.

And, sadly, it’s an area that the Body of Christ often neglects.  

This is an issue that is close to my heart. I’ve had my own struggles in this area through which the Lord has brought healing wholeness.

I’m going to be sharing the importance of caring for our bodies, these amazing vessels in which Jesus dwells. I’m going to be talking about taking care of our health. Our bodies are His temple and He cares about the condition of them.

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When They Want to Do Cartwheels…

What do you do when your students want to do cartwheels?

What do you do when they suggest changes to choreography that has been born out of prayer and Holy Spirit inspiration?

How do you respond when you suspect your students are more interested in performing a stunt than delivering a message through movement?

Recently during modern dance class with a group of middle school girls, I faced a situation that raised all these questions. If I’m honest, it raised my hackles, too. In this post, I’m going to share how I responded, what the outcome was for this particular situation, and what I learned. I hope it will help when you face similar situations to respond with the grace and discernment of the Spirit.

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Creative Expressions Summit

Do you feel called to use the arts to advance the Kingdom of God?

Would you like to listen to and be equipped by others who are making a kingdom impact using their creativity?

Would you like to link arms together with other dancers and creatives in unity for encouragement and inspiration? 

You are invited to join us for FREE for the Creative Expressions Summit  that will empower and equip you to unleash the creativity God has given you.

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Praise Dance Camp Day 5: Ministering through Dance

Praise Offerings Dance camp final Day reflections and highlights: Today we shared with the parents and families our dance and what we’ve been learning. First, we led the parents in a devotional dance (it is so powerful to watch the parents join us in movement. The unity of movement helps bring a unity of heart and usher in a spirit of worship for the presentation), the girls danced beautifully (I’ll post the video soon), and we celebrated what God allowed us to do this week. 

One new thing He led me to do was to use journals with the girls, to share a scripture and have them listen to Him and put in words or pictures what came to their mind as they listened. Watching the girls sit quietly, reflecting and then writing/drawing was among the most beautiful/powerful times of the camp. The Lord has so much to say and longs for us to listen. Praying they learn to listen to his voice daily.

Enjoy the recap video below and see what God did among us:

If you would like to be equipped to teach praise dance to children, my online course Teaching Worship Dance to Children is on sale this week. Check it out here.

Dance Camp Day 4 Reflections: Teaching Children to Listen to God

Dance Camp Day 3 Reflections: Sharing Leadership

Dance Camp Day 2 Reflections: Building Character

Dance Camp Day 1 Reflections: Getting off on the Right Food