A Premise for Catching my Breath

Every time I see people ‘dance/move’ in appropriate, God-honoring ways, it catches my breath because it’s worship. Of course, underlying that opinion is a premise I have. Everybody is a dancer because everybody moves in lifestyle choreography. That doesn’t discount the value of trained, technical dancers. It just means that the dance family is larger […]

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Welcome to Scripture Choreography!

One of the easiest and most effective ways to combine movement & dance ministry with trained and untrained dancers is scripture choreography; it high-lights favorite scripture verses and then uses them as the foundation for choreography accompanied by words. Not only do we hear specific verses as they are read, but we SEE them come […]

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An Open Letter to Abby Lee Miller from Mary Bawden

Hi friends- Below is the letter I am sending to Abby Lee Miller in Victorville. Please continue to pray for her and for me. As you know, she is in prison. And things are not going well for her. Have you ever been in prison? I have. Maybe I haven’t been behind physical bars in […]

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Prayers for Abby Lee

I’m sure that many of you have heard about ‘Dance Moms’ and all of the drama surrounding this reality TV show. You probably also know that I cannot endorse Ms. Miller, her teaching methods, or her financial impropriety. The latter issue is what caused her court conviction in 2017. On July 12, Ms. Miller checked […]

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Choices: Age-Appropriate Children’s Dance Produces Positive Results with DA:NCE

Hi all- Dance is a wonderful art form. Let’s cheer-lead the positives in dance with 3 articles that can show how all of us can enjoy the positive benefits of children’s dance: Learn about how movement helps children deal with stress: http://www.burnleyexpress.net/news/children-s-traditional-dance-performance-was-perfect-cure-for-exam-stress-1-8556239.    Then read a second article: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/patients-at-st-josephs-childrens-hospital-in-tampa-get-a-prom-of-their-very-own-300461131.html to hear about the healing components of dance from a hospital […]

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Movieguide Article: A Bipartisan Issue

Hi all- Good stuff going on! I told you that I would let you know when movieguide published my article re: DA:NCE. Take a peek! And yes, readers presented me with some thoughtful responses to my article. Look below to read a few of them: Jadon · My mom watches Dance Moms and Bring It and those shows and the […]

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Washington(and Cuba and Birmingham) Update

Hola! I’m back from a wonderful trip that I took to Washington DC concerning DA:NCE (and then on to Cuba and Birmingham Alabama-look at the pictures below where I went to see the Cuban Ballet and later observed a ballet class that my grand daughter was in). On March 20, 2017, I attended a meeting at the Capitol […]

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‘La La Land’ to Genesis?

‘La La Land’ is a great reason to understand why dance ministry can be successful in the church as well as the way that it has been welcomed in film.” ‘La La Land’ shows that you actually  don’t have to have professional dancers with brilliant technique for a dance pairing to work. What is dancing […]

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‘La La Land’ Lights Up the Heart

There’s lots of positive buzz about the use of dance in ‘La La Land’. Choreographer Mandy Moore got it right. The joy of movement pulls us into the story. That’s a happy dance for lots of reasons. So let me ask you some questions. Why did that happen? Was it because of a high level […]

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