Covenant Dance School showcased some of its talented students when it held its Dance Showcase at its Green Hill, St Michael location on Sunday, August 7.
The event which featured students from various age groups and religious denominations had the audience on their feet as they ministered through dance.
At 6:16 p.m. the show started with a moving dance from dancers dressed in gold garments adorned with purple. They danced to the song ‘Hallelujah’ and got loud cheers and screams from the audience.
As the show progressed members of the audience stood, danced, clapped, took out their cellular phones to record and cheered loudly as they watched their children perform in their stunning outfits. But the standouts of the evening were the Junior Dancers, dressed in their blue and pink outfits adorned with wands, they stole the show with their ministry in dance. Parents could not get enough of the young dancers some only four-years-old who gave a good showing.
The other standout dance was dubbed God’s Army in which the choreographer Valerie King was the drill sergeant for the young ladies who were being drilled to be fighters for God. The up-tempo dance got members of the audience on their feet as they danced and sang along to the powerful words. One such member of the audience was The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office with responsibility for Culture Dr. Shantal Munro-Knight who thoroughly enjoyed the performance.
Dancers from Purpose Dance Ministry also gave a commendable performance. Dressed in African garments and adorned with tribal face paint the dancers showcased their afro-centric Christian ministry which resonated with the members of the audience who cheered, clapped and shouted their delight at some of the moves which were being done on stage.
Shondelle Went who was one of the dancers of Covenant Dance School said she was pleased that the hard work that was done over the past two weeks was well received by members of the audience.
“It was awesome because it is a lot of hard work that we would have put in and it came off beautifully as far as I am concerned. At first, we thought that it was not coming together but it came together lovely. For me my dancing is not for performing as it is about ministry as long as ministry goes forth, I know that God would do the rest,” she said.
King who is a professional dancer who has been working with the students for the past 15 years, said she was proud of the students as they learned the entire choreography in two weeks.
“We had two weeks to prepare, and we rehearsed from 5p.m to 10. p.m. in the night. All of the parents were responsive bringing their children to practice and everyone worked together to achieve the goal of having a successful showcase,” she said.
King added that having dance showcases was not something new to the Covenant Dance School as every month the students would minister in dance as they try to mould a solid Christian foundation for the students.
“We believe in having our children start now to minister and not only at the end of the term but all of the time to keep their focus. What I do to teach them that dancing is a part of the ministry to God is to use the alphabet and remind them about nature, God and creativity, by doing that they can understand and then we reinforce the teachings in class with the use of biblical verses. w
“I ask them to listen to the songs and make them a part of their devotions, so it becomes easy. A lot of the children have natural abilities so sometimes I would play the music and let them dance so I can see how they move and as they move it inspires me to create the choreography for them,” she said.
King explained that anyone can become a part of Covenant Dance School as they welcome all.
“Interested persons can go to our website https://covenantlifetc.org/. We are open for anyone just come as you are and we would be happy to have you and your children,” she said. (Write Right PR Services)