Son Dance Ministry began in 1998 when I felt the Lord
lead me to teach others how to use dance as a form of prayer,
praise and worship. In 2015, it will be our 17th year in bringing praise dance to the church to worship the Lord.
In 2003, my ministry
also became my business. Along with doing dance workshops, I
manufacture worship instruments, worship streamers for
adults and children, praise and worship garments, and various dance accessories for sale. I produce beautiful
hand dyed silk streamers that add so much to the visual prayer
experience. I also make ribbon worship streamers that are made of organza
which float so gracefully when you dance. The ribbon streamers come in two different styles now. The praise garments are unique and beautiful. I give liturgical dance workshops and fabric
dyeing workshops in silk, cotton, and rayon.
Called to Dance before the Lord
I was about twenty years old and seeking to know the Lord, I came
to the realization that Jesus was Jewish. I then began on a journey
to learn more about our Christian roots in Judaism. I took Hebrew,
visited the Holy Land, and attended Israeli folkdance classes
at the local Jewish Community Center. With what little knowledge
I had of the Hebrew language, I was able to pick out words here
and there from the songs. I discovered that many of the songs
for the dances were taken from the Holy Scriptures. We were praising
God through dance!
With much excitement
in my heart, I went to the pastor of my parish, Sts. Peter and
Paul Catholic Church, and asked him if we could praise God through
dance during Mass. He encouraged me to proceed with my proposal.
That was in 1977, and it marked the beginning of my call to dance
before the Lord. I have been praising God through expressive worship
In the years that
followed, my dance experiences grew and broadened. I was co-director
of liturgical dance at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic church for
16 years. I ministered at Immaculate Conception Church of Dardenne,
MO as co-director of liturgical dance for 8 years, and I am currently back at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. There have been many special
liturgies I have helped with, not only in my own parish, but also
throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis. In January of 1999, I
was asked to be one of the coordinators and choreographers for
the Papal Youth Rally. It was an awesome experience to have my
dance team praise God through movement in the prayer service with
Pope John Paul II. It was an event I will remember the rest of
For 12 years,
I had been involved with an ecumenical dance group called Holy
Smoke Ministries. We have gone to many different churches of many
different denominations teaching the art of expressive worship.
With this calling to teach others how to give glory and praise
to God through movement, I formed Son Dance Ministry and continue
to explore the path God sets before me.
Liturgical Dance Association
Holy Smoke Ministries
|Christian Dance Fellowship
|International Dance Commission