Praise Dance Certification

Written by Jill Morrison
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Praise dance certification can be obtained from various worship arts schools or programs. Most Christians are interested in becoming certified so that they can teach their own praise dancing courses. Some will take certification courses as a way to strengthen their skills as a praise dancer. Regardless of the reason you decide to receive a praise dance education, many course options are available.

Finding a Praise Dance Certification Course

Praise dance certification courses may be offered through schools or church programs. You can find out more information about available programs by searching online. The type of school you choose will depend on what your goals are in relation to praise dance. A worship arts academy will allow you to earn a degree in praise dance. Completing a praise dance certification course is not as intensive or prestigious, but will provide you with adequate knowledge of dance as a form of worship.

You can find praise dance certification courses that offer different schedule options. Some courses have classes every weekday, while others may only have classes once or twice a week. You can even find praise dance certification courses that you can complete online; then you will not have to leave your home to learn about praise dance. Online courses are only recommended if you have previous physical dance training.

The Purpose of Praise Dancing

Praise dancing has been used as a form of worship for countless years. The Old Testament of the Bible has even documented occurrences of dancing as a way to praise God. As years went by, the world perverted the way dance could be used in many circumstances. Praise dance schools and programs emerged to remind Christians that dance was once used for worship and that it still can be used for that purpose today.

The goals of praise dancing are completely different from secular dancing. Worldly dancers are chosen for their body type, abilities, age, and training. Christian dancers are accepted for who they are. In order to participate in praise dancing, you do not have to fit into a certain age, size, or ability category. You must simply be willing to dance entirely for the purpose of praising God.

Praise dancers have a different focus than worldly dancers. Worldly dancers are taught to perform for their own glory and to entertain an audience. Praise dancing is not used for entertainment and it is not performed to satisfy an audience. Praise dancing is performed completely for God's glory. Praise dancing can be used as a tool for bringing congregations together in worship. The experience is often very inspiring and spiritual for Christians who are involved.

Subjects for Praise Dance Certification

Many different courses may be taken in order to receive praise dance certification. In addition to learning the technique of dance, students of a worship arts school may learn about injury prevention, praise dance history, music, and understanding dance as a sacred art form. Worship arts schools may also offer courses that teach worship arts other than dance. Courses may include music composition, voice instruction, musical instrument instruction, painting, sculpting, poetry, writing, choir, and other performance arts that may be used in worship.

When attending a praise dance school, you may focus on mastering one particular style of dance, or on receiving a broad education of all dance styles. It is often wise to learn a variety of styles so that you will have more movement options to choose from when performing praise dance. Those who choose to master one style of dance are often trying to teach that particular style of praise dance in the future. Dance styles at a praise dance school may include ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip hop, lyrical jazz, tumbling, stretching, aerobics, ballroom, ethnic dancing, and interpretive dancing.

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The question does read like some of these arstits are exploiting God to turn a profit, and to state it otherwise is naive. I cannot be persuaded that everyone who hopped on the praise and worship bandwagon did so with pure motives. Yet, I have no problem with these individuals making music for a living. Just call it what it is. Don't sell me sensationalistic and shallow lyrics with repetitive tunes as if they were soli deo gloria unless you're prepared to level a similar thought process to the fact that Mozart did so in a time when there was no emphatic categorization of the sacred and the secular.Here's where I find the primary rub: every aspect of life needs to be brought under the functional authority of the lordship of Jesus Christ. This is an amiable goal, but the true exemplification of this is not to go out into the world and do pretty much what everybody else is doing, only with a Jesus label attached. This is not the lordship of Christ rather it is Christians getting into the manufacturing of knock-offs. If something gets popular in the world, the Christians are right there with a competing model made with cheap labor in a Third World factory and using a lot more plastic. Wouldn't it be nice to be here to reach the lost isn't the same thing as actually engaging the world at every point, rather, it is a subtle outworking of the seperatistic mindset.I agree that Jesus' work was largely corrective towards the teaching of the Pharisees who had not only minimized the purpose of God's law to mere external adherence but also had added to His law with lengthy imposed additions and clarifications of his law. However, I do not think that is what is happening here. If we believe, and I think rightly so, that all truth is God's truth, then at some point we do need to objectively assess the nature of our practice with the first realization that we are most likely not in accordance with God's precepts at some point or another. This is not to preach legalistic justification (and if you accuse me of it I'll put you in the fishtank) but rather to emphasize the fact that while in our neat systematic theology there are obvious distinctions between justification and sanctification, they cannot be separated, for faith without works is dead. The perspective that shapes all my thoughts on this does boil down to a 100 proof belief that God's people have been commissioned to spread the declaration of Christ's lordship (i.e. the gospel), and often times the place that declaration is needed the most is in the midst of the people of God.

Praise Dance Certification

I am interested in Praise Dance Choreography/Liturgical Dance in the area of Atlanta Georgia? or thereby? Also, Rome Georgia is where I live, Atlanta is where I go to school.

Praise Dance Certification

rev. Jill Jackson, please call me at 219 242 7358 or email me, Thank you for your response.