Hosting a liturgical dance workshop is a great way to build your dance skill, have fun, and fellowship. Inviting other churches is also a great way to network with other dance ministries and fellowship with the body of Christ. Here are a few things that you will need for a liturgical dance workshop.
You will need to carve out a couple of hours on a Saturday morning to host the workshop. It is best to allow around three to four hours so that you will not feel rushed. The workshop time should be longer than your normal rehearsal times.
It is important that you have enough space to host your liturgical dance workshop. If you are inviting a large group to the workshop, then it is important to have enough space to accommodate everyone. Hosting in fellowship halls or the church should provide enough space. If not, perhaps consider renting a space for a nominal fee.
It is not enough to host a liturgical dance workshop. You must have a plan as well. You need to know what topics will be covered, what scriptures you will be using, written lessons so that the attendants can follow along, music that will be used, and the dance skills that will be taught. It is best to know the needs of your dance ministry so you can better prepare for the dance workshop. For instance, if your liturgical dance ministry needs help will turning or will particular dance styles plan to teach those subjects.
If you know that your dancers need a certain skill, but are not able to provide with the teaching you can hire an expert to come and help with that portion of your workshop. Hiring a professional instructor or another liturgical dance instructor with a certain skill that you need will help your dance ministry gain the skill that is needed.
If you are having more than one dance ministry join you for the workshop have everyone bring their praise dance garments, worship flags, and streamers so that you can have a celebration of dance at the end. This is to commemorate the event and to worship together. There is something beautiful that happens when God's people come together to worship in unity, with the same mind. Definitely, the presence of God does show up.
All in all remember that liturgical dance workshops are meant to provide skill building to your dance ministry, fellowship, and fun.
Here is an example of a workshop syllabus that I would use as a guest instructor.