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10 Things Every Dance Ministry Leader Should Know

My husband plays the keyboard and sings for the children's church ministry at his uncle's church in Detroit. He also helps with the older adult choir on specific Sundays.

My husband's uncle asked him, urgently, if he would help them learn more about praise and worship. He agreed and I must say things are really looking different in this church. The church that I am speaking of shall remain nameless. However, it is known for not allowing certain things to happen within the church especially praise dance.

I told my husband to be on the look out for praise dancing because once people learn more about praise and worship, then they will be more open to this ministry.

I was right! It's been about six weeks since the praise dance team ministered for the first time.

I know the new dance leader is excited. It is a privilege to lead a group of people who are excited about dance.

If I had an opportunity to tell the new leader anything about her new role I would give her the following 10 tips for dance ministry leaders.


  1. Practice patience with your dancers. Some will catch on to dance steps faster than others. It is important to have the fortitude to exhibit patience when dances are not turning out the way you envisioned.
  2. Create a vision for your group. Give them a goal and plan to work towards. For example, give them a goal of becoming stronger in spiritual foundation regardless of age.
  3. Have an open heart when it comes to incorporating songs that you are not used to.
  4. Always have a flag ministry on hand. I use this technique when dance steps are too hard for certain dancers. I have given certain dancers a solo or something different to do. That way they will always feel a part of the group.
  5. Listen to your dancers feelings.
  6. Praise your dancers for their excellent work.
  7. Encourage dance lessons outside of church, especially ballet. Grace and proper movement to so important in every kind of dance. If you ever wanted to do certain leaps or turns you must learn how ballet dancers do it.
  8. Always have a second song prepared or be ready to minister spontaneously after the initial dance. 
  9. Take time to create fun activities for your dancers to keep a cohesive group. 
  10. Always lead with love. 

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