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Adoration Liturgical Dance Ensemble and Rejoice Dance Ministry

A Brief History

The Adoration Liturgical Dance Ensemble was formed in 2008 by Heather Taylor, Jenny Roberts, and Beth Judd at Northwest Hills United Methodist Church to provide a visual and creative enhancement for worship. Adoration has presented over 60 original works choreographed by Heather Taylor. Taylor was a professional ballet dancer for17 years and danced with Ballet Austin, Ballet El Paso and the Louisville Ballet. She earned a B.S. degree in Ballet Performance from Indiana University and a Texas teaching certificate in Life/Earth science. She taught eighth grade science for three years while balancing dancing and teaching. She danced many soloist roles when she danced professionally. She was promoted to principal teacher at Ballet Austin when her first child was born, and continued to teach for Ballet Austin until her second child was born in 2008.

Ages Groups

Adoration Dance Ministry is the dance group for dancers ages 4th grade and up.

Rejoice Dance Ministry is a group of kindergarten through third graders who dance periodically in worship.

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Weekly Practice

Weekly dance practice gives the dancers an opportunity to grow closer to our Lord Jesus Christ while developing friendships and staying healthy. Dancers stretch, share good news, and get to know one another in a relaxed environment. Ballet technique class follows, as do rehearsals for any upcoming presentations. Each class and rehearsal ends in prayer. Adult dancers meet in the morning for dance practice one time per week. Youth dancers meet in the afternoon one time per week. As presentations draw closer, occasional Sunday rehearsals are necessary.

Some Adoration dancers balance their rigorous dance training at other dance academies with dance at church. Because rehearsals are typically just one time per week, the main focus of the ministry is choreography for worship while building a relationship with God and a relationship with others on a journey of faith. Dancers can also develop technical dance skills to help build confidence for presentations in worship.

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Diversity

The Adoration dance ministry has welcomed visiting international children whose parents come to study in the U.S. One young visiting dancer was baptized in her time in the U.S. and at NWHUMC. Adoration welcomes all people to participate regardless of age, gender, race, nationality or ability.

Live Music

Adoration has the unique opportunity to work with musicians who play live music during worship. Jordan Burchill is our music worship leader. He and the band, Joyful Praise, frequently play for the dance ministry in presentations.

Dance Camp

NWHUMC typically hosts an annual dance camp in the summer where children who are rising fourth graders or older meet for a half-day of activities such as dance technique, choreography and crafts. Kim Hoffman has been a long-time assistant in the dance ministry. She helps with many rehearsals, makes costumes and leads crafts such as pillow case making for patients at Dell Children’s Medical Center. For more information about Adoration or Rejoice, contact Heather Taylor at htaylor20@austin.rr.com.