Lessons From A Dance Minister: What's Your Learning Style?

Hi Dance, Flag and Mime Ministers,

Welcome to my blog Lessons From A Dance Minister. It is a spin off from my book Letters To A Dance Minister: Lessons Learned From One Dance Minister To Another. The book deals with emotional healing, deliverance and spiritual victory for the Dance Minister, but in my blogs, I want to address practical things Dance Ministers can do to help them become their absolute best for God. My desire is to motivate the Dance, Flag and Mime Minister to achieve their personal and corporate level of excellence spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. That is why I share my testimonies and teach. We are all in this world together so we might as well help one another. Amen? So I want to share with you a great way to retain choreography, grow in dance technique and minister stress free.

Today's blog addresses various learning styles and how we can utilize our individual learning process to grow as ministers. God gave you specific ways of absorbing and retaining information. As dancing and moving preachers, teachers, choreographers and students, your job is to know what type of learner you are and apply it to your development in ministry.

How you learn is important to God and needs to be incorporated in the dance/movement class and rehearsal process. Often times I see ministers trying to catch dance steps as fast as the teacher or choreographer throws them and struggling to retain movement and dance technique. Some assume they are not qualified to minister because they do not grasp movement like their fellow ministers. Well the devil is a liar! It's not that you don't belong in ministry. It's that you need to be reminded of how you learn and be assertive in asking the necessary questions when working with choreographers and teachers. Value your individual approach to obtaining movement and help others do the same.

From my experience as a dance student, teacher, and choreographer, I discovered that most dance ministers are visual, auditory, verbal and kinesthetic learners.

Auditory learners-connect music cues and specific sounds to movement. For example when a song has a drum cue or solo, the dance minister knows to execute a particular step or move in a specific direction.

Visual learners- see movement patterns and can memorize by observing choreography.

Verbal learners- say the names and patterns of movement in order to remember the choreography.

Kinesthetic learner- is hands on, do the steps type of learners. They rehearse the movements and retain them based on muscle memory. When the music comes on they dance the choreography without thinking.