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.
Recently while teaching a dance ministry class, I implemented the learning styles. I explained the movement while demonstrating it and had the students do the same (verbal), half of the class danced while the others watched (visual), I encouraged everyone to focus on listening to the music while moving with me (auditory), then after doing the dance combination at least 10 times,(kinesthetic), each student was able to minister the movement.
You may be saying Dana, I'm just a slow learner. It takes me forever to get the choreography regardless of knowing my learning style. Then I would suggest looking at those around you, following them and asking questions. Don't get discouraged. Trust God that at the right time, you will get the dance.
(Please understand not every teacher and choreographer will cater to your learning style. Due to time and other issues, rehearsal and dance class may be too short and if they are like me, they want to finish teaching the dance to everyone before time is up. So what should you do? Ask for what you need. If you are a visual learner, request for someone to show you the movement. If a verbal learner, insist on an explanation of the dance steps. Whatever your learning style, do not hesitate to pick the instructor and anyone else's brain for what you need. At the end of the day it's about you being your best for God. Make the teacher and fellow classmates help you!)
Dance Minister, God created your mind/brain and knows exactly how you process information. If you haven't already, ask God how you should approach a dance class, rehearsal or anything based on how you think. In all of your getting you must get understanding, (Proverbs 4:7). Knowing your learning style is important for retaining choreography and growing in dance technique. Every time you are in rehearsal and dance class, make sure to seek the help you need based on your learning style so the rehearsal process can be sweat less. Amen!
Before I go:
1. My book Letters To A Dance Minister: Lessons Learned From One Dance Minister To Another can be purchased on my web site www.danarainey.com then clicking on the Letters To A Dance Minister tab. It is a blessing to hear how it ministers to people. Order your letters of encouragement today!
2. I am teaching workshops in Ballet, Modern, African and Jazz dance at Break Free Worship Arts Institute in Bethlehem Pennsylvania every 3rd Saturday of the month starting September 11th. For more information go to www.bfdancestudio.com.
3. I am teaching for Reach Week NYC on Tuesday September 19th at 3:30 pm and Friday September 22nd at 3:30 pm at New Hope For The World Ministries, INC. For more information contact 917-930-1679.
4. I am teaching an Afro-Modern Jazz class for ALL Dance Ministers on Saturday September 30th, 2017 at Ripley Grier Studios located at 520 Eighth Avenue (Bet. 36th & 37th Streets) 16th Floor, New York, NY 10018. You can register for classes on my web site at www.danarainey.com under Life Movement Ministry-Classes tab.
I love you, I am praying for you and I believe God's best for your life!
In His Service,