Brit Ahm Dance Ministry
ADULT DANCE MINISTRY INFORMATION
ALL adult dance classes are held on the 2nd and 4th Shabbat each month, unless
announced otherwise, after Oneg from 1:15pm to 2:15pm.
For ages 12 and under please see our Children's Dance Ministry page
Adult Beginners (For ages 11 and older)
Classes are held after the High Holy Days through January in 5-6 sessions.
The material covered:
Basic steps and combinations used during corporate services.
Primarily to equip those who would like to participate in the dance during our regular services.
Adult Intermediate (For ages 12 and older)
Classes are held approximately from February until the fall High Holy Days (On the 2nd and 4th Shabbats of each month after oneg from 1:15pm to 2:15pm). It is strongly recommended that you learn the basics before taking this class, both to reduce your frustration and out of consideration for the rest of the class.
The material covered:
Building on the basics by learning more difficult steps, complex combinations and fully choreographed songs from a variety of styles.
To learn to worship G-D in a more challenging way, and those who qualify may be able to participate in presentations for special events like High Holy Days.
Members who show commitment by to intermediate classes and practice, and strive to do their individual best may be able to participate in high holy days dance presentations. Additional practices will be announced for special presentations, as well as dress code for each presentation.
Safety is important to us, so we ask that heeled shoes be removed for dance participation. For further information about participating in the dance ministry, please contact our Dance Ministry Coordinator via the office.
Dance Ministry Announcement!
Starting October 12, 2019, a new Beginner's Dance Class begins! Every 2nd and 4th Shabbat of the month this class will be held from 1:15 pm (sharp) to 2:15 pm for a commitment to 7 classes. Ages 11 and up are welcome. Minors will need parental consent to join. Please sign up through the office to participate.
1. Approach the dance circle with kavanah (intention to worship). Be ready and purposeful. This is the time for worship.
2. Give Ad-nai your best and all. You don't have to be perfect, but you do have to give your best!
3. Have an attitude willing to unite in the dance. This is a corporate/commUnity expression. Let us exalt Ad-nai TOGETHER! Psalm 34:4
4. Love your neighbor as yourself. Be aware of the space around you, and don't crowd your neighbors or distract them from worship. Enter and exit the dance, or dance area, with the safety of others in mind.
5. Time between songs is time to prepare. Please continue in an attitude of worship.
Note: Every dancer becomes part of the ministry when they enter the dance. Because we at Brit Ahm desire to honor Ad-nai with the dance, we ask that you ensure your attire will modestly accommodate movement before joining the dance. The dance ministry dress code is from shoulder to the top of the knee. Any questions about this should be addressed directly to our Dance Ministry Coordinator via the office.
We believe the Scriptures not only give us permission to worship G-D with dance, we also believe it encourages it (Ex. 15, Psalm 30, 149, 150)! There are about thirteen words translated as or associated with dance in the Scriptures. One of the Hebrew words for dance is machol, which means “a round dance.” Its root is chool, which means “to twist or whirl in a circular manner.” This is where we get our “circle” dance style! There are other words that are used for dance, and some words translated as rejoice mean to rejoice with dance (Psalm 13:5, 32:11, 35:9, 118:24, 149:2, Isa. 25:9, 61:10, Zec. 9:9). We rejoice (dance for joy) in our Salvation, Yeshua!
Biblical dance in the Scriptures is most commonly characterized as a community activity. We believe firmly that corporate worship should be inclusive! We endeavor to keep the dances simple in our regular corporate services to nurture this inclusive attitude. This also fosters unity in worshipping Ad-nai. Unity is not only something to which Ad-nai has called all of us, but also what Yeshua prayed for - that we would be ONE!