Ballet On Wheels is on a “quest for the best” national praise dance teams to compete in our upcoming “Dance in His Name” Praise Dance Showcase & Competition! We know what you may be thinking, “Why is a ballet school hosting a praise dance competition?”
According to Dancing In The Spirit, Foundation of Liturgical Dance, the history of liturgical and praise dancing dates back to biblical times and shows rejoicing and thankfulness for what the Lord has done, even for our triumphs. Even renowned choreographer Alvin Ailey used elements of liturgical dance in his most populardance piece “Revelations.”
Founded in 2005, “Dance in His Name” (DIHN) is a national showcase and competition that allows praise dance teams the opportunity to unify via movement and compete in the name of dance. The competition has awarded over $ 9,500 in cash prizes to date. Over 60 dance teams have participated in the event arriving from all parts of the country.
“DIHN is a great platform to showcase the artistry in praise dancing to the general public. Without this competition, this unique style of dancing is most times limited to Church worship,” said Chauniece Thompson, Executive Artistic Director.
The seventh annual national liturgical dance competition will be held Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 4:00 PM at the Buckman Performing Arts Center, located at 60 Perkins Ext., Memphis, Tennessee 38117.
It is open to all praise dance styles and genres, including Lyrical, Contemporary, Mimes, Christian Step Teams, African, Classical, Jazz and Hip Hop.
Each team will be scored on their overall performance in a variety of categories. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded. The grand prize winner will receive $750.
General admission tickets are currently on sale for $15 and can be purchased at www.dihn2017tickets.eventbrite.com.
For more information or to register your team, visit www.danceinhisname.org or call us at 901.870.4348.