Conference Information

ZOOM LINK FOR "WITHIN THE CLOUD" CONFERENCE

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https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87817931338

Because of 'Staying Safer at Home,' during the pandemic, this conference will be taking place online, through Zoom. A couple days before the conference, you will be given the link to join, via email. 

DETAILED SCHEDULE*

FRIDAY,  SEPTEMBER 3, 2021, EASTERN STANDARD TIME

8:45 -     9:00 - Sign In to Zoom/Welcome
9:00 -     9:30 - Artistic Worship
9:30 -     9:45 - Weapons of Warfare/Movements of Breakthrough!
9:45 -   10:30 - Expressive Worship & Sign w/Flag Vocabulary 
10:30 - 10:45 - Break
10:45 - 11:30 - Bible Live! - Moving Scripture Study 
11:30 - 12:00 - Billow Cloth Beauty/ Veil/Prayer Shall Movements
12:00   - 1:30 - Lunch Break 
1:30 -     2:00 - Creative Worship (Possibly continue with Veil movements)
2:00 -     2:30 - Learn a 'Joyful' Praise Dance
2:30 -     2:45 - Break
2:45 -     4:20 - Prophetic Dance/ Artistic Ministry and Final Blessing
4:20 -     4:30 - Prepare for Concert (if there are 3 or less dances).
4:30 -     5:00 - Participants' Dance Concert 


LAST DAY TO SEND IN YOUR SONG NAME/ARTIST FOR CONCERT: Friday, August 27th. If by then, we have less than 5 dances signed up, we will have the concert at 4:15 on Friday. If there are 5 or more confirmed dances, by that date, we will have the concert at 6:30 EST on Friday night. If, for some reason we will not have heard from anyone about their song for the concert, we will simply conclude the day at 5:00 (without a concert). Please send in your song names early!

Here is the concert information:
Note: The scheduled Start times will be slightly different than what is shown on the initial web page because it is an online event. It will be the "Alternate Schedule" but will begin with Artistic Worship at 9:00, instead of 8:00, on both days.   

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021, EASTERN STANDARD TIME

8:45 -     9:00 - Sign In to Zoom/Welcome
9:00 -     9:20 - Artistic Worship
9:20-      9:30 - Sharing (from Friday's experience)
9:30 -     9:45 - Unity in Motion/The Corporate Move
9:45 -   10:00 - Break
10:00 - 12:00 - Modern/ Contemporary Dance Class 
                         Stretch and Adoration
                         Learn Parts of at Least One Reproducible Dance  
                         (Ref, Mod. Series 8 in Continuing Education courses)
12:00 -   1:30 - Lunch Break 
1:30 -     2:15 - Team Resolve/ Fruit of the Spirit
2:15 -     2:45 - Choreography Technique/Creative Concepts
                         Presentation Do's and Don'ts
2:45 -     3:00 - Break
3:00 -     3:30 - Worship Expressions
3:30 -     4:15 - Dance Composition/Movement Analysis
4:15 -     4:45 - Purposeful Pageantry
4:45 -     5:00 - Grateful Dance

 *The main time frames (in bold) will remain the stable. But the specific class times within may change, based on logistical interactions and Holy Spirit’s leading. 

Try to be there with your screen on as much as possible. We want to see your beautiful face:) Most of the subjects we will be covering are contained (in depth) in the videos that are available for sale.  

Remember, it is a very comfortable, casual atmosphere, so you can relax and enjoy. 'Can't wait!!

PRODUCT SALE PRICES AND LINKS

Here is where you may find the Continuing Education Courses in Modern Dance and Ballet Technique:  https://www.dancingforhim.com/school/  Scroll down that page once you are there. I hope you enjoy it!

Conference Special good through September 4th (midnight EST)

The links above lead to specific DVDs/Books that relate to what we will be doing. Here is the complete listing of what is available for sale at drastically reduced prices:

DFH VIDEOS  - 60% off (Discs Only) from now through midnight 9/4 - Use Discount Code:  DVDSALE upon checkout.
For DVDs sold out, the digital versions are marked down to only $8.

DFH BOOKS - 20% off (Regular and E-Books) from now through midnight 9/4 - Use Discount Code:  BOOKSALE upon checkout. 

You'll notice that many of the DFH Books have a corresponding video. Also, several of the videos have multiple versions (Expressive I and II, for example).

PASTOR WIL'S BOOKS - 60% off (Regular and E-Books) from now through midnight 8/14- Use Discount Code:  WSASALE upon checkout. 

OTHER PRODUCTS

I’ll be showing some of these items during the pre-conference meeting and during the conference. I’ll also show you some of the items (mostly books and DVDs) after that particular subject will be taught. 

I hope you will take advantage of the especially low prices. Some DVD titles are nearly sold out. First come first served. Once they are gone, they will be no more:)  Please keep this page's link for reference.

Also, it would be nice to have some of the books and DVDs to study, and T-shirts to wear before the conference. You may order as late as Friday, August 27th (before the conference), to receive T-shirts, books and DVDs before the conference (within US boarders). 

Special ordered flags, veils and silk billows will take about 2-4 weeks. 

I do have on hand and can put in the mail:  

1 light, Heavenly blue flag set

4 dark blue, Royalty tissue lame billow cloths

1 white silk, Holy prayer shawl/veil

More coming soon... Check back for updates and a video to show what I'll have:)

You may order items and even choose colors, etc. but they will be ordered and possibly created. 

DFH T-SHIRTS -  EXCITING NEWS! I just received my order for a whole new lot of beautiful Dancing For Him T-shirts (in beautiful new colors), including sizes 3X, 4X and 5X!

 CLICK HERE OR on the pic above, to see video clips of what is on hand now!  

HAND DYED SILK FLAGS (Set of 2)  

Regular Size (34X44) - Normally $90   Now - $85

Large Size (45X60)  -  Normally $110  Now - $100

Large With Heart -  Normally $125      Now - $110

During the Mini Flag Workshop, I showed all the new flags that are now available! You may see them in this video:  

Sold out already:  Red/blood of Jesus; 1 Fire; 1 Healing Green. Order now! They really do go fast:)

HAND DYED SILK VEILS - Normally $61  Now - $55 https://www.dancingforhim.com/shop/hand-dyed-silk-veil-prayer-shawl.html

Click in the link above to see a video for what is currently available (coming very soon).

BILLOW BANNERS - Tissue Lame (5 Yards) - Normally $43   Now - $40  https://www.dancingforhim.com/shop/billow-banners.html

See pre-conference video for what is available - currently dark royal blue

HAND DYED SILK BILLOWS (5 Yards) - Normally $65   Now - $60 https://www.dancingforhim.com/shop/billow-banners.html

You may order any flag set or veils in colors shown or create your own color combo (2 colors work best or 3 is OK). Order in links above.  

CLASS ACTIVATIONS

WEAPONS OF WARFARE/MOVEMENTS OF BREAKTHROUGH SCRIPTURES

Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants, You have [a]ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.   Psalm 8:2 NKJV

Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand, To execute vengeance on the nations, And punishments on the peoples; To bind their kings with chains, And their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute on them the written judgment— This honor have all His saints. Psalm 149:6-9 NKJV

For the weapons of our warfare are not [a]carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NKJV

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the [a]wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of [b]the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:10-13 NKJV

EXPRESSIVE WORSHIP AND SIGN

For the Expressive Sign/Flag Vocabulary part of the conference, I’m going to be teaching some movements to words found in common worship songs. After you learn them, we’ll be doing an ‘activation’ (learn by doing an activity) to sort of put it together creatively. 
Here is a list of pairs of words (reading from left to right). You’ll be moving with the people that have the word across from your word. 
Example:  Desire will move with Sing; Worthy will move with Praise and so on… I’ll explain the activation after showing you the movements.
We will break up into Zoom Breakout rooms. Each room or group will be assigned a pair of words like this:
GROUP/ROOM 1 - HOLY/SPIRIT

GROUP/ROOM  2 - FATHER/HEAVEN

GROUP/ROOM  3 - JESUS/LORD

GROUP/ROOM  4 - HONOR/MAJESTY

GROUP/ROOM  5 - KING/GLORY

You'll have about 15 minutes to work together with these particular words. I will give specific instructions during the conference. It will be a fun way to creatively learn some expressive movements! If we have more time, we'll do more words.
Related resources that you may appreciate (found in alphabetical order on the page):

Expressive Worship and Sign
Expressive Worship and Sign II
More Expressive Sign
Expressive Worship and Dance
Worship Expressions and the Solo Dancer

ACTIVE WORD STUDY (Bible Live! - Movement Scripture Study)

We will be breaking up into 3-4 groups (Zoom will randomly pick) and you'll go into the respective breakout rooms. This is a fun way to learn where dance is in the Bible and why we dance before the Lord! We will do at least the first 3 words, but should time allow, possibly more. 

This conference activation sheet shows a very small excerpt taken from the Dance, Dance, Dance book and it is also shown on the Dance, Dance, Dance video

BILLOW CLOTH BEAUTY

BILLOW VIDEO

10:07  Mushroom

14:31  2 Cloths

20:52  Multiple Cloths

26:20  Cloths plus Dancers

29:13  Starburst

29:28  Exit

33:13  Cross

CREATIVE WORSHIP

Mirror & Echoes

Planned Spontaneity

Group Shapes

NSEW

Body Sculpting

Unison in Movement

Background/Foreground

CONCERT

The ending dance concert is always a highlight of any conference. It is a very comfortable, relaxed atmosphere where we get to see what dances you have been given by the Lord. Please know that we are all here to support and encourage one another and will so appreciate seeing your dance. You do not need to be a professional at all! Simply have a worshipper's heart:) So, if it has been on your heart to present a dance, please do!

This is the current information on who desires to dance in the concert, along with their song information. As we draw closer to the time, this will be updated with more dances and the correct order.  I will be downloading your music and putting it on one playlist to go into my iPod. My playing it through the microphone will help the concert to run smoothly and sound very good. This process of downloading and transferring the music, etc. takes time. So, thank you for sending your song name/artist and where to find it (special version, etc.) no later than Friday, August 27th. Thank you.

Listing will be posted here after Saturday, August 28th.

TEAM TIPS From the Team Terrificus book and the Called to Dance VIDEO

Team: A group of people working together in a coordinated effort; to join in a cooperative activity; people who individually subordinate personal aspirations and work in a coordinated effort with other members of a group, or team, in striving for a common goal.

Love 

An undefeatable benevolence and unconquerable goodwill that always seeks the highest good of the other person, no matter what he does. 

1. Be willing to be spontaneous. Have spiritual acumen (sharpness, or quickness of understanding). During praise and worship, be aware of what is going on around you naturally and spiritually. Leaders—listen to the Spirit of God for changes in the service. Watch for directions from the leadership and worship director. Members—watch for the dance leader’s directives. Be aware and on top of any changes the leader may give you. 

Joy 

Rejoice, be glad, be joyful. To spin around with intense motion. Dancing or leaping for joy. 

2. Don’t get upset when you are chosen to do “just flags” or “just cloths.” It may be a test of your character, or the leader may need more experienced people to make sure that the flag part is done at the right time with good timing. It may be that the flag part is the most important part in the dance. 

Peace 

Completeness, wholeness, health, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, fullness, rest, harmony; the absence of agitation or discord.

3. Dance members, try to avoid helping too much. Let the leader work through the choreography. Sometimes it takes development and time. If you do make suggestions, be mindful of how they are presented. Perhaps seeing the leader after practice would be good. 

Patience

Long suffering, lenience, forbearance, fortitude, patient endurance, the ability to endure persecution and ill-treatment. It describes a person who has the power to exercise revenge but instead exercises restraint.

4. Don’t strive for position or leadership. When it’s obvious that you are striving for it, that is a sure sign to leadership that you are not ready for it. Be humble and submissive and serve genuinely. Be faithful in the little things (set up, clean up, etc.) with a loving attitude and eventually, (through patient endurance) you will be raised up. Check your heart motivation.

Goodness

Kindness in actual manifestation, virtue equipped for action, a bountiful propensity both to will and to do what is good, intrinsic goodness producing a generosity and a God-like state or being. Combines being good and doing good. 

5. Be willing to silently bring out or put away props. Will to do good especially without expecting reward or recognition. Offer to fold the cloths or wrap the flags or hang up the costumes. If you have the opportunity, and access, just do it without asking. Surprise your dance leader with a clean and organized wardrobe/prop closet.

Kindness

Love for mankind, hospitality, readiness to help, human friendship, taking thought of others, lovingkindness toward men, goodness in action, sweetness of disposition, gentleness in dealing with others, benevolence, affability. The word describes the ability to act for the welfare of those taxing your patience. The Holy Spirit removes abrasive qualities from the character of one under His control. 

6. Show lovingkindness to those team/family members who are, at times, not kind. They may have had a really hard day or life. Your simple act of kindness may crack their shell of insolence and, bring forth the deliverance they need. Don’t wear your “heart on your shirtsleeve.” Declare that: I will not receive an offense for any reason at any time!

Faithfulness

Firmness, stability, fidelity, conscientiousness, steadiness, certainty; that which is permanent, enduring, steadfast. To be firm, sure, established, and steady. Certain, stable unchangingly fixed. 

7. If you are an advanced dancer, do not skip practices once you feel like YOU know the dance. Your leader needs you especially, to see how it all fits together. If you miss (and there were changes), then the leader has to spend extra time with you. Leaders, it may be good to set guidelines for required practice times.

Gentleness 

A disposition that is even-tempered, tranquil, balanced in spirit, unpretentious, and that has the passions under control. Meekness (power and strength under control). The person who possesses this quality pardons injuries, corrects faults, and rules his own spirit well. 

8. Work on the part of the dance that you do have. Come at least partially prepared at practice even if you don’t have the whole dance. This avoids confusion and the feeling of being “frazzled“ or loose-ended. Be tranquil. Practice and complete a section during a practice time. This makes the team feel good—like they accomplished something (because they did!).

Self-control 

To control of one’s self, or of one’s own emotions, desires, actions, etc. 

9. Never question or doubt what your leader says (especially) in front of the other team members. If your question is not answered by the end of practice, then quietly approach your leader on the side and pose the question or suggestion. Do not be offended if your suggestions are not always accepted.

CHOREOGRAPHY AND PRESENTATION DOS AND DONT'SFrom the Divine Choreography Book and the Dance Composition DVD

  1. Don’t Just walk on stage haphazardly (cutting up and not standing in ready position).  Do Enter in an orderly, reverent manner. Be well rehearsed.
  2. Don’t Make people wait a long time while you get to the platform. Do Be ready to go, so service runs smoothly.
  3. Don’t Show impatience with the sound man (rolling of the eyes, using hand motions to move him along more quickly, Etc.). Do Have patience with the sound person. While waiting for music to begin, hold your position.
  4. Don’t Have a sloppy appearance. Do Have a nice neat appearance with uniformity in dress. Everyone in the dance should have either ballet shoes or bare feet (not some in shoes and some, not). 
  5. Don’t Adjust costume, fix hair, or rub eyes, especially while you are waiting in place for the music to begin, as the congregation’s eyes head straight for your movement (however small and insignificant it may seem). Do Make sure your costume is situated before you go on. If a part of the costume should fall off, make the best of it as if it never happened, and the congregation will soon forget there was a problem. 
  6. Don’t Chew gum!! It’s distracting and hazardous to your health (should you jump and choke on it). Do Smile from your heart.
    1. Don’t Sing when doing a presentation dance. The congregation will look directly at the person who is singing and may miss the message of the dance. Do Know the song and sing it in your heart.
  7. Don’t Goof and let your face show it, or fix your mistakes in the middle of them. Generally, the congregation will never know you made a mistake unless you tell them with your expression of dismay or by obvious corrections. Do Keep moving and smiling as if nothing had happened.
  8. Don’t Do a solo with more then one person. In other words, having two or more people doing all the same movements all at the same time, all the same way, in the same direction. That is boring. Do Vary your movements. 
  9. Don’t Have a sloppy ending. The ending’s value is about almost fifty percent of the dance. The audience wants emotional satisfaction. Do Practice the ending of the dance. It is very important because it is the last thing the congregation remembers! Be sure to work on it extensively as the viewers may forgive and forget mistakes in the beginning and middle if the ending is good. 
  10. Don’t Exit by: just walking off and talking to each other; finding your seat; or maybe waving to someone in the congregation, Etc. It’s a good idea to exit while they are still clapping, as it is rather anticlimactic to exit while the church is ready to move on to other things and they’re just waiting for you to get out of the way. Do Plan your exit. Have uniformity and order. Maintain an attitude of worship until you are out of sight. 

DANCE COMPOSITION  (From the Divine Choreography Book; Divine Choreography DVD; Dance Composition DVD)

Based on Laban’s Analysis of Movement; found in the Dance Composition DVD and the Divine Choreography Tips and Techniques Book.

Divide into 8 groups (OR 4) - Each group  will do 2 counts of 8 of the following:

GROUPS 1 AND 2 - ACTIONS OF THE BODY

1. Gesture, leading into a turn

2. Travel into balance

GROUPS 3 AND 4 - SPACIAL ENVIRONMENT

3. Start with very small movements and increase in size to very large

4. Intersperse large and small movements

GROUPS 5 AND 6 - RELATIONSHIP

5. Move from a single row, to two rows, to three or four rows

6. Move in Succession

GROUPS 7 AND 8 - QUALITIES OF MOVEMENT

7. Release all tension and collapse

8. Make a series of bound and sudden or sharp movements

WORSHIP EXPRESSIONS (From the Worship Expressions and the Solo Dancer DVD)


PURPOSEFUL PAGEANTRY (From the Processionals, Props and Pageantry book)

May the blessings of the Lord overtake you!