The blue drop down bars below, contain all the basic information about what you'll need and basically what you'll be required to do in order to progress through the course successfully. Please take a few minutes to read through all of them, as you will need to have and know this information to graduate.
Purchase the DFH School Level I product pack or all of the DFH products (for greater savings), or complete your library (of the most current versions), on or before school begins (January 10th). If you are not sure what the most current version is, you can compare what you have with the video clip on the web site. That will be very obvious. If you are still not certain, you may email me. That is currently the 33 DVD's and 8 Books. There is a possibility that you may be required to purchase one or two more new DVDs as they become available, or sometime over the course of four years, as that topic of study may be added to your curriculum.
If you go on to subsequent Levels, you'll also need, "The Worshipping Bride" and "The Pillars of Leadership" books (Level 2), both by Wesley Scott Amos. That may be found HERE or HERE as well as HERE or HERE. For Level II, you may get the Level II product pack. But for greater savings it is advised to get the DFH product pack, in the link above, before you begin Level I. There will be other books and videos required for the upper classes as well.
Complete your full payment ($600) for this Level 1 course before you begin (details in the Registration/Tuition Information drop down tab). All tuition must be paid in full on or before December 31st. There will be absolutely no exceptions.
Once you register, you will be given an initial welcome letter. Then, on or around January 10th, you will be given your course outline web link with detailed instructions.
Not only will you study (during a specific completion timeline), write about and review each product, but you will be asked to do (not just watch) some of the more active topics (ballet, modern, stretch etc.). There will be certain time frames where you will work on several subjects simultaneously. Of course, you will listen to your body and do what is comfortable for you. Modify where it is necessary. No dance experience is required to take this course.
When we study Choreography and Dance Composition, Creative Worship, and others, you’ll be given video assignments respectively. Do not worry... you do not have to already be an expert in these areas to learn. This is designed for ALL skill levels. You’ll have a place on a private Facebook page where you may upload your video assignments for peer review. Your video assignments will be uploaded to Youtube, then shared to the private Facebook page and to Moodle (the grading system's website).
You'll eventually write an essay on each and every product (books and videos). Your one page written essays (200-400 words) will be sent via email to your accountability partner for encouragement, as well as into the grading system's web site for your credit.
Your 3 sentence evaluations of each product will be uploaded to the DFH book store in two places.
Then you may choose to also copy and paste them into the same products, respectively, in Amazon.com.
So you must be able to understand these on-line vehicles.
It goes without saying that you'll need a computer, a phone camera or some sort of camera that you can upload short video clips and of course internet access.
PLEASE NOTE: This is an online school. So, you must have a basic understanding of computers. You need to know how to copy and paste; knowing what a browser is and how to change one; you must already have a personal Facebook page (only we in the school will see, when you select that option), as well as a Youtube account. These are some of the basics that you absolutely must have before you begin the program.
You will be asked to join in on our bi-monthly, group discussion video chats through “Zoom.US.” If you cannot join in with us on the selected date, you will need to listen/watch the recording within a two week period of time.
All levels will be required to participate/attend at least 6 of the 18 chats during your school year. You are excused if you live 3 or more time zones away from Eastern Standard Time.
Or, if there is a smaller number of students (hence fewer questions to discuss), we may have the chats only one time/month, in which case, your requirements to attend will be half (at least 3 of the 9 chats). You will be notified on your level's Facebook page at the beginning of the year or during the orientation video chat, if there will be that change.
For these, you will be asked to write in one worship dance related question per month that we will discuss during the video chats. These should be questions that have been on your heart related to team concepts/issues, presentation techniques, choreography and/or ministry. They may also be related to the current topics about which you are studying. You will be required attendance/participation in the video chats a minimum of 2 chats per semester. Please do not write in Facebook if you are unable attend. However, it is recommended that you attend all of them. Your input is so important to all of us!
Again, those who are 3 or more time zones away from Eastern Standard Time are excused (because of time zone difference), but need to listen to/watch the recording within two weeks. The recording will be posted (typically the next day) on your level's Facebook page.
You'll systematically critique the DFH web site and Facebook conference listings for accuracy, which will help you with your future endeavors. You will also be asked to join or 'like' the DFH Facebook page, to post and share periodically. You'll be asked to comment on the posts made on that page and participate in discussions.
You'll be given an alumni graduate or upperclass person (level 2-4 student) who will read your essays and watch your uploads. This person will be your accountability partner and will help you with questions you may have. Pastor Lynn will randomly choose some of your uploads to watch in Facebook. So you will need to remember to post both in Moodle, the grading system and in the private school Facebook page.
Within your school year, you’ll be required to register and attend at least one DFH event. This is at your own expense, with the intention of participating and learning, while also serving the ministry. This could be at the registration table, helping to set up/break down, bagging the products at table times, counting off groups for the activations, handing out tissues during ministry times, closing down, helping with inventory and possibly assisting Pastor Lynn (or graduate teacher) with some of the demonstrations.
It is very important to not only serve, but attend and participate fully in the conferences because it re-enforces some of the material you will have just learned or will be studying. You'll enjoy fellowship with other students and alumni. Plus it is important, especially if you go on to higher levels, working toward getting your certificate of license, that you get a greater understanding of who Pastor Lynn is and what Dancing For Him Ministries is all about. Plus Pastor Lynn and DFH (the licensing organization), can observe your heart for worship, Christ like character, and servant's heart.
If you don't yet see a conference in your region, pray about having one at your own church. Please email me if this interests you. If there are less than 5 conference/retreats listed by December 31st, then you may use the graduation retreat as your requirement. This is always the last event of the year, normally the first weekend in November.
Students who live outside of the continents of North and South America (those who are across the Atlantic or Pacific oceans) are excused from attending, but are encouraged to come.
This means that those inside North and South America will be required to attend one conference during the school year.
Those of you outside of the continental United States (Canada, Puerto Rico for example) may attend the graduation conference to fulfill that requirement.
For those in Level 1, within the continental United States, the graduation conference will NOT count as your one conference requirement. But you are encouraged to attend. Again, however, If there are less than 5 conference/retreats listed by December 31st, then you may use the graduation retreat as your requirement. This is always the last event of the year, normally the first weekend in November.
All graduating students are requested to attend the graduation conference. You will not be required, but we hope that you will want to attend. After working with all the other students throughout the year, I'm sure you'll want to get together and this will be a great opportunity. If you will have successfully completed the year of study and assignments, you may serve at the conference, help with set up/clean up, do the registration and product tables, video taping, etc. It is also possible that you will be in the professional production of a new DFH video there. At the end, on Saturday evening (or in some cases where it is a retreat, Sunday morning), certificates will be awarded during the graduation ceremony. This will always be the first conference after you will have finished the course and may be in a different location every year. Those who do not attend the graduation conference/retreat will receive their certificate via email in a PDF format.
In January, you’ll be required to submit two letters of recommendation from people who will have seen you teach some form of dance and/or can vouch for your Christian character (preferably your Pastor and a church leader of some kind). It would be advised to begin working on this long before you enroll.
You will be required to submit your biography in an extended version. This would be something you could put on your own web site. Also, send a very condensed version that could be placed on a conference hand out. Along with that, send a nice head shot photo. There will also be an application and form to fill out describing your Christian experience and beliefs.
Sometime after your registration is complete, you'll be sent an email announcement about an orientation video chat to take place between January 10th and January 31st.
Also in January, you will upload in Facebook and Moodle, an introduction video of yourself (4-6 minutes), so we may all get to know you a little and so you may practice uploading before assignments will be due.
So that first month of practice and getting familiar with the systems gives you ample time to prepare, before actual assignments become due during the second month. Also, if you happen to be reading this information before a school session begins, you may practice and prepare well in advance.
There will be a private Facebook page where you may communicate and share with others who are also going through the programs. Since you will be watching and commenting on their assignment videos anyway, this is a wonderful way to get to know each other. This is a place where life-long friendships are established. It fosters tremendous fellowship and support.
The program will go according to a calendar year, beginning January 10th and ending October 24th. No students will be allowed to join this year's program if they register after December 31st. All must be registered on or before December 31st. If you can not register by then, we will ask that you kindly wait until the next session or the following year to register. If you do register anytime after the cutoff date for a session, you will automatically be considered a student for the following session.
While there is a weekly (strongly suggested) guideline, all assignments must be turned in monthly, during each month as the course outline will show. It is imperative that all assignments be turned in on time. There is a numerical point system of reward for those responsible to turn in their assignments on time.
If you register early (before December 31st), you are more than welcome to begin studying all the books and DVD's and writing one page essays (around 200-400 words). However, please store them in a folder on your computer and turn them in when they are due. These essays will be about what you will have read or seen, so I can tell you will have thoroughly studied the material. Please note, though, we will not be sending you all the specific assignments (with due dates), Facebook page, etc. until on or around January 10th, in case there needs to be any changes made to the curriculum.
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