4th June to 8th June 2018
£260 Half Board
Our theme this year is 'Dancing on the Promises of God'.
Dance is a most expressive way of declaring our love for and devotion to God. Some of us are able to vocalise that love through prayers, others through the written word. For others, physical movement is what connects us to the heart of God. Perhaps this is an area of worship that you’d love to explore further?
Andrew , Marie and the dance team have been involved in Christian Dance for many years and have immense experience in leading folk into a freedom with worship in dance, both modern and the more traditional. Whether you’re an experienced or new dancer, man or woman, old or young, do consider joining us for these few days, experiencing a variety of dance … contemporary, Israeli, flags, staves and much more.
“This is a place to be built up. Everyone being valued and special as a child of God; the variety of dance, always something new to learn - giving a healthy physical, mental, spiritual and emotional challenge.”
If you are a little unsure of whether dancing is for you...read on
Since I came over here in '86 and started attending the Open churches, I have become acclimatised
to most of the differences from my Anglican background-
worship bands and their music,
prayer and preaching,
home groups and most facets of church life.
However, one aspect that I could never feel comfortable with was - you guessed it -
Dance... also flag waving and ribbon twirling.
Dance was for me out of place....and usually not done very well.
Most dancers seemed only capable of running from A to B and taking a "pose", then running from B to C and taking another "pose"
(usually with a grimace of some sort}....and then repeating what they'd just done over and over
....and unfortunately over again ad infinitum. Most dancing and dancers were for me amateurish and uninteresting
and took away from, rather than adding to, my experience of worship.
However...and it's a BIG HOWEVER... on the Sunday morning while we were playing our worship music,
I watched the dancers, and particularly Anna Arnold, dance.
And I experienced my "AHA!!!" moment. Anna and her dancing partner were beautiful, and wonderful to watch.
Their outer expression of their inner Love and Worship for Abba was exquisite. I saw each heart dance.
So I know what dancers can do as their expression of worship now. I realise that regardless of the skill level of the person dancing,
that person is giving their ALL at that moment...in much the same way as we musicians do as we play...
So bring on the dancing and flag waving and ribbon twirling and joy and emotions of the dance in praise to Abba.
I 'll play my strings off for them.
The Course starts on Monday evening with a lovely Dinner (we like to change for the evening meal) and then the introductory meeting with free worship dance to end the evening.
Tues, Wed and Thurs. after breakfast we have a variety of workshops 9.45am - 11.15am, coffee, then 11.30am - 1pm. Lunch (light lunches available to buy in the Tea Room, or bring your own Ryvitas and cup-a-soup!!!!!].
Afternoons are free to rest or explore. Late afternoon workshop on Tuesday and Wednesday 4.15pm - 5.15pm (possibly Israeli dance so ladies bring a swirly skirt!), Also Andrew does a men’s workshop.
The evenings; Mon – Introduction and some community dance; Tues – Celebrating 30 years of the International Christian Dance Fellowship; Wed – Messianic Night. Please dress in blue and white (Marie will have her white skirts to borrow), men can wear white shirts and black trousers if possible; Thurs - Gala Night, we dance what we have practised during the week.
N.B. If you wish to take part in the Gala Night you are required to attend the rehearsal for your dance(s) on Thursday afternoon. Notices of times of rehearsal will be displayed.
Bring enthusiasm, comfortable clothes and soft shoes to dance in, the floors are carpeted. Please note that we aim to make the workshops accessible but also feel free to do what you want to do. Flags and ribbons are provided but you are welcome to bring your own.
Kingdom Dance Resources will also be on sale.
The break finishes with breakfast on Friday.
We look forward to seeing you!
Marie Bensley; Director, CDFB