DANCE

 

rev stephREV. STEPHANIE BUTLER ADAMS- Director of Liturgical Dance for the International AME Church.   Rev. Stephanie Butler Adams is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She holds undergraduate degrees in Journalism (B.S.) and Dance (B.A.) from the University of Maryland, and post graduate (M.A.Th.) in Theology from the United Theological College of the West Indies. Prior to her transition from professional dance performance and corporate consulting with MCI Communications for Fortune 500 companies, to full-time ministry 15 years ago, Stephanie sat under the tutelage of some of the best choreographers, dancers, and movement analysts across the Nations including the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance (NYC), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (NYC), Kei Ta-Kei & Moving Earth (Japan), Improvisations Unlimited (Washington, DC), the Laban Institute of Movement (NYC), and more. She has ministered in Sacred Dance alongside a host of renowned Gospel Artists. Stephanie is the Founder and Director for Spirit of Praise Sacred Artistry, International and Associate Minister of Worship and Arts (Dance) at Christ Our Redeemer (COR) AME Church, 5th Episcopal District AME Church in Irvine, CA. Her appointment as International Coordinator of Liturgical Dance for the AME Church under the directive of the Connectional Music and Christian Arts Ministry (MCAM) allows her to create biblically based, technically sound curriculum models for dance & the Arts. Her first book, My Body is the Temple: Encounters and Revelations of Sacred Dance & Artistry published in 2002 is a best seller in the category of Christian Arts. Her second published work is entitled, Breathe, Balance, and STRETCH: Movement Meditations & Daily Devotionals for Living, Xulon Press Publications, July 2006. Her third published work is a Children’s Book entitled, “The Dancer In Me” by Tate Publishers available in the Fall 2012.

Dr Amanda Standard_HeadSHOTDr. AMANDA STANDARD– DANCE  “… to move rhythmically to music using patterns of steps and gestures.” Add a commitment to Christ, the anointing, a desire to evangelize, to restore, to encourage, to heal, and you have the dance ministry of Amanda Standard. A 1994 graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Min. Standard has over 30 years of professional dance experience. She has received formal training in the art of Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, and African at various schools, and graduated from the LaGuardia High School of the Arts in New York City. She earned an Honorable mention from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts in 1988 She recently earned her masters and doctorate degree in religious dance from Friends International Christian University. She received her initial training to serve in ministry as a member of the Allen A.M.E. Liturgical Dance Ministry, also in New York City, under the pastorate of former United States Congressman Floyd H. Flake. She has taught Kindergarten at Jericho Christian Academy, 9-12 science, health and dance for Bowie HS, Fairmont Heights HS, and Largo HS in PG County, Maryland, and Dance & Music to K-4th grade students at Turning Point Academy in Prince Georges County, MD. Amanda is currently serving as dance educator at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy [K-8] in Morningside MD and travels across the US and the Caribbean facilitating workshops in various areas of dance. Serving as a former dance Ministry director for the Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church under the pastorate of Arch Bishop Alfred A. Owens she has hosted two successful movement conferences in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area; “Dancing to the Rhythm of God’s Revelation” 2000 and “Phases of Life” 2001 at Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church as well. She coordinated the dance component of the Gospel Heritage Praise and Worship Conference 2006 /2007, and has recently hosted/coordinated the In the Heart of Worship Movement Ministerial Arts Conference in August 2009/2013.

14202727_10209097633629377_8754715107610611552_nWAYNE REYNOLDS, ( Mime) – operating in his gift as Unspeakable Anointin, is destined to do what God has called him to do…through mime. Unless God says otherwise, Wayne doesn’t use words to minister to people. Instead, he paints the picture through creative and interpretive expression to provide a better understanding of what God is saying and doing and what is revealed in His Word. Wayne began miming in 2000 with Souls in Motion, a ministry he helped start at his home church, Turner Chapel AME Church in Marietta, Georgia. It was in early 2006, when Wayne followed the voice of God and launched his own ministry, Unspeakable Anointin’, where he ministers for a wide range of in-state and out-of-state events. He also gives leadership to the adult mime ministry at Turner Chapel, Anointed, Gifted, and Called, and is also the choreographer for the children’s (R.O.H) and teen’s (U.P) mime ministry at Turner Chapel.

 

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DR. KISHA R. CUNNINGHAM – has trained in dance extensively for over 30 years.  She is a graduate of The School of the Arts in Rochester, NY, where she majored in Dance and Clarinet. She completed her undergraduate and graduate work in Technology Education at North Carolina A&T State University where she was a member of The E. Gwynn Dance Company.  She has studied dance at Joyce Winters School of Dance, Hochstein School of Music, Garth Fagan, The University of the West Indies, and The Jamaican School of Dance. While working on her Ph.D. at The Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Cunningham became the Assistant Director for NOMMO Performing Arts Company and taught Introduction to African Dance and Culture. Dr. Cunningham has performed in numerous theatre productions, including, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”, “Black Nativity“, “The Wiz”, “Once on This Island”, and “The Prodigal Daughter”, just to name a few.  She was a member of the Richard B. Harrison Players at A&T where she was a principal in several productions.  Her favorite has been “TiMoune” from “Once on This Island”, under the direction of Mabel Robinson.  From her role as Clara Ward to her portrayal of a 70s Militant, she has continuously showed her depth and diversity as an actress and choreographer. In 2004, she founded the Paisley Academy of Performing Arts (Marietta, GA), where she currently serves as Executive Director.  In 2011, Dr. Cunningham and The Paisley Dance Ensemble were presented the NAACP Youth Achievement Award.

 

She has directed and co-directed numerous productions an continues to choreograph artistic works for special events, theatrical productions and music videos.  She travels and performs workshops in different genres of dance locally, nationally and internationally.  A 2009 EITI graduate, Eagle Dr. Kisha was ordained an AME Deacon in 2012. In 2016, she travelled to Ghana as a Fulbright-Hays Group Program Fellow to explore the composition of dance that blends traditional Ghanaian dance with movements from American Modern Dance and recently had her new work,”Dance of the Orisas”, performed at the Jiujiang University in China. She considers it an honor to use her gift of dance to advance the kingdom.

 

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