Concerned that your college experience will make it impossible to find time to dance? No need to worry about that at Messiah College. There are plenty of opportunities to dance – for academic credit, for ministry and for fun!
Dance ministry groups
Opportunities to express yourself through dance are plentiful at Messiah. Acclamation is the College’s largest dance ministry; more than 100 students participate in this ministry throughout the year. Acclamation is entirely a student-led organization that teaches various styles of dance to both beginner and advanced students, participates in chapel and other College worship services and dances in churches. Each spring, Acclamation performs a concert for more than 1,000 people from the campus and community.
There’s also Da Blazin’ Footprintz and God’s Kingdom Steppers – two ministry teams with hip-hop and step at their core; Spirit Force, a drama, dance and music ministry team that performs worship music, life application skits and “human music videos” at area churches; and Swing Dance Club, a lively, weekly gathering of students passionate about the Lindy Hop and the era of swing!
Dance ministry opportunities
Dance at Messiah is largely viewed as an artistic expression of worship. Body movement and technique are important, but honoring and worshiping the creator is the primary motivation for many students. To that end Messiah incorporates dance in its chapel programming several times a year. Dancers are also an important part of Baccalaureate, a service held the evening before graduation for students and families to reflect and give thanks to God for his faithfulness.
Each spring, Acclamation holds a spring recital at which all of their classes showcase their style of dance. This much-anticipated event always draws a large crowd.
In addition, through the creative ministry teams of Da Blazin’ Footprintz, God’s Kingdom Steppers, Spirit Force and Acclamation, dancers have the opportunity to perform in churches and at other youth and community events.
The Swing Dance Club also hosts two or three swing dances a year – sometimes even with a live swing band!
Check out the videos below to watch a mix of rehearsal and performance footage from Acclamation and God's Kingdom Steppers.