Ross Dance Co. to Present 5th Annual Bay Area Praise Dance Festival, 6/29-30

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Ross Dance Company is pleased to announce an inspiring weekend encompassing a dynamic praise dance conference and culminating with the 5th Annual Bay Area Praise Dance Festival titled, A New Breed of Worship. Witness praise dancers move and inspire diverse audiences through all dance genres as they creatively portray the Gospel. Viewers will develop a natural affinity with the messages ministered and leave thirsting for more visual stimulation. The Oakland Post states, "Leaping in faith, twirling in submission, dancers put on a live show of worship, and the spirit was undeniably present." Join Ross and others to experience genuine hearts that truly depict unconditional love when worshiping.

Ross kicks off their season with their annual praise dance conference at Malonga Casquelourd Center, in which highly experienced staff equip dancers with the Word of God, confidence, unique dance vocabulary, and choreography tools in order to strengthen their ministries. Ross offers a full day of seminars and dance classes to over 100 youth and adults that participate. Conference attendees always leave with more knowledge, confidence and increased passion for their craft. The following day, consist of a multidimensional festival at Holy Names University, displaying various churches and groups from all over the Bay area dancing to celebratory songs or sharing a testimonial using didactic movement. Each group receives mentorship from Ross in order to elevate their performance and ministry, which fosters professional development. The festival is a unique medium that cultivates artistic growth for dancers while leaving audience members exhilarated and inspired.

Local Gospel artists will also be highlighted in this year's praise dance festival as they perform live and share with audiences their vibrant vocals. Ross provides this unique opportunity for local artists to share their work and increase their audience demographic. The festival not only promotes the arts in Oakland, but also encourages youth of color in the community to connect with God through a creative outlet and receive support. Ross aims to bring visibility to dance and music ministries that use their gifts as a way to advance the arts and share their faith. This festival truly benefits all those involved and provides a unique and dynamic experience for the dancers, audience, community and local Gospel artists. The Bay Area Praise Dance Conference and Festival is the only one of its kind and Ross is dedicated to planting this festival in communities all over the nation. This season's conferences and festivals are designed to ignite the Gospel through praise dance and will feature some of the largest churches in California with special performances by Ross Dance and many more.

Ross Dance Company is a professional Christian praise Dance Company founded by Dr. Tecsia Evans and Dwight Evans in August 2005. Ross uses contemporary dance as a way to spread the Gospel and to bring those closer to Christ. Psalm 150:2 says to "Praise Him for His mighty deeds; praise Him according to His excellent greatness! The company is privileged to use this ministry as a way to equip and inspire praise dancers all over the country. As a non-profit company Ross reaches over 125 churches and praise dance organizations each year through our classes, performances, festivals and conferences. Ross has performed in a variety of theaters in New York City, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco and Oakland where the company is based. Ross Dance is committed to community outreach and educating young dancers. The company fosters professional development and the gift that God has given to young adult dancers through their apprenticeship and internship programs. Ross' apprentices are mentored by the artistic director, engage in ongoing classes, learn company repertoire and work closely with the company members. Ross Dance's anointed team of staff, volunteers and professional dancers are truly committed to using our gifts to inspire, educate and give glory to God!