Dancers from across Australia and the globe gather to learn a new way to dance and a new way to teach it.
Turning their back on the sexualisation and corruption many see in the dance world today, they are pioneering a wholesome alternative.
“God is raising up some exceptional people who have a heart for the Lord and a high level of dance experience and training,” the author of Living Dance International curriculum Beth Baudistel said.
“They are bringing a counterbalance to the dance world and it has started here – in Toowoomba.”
Miriam James-Griffiths is one dance instructor who travelled all the way from Edinburgh in Scotland for the workshop held in Toowoomba recently.
She sees the curriculum as the start of a legacy in dance, not just a new teaching program.
She said it was also creating a stronger network of Christian dance teachers from many different denominations and backgrounds.
“It’s generating a real community among Christian teachers….because the dance world can often be a very lonely place for us.”
The Living Dance International curriculum is now being used by teachers in Europe as well as by many dance schools in Australia and New Zealand.
Beth has also taken it to Singapore and Switzerland as well as both North and South America.
Cheryl Vigouroux from Adelaide will be taking the program with her to Belgium when she moves there later this year. She was impressed with the high standard of teaching in the program.
“It draws strengths from different systems and has proven itself with students going on to professional training,” she said.
“At the same time, it adds new aspects such as teaching children life skills like kindness and sharing.”
It’s these biblical values that are attracting people – from both church and unchurched backgrounds.
“I was very interested in a dance training that incorporates these principles,” Kathleen Curwen-Walker from Christchurch in New Zealand said.
“It ticks all the boxes for me as a Christian dance teacher.”