What is Praise Dance?
Praise. Dance. How do they work together? In essence, dance can be a meaningful expression of praise that incorporates the whole body. The Bible includes the rich tradition of praising God through movement and dance. This includes such passages as, “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary”—Psalm 134:2, and “Let them praise His name with dancing”—Psalm 149:3. In 2 Samuel 6, David danced with all his might before the Lord. In Exodus 15, Miriam danced and sang praises to God. For both dancers and audience members, the beautiful and inspiring art form of dance lifts the believer’s eyes to God, the Creator of all beauty, and stirs a longing for Heaven, where we will all be free to praise God with abandon—with our hearts, souls, minds, and strength.
Village Arts invites our community to give God this kind of joyful, authentic and meaningful praise at our September 16th dance concert, Magnificent Obsession: Celebrating God Through Dance, where praise dance companies from all over Colorado will perform. The concert title is inspired by a Steven Curtis Chapman song Magnificent Obsession, from his album Declaration.
Lord, I want it all to be for You, Jesus
Be my magnificent obsession
Athena Baschal, choreographer/producer
Born in Hollywood, Athena danced her way into the performing arts industry at age two, and became a card-carrying member of SAG and AFTRA by age five. Her multiple credits include professional actor, dancer, dance educator, and choreographer, as well as performer and dance captain with The Young Americans. Degrees earned include a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts from the University of California-Irvine, and a M.Ed. from Regis University. In addition, Athena holds a Colorado State Teaching License endorsed in Drama and Dance. She served as president of the Colorado Dance Alliance (CDA), and board member of Colorado Dance Education Organization (CoDEO). She currently serves on the board of Village Arts of Colorado Springs and has choreographed Village Arts’ theatre productions since 2013. She also directs the new praise dance ministry, Declare His Glory. Athena and her husband Jim are parents of five grown children.