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Our Mission
To create quality works, spreading The Word and inspiring action through the power of dance.

Galatians 5:25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

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Founded in the spring of 2016, the Army On Its Toes Dance Company is a new ministry of The Salvation Army.  Dancers audition from all over the Eastern Territory (from upstate New York to Puerto Rico) for the chance to perform in The Salvation Army’s first dance company. Under the leadership of Kathryn Higgins (Dance Ministries Specialist) and supported by Carol Jaudes (Territorial Creative Arts Director), Company is an extension of the Territorial Arts Ministries Bureau (TAM). They perform at four engagements a year, usually including the Old Orchard Beach Pier Festival and Commissioning.

 

Dance “Mention of Your Name” performed at Commissioning 2018

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FAQs:

Why dance?
Dance is the fastest growing arts program/ expression of worship in the USA East. With a total attendance of 5675 in 2010 and growing to 21129 in 2014, dance has more than tripled in attendance throughout The Salvation Army the last four years! Dance is engaging the next generation in an unprecedented way, and Company seeks to engage this demographic and inspire excellence.

There is a misconception in The Army that dance is something for children and teens only, and that you ‘grow out of it’. The reality is, dance is effective for all ages, and there is a vast population within The Salvation Army who are searching for this type of creative outlet but have no place to go. Company extends an opportunity to working young adults who want to pursue dance performance while continuing with their studies or career.

Dance is an incredibly effective tool for spreading the Word. It is eye-catching; something people will stop and watch. Preaching The Message through dance transcends language and culture, and speaks to all ages.

There is a major lack of quality dance out in the Christian community. Most of what is available for Army programming is beginner-level. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find an effective ‘Christian Dance’ on youtube! We strive to fill that need. We enthusiastically jump in and ride the wave of interest dance has in our SA community, as well as in popular culture. 

Where did that name come from?
A common turn of phrase used in The Salvation Army is, “We are an army on our knees.” This church movement has for the past 150 years, waged a war on poverty and sin, fighting with the weapons of prayer and social action. Now, branching into the arts, we battle on our toes utilizing the power of dance that transcends language and social barriers.
Can I book Company for my event?
Email kathryn.higgins@use.salvationarmy.org for questions about bookings. Company is currently accepting engagements for the 2019/2020 season.  
What do I have to do to be a member?
Prospect members must be an active soldier in a corps and at least 18 years of age. Yearly open calls are posted in the spring for the upcoming season. A videotaped audition, resume and headshot should be emailed to Kathryn.Higgins@use.salvationarmy.org.  Speak to your Divisional Creative Arts Director for more information.
When do the dancers rehearse?
Due to the geographic distance of the Company dancers, they gather for one rehearsal weekend in September then they prepare on location  leading up to an event . Depending on what materials are repeated and what materials are being created, rehearsals may last between one to seven days leading up to performance. Dancers are expected to maintain their own training throughout the year.
Where can I see Company perform?
 2017/2018 Season:

Feb. 28 – March 3, 2019 – Worship Arts Convocation

June 13-16, 2019 – Hershey Lodge

July 23, 2019-August 2, 2019 – OOB Pier/Pavilion Ministry

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