The Army On Its Toes Dance Company debuts at commissioning weekend


Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with the timbrel and harp. — Psalm 149:3

On Sunday, June 12, in Hershey, Pa., during the retirement celebration for Commissioners Barry C. and E. Sue Swanson, The Army On Its Toes Dance Company made its historic debut. The retirement program opened with the dance company portraying an overview of the Swansons’ 40–year ministry journey to the tune of Sara Groves’ “Strangely Ready.”

Following the performance, the Swansons commissioned the company as the first of its kind in the history of the USA Eastern Territory and offered their official blessing on the group.

Led by Kathryn Higgins, dance ministries specialist/Kroc Center creative arts liaison, and supported by the Territorial Arts Ministries (TAM) Bureau, the dance company is made up of dancers from around the territory.

According to Eastern Territory’s attendance statistics, dance is the fastest growing expression of worship. Within the past five years (2010–2015), dance attendance at the corps level has quadrupled.

The dance company offers the territory an opportunity to fully embrace this movement by providing trained, focused personnel to inspire and motivate the Army’s young dancers. The company’s mission is to create quality works of choreography, spreading the Word and inspiring action through the power of dance.

Did you miss the Dance Company’s debut?

Look for more performances at these upcoming events!

October 8–9, 2016
FUEGO the Territorial Young Adult Retreat
March 12–13, 2017
Worship Arts Convocation
June 9–11, 2017
Commissioning Weekend
July 29–August 4, 2017
Old Orchard Beach Pier Ministry
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