A contemporary Christian dance production utilizing the various genres of dance to glorify God, to illustrate biblical stories of Jesus Christ, and to heighten awareness of various social issues. The annual performances are held at the Paramount Theatre in Goldsboro, NC on the two weekends prior to Easter.
In addition to the pre-Easter shows at the Paramount Theatre, Dance for Christ also performs select pieces at local churches, festivals, community events and conferences. Dance for Christ has been an active participant in mission ministries in prisons and in Jamaica. There is no such thing as a too small audience or venue for these youth to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
In 1989, Patricia O'Quinn Warren, found Artistic Productions Incorporated, a non-profit organization, to provide quality dance performances in rural Eastern North Carolina communities. The repertoire has transitioned from an annual to biennial production of The Nutcracker to annual productions of Dance for Christ.
What is Dance for Christ?
Dance for Christ(DFC) is a ministry used to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through dance. The production features various genres of dance-ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz, and hip-hop. Dancers become the vessels which put God in the spotlight. As believers, the mission is to bring honor and praise to Jesus Christ and to open up the hearts and minds of non-believers to God's word in a way that is both relevant and truthful. Each dance piece tells a story or demonstrates God's unfailing love and mercy.
What We Do
Changing lives….one dance at a time
Dance for Christ is a Goldsboro, North Carolina-based dance troupe. The cast size which varies from year to year but often consists of over 100 dancers and actors, ages 10 and up, from different churches and denominations in Wayne County and the surrounding area. The 2011 season which featured hip-hop artist and choreographer, Peterson Thelisma of Strikers All-Stars, marked the first season to showcase a guest artist. Mr. Thelisma has returned every year since until 2017. He and his new bride, Starkesha Brown Thelisma have become official members of the Dance for Christ family.
The journey for these performers begins with auditions in the fall and continues with numerous rehearsals leading up to the major pre-Easter performances. The troupe has also performed at area festivals, churches, conferences, and prisons. In the summers of 2007 and 2008 the group performed and conducted a mission in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
It is not about the entertaining; neither is it about comparing themselves to other dancer, or counting the number of dances in which an individual performs. It is not about the SHOW, it is about the MESSAGE. These performers take their God-given gifts and talents and give back to HIM with praise, glory, and honor.