New York /Christian Newswire/--With the growing interest and inclusion of dance in Christian churches, the "New York Times" featured Wendy Heagy of Raise Him Up Praise Dance School in the March 4 edition of Sunday "New York Times"--Moved by the Spirit to Dance With the Lord."
..."The word of God says we're to glorify him with our bodies and that's what we do," states Wendy Heagy, founder of Raise Him Up Praise Dance School.
The students range in age from 5- to 80-years-old.Many are sent for instruction by ministers, pastors and church leadership who have seen her
and the Raise Him Up team minister and have witnessed how powerful the language of sanctified dance can be in spreading the gospel.
"In many cases we've seen breakthrough with dance ministry where sometimes the spoken word or music alone hasn't gotten through" says Heagy
Recent visits to Rikers Island and Bedford state prisons in addition to outreaches in Germany have borne powerful testimonies as to its importance as a tool of evangelism.
Originally from Montreal, Wendy Heagy
started teaching praise dance in Manhattan seven years ago and has seen it increase from a few students to over a 100, with rapid growth in the last two years.Her
students display the choreography that "is God inspired" in over a dozen churches around the New York area, throughout the US and overseas.Wendy Heagy
became a born again Christian after performing in an Off Broadway musical "Promises of Gold."
Leaving behind the life of a professional dancer/teacher that included appearances in feature film and Broadway, she
and the Raise Him Up Ministry Team now conduct classes and evangelize as dance ministers in prisons, safe houses, street out-reaches, workshops and churches throughout the US, Germany, Mexico, and Aruba.