Relevétions Liturgical Dance Group

Liturgical dance: An outward expression of our inward desire to love the Lord

Who We Are

Liturgical dancers at St. Paul’s work together to choreograph, practice, and present original works of worship to the congregation. We dance to music offered in a variety of presentations: contemporary Christian music, live choral and instrumental accompaniment, and traditional Christian music. Music is carefully selected in consultation with church leadership.

Why “Relevétions”?

“Relevé” literally means “lifted” and in ballet is the rising up of the body, beginning from plié and ending in a high demi-pointe. The name “Relevétions” for the liturgical dance group at St. Paul’s is thus symbolic of our need to be broken to God’s will before He will let us truly “rise up” and enjoy His perfect peace.

Combining elements of classical ballet, modern, lyrical, jazz, sign language, and sometimes even ballroom dancing, liturgical dancing at St. Paul’s is an outward expression of our inward desire to follow verse 30 of Mark 12 and Love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Relevétions dancers worship Him through dance offered as a living prayer.

Minimum Requirements

  • Love to dance
  • Love the Lord
  • Come to rehearsals

While there is no minimum experience requirement, dancers are encouraged to take regular technique classes on their own for familiarity with terminology used during rehearsals and for personal injury prevention.

Time Commitment

Dancers may select their participation for the year as their schedule allows. We typically dance in the Sanctuary 3 to 4 times per year during the 9:15 and 10:45 AM worship services. Rehearsals are scheduled in the month leading up to a dance offering, during the 10:45 AM worship service on Sundays. There is one mandatory technical rehearsal in the Sanctuary the Friday before a dance offering. Dancers are permitted to miss one regular rehearsal for any given dance offering, but must attend the Sanctuary rehearsal. We gladly welcome new dancers any time of the year! Please do not hesitate to contact us!

Dress Code

Modest attire is required at all times. Dancers should wear comfortable clothing for rehearsals that allows them to move while maintaining modesty. Dress code for worship is as follows:

Girls

Plain, black, modest short-sleeved leotard

Pink tights

Pink ballet slippers

Black skirt (provided by St. Paul’s)

Boys

Plain white or black T-shirt (depending on the dance)

Black pants

Black socks or black ballet slippers/jazz shoes

Did You Know?

Liturgical dance is a form of worship, not a traditional performance. All movements are offered to the Lord to be used by Him to stir the hearts of the congregation. Thus applause is not expected or required at the completion of a dance offering during worship. Please only applaud if the Spirit so moves you to do so – do not applaud out of obligation to the dancers.

For More Information

If you or your child would like to join Relevétions, please email the Artistic Director, Heather Sustersic, at hsustersic@gmail.com.