LeAnne Martin
Christians in the Arts

Sunday, March 15, 2009

"What's New": Randall Flinn, Ad Deum Dance

Every so often, I'm going to be checking back in with artists I've already featured to see what is new with them. Last year, I interviewed Randall Flinn of Ad Deum Dance Company. Randall has been carrying the message of the arts to the glory of God with excellence and servitude for over twenty five years. He is a professional dancer/choreographer, directing the premier Christian contemporary/modern dance company in the USA called Ad Deum Dance Company. He also serves on the faculty for Houston Ballet Academy and Houston Metropolitan Dance Company.

LeAnne: What is new with Ad Deum Dance Company?

We are quite busy preparing for several spring dance performances including our tour to NY to perform for the exciting Project Dance Times Square outreach. We are also working on a piece called The Long Journey Home created by Hope Boykin (another Believer-Artist) from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. We will perform this work in conjunction with the Ailey company's end of March performance in Houston, Texas. In the midst of all this, we are also busy preparing for both our spring dance intensive this week (March 16-20th) and our summer dance intensive (Aug. 2-7th) which bring dancers to us from across the globe for a week of integration of professional dance and matters of faith in Christ and spiritual growth.

I stand amazed looking over my own journey as a Believer-Artist/Dancer for 28 years now. The times have truly changed and I believe for the better. Twenty eight years ago it was like finding a needle in a haystack to locate professional dancers that were committed to their Christian faith. Well, we have come a long way from the simplicity of "praise dancing" in the safety of the local churches that would allow it. Now God's dancers are scattered around the world and yet miraculously discovering one another and uniting for visions far greater than themselves. These dancers that love God are being sent out not just into the church or missions but into the world to shine as lights and to be the salt. These are the Daniels in Babylon and Esthers in Persia and they will possess the land with God's grace and favor. I only pray that the Body and the Church will remember them in prayer and support their works and their vocational callings.

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