Our lead clinician is 2 time Choreographer of the Year recipient, Mr. Raymond Young. He is the visionary behind Passion That Moves–a movement that encompasses South Florida’s most gifted and anointed dance and mime ministries. He is also the choreographer for the highly acclaimed Vessels Of Praise Liturgical Dance Ministry based in Miami, FL.
With impeccable technique and vivid dance expressionism, Raymond Young maintains the highest standards in dance instruction and choreography. While he recognizes and acknowledges God as his dance muse, he is also recognized as one of the leading Liturgical Dance instructors and choreographers in South Florida.
At age 15, Young began extensive dance study and training at the School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) in San Diego, California. Upon graduating with artistic honors and promise from high school, he pursued a professional dance career and was—and still is very successful. For example, some of his dance successes include the following: starring in the award-winning Broadway musical, Dreamgirls, as one of the original dancers with multi-million dollar stage personalities, Sigfried and Roy, in Las Vegas, Nevada; and performing—by special invitation—for the Royal family of Monaco in Monte Carlo. In addition to films, commercials, and television, Young has appeared with such R&B and pop artists as En Vogue, Barry White and Kid ‘n Play.
Currently Young travels the U.S. establishing dance ministries in various churches, conducting workshops illustrating the power, authority, and conviction associated with Liturgical Dance. He is the Founder/Artistic Director of Dedications Dance Academy, South Fl
Pastor Rekesha Pittman
Adult Beginner Instructor
Pastor Rekesha Pittman has been in training for ministry from her youth. Whether singing, dancing, acting, or speaking publicly, the Lord has graced her to be able to stand before His congregation with boldness. Her intense desire for ministerial excellence has opened the doors for her to minister in both dance and teaching of the Word on a national and international level.
In April 2004, the Lord blessed her to establish Rain Rein Reign Ministries, which focuses on instruction, leadership, and development of worship arts ministries. Rekesha launched Reign Dance Company of Las Vegas in the Spring of 2009, and the Company continues to grow and flourish. Rekesha is the author of Company Keepers: Dance Ministry Daily, a devotional book for movement ministers. She released For This Cause I Bow My Knees in August of 2011. Her latest book,Dance Leaders Advance (2013) is a tool uniquely crafted for every dance leader’s arsenal. She will release her fourth book,Of Them That Danced: Moving Through The Scriptures in July of 2014.
Rekesha serves as Pastor of The Assembling Worship Center in Las Vegas, NV, along with her husband, Pastor Matthew Pittman, a dynamic musician and ministry supporter.
Adrian Bell, a Detroit, Michigan native and youngest of 3, he has always had a exuberant passion for the performing arts, especially theater. Growing up as a son and grandson of preachers, ministry has always been a part of his life. As an student at Gulfstream Elementary School in Miami, Florida, Adrian then discovered that ministry was not only limited to preaching/ teaching by word of mouth, but can also be demonstrated through motion and music. His personal discovery was sparked by one, Learning to perform ‘I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly in sign language as part of their Christmas Program, and two, seeing the brothers of K&K Mime minister through Mime in later years.
As sign language later transitioned into miming for him, and having no formal training, he then began to go forth as a solo ministry using the gift that God as given him. After years of miming as a solo ministry, he then became acquainted with Rafael Richardson (a young man who shared is same passion for ministry in motion). While establishing a deep rooted, God ordained brotherhood together; R.A.A.R (pronounced RARE) Mime Ministries was birthed.
R.A.A.R is an acronym for Radical Anointed Appointed & Redeemed Mime Ministry and for the last 5 years, since its day of creation, our vision for R.A.A.R is to simply magnify our Lord and Savior, while being a blessing to the Kingdom of God. With a connected anointing over our lives and ministry, we pray that through R.A.A.R, someone’s heart, mind, and most importantly, their life be touch to where they desire to draw nearer to Christ.
Lyrical Teen Instructor
Minister Victoria Matthews is a passionate lover of Jesus Christ, making a mark in the earth for God through performing arts. Born and raised in San Diego, California, Victoria attended the highly acclaimed San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts from age 11 through age 18. During her 7 years of artistic study, she eagerly trained in ballet, modern and tap dance while also studying musical theater and classical vocal performance.
Throughout her years of dance training, she developed an irrefutable passion for technique and expresses the beauty of technique to the anointed dancers on the Open Door Dance Team; however, she emphasizes the principle that a life of holiness and a true heart for God supersedes technique or skill. God called Victoria to commit to a life of ministry at a young age. With great conviction, she encourages others to seek first the kingdom of God and watch God take care of everything else.
Flag Adulation Instructor
Minister Lisa is an anointed teacher, business owner of Real Silk Worship Flags, and author of Making His Praise Glorious, and Why Are They Waving Those Flags. She graduated from Confirmed Word School of Ministerial Studies and Living Waters Institute of Worship, serves on the Board of Directors of Christian Men and Women in Action, and most recently served as Overseer of Creative Arts at New Vision Christian Ministries Church in Vista, CA. She is currently under the covering and leadership of Apostle Christian Harfouche of Miracle Faith Apostolic Church in Pensicola, FL
Kamryn Baltrip-Commonly known as Kammie began walking in her calling for dance at the age of 4 years old. She has not only continued to minster to other people through her dancing but she has also opened her heart to teaching others. Kamryn serves as the minister of dance at her church Dominion Center Church. Kamryn is trained in hip hop jazz lyrical contemporary ballet and liturgical. While she is ambitious in Dance she is also open to doing the works of God. Her intense love for God and dance has not only opened doors for her to teach others but to inspire people of all ages.
African Dance Instructor
Autumn Riley a Choreographer, dancer, actress and singer began her journey of dance at the age of five; at the age of eight began training at the Art of Dance Studio. Autumn went on to study various forms of dance with mentors such as Lori Keith, Sherry Traylor, legends Kenny Long, Debbie Allen and a host of other legendary choreographers. Autumn is trained in ballet, modern, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, African and etcetera. She has spent many years dancing and choreographing with Expressions Dance Company under the direction Sherry Traylor, “Dancing with Expressions is where I learned the heart of a worshiper…” She stated. She now, has been dancing professionally for over 10 years and has choreographed, directed and danced for various celebrities, plays, mass productions, and TV shows. She has traveled the U.S. and abroad teaching and giving back through dance. Autumn believes that dance is an experience, it either it adds to or takes away from. Autumns next goal is to be Choreographer/Creative Director for artistic companies. Autumn is now CEO and director of Mastered Dance Company, in the process developing dance programs downtown Los Angeles, and teaching young girls how to be ladies in various shelters across the LA area!
Children's Lyrical Instructor
Debbie Hedgren has been in the dance profession for more than 30 years. Ms. Hedgren is trained in several dance disciplines: Ballet (Royal and Cecchetti method) modern/lyrical, jazz, tap, and musical theater. Ms. Hedgren has performed and choreographed in Los Angels, Irvine, and Oakland California, and three years abroad in Sweden.
Ms. Hedgren’s love for the art of dance has shifted from the main stage to rejoicing and celebrating in God’s House. For the past 10 years Ms. Hedgren has been the Liturgical Dance Director at her church; Bethel AME, San Diego; a ministry where Bethel’s children and youth offer up praise and worship to the Lord through song and dance.