Praise Dance and Line Dance
Instructor - Evelyn Ng
Praise dance is a complex, muscle stretching exercise accompanied by melodious music. It is a cardio aerobic exercise, and it increases the flexibility of our joints, thus enhancing physical fitness. With the rhythm of the music, we make different movements, thereby exercising the coordination of the brain, body, hands and feet. The creators of the dance chose Bible verses as lyrics, which can be sung during daily practices: "If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast." The contents are filled with gratitude and joy. After each exercise, not only you sweat a lot, your body also feels at ease and carefree, your mind is comforted and encouraged, and then your mood will become naturally cheerful. I really want to share this exercise with you all.
Since April of last year, I have been exercising with a group of praise dance friends. Whenever the music starts playing, and I see that everyone is dancing vigorously and really enjoying it, this has become the source of my strength to continue.
Through this praise dance class, I am so very happy to meet and know everyone, and therefore, able to establish a close friendship, caring for and sharing with each other. Let's hope you will join in our class, do the exercise, stay healthy, and enjoy life!
Every time I read the Bible, Genesis chapter 12 verse 1 which says, " The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. " I find it incredible! In obedience, Abram willingly traveled to Canaan with his family. But when I came to Toronto two years ago, I was a total stranger here, with no friends and no job. The people around were unfriendly, impolite and rude. Everyone seemed so busy and impatient. I often asked myself why I came here, I was struggling and complaining.
Later, I started to go to NYCBC. Not only did I befriend some brothers and sisters in Christ, but also met new friends in the community. We exercise together. Our instructors are very patient, and we enjoy a comfortable environment. The Heavenly Father must have His good intentions by allowing me come to this church. Now my husband and I not only attend the church’s Sunday worship services and fellowship, we also serve in the ministry. I begin to understand more on what God said in the Bible Isaiah chapter 55 verses 8-9, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."