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Dates

Arrival Day: April 7, 2022
Lecture End: June 30, 2022
Outreach start : July 1st 2022
Outreach End: Sep 24, 2022

Costs

Lecture: $4,395
(*Inquire about Degree Track)

Outreach: TBD
(*often between $4000-$5000)

Language

English

Academics

Pre-requisites: YWAM DTS

Course Code: ATS215/216

In accordance with State Law, all students and student children must present proof of age appropriate vaccinations in order to attend any program at the University of the Nations—YWAM Kona. Please click here for the vaccination requirements.

Heart


Spiritual Discipleship Relevant to the Dancer & YWAM Missions Essentials.  These are elements to challenge & develop us spiritually as missional-minded dancers.  We want our hearts to match & be fully engaged in who God has made us to be.

  • Worship & Intercession
  • Small Groups
  • One on Ones
  • Campus Work Duty/Service
  • Devotional Lectures could include: Biblical Foundation for Dance, Dancer-Prophet, Servant Hearted Artist, Kingdom Minded Artist.

Head


Dance Theory Workshops, these are moving workshops.  Meaning there will be a combination of lecture and movement, application, and assignments.

Each course will include a minimum of 5 topics:

  • Dance Pedagogy
  • Dance Production/Outreach
  • Dance Ministry Development
  • Dance Stewardship (Health/Wellness)
  • Dance Composition
  • Dance History

Hands


Dance application through sharpening our skills in technique,  rehearsals, and performance:

  • Weekly Ballet Technique
  • Master Technique Classes with Guest Artists & Dance Faculty
  • Rehearsals / Repertoire
  • Dance Concert
  • Performance Dance Styles (contemporary, hiphop, jazz, ballet, modern, etc), we also include a cultural dance each course from the Polynesian Styles.

Performance


You will travel with the dance repertoire you and the team have prepared during the Training Phase.  In the past students have performed their full dance concert or  repertoire at places like:
  • Schools
  • Churches
  • Studios
  • Street Corners
  • Festivals
  • Parks
  • Rec Centers
  • Anywhere God leads!

Teaching & Workshops


We do continue to train on outreach with weekly technique classes and a few assignments – an example would be researching dance history & culture in that outreach nation.  However, the majority of outreach is about reaching out!   You will  continue to grow academically as you are given  opportunities to share with others & lead ministry times in teaching:
  • Teaching Dance Worship Workshops
  • Teaching Dance Technique (various styles)
  • Creating Dances for kids/youth/adults to perform
  • Teaching On Biblical topics as they relate to dance

More than dance!


Even though this is a dance-focused school, we don’t limit outreach to dance only.  We lean into hearing the word of the Lord for everything He would have us bring as dancers & missionaries.  You may also participate in:
  • Bible distribution
  • Mercy ministry
  • Prayer walks
  • Leading devotionals / worship / intercession
  • Other evangelism
  • Anything God leads!

Tammy Tolaas


Tammy originally from Virginia began performing with a non-profit youth team (King’s Kids) in 1989.  In 2002, she was accepted as a HipHop dancer into HeartBridge Inc. – a Performing and Visual Arts Company that was based in Virginia and since relocated to Kona, Hawai’i.  In this company she quickly expanded her dance experience into the areas of ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary.
She staffed Performing Arts programs in YWAM, along with attending 4 Upper Level UofN Courses, and received degree in Performing Arts from UofN.  
Tammy has had the opportunity to perform and teach workshops in various countries as well as worked for other companies like Island Breeze (HI, USA), Haugesund Theater (Norway), Project Dance, Sodium Dance Co (CA, USA), and Ad Deum II Dance Company (TX, USA).  She also received a Certificate of Excellence from Broadway Dance Center (NYC).  As she has experienced God faithfully showing up throughout her own journey in dance ministry for over 30 years, one of her great passions has become to see other dancers be equipped and released to dance in their unique calling from the Lord. 

dance@uofnkona.edu

Rebecca Curcio


Rebecca has a rich legacy & inheritance in dance with YWAM.  She grew up dancing and received her Bachelors in Dance.  She attended her HeartBridge DTS in 2016, and committed to staff.  She has since co-led several HeartBridge Performing Arts DTS’s with tours around the world.  In the midst of staff and co-leading HeartBridge Company, she’s also attended several UOFN Courses like School of Biblical Studies, Spheres View Beta Course, and North Star.

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Accreditation


THE UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS IS NOT ACCREDITED BY AN ACCREDITING AGENCY RECOGNIZED BY THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF EDUCATION.  Admission to the University of the Nations (U of N) and any of its sponsored programs is open to qualified individuals regardless of race, color, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, and educationally unrelated handicaps. U of N reserves the right to change schedules and course offerings as deemed necessary.