Eyesha K. Marable
Eyesha K. Marable holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and Spanish, a Master of Science Degree in Non-Profit Management and a Post-Graduate Certification in Organizational Development. As an ordained Itinerate Elder, First Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC), she serves as Pastor, Mt. Zion AME Church, Millburn, NJ and the Coordinator of Dance for the 1st District, under the leadership of Bishop Gregory Ingram. In the last year, she organized the procession of (90) nations for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) in Israel, was appointed an Ambassador for Peace and participated in the global convocation for the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD) to promote interfaith dialogue and cooperation for peace and reconciliation around the world. This year, she celebrates 29 years committed to dancing in the community for churches, non-profits and women organizations. Worship, outreach and wellness (WOW) are her primary initiatives. In 2011, she collaborated with the Dean at Drew Theological Seminary to establish the Master of Arts in Ministry Program where pastors and dance leaders can focus on worship and arts in their theological studies.
For 25 years, she served at the Greater Allen Cathedral of New York (GACNY), under the leadership of Rev. Drs. (former Congressman) Floyd H. and Elaine M. Flake in various capacities including associate minister, asst. dance director for Allen Liturgical Dance Ministry and co-chair for the bi-annual worship conference. It was under their leadership, Rev. Eyesha founded the National Liturgical Dance Network (NLDN) in 1998, which trains, supports and unifies dance ministers, worldwide. To date, more than 30,000 people have been trained and mentored by Rev. Eye and her partners in dance ministry through Back To Basics, Esther’s Court and the P.U.S.H. programs. She has choreographed a myriad of dances for parades, fundraisers, conferences, funerals, baptismals, and weddings, combining various dance styles including Modern, Ballet, and West African. She produces annual projects with community partners, ministerial alliances and non-profit organizations including New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
For the world, Rev. Eyesha toured locally and nationally as a principal dancer with Footprints Dance Company and Forces of Nature Dance Company where she has performed in Central Park’s Midsummer Night Festival, Avery Fisher Hall, Symphony Space, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Symphony Hall, and Lincoln Center. She was a featured McDonald’s Gospel Fest and Apollo Showtime dancer for two seasons and is still seen in La Var Burton’s Mufaro Daughters Reading Rainbow PBS Series and TLC’s Four Weddings. She attended La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts and worked with notable choreographers like Abdel Salaam, Kevin Jeff, Chuck Davis, Fred Benjamin and George Faison. Her dance training led her to stages with LL Cool J, R. Kelly, Ya Kid K; Gospel arts like Donnie McClurkin, Byron Cage, Donald Lawrence, Donald Malloy, and Helen Baylor.
She is the proud wife of the Honorable Edward Marable, Jr., Esq., former Councilman, Southward, Orange, NJ, and mother of Judah (2nd year dance major at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, NJ and founding Director of R.O.A.R. Dance Ministry) and Honor Reign (High School junior, cosmetology major).
Minister. Sentheia McLeod
Minister. Sentheia McLeod gave her life to the Lord at an early age. A native of Canton, Ohio, she was licensed in 2013 to preach the Gospel by Bishop Donald Hilliard Jr., Senior Pastor of Cathedral International, (The Historic Second Baptist Church of Perth Amboy, New Jersey) and in 2016 she graduated from the Eagles International Training Institute, under the Direction of the Dr. Pamela Hardy and received a license in dance ministry.
Having served in various leadership capacities over the last 20 years, Min. Sentheia McLeod has a variety of leadership experience. In addition to serving as a minister of the Gospel at Cathedral International, she currently serves as the Director of Cathedral International Dance Ministry and serves as a staff developer on the Leadership Administrative team of the Eagles International Training Institute (EITI). She is a passionate teacher/educator of 29 years, having taught in Christian school and certified to teach Pre-K & K-8 in the New Jersey.
Sentheia answered her call to dance ministry in 2001, where she received guidance in ministry from her participation in the National Liturgical Dance Network (NLDN) under the direction of Reverend Eyesha K. Marable. As a member of the NLDN and serving as the National Chapter Coordinator, she ministers the gospel in dance and teaching with a community of worshippers throughout the state of NJ, US and abroad.
Committed to education and self-development, Min. Sentheia McLeod has earned her dual Bachelors of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology, her Masters of Arts degree in Advanced Curriculum and Teaching, both from Kean University of Union New Jersey. She attended Drew Theological Seminary to obtain her Master’s degree in Liturgical Dance and Worship from Drew University in Madison, NJ. Her seminary experience led her to serve as a dance minister and a Peace Ambassador for various Peace Initiative for the United Nations (Annual International Day of Peace, Women’s Rights, Gun Violence Awareness and Youth for Peace) and also for service at the Church Center of the United Nations, gathering children and worshippers to share the gospel in through dance and spoken word.
Above all these things, Min. Sentheia McLeod is a fervent and lifelong worshiper and servant of God, who loves the Lord and the Lord’s people and counts it an extreme privilege and honor to be called by God to serve in the Kingdom for such a time as this. Min. Sentheia McLeod’s life mission is encouraged by two of her favorite scriptures: Philippians 4:13 and Isaiah 61.
Susanna Harrington, alias Shrimathi Susanna, is one of the few Westerners to have studied Bharatanatyam, a beautiful, 2000 year old classical style, from Southern India. She is unique in that she uses Bharatanatyam to express Christian, rather than the traditional Hindu themes, which she has performed to audiences around the U.K and internationally. Susanna dances as an expression of worship and joy to her father in Heaven, captivating her audiences with this spiritual dance form.
Susanna undertook initial training in Bharatanatyam in India in 1992 and on her return she commenced formal training under Shrimathi Pathmini Gunaseelan of Narthana Kalalaya in London. In 1996 Susanna completed her Arangetram (dance graduation), and returned to India after receiving a scholarship from the Church Mission Society to learn Christian dance items at The Christu Dance Centre in Chennai.
As a solo dancer based in the U.K, she has performed for three high commissioners of India, appeared on Zee TV, The God Channel and ITV and delighted Asian and European audiences. More recently she danced at Gcomm in Kenya, and in Sharjah in United Arad Emirates. Since her graduation she has continued to train under Shrimathi Pathmini Gunaseelan, alongside other intensive classes with Anusha Subramanyam, and Anuradha Shinde.
Susanna lives with her husband Peter, and their children in North Essex. She teaches weekly classes in Bharatanatyam, works in primary schools as a multi-cultural dance artist and performs as a solo artist in the UK and abroad.
“Susanna Harrington was born to dance….she revealed her ability to interpret the music with such ease, that the whole audience could understand her every move. “
Gilda Sebastian (GDS Promotions. com)
“May she use her talents for the glory of The Lord.”
Dr Mrs Anjala Richard ( Christu Dance Centre, Chennai)
Monica Reagor is one of the co-founder and artistic director of Sisters of Worship International Worship Arts Ministry, an Apostolic/Prophetic ministry with the vision of releasing healing, deliverance and evangelism through the Art of Dance. She previously served as a FOCUS Youth Leader and KARAR dancer at Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church in Chesapeake, VA under the anointed pastoral leadership of Bishop Dr. K.W. Brown and covenant Father, Bishop Dr. I.V. Hillard in Houston, TX. Currently, she serves as the Director of Worship Arts at the Life Church, Baton Rouge, LA under the prophetic leadership of Senior Pastor Maize Warren Jr.
Since her call to the Ministry of Dance over the last 10 years she has had the privilege to minister with many anointed recording artist such as Israel Houghton, MaryMary, James Fortune, Vickie Yohe, Micah Stampley and many more. She also ministered on BET's Bobby Jones Gospel with Kingdom Seekers Worship Art Ministry accompanying gospel jazz artist - Ben Tankard.
Her dance credits include ministering with Kingdom Seekers Worship Arts Dance Company (KSWAM), Beauty from Ashes Theater & Dance Company, Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Dance & Mime Troupe (IDMT) and Harmonious Voice for Christ Praise Dance Company (HVCPDC). Also, Sisters of Worship was nominated as the Praise Dance Ministry of the Year at the New Orleans Gospel Awards.
Her theatrical credits include dancing in the gospel stage play, "I Feel Like Shoutin" by Ron Harris and Ronelli Productions. And also participated in an 11-performance play with TMCJ International Productions in the international proclaim Passion stage play, "A Story about the Man called Jesus" as supporting actress and dancer.
Monica continues her studies and mentorship under Pastor Alicia Dudley of New Generation Fellowship of Hampton, VA; Minister LaVetta Celise Williams of Dancing Before the King Ministries and Handmaiden Michele Vela of Waves of Glory, Houston, TX. Monica also serves a regional leader for National Liturgical Dance Network under the direction of Rev. Eyesha Marable. Monica Reagor travels the nation teaching, preaching and ministering through the gift of dance; as well as she mentors and develops individual ministers and dance ministries across the nation to also serve the body of Christ in excellence.
It is her desire that one day that worshipers from every denomination, every nationality and every walk of life will come together in one place to worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth.
Minister Yolanda Rountree
Minister Yolanda Rountree. As far back as she can remember Yolanda Rountree has always had a passion for Dance and began formal training at the tender age of 11. At 14 she was already performing in Detroit’s “All City Dance Concerts”, an annual showcase of the city's most gifted young dancers, an event she was invited to attend 3 years straight. Subsequently it was at this showcase that Yolanda received the 1993 award for Student Choreographer of the year. It was also during this time period (1992) that Yolanda began taking classes with Sondra Jackson a renowned choreographer in liturgical dance and founder of Sprit of the Moment Praise Dance Ministry (SOM). Yolanda cites this as being the time she "developed her love and passion for dancing for the Lord." In 1993 Yolanda attended classes at the Detroit Windsor Dance Academy and O'Days
School of Dance. And in 1994 went on to join and minister through dance with Spirit of the Moment.
In 1998, Yolanda made a difficult decision to stop dancing with SOM to pursue her education full time and in 2002 graduated College with a BA in Business and Administration. Shortly thereafter she casually took a dance class at Artistry in Motion and quickly realized that she missed dancing, especially for the Lord. So right then and there she returned to minister with Spirit of the Moment. In April 2003 Yolanda made her big stage debut dancing in the play Perilous Times Part II. That same year she attended Marygrove College where she took dance classes with well-known instructors JoAnn Cusmano and Penny Godboldo. 2004 saw Yolanda in her first acting role as Pastor Johnson and Liu in the musical stage production “Rhythmic Nations." She also returned that year to dance in the stage play Perilous Times with William Murphy. In early 2005, she was cast as the hairdresser Nikki in the Michael Mathews stage play “Too Good to Let Go" with Jackee Harry and Tevin Campbell. In 2011 Yolanda graduated a Licensed Minister of Dance from the Eagles International Training Institute and soon after traveled to Ecuador on a Mission’s trip with her mentor Dr. Pamela Hardy where she taught dance to underprivileged children.
God had given Yolanda a vision to do a 2 Day Dance Intensive/Conference many years ago. While at a conference in 2012 she mentioned the vision to her mentors Dr. Pamela Hardy and Rev. Eyesha Marable. There, her mentors would encourage her to follow the vision God had poured into her. This birth El Olam Center for Dance and Arts 2 Day Dance Intensive which was held on June 28 & 29, 2013 in Detroit, MI (El Olam = God of Everlasting). The Intensive has grown in the six years of its existence that the intensive is now held at COBO Center (convention center). The growth of the intensive has also birth El Olam Cares a foundation that provide resources for people who are less fortunate, underprivileged and/or suffers from disabilities to be able to take music, dance, theater, and art classes.
Yolanda has been a member of House of Prayer & Praise Ministries since 2002 and is currently the Leader their Dance Ministry. She was licensed as a Minister by her Bishop Steven J. Bennett in 2014. There she works with members of all ages and skill levels teaching dance fundamentals, choreographed routines, and ministry through movement. She has traveled to Ghana/Africa on a mission’s trip with her church where she danced and provided toiletries and school supplies to the Ghanaian people. She danced throughout the US and Canada with Spirit of the Moment for 21 years until 2014 when God told her it was time to move on. She is still very close with Spirit of the Moment and prayerfully will return when God says it is time.
Yolanda teaches and dances throughout the nations, serves as one the personal administrative assistant to Dr. Pamela Hardy of the Eagles International Training Institute and is an active member of National Liturgical Dance Network under Rev. Eyesha Marable. Not to mention, she teaches a Nonprofit and Business Planning course with the Eagles International Training Institute and a Leadership Mentorship course through El Olam Center for Dance. In addition to all of this Yolanda is a loving daughter, sister and is a beautiful wife to her husband of 12 years, Lin Rountree; himself an internationally renowned recording artist. She gives all glory and thanks to God for her many blessings!
Bro. Judah Marable is a second-year student from Orange, New Jersey currently attending Rutgers University New Brunswick (Mason Gross School of the Arts). He began teaching in the UK in 2009 at the age of 8 at their first conference where he taught a dance, he had choreographed by Donnie McClurkin entitled ‘Again’.
He began his classical ballet/modern training at the age of 16 and was asked to lead a dance ministry at Israel Memorial AME church that same year. This ministry has grown to what is now known as R.O.A.R (Reclaiming Our Adolescent Righteousness) Dance Ministry.
He has worked with renowned choreographers such as Aubrey Lynch, Freddie Moore, Earl Mosley, Robin Dunn, Anya Clarke and Brian Hawthorne. He plans to become a professional Liturgical Dancer after graduating from Rutgers University, not only setting choreography, but leading worship with dance ministers from around the world.
Recently he was honored to teach in Miami and Detroit at MAS Que Vencedores and El Olam respectively. He continues to be a regular facilitator at the United Kingdom biannual conferences.
HONOR REIGN MARABLE
Honor Reign Marable “To honor God is to worship God.” Honor Reign Marable was born November 2002, designed, anointed and appointed to worship God in spirit and in truth throughout the world. In May 2015, she was honored to be the youngest recipient of the New Jersey Governor’s Award, for Most Exceptional Promise in Dance and Theater. Traditionally, this honor is awarded to high school students and educators recognized by the Governor of New Jersey. She was also recently accepted to Arts High School, Newark, NJ as a 7th Grade, Dance Major.
Honor was featured in the national program, Activity Works’ Dinosaur Dance episode. Since 2013, she spends afternoons and summers perfecting her craft in Musical Theater at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. This past year, she was featured in Into the Woods, Annie Jr. and Mercer’s 2015 Production. She also was a featured percussionist in Heywood Avenue’s Band and featured dancer in the Heywood Avenue Dance Ensemble.
Since the age of 2, Honor has danced with the National Liturgical Dance Network, particularly at Bethany Baptist Church’s Community Health and Dance Program, Newark, NJ and Tots for Jesus at the Greater Allen Cathedral of New York. She has ministered in 4 countries & 10 states since 2005, and assisted in choreographing and teaching children in Almere, Holland and Nottingham, England. She continues to be a regular facilitator at NLDN-UK biannual conferences since 2009
Earlier in life, Honor enjoyed cheerleading and gymnastics. She won the Cheerleader’s Spirit Award in 2011 and was a part of Heywood Avenue Elementary’s Cheer Team that held 1st Place 3 consecutive years, Orange School District. She trained with Karade Gymnastics Team for two years and earned 1st place, AAU USA, Vault, 2nd place, AAU USA, All Around and 3rd place, AAU USA, Uneven Bars and Floor Exercise.
She loves styling hair, singing and keeping company with good friends, when she’s not traveling.
“Honor is extremely gifted young lady who puts her best foot forward in everything that she does. She is a true joy to work with,” says Janeece Freeman, Performing & Teaching Artist, NJPAC. To God be the glory.
Carol Patrick was born and raised in St Kitts in the Caribbean and Dance has always been a part of Carol; she has ministered in dance at church at a young age whilst living there.
At the age of 17, Carol moved to the England. Over the years, although she was going to church, Carol wasn't fully committed in her Christian walk and did her own thing. Whilst going through a dark stage in her life, God reminded Carol of when she used to dance, and at that point, Carol made a promise to him, for all he has done for her and how he has bought her through many trials and she was alive because of him, that she would rededicate her worship to him through the creative arts and to his divine plan for her life. Carol’s desire is to please God in all areas of her life and dance is another way of doing this, to praise God with the spirit of David.
During a transitional time in Carol’s life, she realized that her style of dance was changing and her movements was even more expressive. After looking more into creative arts, she found out more about the Ministry of Mime and that’s when she understood the next level of ministry God was taking her. Carol decided to gain more knowledge of this ministry and God blessed her with a Mime Mentor from South Carolina. Carol is also in her final stage of completing a Ministry of Mime Course which will see her graduate on completion as a Certified Mime Instructor.
From taking that bold step, Carol have attended workshops in the UK and USA to help equip her in Mime. Carol also attended the NLDN Dance Conference in 2017 and in 2018, she stepped into Mime Ministry fully where Rhema Mime Ministries were birthed.
Rhema Mime main mission is to ‘reveal the spoken word of God through the creative art of mime with the anointing. This would be done through using songs, scriptures or sermonize.
Rhema Mime ethos is founded on the scripture Isaiah 61:1, God has called us to Minister because “the Spirit of the Lord God is upon us and he has anointed us to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to them that are bound”
Carol has seen God moved tremendously through this ministry. She had the opportunity to bless others through the creative arts of Mime and have ministered at special services, church and conferences.
Carol has also travelled to the USA on many occasions for Mime Workshops training and ministered for the first in North Carolina at a Creative Arts Conference.
Carol strongly believes that building a foundation in any ministry is of important and hosts Mime Workshops that will help educate, empower and impart a theoretical background and history of Mime and the biblical background that ties in with this ministry. God is taking us to another level in revealing his prophetic word not only as an expression in dance but through his spoken word in the art of Mime.
Carol holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance and has worked in the Accounting sector for over 12 years. Carol has gone through a change of career and is now training to be a Graphic Designer as she loves being creative.
Carol is also the Administrator for God’s International Leading Ladies (GILL) Women’s Ministry founded by Pastor Shirleena and assist her on occasions on preaching engagements.
Carol is the proud Mother of Tiana and Tyrese. Her daughter, Tiana ministers alongside her and she is part of Rhema Mime. Rhema Mime is also supported by Claudine Thomas who ministers in Sign and is one of the Leaders for Sign Ministry for NLDN UK.
God is taking this ministry to another level in revealing his prophetic word not only as an expression in dance but through his spoken word in the art of Mime.
Marita Young serves as the Team Leader for the Moving Word Dance Ministry at Ruach City Church, which she has been a part for 13years. In 2018 she became a Licensed Minister at Ruach Church, under the leadership of John Francis. In 2015 she became a Licensed Dance Minister through the Eagles International Training Institute which has ignited her passion to see others discover their true purpose and move effectively within their calling.
In 2008, she graduated with a BA Hons in Dance from Trinity Laban Contemporary Dance and is in her 9th year of teaching dance in a secondary school. She is currently Head of Dance at a local comprehensive school teaching dance to students aged 11-18. She runs a successful youth dance company and has been an examiner for GCSE and A Level dance for the least 6 years. Marita is also a qualified fitness and Pilates instructor.
She is currently the EITI Leader for the UK and runs The Eagles Network program which equips ministers of dance and worshippers to impact the world for Christ.
Nakai Dziya has a passion for Dance Ministry and says she has come to think of worship in dance, almost like breathing. Nakai has worked with children and young people and has traveled both at home and abroad with dance ministries.
She is a prophetic worshiper proficient in flags and intercession through dance. Nakai is a qualified Occupational Therapist and is currently completing her Masters in Dance Movement Psychotherapy, an area of expertise she discovered through the healing she experienced through worship in dance. It is her desire to see the rise in creative arts in worship and she seeks to engage with and teach both young and seasoned dancers. With a background in allied health, she believes there should be no restriction to your ability to worship in movement as long as you have a willing heart.
Nakai also makes flags and worship garments, a skill she has learned by
God’s grace and mentorship and unexpected open doors.