exceedingly wonderful it is to see
children and teenagers dedicating
their time, talents and energy
towards praising the Lord. The
Anointed Chenaniah Praise Dancers
are an example of devoted
adolescents inspiring a new crop of
young, liturgical dancers through
their commitment to righteous living
and artistic excellence.
The Anointed Chenaniah Praise Dancers are five
closely knit, highly anointed sisters (Britni 6,
Briana 10, Tiffany 12, Toni 14, Ashanti 15) from the
sunny oasis of
Boynton Beach, Florida who’ve turned an
indwelling gift for graceful, imaginative dance into
a form of expressive worship and choreographed
praise. The result has been a full-time ministry
that has served before hundreds of thousands of
people over the last five years.
From their appearance on the Dr. Bobby Jones
Gospel show to their performances at the
Donnie McClurkin Back To Holiness Conferences
to their special presentation at the NAACP
National Convention, the Anointed Chenaniah
Praise Dancers are finding an appreciative audience
every where they go, through their unique ministry
that’s both turning heads and changing hearts.
With their first annual Dancing With Authority
Conference set to commence in just a few
weeks in the resort area of Palm Beach Springs,
Florida, BLACKGOSPEL.COM wanted to speak with these
five young ladies who are lighting up the stage with
a special anointing and undeniable gift for dancing.
The Chenaniah Praise Dancers have been dancing for
five years now. Does dancing as a form of worship
and praise mean the exact same thing today to the
Chenaniah Praise Dancers as it did five years ago?
Anointed Chenaniah Praise Dancers:
Yes, and so much more. Our calling is the same
but, as our relationship with God grew over the
years, so did our understanding of this
ministry. In the beginning, we were fine if the
people entered into praise. Now, we understand that
praise is the
that takes the people towards worship. Five years
ago, when Chenaniah ministered, God moved by His
spirit and the people entered into praise. Now when
we minister, it is our desire and expectation that
the people will not just enter into praise but will
also accept the invitation to worship. We want
people to go behind the veil and experience God
through the dance like never before.
CH: The Chenaniah Praise Dancers believe that
dancing to the Gospel of Jesus Christ is more than
interpretation...it is divine revelation. Please
explain what type of revelations the group has
received with regards to dancing for the Lord.
ACPD: We believe God has given us the gift of
revelation. Revelation is spirit breath. We believe
God allows us to enter in on the same revelation the
song writer had when he/she wrote the
song…revelations that an atmosphere can be set so
rich and so thick that whatever you need, all you
have to do is reach up and grab it! These
revelations make our choreography different. But,
the key ingredient in it all is the ANOINTING!
CH: As the ministry of the Chenaniah Praise
Dancers has grown in popularity and reputation over
the years, what individual and collective steps has
the group taken to ensure that the group is
identified with excellence and an anointed spirit as
ACPD: We are so big on this subject. When
it comes to this ministry, excellence is certainly
at the front of the line. Excellence, by
definition, is a continued state of progression,
pursued but never obtained, still realizing that
there's always room for improvement.
Excellent is what we are. It's how we were created.
We make sure that we are excellent in our attire.
Our garments must be clean, wrinkle free and
presentable. We travel with backup attire for our
presentation, etc. We’re also excellent in the way
we live off the stage. We spend lots of time
in prayer, praise and practice, in that order, to
maintain a spirit of excellence. After all, we are
ambassadors for the Most High God and we must
represent Him with excellence.
CH: The dance performances of the Chenaniah Praise
Dancers have ranged from the Back To Holiness
Conference hosted by Donnie McClurkin to the very
secular audience of the NAACP National Convention.
How does the Chenaniah Praise Dancers prepare and
tailor each performance for the various crowds they
We must be all things to all people. We have to be
sensitive to the spirit, in order to know what to
minister in different settings. It is our job as
ministers to be prepared to dance using various
styles, songs and choreography. We minister
according to what the spirit leads us to give the
people, from Hip-Hop to Praise & Worship. We can
never take for granted what a particular crowd
CH: The Dancing With Authority Conference in
Palm Beach Gardens Florida
is just a few weeks away.
What is the theme and ultimate objective of this
very special conference? And what motivated
Chenaniah Ministries to launch such a unique
conference for other liturgical dancers and
ACPD: The theme of the conference is "Taking It To
Another Level". This is in keeping with the scope
of the conference, which is “Dancing With
Authority!” The conference objective is to awaken
dancers with the reality that they are ministers,
first. And that they should dance with the
authority of the One that called them into this
ministry. This will require a relationship. We
want them to know that the dance ministry is not a
club. You must be holy. In order to dance with
power, it requires a praise and worship lifestyle.
It is our desire to see dance restored back into
the church as a true form of praise and worship.
CH: Your anointed dance has blessed tens of
thousands of souls everywhere you've witnessed. The
beauty of blessings that come from God is that
it flows both to the receiver and the giver. What
type of blessings have the Chenaniah Praise Dancers
received from sowing into the dance ministry?
We have been blessed in so many ways. We've seen
people dedicate and rededicate their lives back to
Christ. Deliverance and healing have taken place.
We've been blessed with awesome opportunities to
share the stage with some of the greatest Gospel
artists of all time. We've been blessed to minister
at conferences and churches with great pastors and
It has been a blessing to be used during our youth
for Kingdom Building.
It a wonderful blessing to be in ministry with our
We are happy to be vessels that God chose to use to
minister in dance to the nation.
The Anointed Chenaniah Praise Dancers will host the
2005 Dancing With Authority Conference
Palm Beach Gardens Florida
from June 16-18,
2005. For more information, visit
www.chenaniah.org. To contact the Chenaniah
Praise Dancers, email them at