School of Dance Ministries

The heart of the School of Dance Ministries (SDM) is to use dance as a tool to bring healing and the Gospel to all types of people in all places, while helping students learn, experience and explore how dance can be used in ministry.

This course is designed for dancers who are eager and passionate about communicating the gospel through dance in all types of ministry settings. During the school, dancers will spend time training, preparing, and pursuing God’s heart both in the classroom and the studio. Classroom topics could include Identity, Dance Therapy, Ministry Planning, and Discipling the Dancer. In the studio, dancers will get a chance to train in various styles including modern, jazz and ballet, while also learning about topics such as pedagogy, composition and anatomy.

The School of Dance Ministries is 5-6 months long – 12 weeks of lecture phase in Montana and 8-12 weeks of outreach.

*(Price may vary depending on number of applicants)


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Discipleship Training School (DTS)
Dance Experience

Weekly Schedule

During the School of Dance Ministries lecture phase we study in many different areas which we feel are valuable to the integration of dance and ministry—whether you’re looking to enter missions, the dance industry, or simply love dance and desire a more well-rounded view of the art God’s gifted to you. Our staff and teachers instruct from a foundation of truth and excellence. Our core classes within lecture phase include Dance Technique, Dance Composition, and Anatomy. We also offer a brief look at multiple other topics. Please note that you will not only be required to dance approximately 2-7 hours each day, but will also need to be prepared to sit in lectures, take notes, and read informational texts.

Worship & Intercession 5 Hours/Week

5 Hours/Week

Taking time to join together as a group to worship God, declare the goodness of His character, and pray for other people and places.

Lectures 18 Hours/Week

18 Hours/Week

The goal of these lectures is to increase our knowledge and wisdom of both God and dance/the arts. We examine Anatomy, Pedagogy, and Dance Composition in more depth. And then we take a briefer look at multiple other topics that we feel are valuable to the integration of dance and ministry.

Dance Technique Classes 10 Hours/Week

10 Hours/Week

Daily, we take the time to train in different dance techniques so that our bodies are ready and able to freely express our hearts with excellence and integrity. Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and other classes are included in this time of study.

Dance Rehearsals 10 Hours/Week

10 Hours/Week

Both resident members and outside guest artists create dances for the students to learn. We aim to provide a variety of different choreographic and dance styles for students. As staff, we recognize that balancing rest with dancing is valuable and that it is impractical for each student to be in every dance. Consequently, there will be some weeks which do not include rehearsal for everyone.

Work Duties 5 Hours/Week

5 Hours/Week

As a school, we join together with other students on base to help care for the facilities with which we've been blessed. These work duties often include either cleaning, meal preparation, or meal clean-up.

Community Ministry 2 Hours/Week

2 Hours/Week

Students will be given opportunities to get involved in the community to apply what they have been learning. Whether working on the base or in the local community, students will begin to see what dance and ministry could look like together.Students will be given an opportunity to get involved in the community to minister through dance.


Performing, teaching dance workshops, and serving in practical ways are all a part of our dance outreaches. Coffee shops, orphanages, city streets, schools, churches, and hospitals are a few of the venues where we often minister. Each outreach concludes with a week-long debriefing time which focuses on helping students process through the entire school.

School Leaders

Monica Villagomez

Monica is originally from Massachusetts, and has been dancing for 19 years. She completed her Discipleship Training school (DTS) in 2013. In 2014, Monica came on on as a member of YWAM MT and has been serving in the Dance department since. Her passion is to see dance used to reach the nations.

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YWAM Montana | Lakeside
501 Blacktail Rd.
Lakeside MT, 59922
United States
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