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Erika Burnett | Indianapolis, IN
Erika Burnett is a 26 year old from Indianapolis, IN and a co-founder of Kairos Kreative Ministries. A late bloomer, she did not discover her love for dance until high school were she performed as a member of the colorgaurd, winterguard, and various dance teams. After high school she went on to perform and tour with an independent drum corps and later, an independent wintergaurd. Erika’s first experience with liturgical dance was through Restoration Praise Dance Ministry during her undergraduate matriculation at Tennessee State University. She firmly believes that all gifts should be used for edification of God and the furthering of His Kingdom. Kairos Kreative Ministries is her way of living in and on purpose! She has taught various dance classes, help found the praise dance ministry at her local church, taught numerous workshops, and choreographed for major stage productions. She has been a member of the Glen Fredericks Reparatory Dance Theatre, Rhythm and Roots Performance Company, and Hayiya Dance, Inc. Her specialties include technique and choreography.

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Amber Porter | Detroit, MI
Amber Porter co-founder of Kairos Kreative Ministries began her God given gift of Liturgical dance at the young age of 8 with her two cousins. She has been dancing for 16 years and is trained in other forms of dance technique. Amber has continued to study dance through the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc. under the direction of Dr. Peter Fields the creative director at Fisk University, Nashville Tennessee. She was instrumental in organizing the Bethel East Praise Dancers in Detroit Michigan and has coordinated many Liturgical Dance Workshops. At Tennessee State University after being a member of Restoration Praise Dance Ministry for 2 years she was appointed into a leadership position as Director, which gave her a deep experience in dance ministry.
Amber is currently the Dance Coordinator for Angels of Grace at Greater Grace Temple Community Church under the pastoral leadership of Pastor Breonus M. Mitchell Sr. She is also a dance instructor at Ridley’s School of dance teaching Liturgical dance. Amber has a heart for assisting dance ministries to reach their full potential and understanding that ministry is serious business. She always says, “If you are not winning soul for Christ than what is the point, ministry is selfless not selfish”. Amber is truly excited in where God is taking Kairos Kreative Ministries and prays daily that God will direct out footsteps according to his word; let no sin rule over us (Psalms 119: 133 NIV)

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Edwina Freeman | Detroit, MI
Edwina Freeman is 26 years old and from Detroit, Michigan. She began dancing at a very young age. From ballet to jazz to modern, she gained experience in several genres. It wasn’t until high school that she was introduced to praise dance. She and her sister would minister at churches in their community. At Tennessee State University, she yearned for an outlet to continue serving God through dance. She joined Restoration Praise Dance Ministry her sophomore year. Later she joined the dance ministry at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She also began to assist with dance ministries in the Nashville community as well as at Mt. Zion. She even introduced praise dance to her home church in Detroit. Currently, she serves as the director of Adoration Praise Dance Ministry of Mt. Zion. She has served in this position since 2007. She loves praise dancing because it allows her to enter into a special place of worship. There she can be one on one with God. Her most memorable ministry moment was ministering at her father’s wake. It allowed her to turn her grief into praise. She is excited about being apart of Kairos Praise Dance Ministry.

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Kemoya Cook | Pontiac, MI
Kemoya Cook is a 34 year old from Pontiac, MI. A love for dance has always been my passion. Growing up I was on the Color Guard, Pom Pom Squad, Drill Team, Pontiac Dance Team, and college teams as well. I attended college at Ferris State University ( Big Rapids, MI ). I moved to the Nashville area in May of 2002 and this is when my life changed. When I graduated, and I grew spiritually in the Lord I always had a dream to teach the deaf to dance. I did not accomplish this dream but I did pursue a passion that I never thought i would be in, "Liturgical Dance". I assisted the dance ministry at Olive Branch Baptist Church for about 1 year and then I had to step up and become a ministry leader. It has been my love and passion every since. There is nothing more in life that I love - other than my child and this is "ministering to others" in the form of praise dance. I am a member of Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church where I am currently the Dance Ministry Leader. I am always willing to learn, serve, and believe that "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13.

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Aleathea Harris-Little | Nashville, TN
Aleathea Harris-Little is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated from the University of Memphis receiving her B.A in English and Dance. She received her M.Ed in curriculum and instruction from Tennessee State University. Aleathea currently teaches Dance at Whites Creek High School and is an active member at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church where she serves as Deacon and Director of the Dance Ministry. Her dance education and performance credit includes:

  • University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Florida State University/Urban Bush Women Summer Dance Intensive (scholarship recipient)
  • UHURU Dance Company (Nashville, TN.) Karen Roberts Artistic Director
  • Village Cultural Arts Drum and Dance Ensemble Nashville, TN. (Kelly Armstead Dance Director)
  • JAHA Dance Ensemble
  • Westwood Baptist Church Summer Enrichment Program
  • Salama Urban Ministries
  • TPAC Wolftrap Artist Residency Program
  • 2012 Stellar Awards Performance (Earnest Pugh)
  • Various venues, festivals, colleges and universities throughout Tennessee and Kentucky
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Minister John Rico Strickland | Nashville, TN
Minister John Rico Strickland, a native of Nashville, TN, was called to preach in the fall of 2004 and delivered his first message in the spring of 2006 in McKenzie, TN. Dance was Min. Strickland’s way of expressing himself when he was a young boy in Atlanta, Ga. Dance opened a lot of doors for him here in Nashville, TN, like having roles in plays with Salama Urban Ministries under the direction of Dr. William Crimm where he has performed in plays such as “The Wiz”, “Guys and Dolls,” and many others in the city of Nashville. He is an associate minister at Westwood Baptist Church University Center where Barton E. Harris is the Senior Pastor. Mime ministry is another form of expressing his love for Christ and Christ’s church. Mime is a gift given to Minister Strickland from the Lord in which he is very passionate when it comes to giving God glory through the use of his body. He has worked with youth all over the State of TN in the area of mime and dance choreography for over 10 years. He is the Minister over his entire dance ministry at his local church. His first encounter with mime actually came from viewing a K and K mime video by "accident", but it was a divine appointment that inspired him to reach God’s kingdom by telling the stories of Gospel songs. In college he was the 1st freshmen Drum Major at Lane College until he transferred to Bethel University where he received his Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education. Minister Strickland is a man who has many hats: Husband, God-Father, and Youth Step Coach for S.T.E.P. UP to health to name a few. He is driven to edify God’s kingdom how the Lord sees fit. Bringing God glory through his worship and lifestyle is his passion! His life is an example of how knowing what your purpose really looks like. He’s been has conquered homelessness, he is an over comer of depression, and he believes that God is the giver of every good and perfect gift, that’s why he is grateful for the opportunity to share what God has blessed him with. Luke 1: 37 For WITH God nothing is Impossible! Thanks be to God!

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Eric Hensley | Union City, TN
Eric Hensley is an “army brat” born in Union City, TN. As a child, his gift of dance was first stirred up by the memorable Michael Jackson. In 2004, he was inspired by K and K Mime, which is when he decided to “dance like David danced”… for Jesus Christ. Dance became his PASSION, and he desired to bring forth a mime ministry to bless people across the nation. He is the founder and choreographer of Elijah’s Fire Mime Ministry. Elijah’s Fire won 1st place in March 2011 at a dance competition, hosted by Zeta Phi Beta, to raise money for scholarships. In May 2011, they were invited to participate in the live recording of “The Bobby Jones Show” at Visions Studio. In June 2011, he was afforded the opportunity to meet and minister for the founders of gospel mime Keith and Karl Edmonds. He works diligently to patronize and expose the art of mime ministry to the world, because he believes that, “Ministry is the evidence of Gods presence just like in I Kings:18.”

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Robert Hood | Chicago, IL
Robert Hood is from Chicago, IL. He got involved in the mime ministry in the spring of 2000 while still serving his country in the US military. Robert was under the tutelage of Sebastian Person, the visionary of the Men of Valor Dance Ministries in Clarksville, TN. Robert did not imagine or dream of being more involved in the dance ministry, but God had something for Robert. On September 11, 2001, God had in store a duty for Robert that changed his life forever. "My mentor, Sebastian, got orders to go to Afghanistan, so everyone was looking to me to lead the Men of Valor. I was nervous as well as afraid, but God whispered to me and told me to trust Him!" From that point on, Robert has been directing and participating in ministries from Korea to Nashville, Tn.

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Porsha Hensley | Nashville, TN
Porsha Hensley is a native of Nashville, TN, and a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. As a kid, she was often bribed to dance for bugles…. lol. She has always been a “casual” dancer, but she chose to use her gift of dance to give GOD glory in 2004. She is co-founder and manager of Elijah’s Fire Mime Ministry. For her, ministry is not only depicted through dance, but through her marriage as well. She believes that, “God put my husband and I in covenant for this VERY purpose… to be a role model exemplifying what praise and worship REALLY is through dance!” She enjoys networking with and recruiting others to diversify, strengthen, and promote the vision that God has instilled. Keeping faith and displaying humility, she knows that, “God has to be pleased with my dedication to ministry, because he continues to provide inconceivable opopportunities (refer to Hebrews 11:6).” She has had the chance to minister with Elijah’s Fire before several renowned artists such as: Dynamic Dixie Travelers, Bobby Jones, and K and K Mime to name a few.

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