The Heritage Dance Ministry was formed in February 2006 under the leadership of Chris Kelly. What began as a one-time mass dance presentation for the Black Heritage Organization of Greater Kansas City annual worship service evolved into a community dance ministry.
Mrs. Kelly sent letters to area churches in the Kansas and Missouri metropolitan area inviting dancers from all dominations to join her for a mass dance presentation to celebrate the heritage of Kansas City in praise and worship service.
Many of the participants had never danced together and found the fellowship to be a rewarding experience. Their first worship service was held at the Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, Wallace Hartsfield, Senior Pastor. That presentation opened doors for the dancers to receive invitations to participate in Black History programs around the city.
Chris’ desire was to form a community dance ministry that was inclusive of people from all cultures and dominations. The dancers enjoyed dancing and expressed a desire to stay together as part of Chris's community dance ministry. Chris's dream became a reality and the Heritage Dance Ministry was officially formed as a component of the RCLG Family Foundation which is named after her parents.
The Heritage Dancers have ministered for the SCLC King Celebrations, the NAACP 101st National Convention, the 130th Annual Session National Baptist Convention USA Inc. and have appeared on program with national recording artist Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Carolyn Traylor, Bee and Cee Cee Winnans, Shirley Caesar, Robert Houston and True Dedication, Toi Lee for a Fred Hammond concert and California Congresswoman, Maxine Waters just to name a few. In addition to the many engagements around town, they also minister at nursing homes, for reunions, weddings, funerals, women conferences and many other events. HDM is known nationally for their annual dance conferences.
Membership is open to the public and is inclusive of all age groups, church denominations, ethnic groups and gender.
For more information you may contact Mrs. Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org