Ministry of Dance


The mission and goal of the Dance Ministry of Pennsylvania Avenue A.M.E. Zion Church is to exalt, praise and worship the Lord Jesus Christ through dance.

What is our dance ministry about? Well first, it is not entertainment, nor a performance, nor is it to show off or to draw attention to self.

It is liturgical — meaning dance that is acceptable for public worship as opposed to dance that is not. It is a physical way of worshipping and glorifying the Lord which bring others into His presence. It is an outward expression of the joy He has placed in our hearts and is reflective of our relationship with Him. It is developed by the Holy Spirit. It communicates glory and honor to the One who is worthy and He in turn uses it to communicate, edify, comfort, deliver, bless and encourage the body of Christ. It can consist of one or a group of people regardless of age or gender. Lastly, the Bible tells us to praise Him in the dance, (Psalm 149:3, and Psalm 150:4), so it is also obedience!

The Daughters of Zion (DoZ) shares in dance during the Praise and Worship for both the 8am and 10am worship services every Sunday. In addition, the DoZ minister a separate selection the 2nd Sunday at the 10am service each month.

Our Yung Zion and/or Mime Ministry shares in dance on 5th Sundays at our one 10am service.


The ministry of dance at Penn Ave AME Zion church is celebrating 20 years of ministry in April 2016. We have invited dance ministries throughout the Baltimore area to celebrate with us. Great is His Faithfulness, and we never would made it without Him!


Sister Valarie L. Barksdale

Minister of Dance at Zion Church

Talent Acquisition Specialist II @ Catholic Relief Services

I provide recruitment support to our country programs in Southern Africa and U.S. Operations division. In addition to serving as the Minister of Dance at Penn Ave AME Zion Church, I also serve as a Stephen Ministry Minister and Lay Council member. I serve as a minister and leader because He has said, “who shall I send” and I said, “here am I Lord”.