Meet the instructors of Beautiful Feet Praise Dance.
Donna FitzPatrick (Beautiful Feet Dance Ministry Founder; Beautiful Feet Praise Dance Tap instructor; Beautiful Feet Dance Theatre Choreographer) is originally from New York City. She started dancing at the age of 5 and continued through college, taking ballet, jazz and tap. She also enjoys Israeli dance being a Messianic Jew. At the age of 6 Donna accepted Jesus as her personal Savior and Messiah, and later in her early teens became so in love with Jesus that she chose to dedicate her life to serve Him. She continued dancing, with the awareness that dance must take back seat to the more significant purpose of serving God. Later, after marrying and having 5 children, with dance being long dismissed, strange urges to dance returned. This was especially accelerated after seeing a beautiful worship dance done at a relative’s church.
With continual promptings, seen as from God, Donna returned to dance- attempting to find a location where she could learn to dance in a way that would please and honor Him. In 1996, she learned Parkside Academy of Music and Dance had a “liturgical dance” program. There she was delighted to reawaken her dance body and offer it back to God for His use. Miss Pam Dimeler, the owner of Parkside Academy, encouraged Donna in her desire to teach children about sacred dance and permitted her to begin a class for them. This eventually grew to include Praise Tots and Moms (3- 5yr olds), Praise Kids (5- 7yr olds) Praise Tweens (8-11 yr. olds) and Praise Teens and Adults (12-adults). Donna also started Praise Dance Camp– a “Vacation Bible School” type of summer program including dance, Bible stories, music, crafts and snacks, held in cooperation with Child Evangelism Fellowship while at Parkside Academy. After approximately 20 years of existence- Praise Dance Camp is merging into Calvary Chapel’s Arts Camp. Later, Donna also enjoyed being a part of the Good Samaritan Dance Choir of Paoli, PA for 2 years. Recently she has enjoyed dancing with Valerie Henry, a pioneer of Christian dance.
Currently Donna oversees the Beautiful Feet Praise Dance Ministry at Calvary Chapel of Delaware County along with a wonderful staff including: April Ramos, Sue Howat and Judy Lynch. Donna also is the Early Childhood Team Leader at Calvary Chapel of Delaware County- and enjoys sneaking dance into lively worship times with precious little ones. Donna is employed as a teacher at the Elwyn South Special Needs Preschool in Philadelphia, and has her Bachelors Degree in Education with certifications in Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education.
From its inception, our dance ministry has been motivated to do outreaches to nursing homes, participate in community holiday parties and various church programs. This has included the pleasure of dancing for the Delaware County Pregnancy Center’s “Walk for Life” for the last few years.
Donna is passionate to see young ladies and men come to know that they are accepted and loved by God, and to see them set on a course of purity and purpose found in a personal relationship with Him!