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“If you do not have communication…you have nothing.” – Minister Yolanda Rountree
As far back as she can remember Yolanda Rountree has always had a passion for Dance and began formal training at the tender age of 11. At 14 Yolanda began taking classes with Sondra Jackson a renowned choreographer in liturgical dance and founder of Spirit Of The Moment Praise Dance Ministry (SOM). Yolanda cites this as being the time she “developed her love and passion for dancing for the Lord.” In 1993 Yolanda attended classes at the Detroit Windsor Dance Academy and O’Days School of Dance. And in 1994 went on to join and minister through dance with Spirit of the Moment.
In 2002, graduated College with a BA in Business and Administration. In April 2003 Yolanda made her big stage debut dancing in the play Perilous Times Part II. That same year she attended Marygrove College where she took dance classes with well known instructors JoAnn Cusmano and Penny Godboldo. 2004 saw Yolanda in her first acting role as Pastor Johnson and as Liu in the musical stage production “Rhythmic Nations.” She also returned that year to dance in Perilous Times II. In early 2005 she was cast as the hairdresser Nikki in the Michael Mathews stage play “Too Good To Let Go.”
In 2011 Yolanda graduated as a Licensed Minister of Dance from the Eagles International Training Institute and soon after traveled to Ecuador on a Mission’s trip with her mentor Dr. Pamela Hardy where she taught dance to underprivileged children.
Yolanda has been a member of House of Prayer & Praise Ministries since 2002 and is currently the Leader of their Dance Ministry. There she works with members of all ages and skill levels teaching dance fundamentals, choreographed routines, and ministry through movement. She is also the personal administrative assistant to Dr. Pamela Hardy with the Eagles International Training Institute and is an active member of National Liturgical Dance Network. In addition to all of this Yolanda is a loving daughter and sister and is a beautiful wife to her husband of 10 years, Lin Rountree; himself an internationally renowned recording artist. She gives all glory and thanks to God for her many blessings!
El Olam Center for Dance & Arts is a Christian institute that hosts conferences, workshops and dance intensives. Their mission is to create an environment for saints of all levels and ages where they can equip themselves with dance techniques that they can utilize to minister the word of God.
El Olam is a place where the saints can learn all styles of dance without compromising their faith. The classes offered through the Center consist of Ballet, Jazz, Horton, Modern, Hip Hop, Flags & Banners (worship tools) and Mime.
“To be focused on God and not man” is El Olam’s Vision, which is why the institute is named after God himself “El Olam”.
EL-OLAM: “Everlasting God”
For More Information Visit www.elolamdance.org