The Connecticut Daughters of Zion team has been teaching worship dance since 2007. Our DOZ group was inspired by the Island Christian Church DOZ team of Long Island, New York.
Our leadership team, or Core Group, was originally formed with seven teachers under the counsel and leadership of Pam Roberts. After a year of training and completing the DOZ CT teaching requirements, new teachers began joining the team in 2014, and we are thankful for many new teachers who have joined us in the following years!
We are honored to have each and every one of the DOZ leaders on our team - these ladies have proven themselves to be dedicated followers of Jesus Christ, and loving role models for the many girls they teach and lead.
Elayna is one of the original 7 core group members, and has been our best choreographer ever since the group started. She is the definition of sweet and compassionate, and always has a kind, encouraging word for everyone. She enjoys lyrical or interpretive dance, and teaches dance both with DOZ and at a local dance studio.
Melody was a member of the original Core Group and has been teaching DOZ since 2007. She especially enjoys working with the older girls and doing drama choreography. She has the privilege of being married to Jeremy since 2019 and has a baby girl born in 2022. Deep conversations, website design, performing, hiking, and laughter are some of her favorite things.
Anna has been involved with DOZ since an early age. She enjoys using all sorts of instruments while dancing - including tambourines, flags, streamers, fans, and finger scarves. She has really enjoyed teaching the younger girls, which is always full of fun surprises! Some of her interests include playing the violin and piano, and raising goats.
Heidi is the 6th of 11 children and still remembers being the 2nd-youngest student at our very first DOZ Camp in 2009! She has a compassionate personality that shines whether she is teaching the little girls at DOZ or caring for her many pet chickens. She loves anything outdoors, especially gardening and caring for animals, and playing piano.
Lydia has loved dancing in DOZ for as long as she can remember. Her favorite instruments are streamers, fans, finger scarves, and flags, and she also loves to worship God dancing with no instruments. She is the 8th of 11 children, and In her free time she enjoys reading, dancing, singing, being outside, and spending time with friends and family.
Elena the eldest of 6 children, and she started doing DOZ in 2019 as she felt the Lord wanting her to become a DOZ teacher during summer camp. She loves to do art, specifically ceramic art, and being a witness to others around her. She’s also looking forward to going into full time ministry later on in life as God leads her in that direction.
Cina first started DOZ during our 2014 summer camp Hope. She can often be found dancing, playing piano, gardening, and reading. Her favorite instrument is fan streamers and, well, all the other instruments. She also does liturgical dance at a dance studio. She has enjoyed the transition from camper to teacher and is honored to be able to grow and learn with the DOZ team!
Maria started dance when she was 12, her first DOZ camp was in 2019, and her first teacher was Elayna Lindblom. She is a part of the DOZ ministry team that meets every Friday. Her first camp she taught was Love. Her favorite instrument is fan streamers. She loves singing, dancing, and playing the piano, and is the second of 6 children. She also likes to spread the word of God whenever she can.
Lily first did DOZ in the fall semester of 2019 and really enjoyed it! Her first teacher was Heidi, and they used fan streamers. In 2021, she went to the fall semester and she’s been doing it ever since. Her favorite instrument is the streamers. Lily has two sisters who also do DOZ. She also really likes to travel, meet new people, sing, and cook!
Maddie is the oldest of 5 kids and likes a random assortment of things that include: dancing, crocheting, painting, shopping, reading, taking walks, watching flowers grow, and anything crafty. She started DOZ around 2018 and has been apart of it ever since! She is also is very funny, energetic, and sweet.
Alyssa started DOZ when she was 6 years old. Apart from DOZ, she dances at a local dance studio. She likes to run, do hair, makeup, DIY (Do It Yourself), and anything crafty! Her favorite instruments are fan streamers, finger scarves, and anything with dance. She is the 6th out of 10 children and is excited to see what the future brings!