Meet the Teachers

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 Mrs. Roberts. After a year of training and completing the DOZ CT teaching requirements, six new teachers joined the DOZ leadership team in 2014, followed by nine more teachers in 2017 and 2018.

 

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, humble role models for the many girls they teach and lead.


Mrs. Roberts

Group Leader

Mrs. Roberts has been our faithful group leader since 2007. She took over leadership when the DOZ group was floundering under the direction of three teenagers, and we are eternally grateful that she did. She is compassionate, empathetic and very good at patiently keeping the Core Group focused on actually getting things done during our meetings! She always prayerfully guides the DOZ group, and tries to make wise decisions that will benefit the ministry as a whole. ALL of us love Mrs. Roberts!

Anna

Core Group Member

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.

Siobhan

Core Group Member

Siobhan has been involved with DOZ since 2014. She loves dancing with all instruments but especially tambourine and flags. Apart from dancing she enjoys playing violin, reading, writing letters, hiking and traveling whenever she gets the chance. Siobhan enjoyed teaching the older girls at DOZ camp 2018 and is excited to continue to teach in the future.

Leah S

Core Group Member

Leah is the 8th child out of 11 in her family and has loved DOZ ever since she started as a student in 2014. She loves lyrical and drama dances and her favorite instrument is flags. Outside of DOZ she enjoys piano, anything artsy, and traveling. She also enjoys people and building lasting friendships. She is so excited for the opportunity to serve and bless others through DOZ and to learn more about worshipping Christ through dance. 

Keara

Core Group Member

Keara has been involved with DOZ since 2015.  She enjoys dancing with flags, but likes the other instruments as well.  At home Keara likes to bake, read, play her flute, and do different kinds of craft projects.  She enjoyed teaching DOZ Camp 2018 and hopes to return for the spring semester!

Leah C

Core Group Member

Leah has been privileged to be with DOZ for as long as she can remember.  She is the 4th of 5 children with a twin who is 20 minutes younger than her.  Her favorite instrument is flags and she loves to try difficult patterns with them.  She loves to be outside, ride on her father’s motorcycle, ride horses, and read books (mostly about horses!).

Eva

Core Group Member

Eva is the youngest of 5 children and is 20 minutes younger than her twin sister.  She loves to cook, bake (when she has the chance), and ride horses - and her dad’s motorcycle!  Her favorite instruments are laurels, sticks, flags, and finger scarves.  She also likes to dance with no instruments.  Teaching the little girls is only one of the ways she loves to honor God.

Heidi

Core Group Member

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 20 pet chickens.  She loves anything outdoors, especially gardening and caring for animals, and playing piano.

Alyssa

Core Group Member

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!

Melody

Former Core Group Member

As the eldest of our original core group members, Melody especially enjoys teaching older girls and doing choreography.  She also has the privilege of being the eldest of the eleven children in her family. Deep conversations, website design, performing and laughter are some of her favorite things.  Although she is not able to be a year-round teacher currently, Melody is still a big part of the DOZ ministry and teaches at our annual summer DOZ Camps.

Elayna

Former Core Group Member

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. She recently graduated from Uconn as a Nurse, but she still stops by DOZ practices every once in awhile!

Faith

Former Core Group Member

Faith is the youngest of the original core group members, and she loves teaching, choreographing, and dancing (especially with flags!), but her favorite aspect of DOZ is the opportunity to build Godly relationships with the other girls.  Currently enrolled in the Nursing program at Capital Community College, she is eagerly stepping foot into a new stage of life as she recently got engaged and is planning to get married in June of 2019.

Marcella

Former Core Group Member

Marcella has been a part of DOZ since 2012, and is always an encouragement to be around and talk to.  She is the 3rd of nine kids, and her favorite instruments are flags and sticks.  Some of the many activities Marcella enjoys are playing piano, knitting, playing Ultimate Frisbee and Volleyball, and doing all sorts of art and crafts.

Natalie

Former Core Group Member

Natalie is the 4th born of eleven kids, and loves the adventure of it! She has been doing DOZ as long as it has been in Connecticut, as well as a little bit with the Long Island group before it was brought to CT. She enjoys being able to bless people through DOZ, and she especially enjoys worshiping the Lord with tambourines, lyrical, and sticks, although she likes using all the other instruments as well. Some of her passions are photography, taking care of little kids, sharing the gospel, acting, and meeting new people. She is blessed to have the opportunity to do all five of those things on a regular basis, which she is thrilled about!

Mary

Former Core Group Member

Mary has been involved in DOZ since our group began. She is one of the more serious members of the Core Group, and is always good at keeping us on track so we get things done! She enjoys flags, although she is proficient in all of the DOZ instruments. She enjoys reading mystery books and having deep theological debates.

Jillian

Former Core Group Member

Jillian is the oldest of four girls in her family.  She is thankful for her six years of involvement in DOZ and enjoys teaching tambourine patterns to the younger girls.  Some of her other interests include listening to movie soundtracks, playing the piano, running, and making new friends.  Ultimately, she desires to help lead others in worshipping God.