The Unity Community Center, was founded 1983 by the husband and wife team of Robert and Wanda Dickerson. In September of 1998, Atiya Dickerson-Johnson, Latisee Watson, Ayanna Dickerson and members of our community center who are from various churches in Camden, Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania started the UCC Praise Dance Ministry.
Our group is dedicated to helping young people have the opportunity to express themselves spiritually through Gospel Music and Dance. Through the grace of God, we are also able to help and encourage them academically through our after school programs.
In the spring of 2003 we participated in the 20th Annual McDonald's Gospel Fest at Symphony Hall, Newark, New Jersey and Madison Square Garden, New York. Through diligent practice and our love of God, we were blessed with the grand prize award out of thousands of groups. We were also highlighted on ABC Television with many gospel celebrities for this accomplishment.
UCC Praise Dance Ministry has grace the stage with gospel greats as, the Ward Sisters, Hezekiah Walker, Donnie McClurklin, Aretha Franklin, Pattie LaBelle, Cissy Houston, Vicky Winans, Melba Moore, Clifton Davis, CeCe Winans, Regina Belle, J. Moss and more.
We are honored and blessed to be considered by many as innovators, trendsetters, and positive role models through the praise dance ministry. We also pray that we can encourage young people and other churches to use praise dance as a vehicle to attract or give young people positive activities praising the Lord. Praise the Lord through music and dance,