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Founder and Artistic Director
Min. Errin Berry began her dance training in African dance as a company member of Dance Afrika Dance of Cleveland, OH.
In 2000, she co-founded Praise in Motion at Antioch Baptist Church, where she also served as Artistic Director. Over the next twelve years, the ministry flourished to include four groups that ranged in age from 5 to over 55. Antioch Dance Ministries grew in demand, and the ministry hosted workshops and presented concerts annually, all whilst keeping frequent engagement requests at local churches and events. She later attended Tennessee State University, where she danced on a university performing arts scholarship. Upon graduation, she relocated to Chicago where she has danced with the renowned Muntu Dance Theatre, with whom she has had the pleasure of performing the works of such notable choreographers as Abdel Salaam, Jeffrey Page, Monique Haley, Ronald K. Brown, and the late Pearl Primus.
As churches began to seek out individualized help with their church dance groups, she launched Errin Ministries in 2012 in an effort to continue to train, disciple, and equip other dance ministers. In this effort, she has produced and presented workshops and seminars extensively in order to help dancers build a more effective ministry. Min. Errin has established two companies, Mojuba! Dance Collective and How Excellent! Dance Ministry, as well as conceived the original production, “How I Got Over” to continue to support this work. These companies and the production unites ministers, community dancers, and professionals in cultural education through the merger of dance, song, and faith.
Errin has taught at workshops and classes nationally, including at the Ohio Black Dance Festival , the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference and Festival and the Annual Umfundalai African Dance 'Nanigo'. She was also selected to present original choreography at Harvard University's Annual Alumni of Color Conference. She serves on the board for Cleveland Dance Movement and has worked with such prominent master teachers as Terence Greene, Michael Metcalf, Babacar N’Diaye, and Baba Chuck Davis.
Although never a dancer, Donna has always had a love and passion for the creative arts, especially dance. She instilled in her daughter, this same love for the art of dance and eventually became the ultimate "Dance Mom" spending countless hours in dance studios during rehearsals, lessons and recitals.
In 2002, the Lord called her to the ministry of dance but she often jokes that He forgot to teach her how to dance. Instead, with the constant guidance of the Holy Spirit, she was able to partner with her daughter to start a successful dance ministry at her home church. Eventually she came to the realization that her calling was actually to serve in the role of helping others to start new ministries and to teach and assist troubled ministries, while striving for the highest level of excellence. In 2009, she and her daughter established an Annual Praise Dance Boot Camp,believed to be the first in the country. This annual Boot Camp attracted dancers from throughout the Greater Cleveland area and beyond to weekend of intense technique focused workshops and classes. She receives the most pleasure from making and teaching about dance garments, props and other instruments of praise.
She also serves as the President of the Board of Directors of Errin Ministries, Inc.