“Today we celebrate @spiritofdavidgdc at 20! After 94 shows and counting worldwide, we thank God for the souls saved, friendships forged, businesses born, families built and lives forever changed by this simple call to dance like David danced: with all his might!
To a club that has stood the test of time simply because it seeks to follow the instruction of God and not of man, Happy 20th! Here’s to 20 more powerful years of moving mountains in the name of the Lord. Salut!“
Spirit of David (SOD) was born in O.A.U, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. It began in April 1997. It came to Pastor Segun Lawal in the shower. Later that night at a fellowship meeting, he made an announcement asking all those interested in joining a dance school to put down their names and about two hundred people signed up. The first meeting was called but only seven people showed up that rainy Friday night
November 27, 1997, the very first Spirit of David show – UNORTHODOX – was held at the Amphi Theatre of the O.A.U and over 3,000 students were crammed into the hall with bated breath, for the first dance to start. The crowd of students grew by the minute. This was the first time a God based group was ticketing for a program.
The show lasted for just one hour. An alter call was made after the last dance of the night and about 80 people surrendered their lives to Jesus. Many joined the club that day and the fame of this crazy set of young people who love God and love dance began to spread like wild fire across the whole campus and beyond.
It has been 20 years since Spirit of David began. In that time, so much has happened. The club has grown from one branch to twelve other locations around Nigeria and the world. Members have increased from seven in Ife to over a thousand. There are 300 active members across the branches worldwide.
In 2001 SOD began her 1st tour, the 12 state road tour as the first one was called saw over 50 of her members visiting 12 different states in Nigeria including Zamfara, Enugu, Akwa-ibom, Kaduna and Kwara.
In 2007 and 2009, Spirit of David produced a TV show that saw Nigerian celebrities pair up with SOD instructions to present a vast range of dances under intriguing themes. Well over 13 million people were said to have watched the two award winning seasons!
In Spirit of David, young adolescents have grown into fully matured men and women. For the last 20 years, youth brimming with untapped potential and sometimes misguided exuberance have been welcomed into the club.
The constant discipline of learning and executing various dances, organizing shows in several locations, raising funds, praying and fellow-shipping frequently and being accountable to others on and off stage have all produced erstwhile adult citizens of the nation.
Members, who joined since inception, are now at management levels in their various careers outside the club and are also parents of young teens. They are however still active in dance and administrative duties of the club.
Spirit of David every year admits over 30 new young people into the club, from teenagers to young adults looking for a place to belong, grow, change and learn to make a difference. SOD has become home to them and continues to be a close knit family of like passionate people who are imbibing leadership and follower-ship principles as well as forming lifelong friendships and partnerships.
A big happy anniversary to the Spirit of David gospel dance club from all of us at Praiseworld Radio. We pray that the Lord God causes you to shine brighter and brighter. All that you desire this year will be released unto you in Jesus name. We celebrate you!