In September of 2010, Hope Scott began building a team of praise dancers and on December 31st of that year, she had the vision to incorporate a children's dance ministry into what is now known as "Souls Praising Heaven Hands of Praise Ministry." This name came about when Hope took notice of the constant love and deep rooted passion brought forth by the children when learning through dance.
Souls Praising Heaven stood on the scripture of Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Hope, in turn, incorporates a variation of dance techniques and sign language to turn the lyrics of Gospel music into motions. In doing so, Souls Praising Heaven paints the audience a visual picture of their interpretation of the lyrics, in addition to God's word.
Souls Praising Heaven Hands of Praise Ministry has performed throughout the Coachella Valley, Inland Empire, and less frequently in the Los Angeles area; their travel limitations are endless. In addition to traveling, Hope has started a praise dance workshop along with a yearly concert event called The Gathering.
Hope, accompanied by her husband William Scott, has worked and participated in her church ministerial team, missionary team, children’s Sunday school, and was even head of the Kitchen Ministry at one point. Hope has used this experience to better edify the word of God and to craft her personal motto: “you can't dance in the word of God unless you know the word of God.”
This faith-based project has grown into an after school activity exploring many different forms of creative expression. The program has become s
Hope is now the Founder and Executive Director of a non-profit organization called Securing Peace & Hope Creative Arts Mentoring Club. This organization is Desert Hot Springs first After School Creative Arts Program for at-risk youth. The goal of this program is to educate the young children of our community in a safe and familial atmosphere through dance, art, drama, and music and other arts forms.
Hope has noticed that there are many at-risk, low-income children in our community that come from broken homes, and do not have any other way to express themselves productively and constructively. SPH wants to keep our youth in schools and not in the hands of gangs. It’s an issue that hits Hope close to heart, as this is the same type of environment that she came from. However, with God on her side, she was saved through dance and acting, and that gave her a channel to release her anger. For some of these children, the only relief of this type of toxic environment is to create a temporary environment of escape using their imagination.