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Liturgical Dance Definition Essay

Most see praise dancing as people just standing in front of the church dancing. Praise dancing is a personal expression of praise to God. Whether you are giving thanks or asking for a blessing it is a good way to express your emotions. Praise dancing is a very personal type of worship. As an audience member it is easier to see what the dancer or dancers are trying to portray by their choice of music. Slow songs are usually very intimate testimonies from the singer that the dancer feels they can relate to. Fast songs are used to portray a feeling of happiness and joy. Song genre can also tell a story, there are so many to choose from: gospel, contemporary gospel, holy hip-hop and many more.

To be able to praise dance you have to be willing to let God speak to you and give you the dance moves because you cannot just stand in front of a congregation and do whatever you feel like. Prayer is a constant need when trying to choreograph a dance. As a teen I can say that sometimes it can be hard to find time to pray to God. If you are really committed to doing your dance then you will find time to pray. Praying is a way for you to talk to God. Your prayer doesn’t have to be complex it can be as simple as “Lord please help me to come up with moves to this dance to show you the glory.”

The next thing you need to be able to do is let loose. When you dance stiffly it is harder to have your dance moves come across effectively. You should also show emotions when you dance. If you are doing a happy dance and you are dancing without a smile the audience is going to wonder, “What’s wrong with them? This is supposed to be a happy song why do they look like they are don’t want to be here.” Even though it isn’t about what people think you have to keep in mind that you are dancing for God.

Whenever I praise dance I try to let the words and my movements portray my feelings. It is best to let the words tell the story because that makes it easier for the audience to understand....

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PDCM’s Teaching on the Ministry of Dace

What is a Praise Dance?

PDCM’s definition of Dance:

A Praise Dance is a form of dance that glorifies God by communicating the divine message of the good news of Jesus Christ. A Praise Dance is a unique and God ascribed dance (Ps. 150:3-5). This means that God has ordained the dance to be a physical expression of our acknowledgement of Him (Ps. 150:2; Col. 1:16) and our relationship with Him in joy and gladness (Ps. 22:3; Ps. 30:11; Zeph. 3:17).

What is Dance Ministry?

Dance Ministry is simply the process by which we use our gift of dance to share the gospel or the good news of Jesus Christ to the lost and to encourage, comfort, and edify the saints in the faith.

Why do we dance?

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