Dancing Prayer is a way of expressing to God on the dance floor any emotions or petition; hope, praise, fear, anger, trust, guilt, joy, gratitude, guidance.
Before the Dance a candle is lit in the room as a symbol of Christ’s Presence with and among us.
For most classes there is a theme for the class such as an Easter Dance, Christmas, Holy Days, Gratitude, etc. Christian Music Playlists are then put together with the theme in mind.
Each dance class begins and ends with a group prayer. The intent of the prayer dance is to express our prayers to God with dance and movement.
Students listen to the words of the songs (often they may sing along and dance) and praise God on the dance floor. Each person is free to move in whatever way they choose. There are no choregraph steps.
For some, sitting in a chair and gently moving their hands or arms is their dance. For some clapping their hands, tapping their feet, swaying back and forth to the music in their chair may be their dance.
Musical instruments such as tambourines are usually available for people to use during the dance or play along with if you are dancing in your seat. And again, singing along if one knows the song is ALWAYS more than welcomed and encouraged as it makes the praise and dance even more joyous.
How Dance Has Been Used in Worship
- David danced before the Ark of the Lord
- Hand-Clapping, soul singing and body-swaying music in African American Churches
- Liturgical Praise Dance in many congregations
- Free dancing which is part of worship in the charismatic world.
- Davidic Dance – Davidic Worship and Praise is one of the distinguishing traits of the Messianic Movement
Exodus 15:20 Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took the timbrel in her hands; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.
Jeremiah 31:13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old together; For I will turn their mourning into joy, will comfort them, and make them rejoice rather than sorrow.
Psalm 150: 3-4 Praise Him with the sound of trumpet, Praise Him with the flute and harp! Praise Him with timbrel and dance, Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes.