Thursday, July 5, 2012

Worship Flags, Banners, and Streamers

How to Use Worship Flags, Banners, and Streamers in Your Choreography



microsoft white flag waving
Using praise tools such as worship flags, worship banners, and praise dance streamers are excellent additions to making fuller choreography. What I mean by fuller is more alive. Using these tools can sometimes make solo choreography or just a few liturgical dancers seem as though there are more.

The best way to dance with these tools is to remember that they are an extension of your arms. You can really dance normally, but with the extra adage and beauty of a flag or streamer.


Worship Flags 


Worship flags come in all sorts of colors, sizes, and shapes. There are categories of worship flags such as the angel wings, square, and rectangle shaped flags. I have even seen triangle shaped worship flags. Whatever shape or color you choose to work with be sure you understand how to use the flag. Smaller flags that are lightweight and that can easily move with your movements are best for larger dance movements.When working with one flag always keep the free hand graceful either extended down, or up depending on the choreography. When working with two flags be aware of your surroundings as you dance so that you don't hit the dancer next to you. Remember, maneuvering the flags are easier if you keep your wrist limber so that the fabric doesn't wrap around the pole. Always keep your tummy tucked in and lifted out from your pelvis so that it looks skinny. It will give you longer lines and better bodily control.
Using larger worship flags are very difficult to use. These are the flags that mimic the size of flags used in marching bands. Those can be very lovely additions to your choreography during productions, if you are dancing in processionals, and recessionals. These flags sometimes have words of praise on them such as HALLELUJAH or JESUS or GLORY. They are not generally designed for larger dance movements, but can be used in choreography as a visual aid to declare praises or the name of the Lord.





Banners


Just like the larger flags, banners are primarily used during processionals and recessionals. Banners typically have words of praise and declaration on them, are made from heavier material, and may be held by a heavy flag pole.

I once participated in a large production of praise dancers where we re-enacted the 12 Tribes of Israel and praising God in front of the mercy seat in the most holy place. I carried a banner that was my height of 5 feet 6 inches tall, representing one of the tribes. Banners are not meant to be danced with, but are used for declaration.

Streamers and Ribbons


Using ribbons and praise dance streamers can give praise dancers more freedom in movement than worship flags and banners. They are very lightweight and can be easily used while doing large leaps and turns. Streamers and ribbons have been typically used in Chinese dance and gymnastics. However, praise dancers have adopted ribbons and streamers as part of bringing celebration and beauty to praise dances. These tools are extensions of your arms just like worship flags. Maneuvering them can be challenging because they can quickly become tangled or caught in your hair because they are so lightweight. The key to using ribbons and streamers are in the wrist. Having a loose wrist will keep the ribbons from tangling.

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