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Praise Dance Video Pick of the Week

Hello, praise dancers!

I thought about starting something new on this blog. I wanted to share praise dance videos that have been a blessing to me.

The first one I want to share is a video that was uploaded over 5 years ago. I discovered this video in 2014, during a tough time of my life. I was walking with a cane from hip pain. It was attributed to some of the injuries I had suffered from carrying and giving birth to a baby that was almost 11 pounds.

The song is by Angelo and Veronica called Praise the Lord. They were very big in the contemporary gospel music genre in the 90's. The song is done in English and Spanish. Unfortunately, the song is no longer published as the married gospel duo has slowed down their music ministry.

There are two versions of the dance. One you can see here: Praise the Lord by Angelo and Veronica.

However, I want to highlight the video done at a Hope Christian Church. I was so inspired by this dance I literally jumped out of my chair and started walking …

Why Break Every Chain was the Best Praise Dance Song of 2013

"There is power in the name of Jesus." These are just some of the words to "Break Every Chain" sang by Tasha Cobbs. The original writer, Will Raegen, opened the door for this song to be popularized by Jesus Culture, Kim Walker, and now Tasha Cobbs.

Recently, I researched YouTube to find the best praise dance videos this year and it so happens that most of of the dance ministries on YouTube danced to "Break Every Chain" in 2013. I would say that the top ten praise dance videos of 2013 are of those that ministered to this song. The question is why is this particular song the biggest song to minister to this year. Here are 5 reasons:

1. Easy lyrics Most people like songs that they can sing along to. Songs that are too wordy and too long become rather boring. Most people that enjoy music want to participate with the song. The lyrics to "Break Every Chain" are easy to remember therefore, praise dancers can easily interpret the words to this song to c…

In Depth Study of Biblical Scriptures on Dance

Judges 21: 19;21
19. Then they said, Behold there is a feast of the Lord in Shiloh yearly in a place which is on the north side of Beth-el, on the east side of the highway that goeth up from Beth-el to Shechem, and on the south of Lebonah
21. And see, and behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance in dances, then come ye out of the vineyards and catch you every man his wife of the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin. 

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If you were to look up passages in the scripture in a concordance, you would certainly come across this passage of scripture. As you read you may wonder what this has to do with liturgical dance or praise dance. It can be quite confusing, but this scripture does have something to do with praise dance.

In the entire chapter 21 of Judges, we find that the Son's of Benjamin were looking for wives because the women of Benjamin were destroyed. The elders then advised them to look for the women dancing during…

Choosing the Best Music for Dance Ministry

Lately, the Holy Spirit has been dealing with me about music, the real meaning behind music, and how to choose the best music for liturgical dances. This all began with a question from my aunt. She asked me, "Why is Gospel music so depressing?" I couldn't give her a good answer, other than some gospel music will minister to people and other gospel music will minister to the Heavenly Father. As I began to listen to my favorite CD's the Holy Spirit would say "listen." It was as if I could hear the lyrics of the music so clear. The words began to speak to me and I understood why certain gospel songs would give certain feels, stir up emotions, or bring you into the presence of the Most High.

Gospel Music vs. Praise and Worship
From the negro spirituals, hymns, the blues sound of Thomas Dorsey gospel to the contemporary gospel, and praise and worship genre of gospel music; there are many choices of music to listen and dance to. We know that gospel music is forev…

Royal Priesthood: Reverencing the House of Yahweh

Leviticus 19:30 "Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary."

Reverence Yahweh in the House of Yahweh 
This next post may be a controversial one. It is becoming a hot topic in the church as the church is getting back to their Hebraic roots. For a moment, I would like for you to have an open mind. I would like for you to see this in spirit and truth.

Let me start off by explaining that I am not Jewish, or Messianic. I am saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Spirit.
Most of us as children were taught the 10 commandments in Sunday school. One of the commandments is to "remember the Sabbath day, Keep it Holy" (Exodus 20:8). Depending on which doctrine and theology you have studied you may have heard "the Sabbath was done away with" or "everyday is the Sabbath" or "there isn't no day holier than the next". I have heard it all. I happen to believe that everything that was written in the scriptures is to be obeyed with …

Royal Priesthood: Preparing your Sanctuary for Worship

The functionality of the royal priesthood as it relates to worship; even in dance.
This will be a series of posts describing in great detail the role that we have as a royal priesthood. Whether you are a liturgical or praise dancer, all ministries will gain greater understanding as they learn their role in worship. Those that are in music ministry and dance ministry will greatly benefit from understanding the meaning of true worship, and how the Heavenly Father designed and commanded us to worship Him. All scripture is taken from the commandments concerning the duties of the priest; found in the first five books of the Bible, the Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy).

In this post I will be using the name for what most Christians call God, Yahweh. Yahweh means "I am who I am" in Hebrew. This is the name that was given to Moses as he received instruction on how to get Pharaoh to release the children of Israel from bondage (Exodus 3:14).

The First Comma…

Rebuilding the Tabernancle of David Through Dance

What is the tabernacle of David?

The tabernacle was a place of worship. According to the Old Testament it was a tent that could be constructed anywhere, and it housed the ark of the covenant or the presence of Yahweh (God). It has long been said that the tabernacle of David was a model of what took place in Heaven, continual worship to God.

In 1 Samuel 6, the ark of the covenant was removed from the children of Israel in Jerusalem. There were two attempts at returning the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem. The first attempt was a disaster as one of David's chosen men (Uzzah) unlawfully touched the ark and died. The ark was being carried on a cart by oxen and one of them stumbled. To keep the ark of the covenant on the cart Uzzah touched the ark and perished. His death caused great fear to fall upon David and to the men that witnessed this event. He had to find the proper method for returning the ark back to Jerusalem.

David's second attempt at returning the ark of the covena…

Hallelujah, Praise the Lord

Hallelujah is a word that is proudly shouted in church services around the globe. You can hear it ringing out during the praise and worship portion of the service. You can hear it in popular Gospel songs. It is a word that is an expression of both praise and worship. Many do not understand the powerful meaning behind this word. In every language hallelujah is the same. Have you ever noticed that in Benny Hinn crusades the traditional hymn of "Hallelujah" unites everyone in attendance? Everyone is able to sing it because it doesn't translate easily into other languages.When this hymn is sung at his healing crusades miracles take place. Why? It is because of the unity and you are giving glory to the Lord. He is being blessed every time you say hallelujah.

The Bible instructs us to "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord" (Psalms 150:6). It is a command. It has been difficult to find the word hallelujah in the Bible. How do we know that this word even exi…

How to Start a Liturgical Dance Ministry at Your Church

Starting a liturgical dance ministry is an awesome mandate. It is one that is not to be taken lightly. With much prayer and resources, you can build a liturgical dance ministry that brings glory to God and that is highly successful.

To begin a dance ministry you must have a passion for giving your gift of dance to the Lord. It is He that gave you the gift of dance. James 1:17 says "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." This is the foundation of beginning a liturgical dance ministry. In order to be able to fully give yourself to a ministry or even a commitment, you must have a passion for it. You must know that starting a dance ministry is right for you. You will be able to articulate and teach liturgical dance from your heart.

Biblical Foundation for Dance
If you desire to begin a dance ministry in your church, you should have permission from your Pastor or leader of your ch…

How to Create Beautiful Praise Dance Choreography

I am often asked how do you create praise dance choreography. Creating choreography to the latest song or even to your favorite song doesn't require mauling over the song for hours. It requires a few simple steps.

Remember your Dance Technique Learning dance styles such as ballet, modern, or jazz can give you ideas for simple combinations. Knowing basic to advance techniques and mixing them together can bring dynamic movements together that look polished and simple to the untrained eye. That is why I stress the importance of having a foundation of basic dance techniques so that you can build your choreography from your foundation.

If you are just beginning to dance or haven't taken a dance class in years, it's okay. There are many resources available to help you achieve the dance technique you are looking for, even from the comfort of your home. My advice is to always begin with learning ballet . Ballet will give you the foundation of flexibility, strength, and pr…

What does praise dance mean to you?

Topic for Introductory Praise Dance Class Online  I recently tutored a dear sister in the Lord in dance so that she can be ready for the next level of dance ministry. As with some dancers, we can become accustomed to going through out life without dance for a period of time. We become consumed with the things of life and other ministry areas, which is ok, yet a consistent dance training routine is forgotten. I am guilty of that and have been guilty of that from time to time, especially after having children. Finding time to work on dance exercises and training can be challenging with small children. But, I still find myself coming back to a consistent routine to help me dance my best when the time is right.

I asked my friend that needed help in dance training what dance means to her? It is a trick question, but it is a valid one. As praise dancers we should know what dance looks like to us. If I were to give the word "dance" for a praise dancer to interpret most likely t…