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Dancing in the Spirit

When I started blogging about liturgical or praise dance in May of 2012, I never thought that I would receive the overwhelming response that I have received. Many readers have written me expressing their thanks for the information and for the site.

The name Dancing in the Spirit, Foundation of Liturgical Dance came to me from the Holy Spirit. Actually, I had started a Facebook group with a similar name, never knowing that I would be prompted to create an online tool to help liturgical dancers.

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…

Honorariums for Liturgical Dancers?

Matthew 10:7-9

"And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' "Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give."Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts,…

An honorarium is a payment for services rendered that are usually on a volunteer basis. This includes guest speakers at a conference, pastors, or evangelists that speak at a church other than their ministries. More and more this is becoming the norm of the church. Anyone working in ministry are feeling entitled to payments for using their talents in music and in liturgical dance. Maybe they heard of others receiving payments for dance ministry and wanted to receive the same thing.

I once read something online that troubled me about honorariums for liturgical dancers. A fellow dancer indicated that they will not dance anywhere else unless payment is rendered. This was under the direction of their pastor. The troublin…

Lessons for the Prophetic Dancer

As I learn more about my prophetic gift and how it coincides with my dance ministry I always find useful information that helps me in this journey. I am amazed at the things that are happening as dancers begin to go deeper in their walk with God and as they minister in dance. In my opinion, praise dancers not only have the ability or the gift to dance, but they also have other gifts within them. I am noticing that many liturgical dancers have a prophetic gift. This prophetic gift is often used to convey a message as they go forth in dance ministry. Either they will see a certain movement that gives a message or they will hear what God is saying and present that message in their dance. In the book, The Prophetic Dancer and Mime, David L. Brown helps liturgical dancers understand their gift of dance beyond dancing. He gives a short yet precise explanation about the word "prophecy" and the types of prophets--seers and those that hear; and how they use their gifting in dance min…

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…

Liturgical Dance Garments: Similarities to the Holy Priestly Garments

The Priest must dress in special priestly garments.Click here to Pin this post. This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to purchase I will receive a commission.

Exodus 28:2-4; 40
Make sacred garments for your brother Aaron, to give him dignity and honor. Tell all the skilled men to whom I have given wisdom in such matters that they are to make garments for Aaron, for his consecration, so he may serve me as priest. These are the garments they are to make: a breastpiece, an ephod, a robe, a woven tunic, a turban and a sash. They are to make these sacred garments for your brother Aaron and his sons, so they may serve me as priests. Make tunics, sashes and headbands for Aaron’s sons, to give them dignity and honor.

Keeping with the series on the royal priesthood I will be explaining the details of the garments worn by priest and how liturgical dancers are to dress for dance ministry. This will be the last post on the royal priesthood.

The entire chapter of Exodus 28 explains, in …