Why is Dancing in the Church such a Controversy

I don’t understand this. Maybe because before I really could perfect how to walk, I starting dancing~in the church. I was soooo young, maybe 2 or 3, and yes my mother had to hold my body still to prevent me from really ‘getting down”. Looking back, I realize I was always dancing in the church. I danced in the church before I danced in the world. Back then, the world was defined as my world of music videos and school dance battles.

That is where I learned and secretly practiced my dances.

Perhaps I have this idea of dance being sacred. After all, many use it to ‘summon’ their god, seduce a lover, or pay tribute to some honorary figure. Dance, to me, was always to be revered and performed for something lofty. I perceived to to be a gift that I would present to my God, my King, my Lord. Yet, now, I am angered inside when I see dance being improperly used. It is being over used to market products, promote unworthy people, and entice many lovers. The most skilled are sought to reduce their art to a luring magnet to something so un-sacred, it upsets me greatly. I’m not upset that they are sought after, for dancing among many things is beautiful when done right, but because the dancers are willing to sell their art so cheaply.

The Church should be experts at the Word of God as a whole by now. With the information, modern technology, and spiritual support, we should be masters at discerning the Bible. If we were then we should know that dancing is a gift that praises and worships God. If I could have any say in the ‘Church’ I would fight to restore dance back in the church and out of the marketing world. It should not be considered controversial, but a pleasurable act that occurs in the victory of our Lord: Look at Miriam! Look at David! Look at Jephthah’s daughter! Look at the daughters of Shiloh! Even God is recorded as one who DANCES over us!! (Zephaniah 3:17)

Dancing was and is for celebration, for victory, for kings (see Saul, David, Herod – although that dance caused John’s demise because of the dancer’s evil mother, but it was really intended to please the king, not cause the death of a prophet).

Oh Church, please become aware that you are loosing one of the greatest tools we have, in the spiritual world and to the world. Fight to restore it by bringing back dancing and its purpose for His people. Lessen the power it has over marketing services, products, and ideas. Bring it back….to God.

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Christian Dancer or Dancer for Christ?

As a dancer, I’ve been considering who I am lately. To be a Christian says a lot of things, and some things I’ve discovered that I do not agree with. I will review those thing in full and in depth in another post. But one of the question I asked myself and I ask you, is, did God create us and this wonderful plan of salvation, just to give us….Religion?

Christianity is lovely. It was really birthed from a branch of the Catholic Church ( did you know that? ). But many Christians differ on what the Bible really means. And many of its traditions have not come from the Word of God. That is why it doesn’t sit well with me 100%.

Reason with me. Examine God’s Word and see if what I say be true or false.

I question things. I question things a lot. And I have a few questions now.

I am to be a dancer of religion? The christian religion? Or am I to dance for the One whose teachings now have got men so opinionated over, that they create countless factions, denominations, and kinds, within one religion?

Who employs me, Christianity or God? I cannot dance for anything but the supreme One who called me. Christianity didn’t call me. Jesus did. And He said follow Him.

I want to Dance for Christ.

I want to Dance for my King.

I want to Dance for God.

Not religion, not Christianity, and not for traditions of men. I will follow my Lord & King and nothing else.

What about you?

How can you Enhance your Dance to Christ

A more excellent way to bring a spirit of excellence into your dance before our Lord is to view your dance, not as a performance, but in 3 distinct interconnected mindsets. They are as follows:

1. King
2. Gift
3. Request

When you set foot on any stage, whether the audience be of one or many, you must always start your movement realizing that you are about to dance before a King. Not just any King of a restricted jurisdiction on earth, but a heavenly King, which have given all kings on earth their limited time and space, both good and bad. Once you change your perspective to that you are dancing for the King, you will desire to only bring Him your best.Remember the offerings of Abel and his brother Cain? Only Abel’s was accepted because he had a pure heart before God and brought Him only the best fruits and produce. Follow after the spirit of Abel and give God your best dance.

When you dance, remember your movements are a gift from Him and you are presenting the gift back to Him. This gift certainly is not in the same form as when He gave it, but refined, invested, multiplied, and sharpened. The Lord is highly pleased when you take something and make more out of it. This is seen in the parable Jesus gave about 3 men he gave different amounts of ‘talents’ to.

When your dance is complete, and He has accepted it, request of Him and expect Him to grant it. Yes, request! The Holy Spirit gave me these distinct mindsets and said “my dancers have a right to request something in my Name and I will grant it”. If this sounds incredulous to you, the Spirit brought to my attention that the Bible is replete with His people bring a gift to Him and requesting a deep desire: look at Saul before his kingship, look at the special woman who ministered to Elijah, look at Hezekiah concerning the opposition. Yes, you dear children of His, you do have a right, for he has given you thatΒ  right to request and it shall be granted. It could be a noble request ( salvation or deliverance of some persons ) or your unspoken desire ( perhaps a child or right decision to make over a life changing issue ), but do not hesitate nor forget to ask.

May you be blessed in the spirit of excellence as you grasp this new mindset of your dance to our King.

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How I should Choreograph vs how I actually do it

Ready to hear my secret? I am really ashamed to admit this…

But-

The way I choreograph….. It’s not standard for my field.
It’s not even normal for a sane person!

How I choreograph…..is~~~

Usually at the last minute.

And I mean last, last, last minute, like I have two or three days to perform it, last minute. And I usually know a month in advance when I have a showing or recording.

I know, it’s pathetic. I cannot give you a reasonable explanation as to why I do it. It’s not that I work best under pressure, because I don’t think I do. It’s not that I don’t have time, because anyone can find time to do what they need or want.

It’s because…..I cannot do it any other way.

Ok, before you give me a lecture about it. Consider my point of view: I have A LOT of ideas coming to me ALL THE TIME. And I change the movements often, as well as the music. Then I get excited over another dance project and setΒ that one aside. Sometimes, I don’t even put the work together, until I step on stage….

….and Freestyle!

I need help. I can admit that. And I am working on doing better.

I make dance notations, I listen repetitively to the chosen songs to memorize its rhythms and timing, and I even have a technique to prefect each movement.

Have I mastered this? Not a day.

Will I change? I hope so soon.

Do you have pity on me? Show me with some change in the hat..

Until then, I will improve……….I will get better……….I will mature in the art of making dances.

Updating…

Dear Subscribers & Visitors,

Please excuse my absence…I’ve been focusing on other things during my life transitions, which has kept me from blogging.

Since then, I’ve had a few spotlights on the stage, recorded some Youtube videos, wrote some books, and reached a few goals πŸ™‚

If you want to see what I’m doing in the arts of femininity, check out my new blog on the art of femininity at the Feminine Princess Site. I should be able to resume my dance posts now πŸ™‚ I have a lot of new stuff coming up to share with you!

Thanks for sticking around :-*

Oh, and by the way…where in the world are you guy at now??

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