The Ancient Dance…the first Triple Threat

I believe ancient dances to be more feminine, more flexible, & more spiritually connected than today’s modern dances.

Let me explain:

More Feminine..

All the modern dances created in the past 2000 years ( see my list of dance types ), have elements of masculinity and abnormal gravity defying movements, which again is a masculine trait. Women don’t naturally move in the ways of modern dance, which is why they must be trained in that particular dance.

Hip Hop is aggressively masculine, Jazz is the birth of spunky, &Ballet uses a number of damaging alignments to the body in the appearance of gracefulness. They are all unique and have there place, but they are also a few illustrations of the non-natural femininity in dance.

In ancient times, before and up to the arrival & death of Christ, the way women moved naturally were easily incorporated into their dances, which made learning & doing them easy & simple. Imitation was the teaching method, while the way of observance, the dances remained alive in the culture of those generations.

More Flexible..

It appear we have evidence that all ancient dance incorporated two or more of the following elements:

~the dance itself (lovely body movements)

~props (instruments or other)

~songs sung by singers

Today, many dancers solo dance to or from the music, in which is a great feat, BUT most ancient dancers sung,  & played an instrument when they danced. In addition, their dances were beautiful and use various levels of rhythmic space.

Remember when Miriam danced? She sung & played the tambourine simultaneously. And what about the dancers who praised David & Saul? They chanted as they danced with tabrets &various instruments of music. These women recorded in our history books of Exodus (15:20-21) & I Samuel (18:6-7), were the first triple threats!!

More Spiritually Connected..

Ancient dancers of all races, ethnicities, & nations danced. And when they danced it was often in connection of worship to their deity. For the Israelites, is was/and still is for the Great I AM / the Lord Almighty, the Greeks acted out legends for their gods, the Canaanites danced around their idols & different forces of nature, while the Baal priests wildly & violently danced around their erected alters.

All dancing was consciously connected to worship of a spirit. Although there is only One Spirit, which is the Most High & beside Him there is no other, these diverse people recognized dance as a sacred act of worship to a spirit that they felt were governing their lives. I do not advocate demonic dancing’ dancing to any god except Our Creator, Jehovah. I solely support honoring the dance to the true Lord. Yet, I point out these other ancient dancers to reveal their awareness of the power in dance & their understanding that it should be offered up as a sweet sacrifice to the Lord.

We do not have this vast awareness today. The spirit realm has not lost its knowledge of its power. It perceives each dancer whether their dance belongs to the Holy One or given to the other one ( the enemy ), (see Acts 19:15),even though the average dancer is unaware of it. Many don’t realize they are dancing for some deity that influences their movement, whether it is for the Lord or some idol. If we restore this awareness, but can change our commitment to move for & only for God.

Will you return to the triple threat dancing for God? Or will you continue to allow our precious customs to lie dormant in dusty books unread?

How Dancing Can Move a Man…

The male soul is greatly sensitive to beauty, grace, and femininity. This is because it is the part of him that is missing. It’s missing because God removed it from him, as He created the first woman.

Since a man gets turned on at sensual movement, dancing in a way that pierces a man’s heart can cause him to commit to that dancer for life! Before you dismiss this as extreme, idealistic, or dreamy, I know of an account that this happened. Men on a mass scale were falling in love and married women that were moving to sensual & feminine music played in an open garden.

This is exactly what happened to a portion of the men from the tribe of Benjamin. The book of Judges describes in chapter & verse. 21: 19-24, how these men hid in the vineyards and watched the sweet innocent pretty virgins of Shiloh, dance among themselves.

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When a particular maiden moved one of those mens’ hearts, they snatched her up, took her home, away from the city of Shiloh, and made her his wife in the land of the Benjaminites.

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This may not be your style of courtship, but at that time it was a reasonable solution to the lonely bachelor problem. Many biblical courtships lasted no longer than a day, as seen here – from the first introduction to the consummation within a 24-hour period, but that’s another topic, another article, & another day. It’s interesting to know that throughout history, dancing is also used as a seduction, known or unknown to the one dancing, besides it being a gift & tribute to the Lord.

 

*pictures taken from different google images ~ public domain due to copyright expiration dates

How Dance is an act of Worship or Praise

Have you ever won at something and started…….dancing?

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Whenever an individual, a group, a team, a nation wins at a milestone, a championship, a game, a war, one of the most automatic responses is to dance. This is because it is natural. To express joy over some victory usually comes out in dancing.

In the presence of God, your spirit is also compelled to present or give something to the king and dance is an appropriate and natural response. This dance for the Lord has more slower solemn movements.

Why are both forms of dance, acts of praise and worship?

Dance takes all of:

Your Mind ~ brain functions, like motor skills )
Your Body ~ all of your body parts )
Your Soul ~ feeling about the music, mood, & movements )
Your Spirit ~ the nature of you

And since you are giving all of yourself through dance to the Lord, whether victory/praise or worship, He accepts it because you kept nothing from Him. You have honored Him through the Dance.

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?

Can’t get to the studio?

Having a hard time getting to the dance studio?

Whatever the reason:

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These tips can keep you perfecting your dance skills like a pro:

12 Most Important Questions to Ask Yourself as a Dancer:

If you are a dancer, newbie or seasoned, I would ask you to consider these things if you have not already done so. These questions will provoke, and hopefully assist, you in focusing your dance gift and direction, in producing the desired results you are seeking with your talent. Having a focus helps place you in a niche, which you can become synonymous with, as opposed to being all over the place and not specializing in anything. A niche positions you for expertise level, while not having one keeps you at the base level, as you would be learning everything new for each dance and not really coming to mastery.
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1. what style of dance do you want to be known for?

2. What type of music moves you the most?

3. what is the one emotional-adjective you want your viewers to feel as they watch you dance?

4. where are you finding the most difficulty in your dance movement?

5. are you envisioning your moves thoroughly and accurately before you execute them or are you just moving by memory or just mindlessly?

6. how long does it take for you to have muscle memory and are you investing that times with each new movement you learn?

7. which do you like more: performing dance or doing it as a work out?

8. are you best as a solo dancer or a partner dancer?

9. do you prefer doing the dance or teaching it?

10. who are your favorite dancers or choreographers and are you being mentored in their styles?

11. do you prefer watching other dancers or being watched as one?

12. why do you want to dance?

BONUS: is dance a hobby, a workout, or a profession for you?