The problem with praise dancing

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Arlene Jones

 

A couple of weeks ago I did a column where I questioned the origins of "praise dancing." Growing up in the '60s and '70s, I never heard of it. But when black people started having their own beauty pageants and contestants didn't have a true talent, then they would do an interpretive dance.

 

That same interpretive dance has now made its way into a lot of churches under the guise of "Praise Dancing." I must admit I am not a fan of praise dancing. For me it equates to those who weren't talented enough to make the cheerleading squad, so they became members of the pom-pon team. Both cheer at the game. But while one is deserving of your attention, the other can happen or not happen and many won't notice the difference.

 

I asked people to email me about the origins of praise dancing or their thoughts on such. One gentleman's email read as if he'd read my mind. He questioned a church activity that had women in body-hugging leotards covered by flowing dresses (sometimes made of the sheerest of material) while they kicked, turned and thrust their hips to and fro.

 

On the other hand, I heard from women who enjoy praise dancing. One said, "It adds beauty and deep emotionalism to the service." I was also sent a number of scripture passages that refers to both men and women dancing in the Bible.

 

So imagine the quandary I found myself in when I attended the program for Garfield Major this past Saturday at Divine Tree of Light Church. As Pastor T.C. Raven sang my favorite song, "Just Put it in Jesus' Hands," I stood up from the pew and began to clap and move about. My elations could have even been termed "dancing." So does that make me a hypocrite? I had to question myself.

 

After giving it deeper and even more introspective thought, I still don't like praise dancing. The reason? When one gets the spirit of the Holy Ghost, it is done with spontaneity. It is not planned. Or choreographed. It just happens. It's kind of like those who get so caught up in the church that they "speak in tongues." That occurrence is not on the church program. It can't be performed.

 

The same can be said for all those passages from the Bible. Those who danced didn't plan on it. They didn't practice for it. It wasn't in the church bulletin. It was a spontaneous tribute to God that can never be duplicated. Even if it happens over and over again, it is not a duplication. Sometimes it happens in the beginning of the service. Other times at the end of the service. Sometimes it lasts a minute. Other times it can go on forever. But in the end, it is not planned and that is, for me, the defining factor on dancing in the church. For when one has to have rehearsals to learn the steps and movements, then is it really dancing to praise God or dancing for the entertainment of the congregation?

 

Singing is a God-given talent that people use in church to offer their talent to God. Where is the talent in praise dancing? One auditions for the choir. Do they audition to praise dance? And given the timeframe when the Bible was written, the interpretation of dance back then could be a simple hop and skip as opposed to the leg-thrusting and arm-waving that I've been seeing as I watch the praise-dancing segments that were posted to YouTube. And is there really choreography involved when the same hand movements are used over and over again? I wonder how many of the young girls, who are the predominant ones doing praise dancing, would be willing to put forth a concerted effort into formal ballet training? You know the kind where your feet hurt and bleed from being on your toes and your legs muscles cramp from the constant reaching for perfection?

 

Lastly, I've got to get some answers on another dance that is now becoming popular in black churches. That is the tendency to have black people performing as "mimes" in whiteface. Can anyone besides me see the hypocrisy in our getting mad over white people in blackface, then put the exact opposite in our churches as an acceptable form of entertainment?

 

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Jean Thornton from Battle Creek, Michigan  

Posted: October 21st, 2014 8:59 PM

And yes as a child. I dance in detroit modern arts and jazz...but I want to do all I do for God...so he enhance my anointing. WHAT U MAY CALL A TALENT. we r born with a gift our gift or gifts becomes our bussiness to bless and to be bless A talent is learn behavior fo most but a GIFT is none comparable.....

Jean Thornton from Battle Creek, Michigan  

Posted: October 21st, 2014 8:55 PM

Very misinformation. I am a prophetic dancer...and a praise dancer. There is a big difference 1st off....I dont have rehearsal for my person prophetic ministry. But we do have rehearsal for the praise dance teams. Whatever u do do it for the Lord and he will add to it. The Controversial is proof that God is in it, or it wouldn't bother u. I am lead by th spirit when i dance God gives me my vision in my dreams and as i meditate in his word an with music. I have suffered 4 strokes every 7 yrs since age 19. I am 39 now every stroke I can out walkin within weeks of strokes. I hurt every day but take no medication ...I AM A DANCER THAT COULDNT WALK OR TALK...SO DONT TELL ME this is not of GOD!!!. There are only certain artist I get this from when picking a song to minister. Me myself will not dance unless lead. Everybody dont understand your worship but in th spirit, under anointing I have danced an saw people fall to their face in tears. Only after I a done and can see. I usually never see anything or anybody around me when I dance....unless I a dancing for someone. This i a headache to try to prove to someone that "dancing n church" your chosen words) is not wrong. But yes I hav saw people PERFORM in groups and not under the anointing. That I don't call ministering I call that performing therefore that need to sit down and check their leadership and Pastor. I can go on and on but God has bless me with a ministry they true believers are calling for of me and I have to finish my materials for my DANCE WORKSHOP ON prophetic dancing vs praise dancing by Oct30....just baby girl go in your closet pray for clarity and understanding. Usually is called knowledge and wisdom..them twins u cant go wrong....no energy for ignorance. ....but I'll be praying for you.....follow me on youtUBE. My name or jtproverbs 31 and ladyjproverbs...my amature videos but very powerful. ..God bless and thanks for being a hater...I need you to rise higher in jesus name. To God be th glory....

Yvonne B  

Posted: October 18th, 2014 5:23 PM

And also God had to work on me with this. If you think that you have a word from pray about it first. the bible says in James to be slow to speak you know God is not a God of confusion but truth. But I am not saying your opinion is wrong just a warning is to be really careful what you say because we are judged with everything that we say or blog. But I pray that God will truly give you revelation and understanding of course in His timing. be blessed

Yvonne B.  

Posted: October 18th, 2014 5:17 PM

and wonder if I was in the will of God with dancing because of post like this and I decided i was going to just stop dancing this was after my first year of college and I felt so bitter and irritated and i did not get why but one day i was alone and I just could not hold it anymore i had to give God what was His. Praise and worship. He lives in our praise. Even in dance i struggled with trying to please ppl instead of God and i felt empty in it. But whatever it is that you do do it for God!

Yvonne B  

Posted: October 18th, 2014 5:11 PM

I sorta understand some points, but my question is were is scripture? God has place a gift in me at a young age. I made the cheer team, I was successful in other forms of dance with little to no training but God's gift and His anointing that He birthed in me even before I was in my mothers womb to minister through dance. I wanted to minor in dance and have really do something with dance because that is what stuck to me but I said if God is not in it i dont want to do it. so i use to struggle

Alicia  

Posted: October 8th, 2014 2:38 PM

Not every team is at a level, neither is their church, to flow prophetically. Your comment about praise dance not being a God given talent is ignorant. Everyone can sing but not everyone can sing well. The same goes for dance. In the right form it is indeed a God given talent. I agree, some people do not realize what they're doing by simply gathering a team but that is simple ignorance. We all have to be taught, one doesn't simply know. Praise dance is used to glorify God while edifying church.

Alicia  

Posted: October 8th, 2014 2:30 PM

Although this was posted in 2012 I am just now seeing it and I have to comment. I praise dance but I also do train in ballet, modern, and jazz. Choreographed dancing does not mean the dance is insincere. In fact, the purpose of choreographed praise dance is so that there is order. Without order, the people become distracted. My team at my home church does not rehearse at all. We flow prophetically, meaning we alow Hoy spirit to guide our movements while pulling from biblical movement dictionary

Andre from Columbus Ohio  

Posted: October 7th, 2014 12:27 AM

This is one of the most ignorant misinformed post I have ever read. Thats all I have to say.

L from Detroit  

Posted: October 6th, 2014 1:29 AM

I myself have praised dance for many years. Yes we choreograph the dances, but I've had experiences where God has given us portions of the dance through dreams. Each and everytime I've danced, the Spirit of God filled the room so thickly. The congregation began to breakout in worship and weeping, people were ministered to, because we danced under the anointing. My Pastor was against praise dancing also until he experienced this while we danced.

Joann from Mesquite  

Posted: September 27th, 2014 7:36 AM

Whatever you do, do it to the Glory of God. Man's perception is so UNIMPORTANT because man's perception is the way he/she thinks a thing should be. God's thoughts are higher than our thoughts, God doesn't see as we see. 100% of the time God accepts what we reject! example: Rahab the Harlot, David the Adulterous man, Saul/Paul the persecutor of the church. God looks at a dancer heart, man looks at the moves and the clothes. The good thing about it is "God will judge His people, not man".

Joann from Mesquite  

Posted: September 27th, 2014 7:25 AM

Are you Holy Ghost filled? If not, you don't have a clue as to what God accepts, because your thinking is not being led by His Spirit. His word says, "Let everything that have breath praise Him". He didn't say how to do it, just do it. I'm sure you do something everyday that is contrary to the Word of God. Is anyone knocking you? If not, stop speaking of things you know not of when it comes to worship to God. "Touch not the Lord's anointed and do His prophets no harm". Be Careful!

joann from mesquite  

Posted: September 27th, 2014 7:13 AM

You DO OT qualify to speak for God. He inhabit the praises of His people. Don't call unholy what He calls holy. Preachers practice, prepare, study, go to school to learn how to preach. Are they not preaching under the anointing of the Lord? So is it with Praise Dance. The choir practice, study the words, then present it to the church. So is it with Praise Dance. By the way, Praise Dance started in The Church of God during the 70's. You see it as entertainment, but how does God See it?

Sadie H from New york  

Posted: September 24th, 2014 10:01 PM

I see plenty of people who sing in church who have no vocal talent whatsoever. I think that if a church has a praise dancing team even if they are not trained professionals, that they( should be allowed to dance without such Harsh and terrible judgment. The moves might be repetitive and they might not know pointe,but they are there to worship the Lord not entertain you(the writer of this horse crap). If we can praise G-d in anyway we should. If we can worship him we should.

Peņo Watson from Birmingham   

Posted: September 23rd, 2014 2:36 AM

How can you judge how someone worships God. Maybe you need to clean up your own backyard.

Jane from Honolulu, hi  

Posted: September 22nd, 2014 8:11 AM

Worship is for God, not for people, and God doesn't care about the means of worship or level of talent, he cares about the heart. We are all the worshippers, God is the only audience.

charles  

Posted: September 18th, 2014 11:54 PM

its good see someone who sees this type of dancing as i ENTERTAINMENT

Dani from Greensboro  

Posted: September 16th, 2014 10:45 PM

Lastly, I just want to express this last thought with a question. Does anyone "Praise Dance" in the privacy of your own home? Not to practice for Sunday's serve, but just when you listening to your gospels...do you just breakout into your dancing. How about in the car on the way to work or to the grocery store. Do you pull your car over, to show God you praise? Dont be ashamed of him...if you dance at church and it's not for show, then you should be dancing any & every where you feel the spirit!

Dani from Greensboro  

Posted: September 16th, 2014 10:39 PM

I have siblings that do praise dances. I dont go to those church, which are considered Black Churchs. My Church, you can see any race standing singing the gospel hymns. My Church shocked me at 1st, when they came out to sing, the lighting got low, fog coming up, & projection screens drop. Different, but it was all about praise. I think shouting crying clapping&similar actions that resembles this is authentic. I do think Praise Dancing is a rehearsed play, just like a Christmas play!ENTERTAINMENT

Dani from Greensboro  

Posted: September 16th, 2014 10:29 PM

Ok I love sociology debates such as this one. I see both sides of most of everybody's opinion. With that being said,..I actually goggled "where did praise dance originate...& I find this site! I was watching Preachers Daughters on LifeTime & one girl whom was getting drunk & disobeying her parents was kicked out of the house. So to show she had changed, she decides to do a praise dance. Do I think she has changed? No, but thats my opinion. Do I believe one day she will find the right path?, yes!

DanceYourHeartOut  

Posted: September 16th, 2014 3:00 PM

All I have to say is that I am praying for you, my friend. Attitudes such as yours, are nothing but complete ignorance. There is nothing educated, scholarly or more importantly, Godly about anything that you have stated. GOD BLESS YOU

tara davenport from memphis   

Posted: September 12th, 2014 4:04 PM

I love to see people praise dancing. They are dancing for God. And for the crazy person who said that the children that live in a single parent home. Praise dancing don't have anything to do with kids have oneparent in the house. If you want to no call me and I will tell you why kids are in a single parent home. I am 42 years old in college don't have kids and working. Now tell me why I don't have kids. Here is my number 562-334-0372 you have a bless day

james roach from benton  

Posted: September 6th, 2014 8:47 PM

I just would like to say, David's praise dancing as you call it, came after he failed horribly. And you see it only once, and to have a problem pointing a finger is another way of saying, do not preach at me. The best gift we have is that someone would preach the truth to us. And when we resist or reject and add such things as dancing it simply says, the wrong side of our nature is running and potentially ruining God's design for the Church yes yes it is God's Church not ours! Lord help us!

Kelli Hersey  

Posted: September 4th, 2014 6:34 PM

Amen Tanesha!!! God bleoss you!

Tanesha from San Bernardino  

Posted: September 4th, 2014 4:40 PM

I also wanted to make another point. People who sing unto the Lord gifted or not practice before they sing before the congregation, so it is ok to practice especially when there is a group praise dancing. Our bodies were created to worship. Dance is a form of worship. Better to worship to God then to the devil. God Bless you :)

Tanesha from San Bernardino  

Posted: September 4th, 2014 4:35 PM

There is absolutely nothing wrong with praise dance. Praise dance is a form of worship. It's not the material you wear but the heart of the one praising God through dance. David danced.AN anointing can fall onto the congregation by watching an anointed praise dancer express the song because you never know what the dancer has experienced in life that allows them to give glory through dance onto the Lord. God is a heart reader.

Kelli Hersey  

Posted: September 4th, 2014 12:55 PM

Because of this, I started a dance company to teach proper ballet technique tuo praise dance ministries

Kelli Hersey  

Posted: September 4th, 2014 12:50 PM

I grew up being a part of a praise dance ministry in my church. I was blessed to have a leader who actually had a dance education background. We were able to receive the very same training as some one attending a ballet dance school. Every choreographed dance was interpreted and we still did ballet movements. To us it is praise dance because all of our movements are done to bring glory to God. A lot of dance ministries don't get that kind of teaching. Doesn't mean they aren't anointed.

Ethel from Fontana  

Posted: September 4th, 2014 1:21 AM

The problem is not with praise dancing, but with everyone that claim to know the Lord. We must check our own lives and stop checking everybody's else. The Lord will separate the good and bad, its not our call.

Angela from Houston  

Posted: September 1st, 2014 10:10 AM

I'll admit the praise dancing did take some getting use to. But hey if a person believes in their heart, that is how their praise should be expressed, OK. What I do take exception to is the white face. Without any political motive or historical agenda on my part, it is just creepy and scares both of my toddlers. We actually had to walk the halls the first time my kids saw the dancers in the sanctuary.

flex young from nigeria  

Posted: August 31st, 2014 7:51 PM

I know many churhes does it not just the brown skinned race,the light skinned african descent or the pale skinned afrcan descent,why you stero typed only a race you call scum,black a name GOD didn't give us it was forced on us,i know this type of stuff isn't praise dancing,bringing the world in the church,but jimmy swagger pimped tammy,you don't see them gossiping about it,the preachers allow it..so take it to God and not gossip on here,blacks? You is stupid,GOD DIDN'T TELL YOU YOU WAS BLACK

mighti silanas from houston  

Posted: August 31st, 2014 7:38 PM

I'm tired of yale callung us black people,here you are talking about GOD this and talking about black people churches raising more racism,you know darn well you fool GOD DIDN'T CALL US BLACKS,YOU COULD HAVE SAID IN THE CHURCHES TODAY,TIRED OF YALE PICKING ON US,TALK.ABOUT HOW JOEL PALE.SKINNED SKINNY SELF GOTS MONEY BUT PAST UP THE TORN CHURCHES DAILY,JOYCE MEYERS TOO,TALK ABOUT JOHN HAGEE RED FACED PREJUDICE UGKU PALE FACED SELF,YOU KNOW KNOW GOD DIDN'T SAY WE'RE BLACK THEY WHITE

Paul Britt  

Posted: August 30th, 2014 2:24 PM

I googled "problem with praise dancing (mime, too), I believe I agree in spirit with your position, but you weaken yor argument when you declare one person's ability is superior to another's and so those not formally trained or naturally (?) gifted in song or dance have less of a (spiritual?) gift to offer. Important that the person be a saved believer; not a performer who is good at singing, dancing, miming,etc.,and that presentations is to the glory of God.

C mari from Syosset  

Posted: August 25th, 2014 7:44 PM

Just read the rest of the comments. There really is no wonder why our black churches are filled with single parent black women. We decide what looks good and buck the actual reality. Dance training exists for a reason. So does a retirement age-- there does come a time when we need to sit down somewhere.

C maris from Syossett  

Posted: August 25th, 2014 7:30 PM

I TOTALLY agree! Additionally, they rarely have young girls doing the dancing but fully grown women who have had children and have absolutely no legitimate business flailing around with ample "bouncy parts". I have been in church my entire life, received the Holy Ghost at 15 so I am not an outsider with an opinion. I am also a classically trained dancer but since 27, I retired from performing and now train young children -teens. They should have a chance to perform but not at worship services.

Ashley from Cape Town, South Africa  

Posted: August 21st, 2014 3:20 AM

It's amazing to see that you have no scriptural reference, only your personal taste and analyzing your views would be one dimensional. As with any other form of ministry, preaching, band etc, you have had a bad experience and this could be amended once you read the Word correctly and not rob any individual from expressing or experiencing God's creativity which He has placed in human beings, to worship Him. Dance as David danced.

Sharron from Glen Burnie  

Posted: August 18th, 2014 8:39 AM

I personally think that praise dancing can be used to entertain. On the other hand, I have been moved to tears when a dancer allowed the Spirit of God to use them. It's all about whether a person is being used in the Spirit or if the flesh is putting on a show. Simply put, the Anointing makes the difference. We should be able to discern the real from the fake. We should use our gifts to Glorify God, not satisfy man.

Nicole Denkins from Houston  

Posted: August 13th, 2014 8:45 AM

It appears to me, by this article, the problem with praise dancing is a lack of understanding on your part. As many have stated, this a spiritual warfare movement. As far as choreography, there are two premises; 1)we are ministers and when we go before the people of God there is a message in the movement. So just as the preacher knows what he is going to say in word,so should we as dancers. 2) God created us to worship and dance is a way to do it. By the way, many professional dancers worship.

Pam from houston  

Posted: August 12th, 2014 1:16 PM

Sister, i have to agree with most of your comments and concerns...yes there are a lot of dance groups that are dressing distasteful, shaking too much or just dancing about to entertain. As with anything, a few bad apples don't spoil the whole bunch! I am a worship dancer and i don't go out all rehearsed up. I minister in dance by the move of the Holy Spirit and my dress is elegant and everything is covered up, plus I don't wear all that make-up or jewelry. I am not trying to be seen.

Mama Deb from Bridgeport  

Posted: August 7th, 2014 11:34 PM

When we look at scripture, which should be the basis of sll opinions about things pertaining to worship and praise to the Lord. We find there were dancers, singers, priests and musicians.... these were all part of the Levites. These were people chosen by God for the purpose of bringing others into a deeper worship and help the congregation enter into a relational experience with the Lord. research scripture. We come from backgrounds that have marred the gifts of God. Ecclesiastes 3. there is a

Michelle from Washington C.H.  

Posted: August 1st, 2014 7:56 AM

Just because you don't like interpretive dance doesn't mean "black people" don't have talent. I am a praise dancer and I speak in tongues. Did you ever think maybe the holy spirit is guiding us to do the proper moves while we are practicing. To say that it just should flow freely if it is from God is like saying that worship leaders or choirs shouldn't have to practice singing or that Christian song writers should go to record their cd and not have any lyrics until they get there.

Graceful Praise  

Posted: July 31st, 2014 3:22 PM

Wow as a Minister of Dance this article saddens me but it isn't surprising. All gifts and talents are from God and are to be used for His Glory. A lot of "Praise Dancers" are trained in ballet, modern, African and other forms of Dance. We don't thrust our hips to and fro as you stated. With all the dances I have done Never have I performed!The dance ministry I'm apart of Ministers in dance and our purpose is to destroy strongholds set the captive free & encourage people in the Lord through dance

mary martin from new orleans  

Posted: July 31st, 2014 11:44 AM

What happen to drill teams in the black church, where your kids learned the bible.

Rhonda  

Posted: July 27th, 2014 12:16 PM

The Scriptures state that whatever we do in word or deed do it all to the glory of God. The church has to stop putting God in a box based upon what we think is appropriate for the church. He has given gifts and talents to each and every one of us, why should dance be excluded? Praise dancers war against things in the atmosphere that would hinder the service. In addition they prepare the atmosphere for the word. It is NEVER for entertainment purposes.

Robert from Peoria  

Posted: July 26th, 2014 2:03 PM

Dance is one of the components of worship like, raising the hands, singing a praise song of adoration, clapping the hands, shouting to the Lord, kneeling or folding the hands, waving hands above the head . It is for God not those watching. Bible even says God dances over us.

p.w  

Posted: July 25th, 2014 11:32 AM

Dancing whether practiced or done spontaneously when done from the heart and to the Glory of God is not fake or hypocrisy. ..dance is a form of expression and in many cases delivers ppl in the congregation. Our movement in dance is like warring in the spirit. ..andit literally sets ppl free just as the music played by David .Ref(1Samuel 16:23) Psalm 149:3 ASV Let them praise his name in the dance: Let them sing praises unto him with timbrel and harp.

Niyalah Matthews from Austin  

Posted: July 22nd, 2014 9:22 AM

Others require a rehearsed practice where there is choreography. I don't think that God gets hung up on all the stuff that we get hung up on. If it exhorts, encourages and edifies the body of Christ and gives the King of Kings Glory that is all that matters.

Niyalah Matthews from Austin  

Posted: July 22nd, 2014 9:20 AM

And I don't think that God cares whether a think is practiced or choreographed, as long as it is given from the heart for his Glory....And plus, God can anoint and use whatever he wants to anoint and use. When people sing, the choir rehearses and has practice, because they want to do their best and give God a work done in excellence. The same principle applies in praise dancing. And not all dancers are the same, some people can get up on the drop of a dime and render spontaneous movement, and

Niyalah Matthews from Austin  

Posted: July 22nd, 2014 9:15 AM

I think that a great deal of people who praise dance would love to take a formal class, but not everyone can afford that, or afford to do that for their children. And why should having to pay for a dance class stop a person from pouring out their heart in dance to the Glory of God.

Crystal from Maysville  

Posted: July 22nd, 2014 7:59 AM

Can anyone know the mind of God?

jacquelyn young from Memphis  

Posted: July 21st, 2014 8:44 PM

You can minister to people through praise and mime dancing. I do both and give God the glory in it. People have told me how it help them when their going through something. So please dnt knock it when its helping souls. I thank God for thank it.

Najee  

Posted: July 20th, 2014 2:00 PM

sinful ways, that would please God more than a praise team.

Najee from Jackson  

Posted: July 20th, 2014 1:59 PM

After being brought up catholic half my life & baptist the other half, at 46 I no longer attend church or practice organized religion, I believe lots of ceremonial stuff churches do matter much to God & churches copy cat each other with false doctrine like praise teams. None of the churches did it 25 years ago that I've been to or my friends, it's like one church did it & other churches decided they needed it & got one. Churches should remind people to change their hearts & turn from their

Brooke from Cleveland  

Posted: July 18th, 2014 10:58 PM

My comment is simply every person does not choreograph dance moves. For me when I do praise dance it is lead by the Holy Spirit. And no you dont have to like it but dont knock what God has placed inside of others.

Yes Sir  

Posted: July 18th, 2014 10:58 AM

Every Church should have Holy Spirit Dancing; both spontaneous and choreographed. It is powerful warfare. It should be done in modest clothing but colorful is good and flags are good too. One would be surprised how many would participate if there was a big enough area to do so!!!

calebgun  

Posted: July 18th, 2014 10:51 AM

PSALM 149:3 Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. 2 Samuel 6:14 Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the LORD with all his might Psalm 150:4 praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, Psalm 87:7 As they make music they will sing, "All my fountains are in you." Psalm 87:7 And while dancing, singers [will sing], "All my springs [are] in you." Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unt

TERESA MITCHELL from SUWANEE  

Posted: July 17th, 2014 4:06 PM

Reguarding white people intertaining in black face was done to humiliate, disrespect and to mock black people, look at the way they behaved on stage that speak for itself. Black people in white face is not mocking, disrespect or humiliate anyone they are dance to a audience of one, that is God. when you leave from black people in black face. Do you leave feeling degrade or shamed. Ask yourself that question?

Dirce Ries  

Posted: July 16th, 2014 5:50 PM

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Lady1 from Washington, DC  

Posted: July 16th, 2014 3:51 PM

We have to educate our young children in everything that they do in the church. Talk to them and educate the true beginnings of why black people painted their faces.

Nikki from Clay  

Posted: July 16th, 2014 10:29 AM

Performing as a mime is not the same as the "reverse" of performing in blackface. Again, only God can judge, and only God can express whether or not these types of interpretations please Him.

Nikki from Clay  

Posted: July 16th, 2014 10:26 AM

As for the mime dancing, or "dancing in whiteface"? well, let me address the blackface comment first. Blackface performers never had any intention of glorifying God. Those performances strictly showcased buffoonery & negatively mocked Black people. Traditional mimes, primarily white men in whiteface, were also not originally intended for glorifying God, but they went into the streets intending to make ALL people happy, which means that ANYONE could do it if they chose to.

Nikki from Clay  

Posted: July 16th, 2014 10:25 AM

Yes, you will see some with inappropriate attire and movements, but that doesn't justify putting all dancers in the same box. Most are untrained, and many dance for the wrong reasons, but lots of the dancers truly have both a love for God and a love for organized movement. They shouldn't be restricted or forbidden from doing what they love just because they are in church. Who are we to say what can & cannot happen in God's house? Only He can say whether or not He's pleased with the activity.

Nikki from Clay  

Posted: July 16th, 2014 10:25 AM

There are instances when the dance of praise to God is spontaneous, but nothing forbids a choreographed/rehearsed dance as a form of praise. Different people are reached in different ways. Many people don't respond to preaching, so they don't go to church. Many people prefer the musical portions of the service, but may not really care for the songs being sang by the choir. The dance could be the only way to minister the Word to someone who can't (or doesn't want to) get it by any other method.

Nikki from Clay  

Posted: July 16th, 2014 10:24 AM

Psalms 149:3 (NIV) - Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. Psalms 150 (Bottom line: Praise the Lord) Jeremiah 31:4 (NIV) - I will build you up again, and you, Virgin Israel, will be rebuilt. Again you will take up your timbrels and go out to dance with the joyful. Jeremiah 31:13: Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.

Charlesetta from Memphis  

Posted: July 16th, 2014 1:49 AM

Dancing can be planned or spontaneous! Just like we clap, sing & lift our hands in praise because God said do so, we can dance because God says "Praise Him in the dance"

Angel from Philadelphia  

Posted: July 14th, 2014 1:11 PM

As a praise dancer myself for about 11 years. I have found that being in this ministry it has brought me closer to my father in heaven. As I dance I visualize myself dancing before My Fathers throne. I have found that in this ministry you have different levels of training in dance and spiritual training. As a dancer at our church we are fully covered the only things you will see when we dance are face, hands, and feet. We know that there are people struggling with different perverse things.

vera from angier  

Posted: July 13th, 2014 5:21 PM

I don't care for praise dancing, to me, it is nothing of God.

pastor chad  

Posted: July 8th, 2014 3:08 PM

First of all it is quite obvious that by continuing to use the term black people" there is a racist ignorance to your point of view. I am a 40 year old white male that cannot dance at all but I believe it is a beautiful thing to use dancing as a means of worship. If a man is struggling with a woman danceing as an act of worship he might need delivered from the perverse spirit he is bound then instead of asking the women not to dance.

Melanie from Grand Rapids MI  

Posted: July 4th, 2014 2:03 PM

As a trained ballerina I spent all last week teaching girls the beauty of dancing(yes rehearsed)for God.Wish you could've been here.No tight leotards/suggestive moves.Just joyful girls pouring their hearts out to God.They aren't all 'talented' but they have heart! Years of dancing & these are some of my the most Spirit filled moments.Seeing girls who were self-conscious using bodies God blessed them with to praise him-That's worship.Those watching see God' beauty.Hope you experience this someday

lily  

Posted: July 4th, 2014 10:25 AM

Praise dancing takes as much talent as singing goes. In the bible it says let them praise him with dancing...it does not say that it must not be choreographed and if it uses the same hand movements it's probably praise and worship where you can have on person in front doing movements off the top of their head. Usually this uses a song that repeats words so you repeat the movements in order to not confuse the people dancing behind the one that is leading. Simple easy movements.

Darrell from Galesburg  

Posted: June 30th, 2014 12:23 AM

Your opinion is an opinion, but if you want some facts please read this http://thedawghowse.blogspot.com/2006/04/shall-we-dance.html

JC from Detroit  

Posted: June 29th, 2014 9:15 PM

Choirs rehearse also! So does that mean their singing is not of GOD because it is not spontaneous? The bible says to play SKILLFULLY before the LORD and in order to be skilled at anything you have to practice! Psalm 150:4 says Praise him (ALMIGHTY GOD) with the timbrel and DANCE... Nothing there says it must not be rehearse or choreographed. Whether your dance is spontaneous or rehearsed, it is something YOU choose to do in worship to GOD. Man shouldn't assume it is meant for his entertainment

Morgan M from Stockton   

Posted: June 29th, 2014 1:51 AM

Thank you for your thoughts! I studied ballet for many years and I have to say that every praise dance I have seen is not of God. You are right about the attire that most girls have on. It is inappropriate and unnecessary. There is no need to temp our young men like that. Also, it is no different than the gifts of music or preaching which requires a certain skill set and some training and education. I mean since we are praising to honour God and not ourselves why not.

Jane Roberts   

Posted: June 28th, 2014 8:01 PM

Why is a composed song considered spiritual, but not a choreographed dance? Why such low standards for dance but not for singing or playing instruments?

Avila   

Posted: June 28th, 2014 6:18 PM

I believe praise dance is a form of artistic talent, not every one can do it. I tried mime praise dancing for the first time and it required me to display a lot is energy and emotions. Yes, I did rehash my routine over and over because I wanted my adherence to feel the words the song. It is no different from when a minister preaching the words of the bible. They want you to feel the words they are preaching.

Fd from San Antonio   

Posted: June 27th, 2014 11:32 PM

God is the same yesterday,today and forever. David was a man after Gods own heart he instructed the blue print of the tabernacle and the instrument to be used in Gods house. I don't recall him placing dancers in the temple.

Jacquelyne. Bostic from McDonough. Ga 30253  

Posted: June 26th, 2014 9:20 PM

I am not sure where the problem is when it comes to dancing in the church. There is a difference in the dancing, you praise dance which s omening that is taught, and you have spirital dance whih is something betweem you and God, now i do spiritual dance and not one time can i do the same thing o the same song, its given to me diffetnt every time its not pratice. I allow the Holy Spirit to use me to deliever the song so that it will touch some ones heart and mind and help them alone.

Sharon  

Posted: June 26th, 2014 4:58 PM

I am 72 years old. About ten years ago, God moved me out of the pew to give Him glory. I dance in the back and he moves my arms and legs. I feel that if I don't do it, I am turning my back on Him. I just gave a presentation at worship last week about worship not being about "me." It's all about Him. There is a difference between entertainment and ministering in pure worship. You must open up your inner being to Him to be deep in worship.

Cheryl from Oak Park  

Posted: June 26th, 2014 2:29 PM

I AGREE 100%. I'd like you to know, I am a former professional modern dancer. I toured with the late Oscar Brown, Jr.'s Great Nitty Gritty, danced at Hubbard Street, The Ruth Page Foundation, and Garfield Park's Dance Center for 20 years. In 1985 I saw a pro dancer perform as the Christ being nailed to the cross at a church banquet. Outstanding pro performance. I was approached by a play write to dance to Mary Don't You Weep at my church. One of the first ever done. Now, it's untrained people.

Lex Tee from Houston  

Posted: June 25th, 2014 3:29 PM

I honestly don't know how to feel about this post. I started dancing when I was 8. I was forced to dance because people said I was given that talent and also to keep me out of trouble. But the older i got the more i started to realize that this is something that i really enjoy doing. For people like me who cant really express their selves through words dancing is the way to do it. I'm not one who would get up and shout at church. I rather get on the floor and dance my heart out to the LORD!!!

W. A. Smith  

Posted: June 23rd, 2014 1:34 PM

When examining the praise dancing issue I have realize that no one that is for it offers one legitimate biblical support for it. Is it not emotional driven? Is it not display of the flesh choreographed abilities? The flesh profits nothing. So we must worship God in spirit and truth. Jesus says his word is truth. Praise dancing is nowhere, specially in the New Testament which is Gods instruction to his church, in the bible. That makes it extra-biblical. This would be classified as strange fire.

Ciara W. from Dallas  

Posted: June 22nd, 2014 11:04 AM

This read really shocked me. I have choreographed a number of praise dances. With each one, I sit and meditate on the music. What is the message in the song? How can I express that with my body, my moves. I teach the message behind the song, so my students will understand and convey that message through dance. Let The Lord use you in any way, some sing, some dance. You can't plan emotion in dancing. It takes over you. It's genuine expression of praise and worship!

Constance from Petaluma   

Posted: June 20th, 2014 4:25 PM

AMEN, Sister! Thank you! I agree! The focus in worship should be God, NOT the performer/ entertainer. We are NOT in church to be entertained, but to show and give Honor in reverence, worshipping in (Godly!) Spirit and TRUTH. NOT a Flesh trip! Sadly, there are MANY "Flesh Churches" these days! Where has holy REVERENCE gone?

April from Mayo  

Posted: June 18th, 2014 1:39 PM

I have a praise dance team. We started two years ago. The group range in age from 6-14. The group is community based and we are invited to different churches and events. While praise dances may be choreographed, when the spirit of the Lord takes over during a dance, choreography is then thrown out the window. I have had dancers to fall out under the anointing while dancing. People are up on their feet and moved to tears. The girls are taught whatever they do for the Lord let it be real.

DaShawnda from Hemingway   

Posted: June 5th, 2014 9:27 AM

Hi I am 26 years old I have been praise dancing since I was a teenage in my church. I grown to love it so much that my Pastor put me over it and begin to work with the young girls in my church. Now I am in the process of beginning to branch out and start my own ministry. I said all of that to say this God gave each of us talents and we are suppose to use our talents to glorify him. Rather that be through singing...dancing...acting...etc its all for his glory.

B from Carrollton  

Posted: May 31st, 2014 10:35 PM

No matter what you agree or disagree with in a church your main obligations should be to praise and worship God. The fact that anyone Is distracted by praise dance leads me to ask what did you come to church for? Was it to praise God or ridicule? There are things that happen in my church I do not agree with. I do not speak ill of those who do it. I pray for them and focus my attention back to God. As the word says seek your own soul salvation. Focus on your relationship with God.

rosemarie spence from killeen  

Posted: May 31st, 2014 11:27 AM

I am currently watching praise dane in church now. From what it look like to me it is a practice dance. The movements take time to cordinate and develop. To me it is like doing a recital except it is disguise under the praise banner may god have mercy on our souls Praise dance is a tool the devil is using in the church to take gods people mind off heavenly things.

Meosha McAfee from Riverside, CA  

Posted: May 28th, 2014 4:02 PM

I would love to see a follow up article once you attend July dance conference: http://www.kararworship.biz/

Meosha McAfee from Riverside, CA  

Posted: May 28th, 2014 3:57 PM

WOW! There's a difference between carnality and spirituality. There's a difference between religion and relationship with God. Your article gives a great example. I never once read anywhere in the Word of God where "Blacks" or any other race where talked about. But I do find dance in the Word. If you're truly serious about having a revelation of dance, I invite you to a dance conference in July, near you. Go to this site for more info: http: www.kararworship.biz/2014-conference-details/4575206

Raymond Louis Ivy from Charleston, Missouri  

Posted: May 20th, 2014 12:00 PM

I AGREE WITH YOU 100% MRS. ARLENE JONES. THE CHURCHES DOWN HERE ADD SO MUCH TO GOD'S INSTRUCTIONS AND WORD THAT I HAVE GOTTEN "ALL CHURCHED OUT"... I SEE WHY SISTER MANN SAID IN HER SONG "TAKE ME TO THE KING": I DON'T HAVE MUCH TO BRING; I'M ALL CHURCHED OUT. SO BE IT, BE IT SO, AMEN! PEACE! LOVE! UNITY.

Eric from Charlotte  

Posted: May 19th, 2014 11:44 AM

One can smell "religious christianity" from 10,000 miles! Following Christ is not a set of do's and don'ts! We need more gracefulness in the church and dance helps develop this attitude and discipline! We are God's LOVERS! A love relationship that does not include dance is such a bore! Try it Arlene, dance for the Lord and Let God dance with you!

Michelle Hughes  

Posted: May 6th, 2014 4:27 PM

This is and prbly will be the most ignorant story/opinion I have ever read or witness. I am sorry, but YOU need to search out your heart, for you have many short coming that I am certain that you are not aware of. EXSP. coming from one who THINKS they are a Christian. This is NOT the way JESUS would ever THINK. sad,,,very sad.

Johnathan from Gibsonville  

Posted: May 5th, 2014 9:34 PM

Michael on April 7 2014 is correct.

K in Philly from Outside Philly  

Posted: May 3rd, 2014 9:32 PM

You have been given the verses to support dance. Beyond that you raise two very good points. The dance ministry I'm involved with is now 30 years old (though I've been involved only since 1991). We are very careful about modesty - long skirts over culottes to avoid both clingy ness and flashes of leg, plenty of coverage on top - and yes, our main core has put in YEARS of training in ballet, folk, modern to get bodies in shape, arms trained for lines etc.

t. cal  

Posted: April 28th, 2014 1:04 AM

This is a very ignorant article! Especially when it comes from someone who identifies as "Christian." I would liken your article to the old testament scripture where David workshiped and was criticized. PRAISE DANCING DATES BACK TO tTHE REFORMATION BUT IN BLACK AMERICA, RIGHT AFTER THE CIVIL WAR. BLACK FOLKS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO DANCE IN PUBLIC CHURCHES WITH WHITES AND HAD TO RESORT TO DANCING AMONG SAFE HEAVENS FOR BLACKS AT THAT TIME WHICH WAS THE BLACK CHURCH.

esther  

Posted: April 26th, 2014 5:59 PM

Its all about a relatioship with the creator....not a religious creator. God gets glorified through His gifts with the Spirit of Excellence....God will manifest through what He chooses to use....The heart must be yielded to Him...I have been a dance instructor for 13 years and have seen many miracles through worship ministering in dance. May God bless you and may true revelation come to you with wisdom from Him and not from the mind of man.

Christal  

Posted: April 26th, 2014 12:45 PM

I'll keep this short. Basically Praise Dancing is a gift, not everyone can dance to the point you have people worshiping. Maybe the praise dancers you've seen were simply performing, but as for me I minister to myself when I dance and if others are blessed, which they will be if you are ministering under the anointing of God, then GREAT! Everyone has a right to their opinion, and I respect yours, but I definitely don't accept it.

Gio from Hammond  

Posted: April 24th, 2014 6:08 PM

Check this out...God specifically says praise him in DANCE!!! http://www.openbible.info/topics/dance

keith from fort lauderdale  

Posted: April 18th, 2014 10:40 AM

I am a man who believes that there is only one way to worship GOD and that is in spirit and in truth. However an individual chooses to worship as long as it comes from a sincere heart who am i to say what forms of praise GOD accepts. If you are blinded by the outfits i suggest you go back to the altar and cry out until deliverance becomes victory. GOD BLESS

fil from wayne  

Posted: April 12th, 2014 9:51 PM

Bring the Gold Back into the Temple! Man has done in this day the same thing that was done in King Rehoboam's day. In the Old Testament, the enemy came in and stole the gold out of the temple of the Lord. Then King Rehoboam came along and substituted brass for gold. Christians have don the same thing today. They have substituted the gold of the temple - God's plans, purposes, and pursuits for His New Testament Church - for the brass of the world. They have brought into the church worldly and fle

corey  

Posted: April 10th, 2014 7:48 AM

We are silly if we think God has to tell us every little thing we can't do. Obedience is doing what you are told to do. You don't add to it, you don't subtract from it. Doing so is a trespass, a sin. Let us quit acting as if God doesn't know what He wants.

Corey  

Posted: April 10th, 2014 7:35 AM

Can anyone show me where they praise danced in the New Testament? When singing, we are teaching one another. Exactly what lesson is taught through dance? Something says "crashing cymbal"...

Benny  

Posted: April 9th, 2014 3:56 PM

RAHM EMANUEL IS SO DESPERATE FOR THE BLACK VOTE HE WILL START PRAISE DANCING

Michelle  

Posted: April 7th, 2014 6:26 PM

If praise dance is not for God and only for the congregation because sometimes it's choreographed and practiced then can I say the same thing about singers? It's practiced and rehearsed so does that mean it's not done In the spirit? A pastor can practice his message and study in order to get it just right does that make his message not in the spirit? When you do something for The Lord it should always be with excellence and that requires practice. Praise dancers are worshipers not performers.

sherre bevineau from medford   

Posted: April 7th, 2014 5:10 PM

GOD gave us legs to dance hands to clap nothing wrong with praise dancing and it can be done in order or just on the spot GOD knows the dancers heart and if you are sitting watching their clothing you better check yourself .

Ree from knoxville  

Posted: April 7th, 2014 3:37 PM

I think that your are totally wrong. I am a praise dance coach at a Baptist church in Knoxville, TN. We believe that praise dancing is the same thing as being a missionary to god. Your telling ppl thru body movement and expressions about god. The whole point of being a Missionary is telling ppl who god is, and 2 bring ppl closer to him. God gave us all gifts to be able to praise him while we can. Dancing is a gift that is gods blessing for you to be a missionary and give ur gift bk 2 him. AMEN

Kiki  

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 10:59 PM

There's nothing wrong with praise dancing. "Christians are so quick to jump down other Christians' throats." Smh. Dance is also a gift from God just like singing, and He honors the fact that His children use their gifts for good and not evil. They could've been dancing in the world like Beyonce but their bringing Glory to His name. Praise dancers don't practice for the sake of having a routine, it's about spiritual discipline, putting your flesh under subjection, fasting and praying together.

MJ from Tulsa  

Posted: March 25th, 2014 9:01 AM

I don't see anything wrong with the coming together to rehearse a dance. It's the same thing people do to rehearse a song. Anytime it's more than one person, there has to be some type of rehearsal to arrange movements(dance) or harmonies(choir). Man looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart. Dancers and singers are all required to check their heart and motives before offering anything publicly unto God.

Lee from Roanoke  

Posted: March 21st, 2014 9:01 PM

This reminds me of the time drums weren't aloud , when women couldn't wear pants or when Christian Rap was thought to be of the devil (maybe that's your view as well). God tells us to go out and fish for souls. We should use everything in our power to do just that. I was born in a place where drug dealers, and gun runners gave their lives to God who first came through rap and heart broken people were uplifted by a dance. Maybe, if you witnessed lives changed you wouldn't be so quick to judge.

Spidey  

Posted: March 21st, 2014 1:49 PM

Do you realize that God is a real and has an opinion? Don't you think he likes to be praised a certain way? I warn you brothers and sisters lean not on your own feelings and understanding but instead seek Christ in all things.Also stop saying "Don't judge me." because what you really are saying is "I don't wanna give this or that up." Read your Bibles! I Cor. 6:1-5 God says we who are justified can judge. The Holy Ghost also in you calls you to and He too has an opinion!

Leslie  

Posted: March 17th, 2014 12:54 PM

I am really surprised at all the judgment that is being spewed out on this subject. I do agree that Praise Dancers should not make seductive moves. Women teach them God's Way! Although, at our church we have a Praise Dance Team and they have brought tears to my eyes and they do not dance the way you are describing. They dance with God's Grace and the Holy Spirit and you know he is there. It is high time Christians stopped judging each other and start loving each other as Christ loves us!

RejoicinginJesus  

Posted: March 15th, 2014 1:55 AM

Wow! After reading some of the comments, I can also say we don't have all the answers. I believe that if God did not want us to dance, then that would have been something that he would have spoke against. What i read in the bible about dance is that it was always a way to show worship to God. Remember Mariam led women in the dance. I do believe that God looks at your motive and he is the only one who knows what is in your heart. I am a dancer and i thank God that it blesses people 2 c prs dance.

Lisa from Parsippany  

Posted: March 13th, 2014 6:56 AM

I've seen praise dancing in a Pentecostal church I had attended for awhile. As I think it is very beautiful and thought of doing it myself when I went to the church, I actually found it very distracting while trying to praise and worship, and I often wondered how many Christian men may be distracted by it in a different away and the deceiver trying to make their minds wander away from Jesus who they were praising.

pam from fort lauderdale  

Posted: March 10th, 2014 4:01 PM

When people look for something wrong or negativity, they will find it. God gave us creativity to use it for his glory. What you need to understand is, is it being used for the glory of God. You DON'T know because that comes from the heart of a person. Lets not judge. Better they are in the church and Praising God than in the streets worshipping the devil.

Brietta  

Posted: March 4th, 2014 7:38 AM

I have to respectfully disagree about the not having talent portion. My daughter and niece attend one of the top ballet schools in the country. They choose to praise dance through liturgical ballet. They are also choir members. They are taught to give all their gifts back to God. Can everyone dance en pointe? No; I admit those days are gone, but in the eyes of God, we just have to give our personal best. Hope this helps, be blessed.

Michelle from Las Vegas  

Posted: February 28th, 2014 8:21 PM

it may not be for everyone and I personally do have auditions, however I feel like however people feel the need to worship the Lord, I think they should be free to do so. It's all in the heart behind it.. That's just me. I love God, I love praise dance, singing... spoken word etc! I disagree with you, however I respect your opinion. I will continue to praise the Lord through praise dance and hope that I can continue to be used by God that way until he says otherwise! :-) God bless you!

Michelle from Las Vegas  

Posted: February 28th, 2014 8:19 PM

Well, I am a praise dance leader.. and I have encountered people who love it and people who hate it. I disagree with this article and I love that praise dance can be used to change the atmosphere, and create and even deeper worship experience. I teach my girls modesty as well as the importance of being free in dance. The girls I have some are classically trained and others are not... however when we move it is not to entertain, but we invite people into worship with us. I personally think that

Deacon Amos from Newburgh, N.Y.  

Posted: February 27th, 2014 8:09 PM

True praise in dance was indeed first done when King David danced out of his clothes SHOWING HIS BODY overjoyed bc he succeeded bringing The Ark of the Covenant into the city of David he danced to receive Gods blessing & to praise God in all his excellence & glory. Today dancing/singing to glorify & praise god has changed bc of the times. WE MUST MOVE FORWARD. I do praise in dance & teach boys age 7-12 it is not just done by girls/women. I pray for U. Just know I love U but God loves U more!

Vicktory  

Posted: February 26th, 2014 7:47 AM

and we will defend them and attack the person who speaks the truth! God Bless you Arlene! None of have it ALL right! But you do have most of it correct!

Vicktory  

Posted: February 26th, 2014 7:46 AM

I have ministered through dancing and witness people be delivered! However, have some of it gone too far? YES IT HAS! As far as mime wearing white paint on the face...I AGREE! I have had a white person to ask me about this? But we as BLACKS become so offended about things of such! But as I can best tell you...Do the history of Pantomime and that along says why it should NOT be in the church! But we have to also remember that we know that church will become blemished with the things of the world

Vicktory  

Posted: February 26th, 2014 7:42 AM

I have listen to people complain about not wanting to wear their hair up. No, I don't want to wear a top over my leotard. Women bending over with their buttocks in their towards the congregation! I have seen the expression of men when women and young girls are bouncing up and down and thier precious jewels are doing the same. Legs being kicked high in the air! Yes I have witness almost all it. However, I DO NOT AGREE with you about it is for one who does not have talent! DANCING IS A GIFT!

Vicktory from Madison  

Posted: February 26th, 2014 7:38 AM

As I read your article and read the comments, it is obivous that many were offended. To call you ignort, you miss the mark, its just YOU! I am a woship dancer. I do not minister in Sunday service;; however, I do minister at Women Conference and other Community Outreach Program. I have in the past! I used to choregraph. I am a witness of it being "ENTERTAINMENT"! I have heard the comments made by those who dance! Whether it is appropriate for the church? That is to be judged by God.

Angel  

Posted: February 25th, 2014 7:40 PM

I think of Sunday as Family Day. The day Abba Father invites His children to assemble in His house to respond/reflect from days past and refresh/refuel for days to come through corp and self-expression. Each bringing gifts of praise, worship, offerings, etc; in response to show our love and appreciation. I can just see Father at rest, feet propped on His earthly footstool, wiggling toes to the beat, delighting as His children bring their special gifts! A parent loves every gift from their child!

Melissa  

Posted: February 25th, 2014 12:53 AM

This ignorance at its best. While there are some dancers that are content with the arbitrary hand movements spoke of in this article there are others who have dedicated their time and God- given talent for dance so God may be glorified. It is not a game or for show. You missed Ms. Jones. Your example about the choir proves just because something is rehearsed does not mean the Spirit is not in it.

Patricia from College park   

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 8:44 PM

I am a praise dancer and not all of my dances are choreography. Sometimes God will place a song upon my heart, and I allow the Holy Spirit to lead me. Yes, you may not understand due to the time frame you we're raise but praise&worship includes dancing in this day and age. I pray my God give you true understanding of praise dancing....

pam from Fort Lauderdale  

Posted: February 17th, 2014 1:45 AM

In my opinion Praise Dancing is to you how you receive it. If you receive it as entertainment, then it's entertainment to you. If you receive it as praise or worship then it's praise or worship to you. The bottom line is, it is better to use dancing for God's glory than for man's entertainment. I have seen praise dancers take an entire church into praise and the people began to worship. If you don't perceive it as worship, then it will never become worship to you.

KaTina from Houston , TX  

Posted: February 14th, 2014 1:34 AM

As a Seventh-day Adventist preacher's kid, I grew up battling with my parents if dance is aform of praise. And after my journey, i concluded it is with orgins from Africa and West India! My question to you is can you dance? Are you an expert on praise? Because as someone who has taken dance, everyone can't praise dance even with ballet skills. Also, do you know a songstress that sings without practice or a sermon preached without preparation. Praise should never be judged even if u don't get it.

Elder Walters in Atlanta from Atlanta  

Posted: February 7th, 2014 6:34 AM

Wow honey,God BLESS you with wisdom and understanding!Obviously,you lack and I DON'T ptaise dance but I love to wach PEOPLE glorify God in that way!!!

Larry from Chicago  

Posted: February 6th, 2014 8:19 PM

My true concern would the decline of the community while the many churches (on every street corner and 4 in between) profit from religion. How many pimps and hustlers now claim to be called to the ministry? How many Mercedes and Fur coats does your Pastor need, while the needy in the congregation suffer? You preach about how God has "anointed" you but, are powerless outside the church doors...as you pass through a gauntlet of drug dealers and gang bangers running to get to your car.

Larry from Chicago  

Posted: February 6th, 2014 8:10 PM

Okay; I found the article to be one of opinion. The opinion of a church going person that cannot understand the origins or, the purpose of praise dancing. I read ALL of the comments and, I had to agree with one of the comments about how THIS topic seemed to garner far more attention than "meaningful" topics that affect the African American community. I could not care less about praise dancing. My question would be, "does it make you a better person"? If so, keep doing it. Cont.

Williamnetta from Henderson, North Carolina  

Posted: February 6th, 2014 12:18 PM

Praise dancing is not for someone to judge. Praise Dancing is away to show his work. Just like singing and preaching is telling his word. If you take time and think about "Where do it come from?" All of them comes from him, the Lord. Also, Praise Dancing don't just come from nowhere. It comes in a visiton. I'm a Praise Dancer, and when I dance I show his work. Also, THE CHILDREN, everyone knows that they learn by seeing. So praise dancing in front of them would be teaching them about him.

mike burger from west orange, nj  

Posted: January 27th, 2014 8:28 PM

Yeah that's weird. Those people generally fall into two categories: performers (not in the positive sense) and unstable people. Also, as a white man, I don't see a problem with the Whiteface, although I do think it's a strange thing to do in church.

12yearoldpraisedancer from phoenix  

Posted: January 27th, 2014 5:30 PM

You know, my family is a family of ministers. My mom is head over children's program, dad minister, uncle pastor, aunt first lady, Me PRAISEDANCER! It doesn't matter how you praise him as long as you praise him. It's not for the audience, it's for you and GOD. they might just help you praise him.

nicole from new york  

Posted: January 26th, 2014 9:39 PM

P RAY ABOUT IT..AND GOD W ILL SEND SEND AN ANSWER!!!

Lauren from Brooklyn  

Posted: January 26th, 2014 12:18 AM

I am a praise dancer, but I also enjoy modern and jazz. I admit praise dancing is not as complex as modern and jazz, but it really doesn't matter. Praise dancing is a ministry that helps people feel Gods presence. There's been moments where one of the dancers in my praise dance team would start feeling His presence and almost ruin the dance, me being one of them. Never planned. As long as God is happy, someone is being touched, and God accepts and is pleased with my praise, I'm doing my job.

Johnson  

Posted: January 13th, 2014 10:00 PM

Coming soon to the West Side: PRAISE TWERING!

NF  

Posted: January 13th, 2014 4:12 PM

Realizing that we descended from expressive and rich cultures of the African/Asian continent(s), it still amazes me that many Blacks snub their noses at Voodoo or any other cultural practices that resemble those of that land. How self-righteous have we allowed ourselves to become. How easily we have forgotten parts of our own heritage.

NF from Baltimore  

Posted: January 13th, 2014 3:52 PM

The scripture about "judge not lest ye be judged" comes to mind after reading this article. I've seen ppl so called "caught up in the ghost" supposedly being spontaneous as you put it, who I know for a fact stand in the mirror at home and practice their holy dancing steps. Just sayin'. Fake and genuine ppl exist everywhere and that's a fact. Either way, who are we to judge the moat in someone elses eye if/when we've a huge beam in our own?

Lynn from Palmdale  

Posted: January 7th, 2014 5:27 PM

As I read other comments, it moved me to suggest that when the music is transitioning, the choir/praise dancers are ministering, and the pastor is delivering the word, the congregation is on FIRE for all the many blessings gifted to them . A praise party for the Lord is taking place. Throughout the book of Psalms it discusses "REJOICING." I will REJOICE and "Turn UP" demonstrating praises of THANK YOU in the form of singing, dancing, and praying. Some people. Simple Minds. Praying for us all !!!

Lynn from Palmdale  

Posted: January 7th, 2014 5:07 PM

I am a praise dancer, and choir member. Praise dance to me- is a form of worship in song through movement. True indeed, rehearsals are required to master the movement, but this is so that when the song selected is ministering; the ministry of dance movement is conveyed in such a way that it's felt throughout the congregation or wherever the case might be. There are various ways to praise the Lord, some have the gift of movement in body langue, which doesn't mean that it's not a form of praising.

Chanel  

Posted: January 1st, 2014 7:28 AM

This post just sounds so uneducated, all churches I go to praise dance and NOT in a performing way either, so that makes me wonder what type of church you frequent. Not only that, but since I've gotten the Holy Spirit, God leads me into more elaborate dancing when I'm alone. It doesn't always have to be a show. I personally LOVE to see people worship, therefore I love to see the praise dancers. I doesn't matter if you like it or not, it matters what is in that persons heart and their intentions.

Chanel  

Posted: January 1st, 2014 7:25 AM

I grew up originally in a church where EVERYONE praise danced. Not in the performing type of way, but as there is music playing EVERYONE dances. There is a difference between praise dancing, and practiced praise dancing. The latter is used to usher the audience into the emotion of the song, and inspires them to dance also. The former, is done daily and ritually at my church. I used to be afraid to praise dance in church, because I can't really dance. Now I do it all the time.

Worship Dancer from NY  

Posted: December 18th, 2013 9:43 AM

1. Choir members practice! 2. You need talent to dance. Many people join but are not able to keep up. 3. People have been touched by the praise they see. They cry because they feel God is speaking to them throughout the worship. you can have your opinion and no one will try to change it. just Know, YES in other places dance is NEEDED in the church. God enjoys it because as dancers we feel his Holy Presence! We actually feel the joy, the peace of the Lord. He is happy with my dance and thats all.

DWinner from Portland  

Posted: December 5th, 2013 5:59 PM

It sounds to me as though you have not truly experienced true Worship Dance. My congregation does not make a show of worship dance, we are on the side. The suggestion that it does not take talent to "praise dance" is untrue. It takes coordination and grace. I know many athletes who find it challenging. But the fact is that if truly worshiping while dancing you are not trying to draw attention to self but to God. There is a joy while worshiping in dance that I have never found anywhere else.

Bonny Dolly from Battle Ground, WA  

Posted: December 5th, 2013 12:29 PM

Comment rules says no insults but there is a great deal in this article. However I will try to stick to the facts here and try to access FB for a more complete writing. This space does not allow for any real commentary. Praise dance started after Red Sea Crossing Exodus 15:20. My congregation does Israeli praise dance [not belly dancing]. We do not dress as your gentleman friend here suggests as we understand many can not control their thought processes. continued on fb

Sparkle from St.Louis  

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 2:08 PM

I found this artical laughable God can use who ever and what ever he chooses. If you don't like it that on you not everything is for everyone just like not every woman is for every man but thats why God has created a world full of diversity. Some say praise dance doesn't edify but their are may who would beg to differ some people are visionual and the dance helps them to recieve to message in the song. For others its the dancing its self that is not only a pour into from God but a pouring out

Marian Brittain from Richfield  

Posted: November 30th, 2013 2:37 PM

Does anyone recall the Shakers? That was a long time ago. And yet they danced while they worshipped. Perhaps not choreographed/practiced dances but apparently praise dancing nonetheless.

Manuela  

Posted: November 21st, 2013 7:30 PM

I was never into praise dancing because I was into actual dancing like ballet, contemporary etc.. and I am good at it. Now, I can either choose to dance for the world, and entertain the world, or I can use it for God and entertain GOD. At the end of the day YOUR opinion does not matter, because the praise dance is not for you, its for GOD. And while it bothers YOU, it pleases GOD. You dont like it? Turn your face the other way. Its all for God, not for you or me. So get over it.

GG from chicago  

Posted: November 21st, 2013 1:53 PM

me personally im 23 years old and I would much rather see young girls or boys or women or men in church praise dancing than robbing the church of their aluminum siding or breaking I people cars steal their change or ipads or ipods or whatever valuable they left in the car because they did want to take it in church. so whether it's praise dance or interpretive dance rehearse or not they're doing this unto the lord which may be a way out of trouble for them

Will from chicago  

Posted: November 21st, 2013 1:46 PM

I agree with the last young lady each era in time has a different name, time era a place for every thing done on planet earth. and if they did dance back in the biblical times of course it would not have been called praise dancing but they still jumped around spinned around leap in the air at least that's what we've read and those herium girl wore some pretty thin pieces of materials to dance and spin around in to. so it's really not that much of a difference.

renita from chicago  

Posted: November 21st, 2013 1:43 PM

I realize everyone has their own opinion and all that's fine but as far as the topic of discussion. Praise Dancing. well I think it's great and when one Is praise dancing what they feel is not rehearsed you can't say I think in the middle of my praise dancing im going to catch the holy ghost something just comes over your mind body soul and entire being and you just loose it. back in the biblical time according to scripture yes people did dance, and sing and jump around but that was then.

Jacquelyn Bennett from Jacksonville   

Posted: November 20th, 2013 2:25 PM

I believe that God made mankind and whether we understand one another or not, He does, for HE ALONE searches the hearts of all and truly knows the motives behind all that we say and do...He alone is worthy to judge. To the writer of this article, all I can say to you is some things in life are not to be explained or understood....they can only be experienced.

Sheila from Milwaukee  

Posted: November 20th, 2013 1:14 PM

Praise dance looks just like Chakra & Voodoo dance - same moves. It doesn't edify people to worship God (in spirit & truth), but with emotions (& seduction). When dancing/music stops and the preaching starts people talk, sleep, etc. The moves incite some men to lust, while women hide it behind holiness. I do clap, wave hands, stomp feet, etc. during service - by choice not because the Holy Spirit makes me. I'm EXCITED to praise God & His Son, Jesus whom I love. At home too listening to my GoBib

Robin from Bridgeport  

Posted: November 20th, 2013 8:38 AM

I was called by God to praise dance and it came to me in my dreams. I dont need to plan a dance, I dont need to see other moves. Once the holy spirit awakes in you due to a song/passage it will come out. Spiritual gifts are not like worldly talents. I think you should separate the two before analyzing them as the same.

Deborah L Scott from Little Rock, AR  

Posted: November 19th, 2013 10:55 PM

Praise dancing is not unto the God and Lord Jesus Christ, it is done to an Idol, a goddess, in Paul's day, those people worshipped what they did not know. We as a race of people get so caught up in copying, fanticism and other things that become habits, ungodly habits. The first Commandment, tells us to not have another god and we get so caught up in doing what someone else does, never questioning, never wondering why it had never been done in the church before, just ingorantly worshipping anyt

Dora jamed from mapleshade  

Posted: November 12th, 2013 12:00 PM

I disagree with your view on praisedancing. Please do not try to make praisedancing look like its a dirty dance. you can praise God in many ways and dance is one way.every person who dances will not thrust around the church.my team uses sign language and dance and its way harder then cheerleading and they also see Gods people praising him while dancing

veronica  

Posted: November 10th, 2013 8:42 AM

I disagree with this article. There are those that have the God given gift of song. Then there are those that have the God given gift of dance. My daughter dances, pointe, ballet, jazz, modern and lyrical. Clearly a God given talent! She has been summoned by my church to dance during youth services or events. I'm sure in the biblical days they did not sing like the choirs sing in church nowadays. So updated dancing applies to the modern day. You must keep the youth involved and encouraged.

Erika  

Posted: November 5th, 2013 3:08 PM

When I got in the ninth grade, I told God that I am willing to fully serve him (become a born again Christian). The only thing that was stoping me from becoming born again was dancing. I have been dancing since the age of two. Fast forward, ten years later I was going through some hard times in my life. I decided to give up dancing and become a born again Christian. That is when God introduce me to praise dance. I have been dancing for 13 years. My dancing is a testimony about how God brought me

Briyah from Brooklyn  

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 8:06 AM

A person who does not understand the meaning activity has not right to speak/write about it. First Pom-pons takes more talent the cheerleading. Ones needs more technique and the other tumbling. Praise dancing is a way to deliver a word from The Lord, just as preaching. Maybe you should have read the word of God and not asked the general public were dancing for The Lord originated.

Freda from new bern  

Posted: October 22nd, 2013 11:56 AM

I am not happy with the immodesty I see in some recent praise dancing. But to rehearse or choreograph the dance I see nothing wrong with that. Any good man of God is getting before the Lord during the week and putting his/her message together. thats a rehearsal. the choir that doesnt rehearse we all know it. yes there is the spontaneous praise of the congregants, for the praise team there of necessity MUST be rehearsal. Jesus loves excellence, discipline, knowledge, understanding, patterns, etc.

Minister Amy Sloan from Emporia  

Posted: October 21st, 2013 12:00 PM

thank you for your insight I also think you for your honesty but as the Minister of dance where I'm from most of the time we pull from all different types of dance. we utilize the god-given talents that he gave us from birth and we pour out our Spirit so that God may get the glory. yeah believe me when I say I practice I choreograph and most of all l minister the Word of God through dance. all of the gifts and talents God has given me I have chosen to give the back to the kingdom of God.

Elna   

Posted: October 15th, 2013 11:50 AM

I completely agree with Leah! First off, praise dancers don't turn to praise dancing b/c they didn't make it on the cheer-leading team or things of such. Its a form of praise! Just as singing! Instead, body movements are used to illustrate a story, song or testimony, glorifying God. And of course you have to rehearse! You don't just get up and say, "Well, I'm going to give you my best praise Lord!", & start dancing! If its your best, time is put into it! The Holy Spirit moves in rehearsals too!

Sam Ramos from Camuy  

Posted: October 6th, 2013 7:35 AM

God bless you xD I completely agree. The excuse I hear many times is that the Jews did it in the old testament, yeah fine that's dandy but they used to do it like you said unplanned and outside of the church as a form of celebration while inside the synagogue they were VERY conserved, serious and calm ??? Also, people are confusing dancing in the spirit with dancing in the body, which are 2 completely different things! Thanks for all of this, good to know there's others! God bless your soul !

Laura  

Posted: October 5th, 2013 11:20 AM

The problem is when people look for ways to discourage young people from any form of worshiping God. There are so many things that these young ladies could consume themselves with. I am glad that there are leaders that will give of their time and effort working with these ministries. Perhaps if you were a worshipper you would understand. Also, if you believe that you or anyone else caught the Holy Ghost it was not holy. No one can catch the Holy Ghost, but receive him. Which lives inside.

no name from weslaco  

Posted: October 4th, 2013 5:01 AM

Many of us need to pull out our bibles and read the story of Uzzah...the people were "praising" and still this didn't change God's punishment..

Leah  

Posted: September 29th, 2013 6:49 PM

You talked about how praise dance is planned but I ask you when a choir sings is that not practice? Or the preacher preaching is that not planned. They did not practice? Truly experienced praise dancers actually don't make up any type of moves they ask God to use them & flow through them to tell the story of the song or show the emotions of the dance. Before writing this you should of ask a experienced praise dancer how do they praise dance before dissing it. For me it is a way I praise the Lord

m brryant from bronx  

Posted: September 29th, 2013 6:46 PM

Lady 1st you have racial issues that you need to over come black people may mime and paint their faces but they are not trying to emulate white people, they are trying to mimic a dance art form .the white paint is so that your expressions can be clearly seen it has nothing to do with race .unlike the minstrel show that was totally mocking black people it started back in 1828.it mocked plantation workers. If the churches were miming to mimic white people i would totally support your stance.

Kristy dye from Columbus  

Posted: September 26th, 2013 9:24 PM

People can praise God anyway them n the spirit see fit! I'm sure Hodx glorified that someone's doing it still in this evil day instead of printing articles and debating on how it should be done. I guess this ignorant person probably don't know that the bible says if you walk ion his ways n follow his commands that he won't blot your name out if the book of life. Buddy I think u have other things that should be consuming your time! Go read Gods word yourself n debate with him over what he wrote!

Kristy from Columbus  

Posted: September 26th, 2013 9:16 PM

Who hath the mind of Christ?the natural man receiveth not the things of the spirit for he is spiritually ignorant. Just for the ignorant:when God sees man he doesn't see color! God is God n he can move through whomever however he chooses . No it didn't specify what kind of dance they did in the bible bc he didn't and don't care as long as it glorifies him! Whom are you oh man? He named so many ways to praise that he just wants someone willing to do it ! Old testament ,new? God always same !

added to the church from bishopville  

Posted: September 25th, 2013 4:30 PM

If we allow praise dancing then that would mean that we can allow the sacrifice of lambs as a form of praise. No difference.

Added to the Church from Bishopville  

Posted: September 25th, 2013 4:20 PM

There is no New Testament example or command to dance in Church, or during worship. Singing is commanded, dancing is not. The term is called "Praise Dancing" but I hear no praise in any dance. Look up the word "praise". Dancing can only be discerned by God and everyone else sits down and watches. Also this IS predominant in black churches and is done predominantly by black women in tight clothes. Bring the church into the world, don't bring the world into the church. It is best left out.

Sarah from Commerce  

Posted: September 15th, 2013 3:35 PM

I have been an active member/ leader on our churches dance team for almost eight years. I have always been a dancer. You are always entitled to your opinion however this is mine. I never knew true worship until it came out of me in the form of dance. And yes some dance is organized but the emotions and the worship that comes with it IS NOT. You can practice a song time after time and still get that moment of worship. Why not dance? To see souls saved and families CHANGED.I know it is real.

Bible Man  

Posted: September 8th, 2013 10:14 PM

This post is 100% opinion. There are no scriptures to support your opinion. We are to test everything with the Word of God. Last time i check the bible was filled with scriptures about dance. Psalm 149:3%uFFFD"Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!" Psalm 150:4%uFFFD"Praise him with tambourine and dance, praise him with strings and pipe." 2 Samuel 6:14%uFFFD "And David danced before the%uFFFDLord%uFFFDwith all And David was wearing a linen ephod." just to name a few.

Pat from Peachtree City  

Posted: August 27th, 2013 2:17 AM

We MINISTER: unto GOD, not People. We "Set" the Atmosphere" for GOD's Presence. Members are 18 - 60+ yrs; We FAST12 Hrs Prior To Ministering; We "Set Ourselves Apart" from Activities, Phone, Social Media, to Present Ourselves Correctly Before GOD! Our Garments are cared for Appropriately to Receive the HOLY SPIRIT. Movements are given by GOD & We're Appropriately COVERED, GIRDED UP/Prayed Up for HIS Service. May GOD Be Glorified! NEVER Judge the Power GOD has to Use Anyone - including You!

Phil from KCK  

Posted: August 25th, 2013 5:26 PM

My point was, for a street kid or spoiled yuppie senses Heaven revolves around him/her at worship, why not "the world"?

Phil from KCK  

Posted: August 25th, 2013 4:52 PM

There's an old Catholic saying, practically, that says the way you prayer is the way u believe. If your church's worship style involves fun sounds, clergy joking around&other adlibbing in a chatty style, clapping 4 someone's accomplishment, someone singing in a pop style, someone dancing etc.worship has become 4 the people. The liturgy is 4 the people, but 4 their souls 2 B led to Jesus; not 4 the flesh in a mundane nature. Also, Scripture says 2 worship not in a noticeable way.

Gray Hare  

Posted: August 24th, 2013 9:25 AM

My 2-cents is, it is part of the entertainment now. That is what many churches have become: An entertainment center!!! I cringe when I see someone say on FB, "The music was sooooo good today at my church!!!" These larger and mega churches no longer sing the older, more liturgical type hymns, which were prayers. Now they sing the easy to sing praise songs that are repetitive. (AND are projected on a large screen.) They have to do this to draw crowds.....Entertainment!!!

search unfoldthehiddentruth from sarasota   

Posted: August 9th, 2013 11:21 PM

the bible say in Isaiah 28:10, line upon line and precept upon precept, is David our example or Jesus Christ? 2nd do you know how David danced? 3rd did he danced to slow jazz or even hippop? did the disciples of Jesus Christ danced as we are dancing today? "for God is not a God of disorder" doing Jesus ministry on earth what was he doing? and what is he doing now in heaven? Ephesians 4:14,15 says beware of false teachers. {you shall know the truth and be set freed, call 888-484-1248

Antashe  

Posted: August 3rd, 2013 10:17 AM

I am the leader of the Praise Dance Ministry at my church. Please focus on the word MINISTRY. Just as a singer uses their talents to sing, musicians uses their talents to play instruments, their are those who use their talent to dance before the Lord as ministry. I teach young ladies that our bodies are a living sacrifice onto the Lord and with respect to God (in decency & in order) we worship him in the dance. I also mentor the young ladies through this platform.

Pathetic priorities  

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 10:31 PM

Seriously, WHO CARES about some dancing? IT'S DANCING. There are other things in your community a lot more worthy for getting up in arms about. How about the fact that it's pretty much an open drug market. That gang's armed to the teeth run the streets, most of them your children. How about parents that can't or won't raise their kids with proper values? How about people who won't speak up when kids get murdered? etc... There are a 1000 things more important than some DANCING!

Becky  

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 3:13 AM

Why do you say Black people when you are talking about this? Could you not be any more rude? Or racist? I am sure that there are people out of line, but praising God with dance can be a very beautiful thing. It depends on the heart of the person doing it. Just like in every other facet of worship! Dancing in the Bible was not always unplanned either.

Brittany from Little Rock  

Posted: July 29th, 2013 3:45 PM

I am 23 and am both a praise dancer and a choreographer. I have been doing both since I as a kid. When I dance alone, I don't choreograph as much but when I'm working with younger kids I have to. I want to properly train them in their gift so that they will use it and their instrument in a honorable and favorable way for God. Please do not be quick to trust in what you see alone for our earthly minds cannot always process that which God has ordained.

Silly  

Posted: July 23rd, 2013 12:12 AM

It's amazing... shootings and murders in Austin, and not more than a couple of people have opinions or comments in these comment sections... But when it comes to dancing in church, you get more than 40 comments with heated debates. I guess we know where the priorities of the community lays.

Joanne from NY  

Posted: July 18th, 2013 8:31 PM

P.S. Watch your tone... this isn't a "black" thing. Praise Dancing can be found throughout many denominations & churches. If you knew anything about praise dancing, there are people actually putting in the "concerted effort" you mentioned. Watch a praise dance closely & see if you don't detect techniques that are hard to master. You may went to reread your contradictions. According to you, praise dancing should be a skillful talent but why if it's for God & not people's enjoyment?

Joanne from NY  

Posted: July 18th, 2013 8:22 PM

(continued) You mention dancing in biblical times may have just been a hop or skip, but I'm sure singing back then didn't involve runs and adlibs like it does today either. As far as the black people comment they are miming. Mime involved white face paint. No need to change the color because of their skin tone. Irrelevant point! There are different ways to praise & show emotion. If someone can be touched by a ministry, God's work is done. Stop judging, you should know that..it's in the Bible ;)

Joanne from NY  

Posted: July 18th, 2013 8:18 PM

It's always the people who know nothing about something that have so much to say. I'm sorry but you're wrong. You do not know what's in someone's heart when they're ministering. You compared praise dancing to singing saying that is actual talent but there are singers out there that do it for show. Praise Dance may be choreographed just like choirs that have rehearsals to perfect a song. I get my inspiration for the moves through devotion & listening to the lyrics in the song.

Jacqueline Roberts from 204 Tree Swallow Dr  

Posted: July 8th, 2013 10:54 PM

I think it's obivious that you don't appreciate Praise dancing. That's too bad.You're missing out on something wonderful!

Garry from Bridgeport  

Posted: July 6th, 2013 8:05 PM

Dancing is not a "gift." It's a talent. Gifts are outlined in the scriptures, and dancing isn't one of them. I agree and think its a salient point about putting on white face. Nevertheless, I'm not a fan of it either. Yes David danced..but so did Herodias' daughter, and a man's head was cut off behind hers. Nevertheless talent has eclipsed anointing, hence the "out of order-ness" permeating many churches. Talent says "look at me." Anointing says look at GOD.

Kirsten from Cary  

Posted: July 6th, 2013 2:09 PM

Luke 10:26-28 New International Version (NIV) 26 "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" 27 He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'[a]; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'[b]" 28 "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live."

Rika  

Posted: June 24th, 2013 9:48 PM

Movements in praise dancing should not accentuate any body part. That is out of order.

Rika  

Posted: June 24th, 2013 9:44 PM

We are not taught to dance for our benefit or our praise and worship. But in decency and order, we usher in the presence, just as singers do. They don't swear in songs, as we shouldn't have skin or shape showing. Messages of peace, fighting for God, His undying love, standing through the storm or anything else goes forth. God can use any gift to do His work. When some don't respond to one way, there are other forms of ministry that can bring them to Him. That's where dance fits.

Rika  

Posted: June 24th, 2013 9:33 PM

Think of it like a pastor preaching. When he gives his message, it's not for his benefit usually, but for the congregation. Praise dancing is spreading God's word through dance. In regards to outfits, I agree most ministries are out of order. Garments are not to be form fitting or revealing, but cover the entire person from neck to feet, loose and in layers. It is a spiritual gift. Just as everyone can't preach, everyone can't praise dance.

The Anointed One  

Posted: June 21st, 2013 7:10 PM

I am Anointed by God to Minister to his people through Dance and it is nothing wrong with that. Stop judging the gift that God has blessed people with, that is not your place for those who believe its wrong.!!!

DJ from Houston  

Posted: June 21st, 2013 7:03 PM

People are quick to judge others as they so humbly do the work of God. In which they should not. No individual is in a position to judge because come judgment day they don't have a heaven or hell to place any one in. Praise Dance is a gift from God. God has blessed each of us with a gift and its up to you to find out what your gift or calling is and not be-little or criticize those who are actually utilizing the gift they have been blessed with.

DJ from Houston  

Posted: June 21st, 2013 6:54 PM

There is absolutely nothing wrong with Praise Dancing in the Church. Actually it is called Ministering to God's people through dance. If you look in the bible it will tell you how David danced out of his clothes. Ministering to God and his people through dance is not a rehearsal thing it is a God given gift. I thank him for blessing me with the gift for over 20 years now. And I choreograph them as well.

Grace from New York  

Posted: June 20th, 2013 11:48 PM

I read both articule and the comments. I still cannot understand why people took offense? We say we have the Love of Jesus, but do we? If some one came to Jesus with this articule, will he have been rude to them and act the way we are acting? will he have love them and show them the love of the Father insted? Worshiping Is being pure hearted and allowing Jesus Christ to enter and live in us. Worship is not how much we dance or sing, its how much we let God works in us and through us. Be Blessed

dayvon  

Posted: June 20th, 2013 11:15 AM

I am trained in ballet, modern,jazz and tap.I praise dance because I am a Dancer and Dancing is my talent. My toes have bleed and I have broken some bones, but guess what it wasn't in a studio it in church while I was giving my all to praise the lord wit my talent...God Bless

Brenda from Lancaster  

Posted: June 16th, 2013 8:26 AM

Is it any wonder African-Americans are STILL at the lower economic scale? Why are we discussing something intangible as Praise Dance? Why are we not discussing ideas that would create jobs? "Great minds discuss ideas, small minds discuss things [other people]." It's a personal choice where you worship; sounds to me like those who dislike praise dance are stuck in the past or not open to new ideas. Find any book in the Bible and show me where Praise Dance is against GOD's will! Yall got issues!!!

Le Jeune from Detroit  

Posted: June 11th, 2013 7:47 AM

did you know that most praise dancers dance without pratice. They dance while the Praise singers sing. It's all based on their feelings for the Lord through the music of lifiting his name. Amen

Daddy's Love from Florida  

Posted: June 9th, 2013 6:10 PM

2 Timothy 2:14 (AMP) | 14 Remind [the people] of these facts and [solemnly] charge them in the presence of the Lord to avoid petty controversy over words, which does no good but upsets and undermines the faith of t Titus 3:8-11 (MSG) 8-11 I want you to put your foot down. Take a firm stand on these matters so that those who have put their trust in God will concentrate on the essentials that are good for everyone. Stay away from mindless, pointless quarreling over geneal

Christie Leigh from Owingsville  

Posted: June 5th, 2013 12:12 PM

I praise dance. The Lord is my Choreographer. It is His call if there is one or more. He gives me the song, the movements, whether or not to use flags. I do not believe there should be tight clothing of any kind or hip thrusting. There should be nothing to draw attention to the dancer. The whole purpose is to glorify God. If you have seen things that draw your attention to the dancer then you have a right to question but not all praise dancers do this. My church would not allow it.

Praise from Tampa  

Posted: June 2nd, 2013 3:13 PM

Be encouraged Arlene and stick with the scriptures. Don't detour from the word of God neither change with the times. God is the same today, yesterday, and forever.

Aaron  

Posted: May 29th, 2013 10:21 PM

Hey, I am a 15 year old evangelist and am a Pentecostal. I do believe in praise dancing to a point. I dont think that anyone should practice dancing at home cause then it makes me think that they are doing it for themselves more than God.(unless it is a praise team cause that is a different thing) I do believe that when the Holy Ghost comes down on someone that they would dance in the spirit as praise to God. Like i said i am just 15, i have danced as praise,but i didn't plan it. God bless!!

Praise Dancer  

Posted: May 29th, 2013 7:21 PM

Um . I danced my way into the holy spirit . Its a gift from god. Honestly yes it is choreographed but when you dance honestly alone it changes.. There is a difference between praise dance and just dancing . When you minister in dance is as alike as ministering with word .. Think about that .. And im only 15

Rey from Miami  

Posted: May 20th, 2013 1:38 AM

Protestants are FUNNY! And they say that us Catholics who ask for intercession from the Blessed Mother and Saints takes away from Christ.....so exactly what does praise dancing do?

Katina from Greensboro, NC  

Posted: May 15th, 2013 5:01 AM

Your article is just laced with division:( You are entitled to your opinion so I will not argue with you. However the final line of your article was just too much! ALL mimes regardless of their race paint their faces white!

Kris from New Orleans  

Posted: May 12th, 2013 6:47 PM

You are correct in that many praise dancers aren't formally trained ballerinas, but I'm not sure how that's relevant. I'm formally trained by NO Ballet Association and I've danced, coached, & choreographed pieces (including cheerleading) in various genres for years. As my faith grew so did my love for ministry in dance. I must say, you sound very ignorant, and I'm not sure what your goal for writing this is. If your words are not uplifting, they are evil and of no use to the Kingdom.

Kris from New Orleans  

Posted: May 12th, 2013 6:38 PM

You are correct in that many praise dancers aren't formally trained ballerinas, but I'm not sure how that's relevant. I'm formally trained by NO Ballet Association and I've danced, coached, & choreographed pieces (including cheerleading) in various genres for years. As my faith grew so did my love for ministry in dance. I must say, you sound very ignorant, and I'm not sure what your goal for writing this is. If your words are not uplifting, they are evil and of no use to the Kingdom.

eddie green from west palm beach  

Posted: May 8th, 2013 11:04 AM

Thereva huge different between praise dancing and minstering in dance. Anyone can praise dance but only those with the gift can minster in dance. Either way they all are minsting to the Glory of God. We must first understand that any time we are worshiping or praising that God isu who we are glorifing. You will never understand praise dance until you come in tact with a minster of dance then u will see and understand the difference. Youtube eddie green and 4ever praise. There many type of danc

Jayla Tamsen from Los Angeles  

Posted: May 4th, 2013 5:04 AM

Zephaniah 3:14-17 is one of the most surprising texts in the whole bible! What does God do when we worship? "The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing." "Alaz," translated "rejoice" means to jump for joy. To exult! Very demonstrative! Emotional! So you can say My God DANCES over me!!! Hallelujah!

Renny Diamond  

Posted: May 3rd, 2013 7:30 AM

Check out ASCENSION Dance.

Molly from Chicago  

Posted: May 1st, 2013 3:38 PM

Kp's comments were ignorant, rude and uneducated.

Igor from Chicago  

Posted: May 1st, 2013 3:36 PM

Arlene's article rocks!

Kp from Memphis  

Posted: April 30th, 2013 7:22 PM

Your article was very ignorant, rude & uneducated. Dance comes from cultures/history. Ballet is not the only form of dance &the typical form &setting of church services today are not found in the Bible, does that make it wrong? No! We praise Jesus by any means! Sometimes words dont express what we are truly feeling. Even though they may be planned its the same feelings/praise to God. Praying that you really understand&desire to understand other cultures. Different isnt wrong its just different.

Apostle Deborah  

Posted: April 29th, 2013 11:50 PM

May God increase you with the enrich study of His word. May He favorably shine down with outpouring of great blessings. May musicians come forth in praise and worship, aspiring to play in harmony and unity through the labors of dedicated hours of practice. May praise dance teams dance in unity before their King, Jesus Christ. May He see their hearts as they pour sweet smelling sacrifice of praise in adoration to Him. Fine tuned instruments of praise giving Him all the Glory ....

Alishia from Folsom  

Posted: March 27th, 2013 5:57 PM

I think you are a hipocrite and what is the problem with planned praise dancing when people are in church and supposivley catch the Holy Ghost sometimes it is planned just so people can get attention!! I am a praise dancer and i am very young. Most of my dances come from my heart if I know the song I make up dance moves.In your opening paragraph you referred to us as black people we are african american. So i think there is no problem with praise dances people can praise God with a praise dance!

Tonya from Dallas  

Posted: March 25th, 2013 1:45 PM

All of you need to read your bibles. God did not, have not and does not AUTHORIZE "SO CALLED" PRAISE DANCING IN HIS HOUSE. PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT TRY AND USE THE OLD TESTAMENT OF PSALMS. IF YOU DO, YOU MIGHT AS WELL INCORPORATE THE SACRIFICING OF ANIMALS AS WELL. DONT PICK AND CHOOSE WHAT TYPE OF SERVICE GOD WANT YOU TO HAVE. THE NEW TESTAMENT SAYS IT ALL. BE CAREFUL HOW YOU THINK YOUR SENDING PRAISES TO GOD. DONT GIVE HIM SOMETHING HE DID NOT ASK FOR. I AM SHARING THIS FROM THE HEART.

Tierra from Dayton  

Posted: March 25th, 2013 12:01 PM

Praise dancing is fine. You are worshipping God ! Hint the word PRAISE. You don't understand the concept. They are not thrusting or doing anything secular. They are dancing for God. And so what if they are dressed like mimes? What's the problem ? Idk the author of this article but you seem prejudice or biased. God gave people the talent to praise dance. It's a beautiful thing ! I hope I changed your perspective in praise dancing.

audrey from miami  

Posted: March 21st, 2013 9:16 AM

i believe you wanted a response from what you have written. maybe to insight thought.. i think you know the answer already to praise dance. i think its like preaching in motion. the pastor plans and write out his sermon based on inspiration from the Holy Spirit. so the same with a person who ministers in dance. i hope God encounters your heart with the revelation you so desire. I pray for the eyes of your understanding to be opened.

Baleeia Baker from Camden, NJ  

Posted: March 20th, 2013 9:24 AM

Word allowance will not allow me to clarify many issue you have. Largely it is your lack of understanding of what true praise dance/worship dance is. There is a lot of mess out there true. Also, I would not consider cheerleading a talent either, just doing the same thing over and over again. You can train a chimp and get the same results. In any case. I would be happy to email you better understanding of "praise dance"

Nina from Gary  

Posted: March 18th, 2013 11:29 AM

Most of the time people criticize because they don't understand. Praise dancing like anything else must be done with decency and order. God calls those to dance for Him for several reasons: (1) to get rid of what is holding them (2) dance because the person is so hurt (3) spiritual warfare (4) to set the atmosphere before the word, etc. Everything the enemy uses was created by God first. If the world can dance, why can't there be dancing in the church. Some dances are prophetically done.

PraiseDancerForLife  

Posted: March 14th, 2013 6:15 PM

When I say Gods, I mean many Gods, because there are many ways to Heaven

PraiseDancerForLife  

Posted: March 14th, 2013 1:33 PM

It's obvious that you have not studied the word of God for yourself. Nor do you have an existing active relationship with Christ. If you did, you would know that he is delighted with the heart filled praises of his children, and it would delight you as well. Read Gods word, and build your relationship with him, only then will he send you the spirit of discernment to help you understand what is pleasing in his sight. Are you saved? Or are you just an unbeliever who is spectating in Gods house?

Toni from Houston  

Posted: March 11th, 2013 11:50 PM

I didn't read the fullness of your misinformed article. I am black, I'm one of the originals Praise dancers in the state of Texas. I have had ballet and tap and jazz and modern dance experience. I also have done gymnastic for over 15 years. Just because you never heard of it doesn't meant it just came out. Pageantry which is a part of praise dance start I the book of Genesis. Check your information before you assume anything.

Caroline  

Posted: February 8th, 2013 11:29 AM

I think your concern is nothing more than a preference. Praise dance is a way for people to glorify God with their bodies, and with their talents. It is also another way to communicate the Gospel because a lot of the movements are ASL. If someone has a heart to dance for God-whats the problem?