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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Misty Perry  

Posted: September 20th, 2020 7:30 AM

Let me guess your out of shape, in your sixties and complain daily. I've been professionally trained, and former praise and worship member at TBN. I'm not even going to defend of educate, just that bitterness is unattractive. That is all.

Jill Mings  

Posted: July 9th, 2020 12:52 AM

I have to correct one of the comments which state that davening is a form of making love to a female spirit. This is completely repugnant and false. Davening came from the movement of a candle flame as reading the Torah causes the soul to ignite (per Judaism tradition).

Evangelist Jacqui Rose  

Posted: April 18th, 2020 12:23 PM

Clearly the knowledge of Worship has not been revealed to you yet! I suggest you read and ask God for understanding of his Word and why it is imperative to Worship. It's not just about dancing it is a weapon of warfare and you have shown you are not at the level of understanding yet to appreciate what God is doing.

Morgan Ugo  

Posted: February 14th, 2020 9:10 AM

Dance is an expression of worship just like singing, or writing, painting, or truly anything else we do unto the Lord. You wouldn't tell the worship team not to practice and be on one accord right? Dance is a ministry and when done in the right spirit is beautiful worship. But it not for us it is a gift presented to God. An expression of love. I dance spontaneously at home. I also "minister" in dance and have seen all of the choreographed dances with the costumes and such. Not a huge fan. But oh, that pure spontaneous dance is great! Almost like a sweet fragrance. Dance in worship is sacred. It should not be perverted by pomp and circumstance. Or a show for people to please them.

Chris O'Neill  

Posted: January 26th, 2020 9:50 AM

"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there among them". This scripture was similar to a line that I heard in a folk song by Peter, Paul and Mary called "The Wedding Song" played on a guitar in church, in 1970. From this song, I learned that Jesus is alive in music. He lives in the voices of our choirs and is in our songs. Whether the church service is a "teaching moment" or "entertainment" or something in between, if you shut down praise dancing, you shut out the Spirit that is present among us. Fear is the reason for distrust. Just as some congregants distrusted the guitar in church, we learned that no disrespect was intended. No harm is meant by praise dancing. People find themselves in church because of challenges they face and need to express them. Often, they are young, disenfranchised, and feel alone, afraid or not trusted. Yet, they trust you and trust the Spirit enough to be there. Churches, can create a safe space for expression. Give them that space. How wonderful, if later in life, young people say, "I began my path" in church. I "learned" it in church, I was "allowed" in church, I was "accepted" in church. What a joyous gift to them, and to everyone, as they carry that with them through life.

Sean Hndx  

Posted: October 30th, 2019 6:04 PM

There is a thing done in Judiasim called davening. Jewish men pray at the western wall for extended periods of time and begin to sway and move as in a dance. What is occurring is known as them making love to a female spirit they say eminates from the area where the Holy of Holies used to be. Penticostals have come to know this as the shekina glory. Jesus said to be watchful for in those days even the elect would be decieved. There is a paganism moving into Christendom. We're entering into dangerous territory.

Linda Schmickle  

Posted: September 28th, 2019 1:32 PM

Regarding your statement: "Singing is a God-given talent that people use in church to offer their talent to God." I don't have one iota of singing talent. My singing is my offering of praise to God - although my pew neighbor may be insulted by my untunefulness, I'm am fairly sure God is not.

Taj'a T Board  

Posted: August 20th, 2019 8:08 AM

I have come up under a few churches since childhood. Some super strict and others not so much. I have seen the Spirit fall during a praise dance. Unfortunately I have also seen other dances incorporated into praise dance that are definitely not of God. To me the dance is not the problem because I've also witnessed it in some of the songs currently sung in some churches. The whole "come as you are" movement has reduced church to a place that is no longer respected as it should be. There was a time when people showed respect for the church. Now it's a free for all. Yes the Bible says come as you are. But it doesn't say stay as you are, do what you want, act like you want or stay like you want. For example, People come to church dressed like they are going to a back yard BBQ. Now I'm not condemning those who don't have anything else nor am I saying you have to have a full blown gown or suit. What I am saying is that people put more effort into going to the club or a job interview than coming to the house of God. If anyone really considers it you will have to admit that it is true. The praise team has on ripped jeans, a cap and combat boots. Would you go to the White House or to meet your boss like that? Another example which isn't horrible but it has become some sort of a fad is water. Why are so many people turning water bottles up to their lips during church? It used to be that you would go out if you needed to drink or eat or at least done discretely. But I have been witnessing everything from liter bottles to thermoses with lemon and fruit. WHY do you need water to sit in the seat and listen. The pastor is the one preaching and half the time he doesn't drink till he's done. In my humble opinion, MANY things are out of control in church. I am not condemning anyone, however, the Word and the church should not conform to the world, it should transform you. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But that does not mean that anything goes.

Reneé Abron  

Posted: August 15th, 2019 9:10 AM

I must admit that since I first saw this article my spirit has been so bothered by how many people, including those claiming to know the Word, know so little about the Holy Spirit. The art of praise dance and the Holy Spirit are 2 completely separate things. Neither of which is contingent on the other. A praise dance is just that, a dance of praise to glorify God. The Holy Spirit is resonant within us. One doesn't have to dance in order to have the Holy Spirit. Yet in a moment the Holy Spirit can take over during the dance. While I agree that wordly dance should never find its way into the house of God, praise dance is taught to glorify the Father in unison, beauty, and grace. If you witnessed the Milly Rock, twerking, tootsie roll or any of that nonsense in a church... Then THAT church should be the one you speak against. Not all churches because there are those that are very adamant about keeping God's praise holy and in order. If praising the Lord in a uniform dance upsets you, then perhaps it's not the dance that's the underlining issue. In many functions of a church run accordingly, there are practices... choir, sermon, usher, and yes, praise dance.

Reneé Abron  

Posted: August 12th, 2019 11:58 PM

As a praise ministry leader, I must correct you, as well as those that agree with your post... including the Min Carlos Rodriguez. In praise ministry the routine is choreographed to a song that someone rehearsed. The rehearsal of the praise dance is to keep all in a uniform fashion. I've witnessed praise dancers, as well as those watching, receive the holy ghost in the middle of a set and even with the choreography the dancers became more inflamed and more passionate to the point of crying. So while you're only witnessing the visual aspect of the praise, you're missing the touch and the edifying of the Lord. The bible doesn't denounce the dance and the only instructions were to do it in order and for the glorifying of the Lord. It's the human in you that compels you to judge what you don't like. But don't speak for the Lord as to what He deems acceptable when He laid the rules out in the greatest book ever. David praised the Lord in his dance, in his own way. Who are we to decide who's gift is a genuine gift from God? That's not our call. We are asked to operate in our calling/talent. Praise dance may not be your calling... but don't speak down on those that truly enjoy worshiping the Father in dance. You believe that anyone singing is doing it for God's glory?? That same person may just like the attention of the congregation, which makes their singing...... for show. May God bless you all with a better understanding of what you don't know.

Earl Maria Simmon from Kingman  

Posted: July 13th, 2019 10:54 PM

I have been called a worshiper I have had the HOLY GHOST since 1974 I have seen a lot of things and I will say this dancing in the SPIRIT is not planned or practised , it is spontaeneous in worship and praise, just like recieving the HOLY GHOST and speaking in tounges , it is spontaneous in the SPIRIT of the LORD JESUS CHRIST who is THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, if you have to practice it is not true praise and I am not talking about singing, songs need to be practised to help to edify the congregation, and to lift up JESUS who said quote "If I be lifted up I WILL draw all men unto me" TRUE WORSHIP AND PRAISE COMES FROM THE HEART AND LOVE OF GOD , so just concetrate on lifting up JESUS and HE will do the rest !!!

Crystal Wagner  

Posted: June 30th, 2019 10:16 PM

This is why so many flee the church! As a praise dancer that has talent and a deep love of God, this wasn't just you expressing your opinion, but was deeply offensive. When our MINISTRY praises, we pray and seek the face of God. We ask for his hand to be in our song selection and our choreography so that He May get the glory. There has been many times where the dancers as well as the congregation ended up shouting and crying out. Is that unholy? I think what you are doing is clumping everyone together. We take special precaution that every time we touch the alter our hearts and minds are in the right place as to not be confused with just "entertainment". We wear multiple layers so only our feet, hands, and head are exposed. I'd say, some of you need to expand your horizons and stop being so judgmental. You may not like it, but please don't pretend to know my intentions or my heart.

Andrew Mallow  

Posted: June 16th, 2019 2:54 PM

Well today is father's day. My wife and kids are away. Was heavy on my spirit this morning. We had a pastor who had came to preach. He was in I would say his eighties. More or less. But when he began to preach seemed as though his was in his thirties. When altar call came I was dancing and praising. Because of what Jesus had done for me. Think of it like this. In the 15th century in peru. The conquistadors had conquered most south america and those who were in bondage sang songs played instruments and danced as well. The Spaniards in the history books say that they took away their instruments because they wanted to crush their spirits. So in retaliation those who were in bondage created the cajon (which is a box of wood to make music) a quijada (the jawbone of the donkey to make music) as well as zapateo ( which is dancing using your feet as the instrument). The bible says in psalm 150: 1-6 let everything that have breath praise the Lord. In the same chapter "praise him in dance".

Cynthia Reed from Lawrenceville   

Posted: May 20th, 2019 12:40 PM

Greetings, if you dance at home unchoreographed to the Lord, that can be your praise dance to the Lord. If you dance in front of church and we are all just watching it can be entertainment. I know in these last days however, most churches have this.

Ann Smith Gray from Waynesboro  

Posted: May 1st, 2019 9:39 PM

Everyone can not sing. They just do not have that gift. They can't get up and sing and let you know what is in there heart. Praise dancing is another way to express your love for God. "In my opinion this is best because on many occasions we sing songs to get back at someone. I find that most praise songs are between GOD and the Praise team. I love praise movement. All is not good just like all Solo's or Duets are not. We need something to bring our young children back to church. We can't always think of yourself and other ways. It must be planned, design, and in order. You never know that one song might bring someone to GOD.. Love you we got be there for the unsave as well as the save (That may be going through something that you don't see) THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX.(GOD SAYS ALL MUST BE DECENT AND I ORDER)

Anna Ti  

Posted: April 14th, 2019 8:30 PM

Just as listening to and watching the choir or praise team can be viewed as entertainment in the church, so can dancing in the church. If that is the case, there needs to be a heart check (for you). If something is out of order in your church and is not in alignment with God's spirit, there needs to be correction, teaching and edification, as the people of God should. You should also, just maybe, try to understand the motive and purpose of the dancer, not pass judgment so hastily.

Min Carlos M Rodriguez from Bethlehem   

Posted: March 10th, 2019 12:49 PM

As a pastor that "Dance Ministry" isn't stepping a foot in my church. That's my choice. But in reading all of these comments I must ask..."Where is the Holy Ghost?" In some of you? Very disrespectful just because you do not agree is NOT of God! Insults and name calling isn't pleasing to the Lord either! Respect each other's views and carry yourselves as children of God. Sounding very flashy on here! If this is the attitude that praise dancing has given you then maybe it's time to re-evaluate! God bless you all, pray more! Lord have mercy

Blessings Chindiwo Mpezeni from Blantyre  

Posted: February 21st, 2019 3:06 PM

What can I say is this, there are different dances which help us to know that, this kind of dancing is praise dancing or not. Therefore we can dance because of our happy or for entertainment but we must be careful for how we are dancing because some kind of dancing obviously can bring the demons in our souls. So praise dancing need to know what you are doing in the presence of Jehovah God to avoid calling demons through the actions.

Steve Harris  

Posted: September 23rd, 2018 4:32 AM

it is not even necessary to respond in an negative or positive fashion, the results speak for themselves.

Mary T. Rios from Von Ormy Tx   

Posted: July 24th, 2018 11:51 PM

I praise dance at my church that is my ministry the Lord gave me .I don't practice at all I just let the holy Spirit guide me in my dancing . church members say they feel the holy is not me in my dance I just love to worship my God an be in his presence .I don't care wat people say I just focus on my God that's it n don't care wat anyone says

Olivia Marie Winn Floyd  

Posted: July 11th, 2018 4:29 PM

I do a type of praise dancing involving sign langauage. I have been asked to perform (for lack of better word because I don't like to consider it a performance or entertainment) at several churches and events. I practice it only because I want to make sure I have to signs down but I don't choreograph my actual dramatic movements. I leave all of that up to the Holy Spirit in the moment. So I don't agree about your problem with choreography. I think the Holy Spirit can still fill you to dance for the Lord even if it's choreographed. I dance to express how my heart feels when I worship and people who are uncomfortable worshipping publically have told me it helps them be more comfortable to worship. I know it's been 6 years since you posted this, but I hope this helps you or anyone else's qualms about the subject. If someone wants to express themselves in that way for the Lord then let them. If people want to watch the story being told then let them.

Heather Hopwood  

Posted: June 26th, 2018 10:13 PM

I don't like the choreographed dances. But using flags as a tool/instrament of praise is fine. I find I am more able to worship in spirit and in truth than just standing in the pews. It is freeing. I praise God with everything. I would encourage you to check out Called to Flag (website, YouTube, Facebook) to see how beautiful and expressive worship dance can be.

Caridad Monzon from Cutler Bay  

Posted: June 26th, 2018 7:57 PM

The problem with praise dancing..... "Clearing throat" ohh Lord please forgive me but I shall only speak the truth and what I feel is the correct thing to do specially in such crucial times where the sleepwalkers, yes you are a sleepwalker, you reek of ignorance and and racism and everything else that makes your soul tainted. God doesnt care how you pray, communicate or worship him. We are all his children and he loves us no matter if we are white, black, blue or purple. Dance to him or pray in silence or in a song. I didnt even get passed reading your first paragraph when I suddenly became ill reading your wicked opinion on how black people like to pray in our church. Yes church is for everyone not just blacks. I'm insulted on how you came to write about my brothwrs and sisters. Funny thing is I'm not even black. Haha but yes I must stand up to people like you amd somehow hopefully I pray my words cause a change of heart and you and in return allows you to accept your brothers and sisters for who they are and let's all come together and hold hands and pray however you know how to and show our Lord and Saviour that yes we have all have sinned and that were not perfect but that we believe, have faith in him and ask for forgiveness and to protect not just ourselves and our family but to protect us all and have mercy on our souls. That we want to be with him at last and preach and live by his righteous good holy ways. Know and feel true love for each other and live the way God intended us to do so. The system has us blind and full of ignorance. Please open your eyes people and wake up. If we turn our backs on Jesus and on ourselves then how will we overcome Satan and the evil that surrounds us. Please you see a homeless person don't walk away. Help them with what you can. Even if its just a simple "God loves you" is more than enough. Don't act like words of faith and encouragement or a $1 cheeseburger is going to harm you. Please dont lose humanity. Faith?freedom AM

Tracy Ann Siggers  

Posted: June 19th, 2018 10:49 PM

Arlene be careful .... Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death. Here's why .... And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord ; and she despised him in her heart. 2 Samuel 6: read the whole chapter.

Joel Howard  

Posted: June 16th, 2018 3:03 PM

Bottom line is,praise dancing is not of u going to praise God for me??its entertainment not worship unto God..mimes is the same trash...entertainment not worship.....get that unholy trash out the church...

MG Jones  

Posted: May 31st, 2018 12:23 AM

As a dance minister, I can safely say you are uninformed, unlearned and basing your article on human reasoning. If you truly understand the gift of God you would be enlightened as to the role dance plays in praise and worship. Praise dance isn't a talent; it's ministry. But I guess you would probably come out as wanting to know what is ministry because you also don't grasp it.

Valencia Russell  

Posted: May 27th, 2018 5:30 PM

Psalms 149:3 "Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp." Praise dance is exactly what it says. Praising him in dance. If you knew the word you wouldn't be writing this nonsense.

Debra Johnson  

Posted: May 27th, 2018 2:04 AM

Wow....I didn't know a person can sound both straight....crazy and unequivocally ignorant... simultaneously. It's not you're dislike of the Art but your racial undertones which is...quite pathetic. And I don't care if you're a woman of color. You was one of them evil females in school who wasn't worth much so you knocked others down. Yeah... That's you.

Fola Georgewill from Brampton Ontario  

Posted: May 4th, 2018 3:00 PM

The Pastor's sermon is usually not spontaneous. It is usually planned out coming from careful study. Yet the Lord would use it to minister to so many souls. However, the bible does teach us to be decent and orderly in the things we attribute to the spirit of God. This is for any area of ministry.

A Yin A Yang  

Posted: April 26th, 2018 11:43 PM

says in 1 Corinthians 10:23 & 24: "Everything is permissible"--but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible"--but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others. (and it is very true and biblical...but we also need to understand what verse 10 is saying: So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.) ---if they are really doing it for the glory of God then it's good, but if not, then let God be the judge...if things like this offends us, maybe we can close our eyes and pray, unless they are sinning...then rebuke is inevitable.

Beverly Kramer  

Posted: April 6th, 2018 7:14 AM

Dance is worship as long as it gives glory to our God. As long as the arrow is pointed upward to heaven and not downward to man is true praise. It is a matter of the heart.

Kim White  

Posted: March 11th, 2018 4:16 PM


Shellie Shaw  

Posted: March 1st, 2018 10:01 PM

The problem is that too many of you unbelievers bring your own understanding and not what thus said the Lord into the mix. Dancing before the Lord is mention reconnected and acceptable unto the Lord over 19 Times. No it's nothing like the Pom Pom girls who did not make the cheerleading team. It is however ministry! If done correctly is should have all the elements of the preached word, sung hythms, and music ministries. It's not for entertainment and that's where the confusion lies. Praise dancing is a comment in servitude unto the Lord. Now when I dance before the Lord it is to His glory. I don't practice I allow the spirit to pick the songs and to lead guide and direct me. You need to really study and show yours approved for His glory.

Marie Stansberry  

Posted: February 5th, 2018 3:01 PM

Every church is different if you don't like it oh well don't talk about it or post about it .shut up just shut up. People like you irritates my soul .just to get your 15 min of fame.smh. frfr yes I said it. To all the praise dancer out there continue to do what you do. BTW let this hater hate who clearly does not understand .

Mike Spears  

Posted: December 10th, 2017 4:14 PM

You're so racist

William Skipper from Blacksburg  

Posted: November 16th, 2017 10:23 AM

I thank God for the opportunity to join in the part of the service, called, the worship service, of course all of it is the worship service, but the singing and dancing, are the part of the however many hours you are there that the Bible calls tilling up the fallow ground, preparing the mind, heart and soul for the planting of the word of God-----so I say, praise him in the dance ,and don't stop Get under the spout where the glory comes out_____pop the top on the Holy Ghost and don't stop drinking until you get drunk. now, that will preach, thank you, I guess I will.

Sandra Abah-Jackson from Fort Worth   

Posted: November 11th, 2017 1:17 PM

I'm agreement... Being a woman of God..! I do to think it is inappropriate for God...!!!

Kymm Barnett  

Posted: September 3rd, 2017 1:08 PM

To read your negativity is just like Satan, you need to dance and pray more. But most of all you need to shut up for you know now what you say.

Kimla Ellis from North Little Rock  

Posted: July 7th, 2017 5:07 PM

Well the book of Psalms tells us to PRAISE HIM IN THE DANCE.MIRIRAM the prophetess,MOSES sister grabbed the tambourine and led the women out in dances after GOD drowned the EGYPTIAN army.KING DAVI'D DANCE before GOD with all his might when the brought the ARK into the city.The word DANCE in the hebrew laungauges means to swirl,jump,and skip.If people are wrong today for swirling,jumping,or skipping in GOD'S prescence then so waa they.Well GOD said praise him in the dance didnt he?We don't see GOD rebuking anyone for dancing in a HOLY,GODLY,RIGHTEOUS way.It's a way EXPRESSING ourselves to GOD in HOLY DANCING.As long as it's HOLY and not CLUBY.LOL.So their is scriptures to support praise dancing.Again Psalms says PRAISE HIM IN THE DANCE.I don't think all is doing it because they didn't make the cheerleaders team.Cheerleaders cheer and dance for a football team...Praise Dancers dance for THE KING OF KING JESUS CHRIST.GOD BLESS.

Helen Segura from Bmt  

Posted: July 1st, 2017 9:25 PM

I concur with Dwona Louis. I also was thinking that if a preacher studies to perfect a sermon that he may reach GOD's people, I see nothing wrong with trying to reach the people through praise dance, whether choreographed or not. Sometimes, this may be how THEY feel the Spirit of GOD...

Brianna Robinson  

Posted: May 26th, 2017 12:57 AM

Dwona Louis - Collins from Fort Worth   

Posted: May 23rd, 2017 7:45 AM

I believe dance is a gift from God. I am a freestyle dancer to praise and worship as well as any positive music, i.e. Jidenna, Kendrick Lamar. I know this because God has given me this beautiful gift and although I have done and choreographed dances I am always in the spirit when ministering to Gods people. Just like a pastors perfects his sermon, this is true in my dance. Every dance I ask for none of me to be seen but all of God...the Holy spirit. To me choreographed dance is not about the moved so much but setting the atmosphere so that God can move, touch, uplift and so much more...and to be honest I personally never finish the dance because of the strong presence of God. Where ever the spirit leads me that's where I go, so even when choreographed it could change. My personal favorite is freestyle. I love freestyle because I love for my God given gift to reach levels that are truly free. I have done a song 10 different times almost exactly 10 different ways. I have done moves that are so perfect that only God could create. It's the most beautiful amazing feeling when God uses me to touch would in a positive and loving...compassionate way. This is my view on Praise dance. God bless, have a blessed and positive day Queen.

Brianna Robinson  

Posted: May 16th, 2017 7:43 AM

Okay but you have choir rehearsal and our praise garments are not tight if they are we will re order a bigger size and we don't shake pop thrust our hips or nothing ..I really believe that people are just stuck in they traditional ways but we server an untraditional God lol now that's a contradiction for you.. We usher in God's holy presence but people have they own opinion how ever God like his worship that's how he will receive it...

Evangelist Renee Wright from Los angeles  

Posted: May 8th, 2017 10:37 PM


Tiffany Gaoa from Tunnel hill  

Posted: March 31st, 2017 2:07 PM

I have read your article on praise dancing. I understand your view about if it is hip moving thrust. But I do not agree with the excuse because it is practiced over and over again. Does the preacher not practice his sermon or the choir not practice their songs or the ones of play instruments not practice the songs to play. God gave people talent rather it be to preach, or sing, or play an instrument. He gave others the talent of dance, intetpitive dance, and even sign language.

Lisa Gaines from Fremont,CA  

Posted: March 2nd, 2017 10:04 PM

I am a praise dancer and have been for the past 20 years. I have been Black for 53 years. I have so many words I want to say but there is not time nor space. The best I can do is to give you this metaphor that I learned at a Praise/Worship conference that I attended once. "Praise dancers are the 'Keepers of the Sight of God' ". If dancing in the church is done with reverence and grace and the dancers are attired modestly, worshiping through dance is a beautiful and powerful thing. I don't know where you witnessed dancers "thrusting their hips to and fro", but my thought is that you have some amount of racist baggage that you are dealing with and perhaps you witnessed some dancers who were not anointed to do so. I attend a diverse non-denominational church and I can assure you there is no hip thrusting nor body hugging attire. We use our bodies to interpret movement in a worshipful manner, with beauty, grace and reverence. I noted that this article was written 5 years ago. I hope by now you have been a little more enlightened. If not, come to my church or get out of your little neck of the woods. God bless!

Colletta Redmon from Statesville   

Posted: February 23rd, 2017 12:22 AM

I have to say that you said in your article what I have been thinking and feeling all this time. I am a Christian. My husband is an associate minister at our church. I love it when the holy spirit is moving. It's like no other feeling that can ever be duplicated or replicated. That brings me to my point (like you said). Dancing in the spirit is a lot different from dancing because I rehearsed it. In the Bible a series of events happened and that is what caused the people to praise God through dance. The problem that I have is when I'm sitting in the pew and I witness this type of dance and I know that it is not spirit led. I have witnessed 2 praise dancing performances that I know where done for the Glory of God. I have a problem with people calling it "Praise Dancing" yet it's obvious that they are trying to show off and use this type of dance as a means to do it and they are at church doing this! I have never really openly had a discussion about my true thoughts on this but I will say that I am a discerning spirit. This type of dancing is not always appropriate.

Angeliyah Yasharahla  

Posted: February 20th, 2017 12:41 AM

Christians always say get the holyghost and think its some shaking and dancing its actually the spirit of God laws something we suppose to be keeping the law Christ died for so we woykd have a chance thre grace a oeriod of time to get it right. He did not give his life so we can continue to sin thats like cleaning your child room then saying come in and dirty it right backup. Negroes, hispanics and native american Indians are the true bibical Israelite that the bible prosphied about and said we would be scattered across the 4 corners of the earth and would forget our hertiage for 400 years.We are the ones who was all the curses identify to us in deut 28:15 32 48, 68 so we have to wake up and come back to the laws of God Christianity keeps us sleep....

Lori Uting from Columbus   

Posted: February 4th, 2017 9:45 PM

I am a praise dancer I love to worship God though a dance like David but I do not agree with the face paint God wants us natural and I don't believe in choreography a dance how can the holy spirit work if it is practice. I know with me when thing would get to me I would take it to God though a dance and pray..i do not understand this New age churchs..

Tiffany Lockett  

Posted: November 21st, 2016 12:46 PM

Well for one praise dancing does have expression and feeling too. A lot of people still catch the holy ghost and how is it hypocrisy when the choir rehearses songs to sing for church on Sunday. You might want to analyze all of thoughts and rethink your dislike for praise dance.

Marilyn Lawson from Rochester   

Posted: October 24th, 2016 4:34 PM

I agree with you wholeheartedly about Praise dancing. Keep up the good work

Carol L. Red Bird from Philip  

Posted: October 19th, 2016 1:40 PM

The problem with this article and many other articles like this is, people with human knowledge are adding to many teachings that are not from God. This is how you cause people to fall away because you add more and more stipulations to the body of Christ that you are crippling the body. This is what's happening to churches and Christians today... Matthew 23Contemporary English Version (CEV) Jesus Condemns the Pharisees and the Teachers of the Law of Moses 23 Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2 The Pharisees and the teachers of the Law are experts in the Law of Moses. 3 So obey everything they teach you, but don't do as they do. After all, they say one thing and do something else. 4 They pile heavy burdens on people's shoulders and won't lift a finger to help. 5 Everything they do is just to show off in front of others. They even make a big show of wearing Scripture verses on their foreheads and arms, and they wear big tassels[a] for everyone to see. 6 They love the best seats at banquets and the front seats in the meeting places. 7 And when they are in the market, they like to have people greet them as their teachers. I remember back in the 70's we use to go to Holy Ghost revivals with my great grandma and as old as she was she can dance it rejuvenated her that the next day she will still be full of the joy of the Lord because, He became her strength. Let the Holy Spirit do His perfect work NOT you!

Phyllis Goins from Greensboro   

Posted: October 17th, 2016 10:28 PM

Arlene, you must do some soul searching in terms of how you use the words "black people" in the context of dance in the church. You also must do some research in dance, as dance was how we as a people survived slavery along with prayer. It was and is a way of life for us. And for u to say call us hypocrites and use dance as a means to entertain in the church sheds light on your heart, which is divisive. We do not need dance to show off in the church Arlene, this is what the clubs are for. Our young people must have a means of expression and many take formal ballet and gymnastics, but also praise dance to express praise to Him. You must also not be aware that white americans use praise dance as well and many have classically trained dancers. Please before u post bigotry and use Gods name to do so, do research, because you have just made yourself judge.

Tracey Jmz  

Posted: July 26th, 2016 9:55 AM

As a dancer of Praise/Warfare, and a teacher of such, like any other ministry it must be done in Spirit and in Truth. All of the gifts have been made carnal in one way or another, but we try to insure that our dance is NOT carnal, that it portrays the words and sentiment of the song, and that our garments are modest. Our song choices are relevant to the environment of our church (Evangelical) and have a scriptural base, but crosses many barriers and can be ministered almost anywhere. Our group tries to live or work toward a standard of holiness in our individual lives (as explained biblically), so that transfers in our ministry. You can't fake that. To put a blanket statement out there to say that it is performance only is offensive to those of us who try to make sure that we minister to the people - but focus on the audience of One. Time for some of you to have a better experience. Look for groups that are anointed for dance, not just putting on a show.

Ava from Miami  

Posted: July 11th, 2016 4:39 PM

I hate praise dancing. It is distracting and sometimes it looks a bit carnal.

Cathy Hutzell from Atascocita  

Posted: June 29th, 2016 10:18 AM

I'm a musician/singer. I love to dance to 'church music'. I'm built for singing, so God blessed me with a daughter who loves dance as much as I. Since she was very small I would say, "I am singing on Sunday, do you want to dance?" Upbeat praise or reverent prayer, she has lifted many hearts with her dance. She teaches others & choreographs their dances. The movement always complements the words & she often uses ASL in the moves. God accepts all we offer to Him. Dance belongs in worship.

Cate from Richlands  

Posted: June 22nd, 2016 9:21 PM

I have danced competitively for 3 years and been enrolled in formal dance education for 13 (I'm 15). Praise dance is dance in the same respect as ballet (which is very hard and painful, at least you realized that.) Singing is also rehearsed correct? And while some people are naturally better at playing instruments that could be argued to not be a given talent, because you don't just naturally know how to play an instrument. Dance is the same way. All talents are can be used to glorify God.

tracy from Savannah GA  

Posted: June 14th, 2016 8:23 PM

Final thought - why in the world would Christians wear masks before our Father? There are those who wear masks in rituals- but they don't worship our Father, at all. Why would church people imitate the satanists?

tracy from Savannah GA  

Posted: June 14th, 2016 8:20 PM

Hello friend - this one sounds a bit difficult at first because as a rule, we're not taught well in our churches. Here's my short answer: dancing, rocking, rolling clapping - all these things may make us feel good, but they give us pleasure in our flesh. Our Heavenly Father wants us to praise him in our hearts. "Decently and In Order" as the scripture tells us. It's not hard for emotional excitement to turn into turn into fleshly passion.Father wants us to be holy before him! Blessings -TH

Tracy from Oakland  

Posted: May 23rd, 2016 4:58 PM

There are too many distractions in church today. Some churches are focused on entertainment, & being seen, instead of salvation. The early church didn't need it. The focus was on receiving the Holy Ghost, the word, & saving souls. Some people in church trying to focus on Jesus, that's tough w/women in leggings w/thin flowing garments gripping their bodies as they slow wind. Dance to God at home! P.S. Why do preachers have so many titles, who are they trying to impress? Jesus called Peter, Peter

Tamoka from Jacksonville  

Posted: May 20th, 2016 7:00 AM

Praise dancing is a form of ministry, and more importantly, as its name states, it's a form of praise to God. God instructs us to praise Him in the dance and to submit our bodies to Him as a living sacrifice, I would think that includes dance as well, or whatever He has gifted to you to do unto Him. David danced until his clothes came off in the Bible. Why are you upset about praise dancing? And you don't have to be talented at all to dance for God, or practice dancing for God to perfect it.

Mariah from Glendale  

Posted: April 26th, 2016 9:00 PM

I was reading your post & there are praise dancers out there who have experience in other dance genres as well as theater & performing arts. We rehearse choreography because the bible says praise him in the dance & when doing so you want to give God the best & give him all the glory its not a show for the church body lol & it definitely has nothing to do with cheer rejects dance/cheer not the even the same sport. White face? Every mime wears that make up there are white mimes.

Angie from Chicago   

Posted: April 24th, 2016 8:36 AM

You sound like a bigot. You also sound like you have no dancing skills whatsoever and are jealous of "black people" that have TALENT enough to do so in this way. How is it ok for worshippers to practice singing songs for a Sunday service, as opposed to just spontaneously singing what they are lead to sing, but it's not ok to practice a dance? I couldn't help but roll my eyes through most of this article as I could see it was just the enemy using you to cause further devise among Gods people

ken grove from sebring ,fl  

Posted: April 20th, 2016 7:28 AM

Every place I've seen a negative on this subject ,it seems that one of the primary points against it is that it is a form of entertainment. of course that IS a factor in it. Also that is not a bad thing. I remember puppet shows in church as a kid..Entertaining yes..Boring for adults..maybe..but I remember the lessons in those skits because I didn't tune it out immediately I sometimes did with the pastor.


Posted: April 19th, 2016 1:42 PM

Personally, what does it matter as long as God gets the GLORY? When I read blogs and comments like these, I am reminded of the Scripture that tells us...'the hearts of many will grow cold' We are in those times NOW where sibling rivalry continues in an exceeding way amongst God's CHILDREN! If only we could come together in unity as Psalm 133 says. Then the true beauty of holiness will be restored. God is LOVE and LOVE is the greatest of His Glorious gifts.

Valerie Parker  

Posted: April 18th, 2016 11:56 AM

If the praise team or choir rehearses, does it mean they are not singing to the Glory of God?Should they just sing spontaneously? Rehearsal is necessary to sharpen skill. But, I also believe in spontaneous dance movements and songs fueled directly from the Holy Spirit, using individuals yielded at that time. A praise or celebration dance will have a different style than worship or prophetic dancing. The key is to dance from the heart towards God whether rehearsed or not.

karen g.  

Posted: April 13th, 2016 11:37 AM

I had to stop reading about how you feel about praise dancing.. Its just another way of giving God the praise.David dance right out of his cloths. He had no intentions of coming out of his clothes. I guess you felt like his wife did. She didn't like it and neither do you.

Cristina from New York  

Posted: April 5th, 2016 3:05 PM

I will not comment on the praise dancing aspect of this article, but I must comment on the general consistency of theterm "black people" in this article, which denotes heavy elements of racism and divisiveness. As a European American, who by the standards of this country's definition of race is "white," I actually converted in a hispanic church with elements of praise dancing. I am not here to judge, but rather to share that the Lord does not look at our skin color but our hearts.

Piccola Smith from Augusta  

Posted: April 2nd, 2016 6:32 PM

I choreograph Liturgical Dance in which my girls study the words of the song which they will minister and used their bodies to illustrate or interpret those words or lyrics. We do not just flare our arms and legs nor are we repetitive. These young ladies minister spiritually while allowing themselves to decrease so that the Holy Spirit may increase and his words may be received. This allows us to give him praise through dance.

Sasha from Florida  

Posted: March 30th, 2016 7:24 AM

I have a couple of issues with this article. First of all its not just "blacks" that praise dance. I minster in dance and I find that when I am ministering God will take me to a whole new level in him. Not only do you need to have talent but you have to have the holy ghost down on the inside of you to effectively minster to his people. There are many talents in the body of Christ and this article is not only discouraging but its judgmental. I think you need to keep an open mind. Blessings to you

Chris from Raleigh  

Posted: March 16th, 2016 3:30 PM

I've been going to church for most of my life and not once has the good lord come down and make me do the Harlem Shake. The next time you're in church there's a very good chance that at the very same moment a child is being forced to be a soldier or a girl is forced to be a sex worker, but God came down so you can shake your butt in church? Really? That's the good lord's priority? smh

Jasmine from Schenectady  

Posted: March 15th, 2016 12:44 AM

I totally agree. As a black woman who as a child was taken to churches where they had the praise dancers, and I always thought everything u said. But, if I said it it would've been like a taboo. It's highly inappropriate and I didn't know the history, but no talent sounds about right. I can offer better to the Lord without weirding anyone out. Thanks

Shakyra Russell from Lithia Springs  

Posted: March 9th, 2016 7:43 AM

At my church we do have a praise dance team. They dance to different gospel songs. The dance for me is very inspirational . Some people are thinking to much outside the box.

Marquita Jones  

Posted: March 5th, 2016 1:55 PM

I believe that everything you do for God has at least one practice. Preachers have practice sermon before they can establish their own church. Choirs practice songs before they sing in front of the congregation. When we present something to glorify God, we should strive to present the best. Like they say practice makes perfect!

p martin  

Posted: January 30th, 2016 5:38 PM

Of course women approve because women like being seen. We will also twist scripture to justify the acts we want to do. Has anyone researched why there were Shrine dancers in pagan temples? Do we realize what act lead to death of John The Baptist? Are there ANY documentation of ritual dancers in the 1st century church? As time passes we will see the dance become more sexual and worldly because we are constantly bringing the World in. I bet more time is spent in rehearsal than bible class.


Posted: January 30th, 2016 12:17 PM

You're misinformed...some people are told to pray in spirit by others and even practice tongues which proves many things aren't necessarily lead by Holy Spirit which is why we need discernment. "PraiseWorship" dance can be many forms of dance (ballet,Jazz,etc..) The point is that it should encourage, exhort, prophesy, warn, deliver, inspire, bring to repentance. It's more message and movements are just medium. Teach younger to study bible and mature so aerobics mature as they're Spirit filled


Posted: January 30th, 2016 11:24 AM

I sincerely pray that people who believe in worship dance as a ministry would place leggings under their dresses, pray and fast, choose gospel songs that reference God, Jesus and scriptures. Then people could be edified and not let good be evil spoken of. It breaks my heart to see worship ridiculed because some people have abused the forum. I wouldn't want to listen to a Gospel singer either if she was half dressed and didn't know the words or couldn't say hello after the dance was over.

Cadence from Louisville, Kentucky   

Posted: January 30th, 2016 11:20 AM

You obviously don't know anything of praise dancing. The dance don't matter. The only thing that matters is that your dancing for God


Posted: January 30th, 2016 11:18 AM

God given singing talent doesn't excuse soloist from learning lyrics & practicing tune before service including coordinating with musicians. Pastors study bible and time sermons, so why do people always use rehearsals against praise dancers. When dance is your ministry God will show you appropriate clothing, change your movements even after practicing and inspire dance without an audience in your car, living rm, or in prayer. I pray people experience true worship and not "entertainment".

Milca Charles from rosselle  

Posted: January 29th, 2016 8:08 AM

I don't know why when we are doing something for God we can't take the time to o spractice.go.faupaww.


Posted: January 27th, 2016 12:13 AM

David dance in the holy spirit if you ever gotten or had the holy spirit/ghost you would know it comes upon you paintin your face looking like a mime represents death I weep for this generation it makes me not want to go anywhere just sit at home and talk to the Jesus. Christians are suppose to be different peculiar people I believe we'll have more in hell than in heaven. The devil was in charge of music in heaven he wants youngsters to be seduced by dancing, music WAKE UP, letting the devil you

Terri Bailey  

Posted: January 24th, 2016 8:41 PM

Your comment "Black beauty pageant contestants pass off dancing as true talent" is racist & subjective. A study of scripture would render the answers you seek regarding dance as an appropriate form of worship (Exo 15:12,Judges 11:34, Psa 30:11, 149:3, Ecc 3:4, Jer 31:13, 2 Sam 6:14)) Your comment, about sontaneously "getting" the spirit infers you believe HE drops in on us.The Holy Spirit indwells us permanently at salvation?" (Jn 14:16) and fills us when we are obedient (Eph 5:18), not emotional

Teneva from Norwich  

Posted: January 16th, 2016 10:27 AM

(Continued ) there break through by dance.. David dance til his cloths fail. Do I think that some churches do it for show absolutely..... But as for me and my house we serve the Lord..... in spirit and in truth... you should get on your face and ask God to open your eyes and help you see through his eyes and touch heart while there is a dance going on and see the bigger picture and that's not the fact they are dancing in a church but the fact they are doing it for God. Listen to the message.

teneva from Norwich   

Posted: January 16th, 2016 10:21 AM

(Continued) we believe in deliverance in all things throw God..we believe in total healing, break throws, sign wonder and miracles. We also believe that get your deliverance the way u suppose in praying fasting reading your word through worship the word say those that worship me must worship me in spirit and in truth. It doesn't tell us how it says in spirit and in truth. Yuu might have a deliverance while you sing you may have your break through while you at work praying some ger there break

Teneva from Norwich   

Posted: January 16th, 2016 10:15 AM

Hello my name is Teneva Hammond and I go Tabernacle of Deliverance and Praise at 230 Hunters RD Norwich Ct 06360.. We are a nondenominational church. I must say I can see how you can feel like this, But we believe that dance is a gift amd or a talent from God y.. because not every one can do. But one thing that strike my mine was you said it ok to sing because there using there talent for God. What the difference if you sing, dance, teach it's for He Lord. Than at church we believe in deliveranc


Posted: January 13th, 2016 3:50 PM

I can appreciate the Dancers who have studied or continue to study dance. I don't get anything from the repetitive hand gesturing (for every song), over the top facial expressions, fist clenching, pouting, shaking their heads, or pacing through the sanctuary like they found out that their man was cheating on them, "Praise Dancers". The same degree of excellence demanded of musicians, singers or anyone serving in Worship and Arts should placed on dancers. Do us all a favor, Study your craft.

LadyLesley Blakely from University Hts  

Posted: January 10th, 2016 9:34 PM

Praise Him with Dance... 2 Samuel 6:14 - And David danced before the LORD with all [his] might; and David [was] girded with a linen ephod.

Alexis from Minot  

Posted: January 2nd, 2016 9:52 PM

Being a ballet dancer of 15 years I absolutely love to worship with my body. I can't sing well as much as I try, I can't public speak well, I'm not super book smart, dance is something that no one can take from me. The gift that God gave to me. The Holy Spirit is present most definitely the goosebumps the bliss everything.

Alexis from Minot  

Posted: January 2nd, 2016 9:47 PM

My primary thought after reading your words, judgement. As a manifestation of gods image on earth, we are instructed not to judge. Judgement is a huge issue today and is holding many people back from surrendering their life to God in the first place. In order to have a god centered discussion the judgment needs to be left out. With that being said I hear you on that fact some are getting the wrong idea about 'praise dance' and when it should and shouldn't be used.

Terri from Little Rock  

Posted: December 16th, 2015 11:47 PM

Finally, someone spoke up about Praise dancing. Thank God! The churches here in Arkansas do it too much. I can see doing it on special occasions (Holidays and etc). But not every Sunday. Looking at people dancing to cd with fake emotions do nothing but take up time. Church is suppose get down to the source of problems. Not a Broadway Show. At church people are coming to get delivered from evil spirits. And all this fakery is getting real pagan. Grown men and boys are now dancing too.

Sandy from North Carolina  

Posted: December 10th, 2015 9:17 AM

I completely disagree with the writer of this article. As a Youth Advisor in the Church, I welcome Praise Dancing. There are more young people being saved through it. You are telling your story through your Dance. The Bible said that David danced. And if they danced in Bible then why can't we today. The Bible is suppose to be the Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. So that let's me know that if I praise Him in dance with my Praise team, then he gone get the Glory not man.

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Posted: November 15th, 2015 1:56 PM

I could write into infinity about why it doesn't belong in a worship service. A better place is in a Friday evening youth night. Untrained undignified entertainment. I temper my comments here but my emotion about this is very strong. I left the Baptist church in Oct 2015 because of this type of entertainment. My last toleration of this mess was 3rd Sunday in Jan 2015, when the praise dancers were showing the top of their underwear as they did CARTWHEELS at the altar. The pastor thought it was OK

Dorothy Day  

Posted: October 31st, 2015 5:24 AM

I have been called by the Lord to minister through dance in a professional way. It's a way to reach souls for Jesus. That's the whole point. I have s bachelors degree in dance and take my calling quite seriously. My choreography is led by God through the scriptures and it's not to entertain it's to praise God. Performing a worship dance for others can inspire. Maybe that new person in church today didn't want to come but is captivated by the passion of dancers and starts asking questions.


Posted: October 20th, 2015 1:00 AM

I abhor praise dancing, but I do dance at churches. Like any talent, singing, drawing, you must hone your talent. Don't we offer God our best. While we offer our best to God, there are parishioners there... so, yes they need not be entertained but engulfed by God's Holy Spirit through the dance. I would hope the preacher did his research before disseminating the gospel. This is a level of "review". Frankly, how do we know if folks didn't gather in biblical times and practice at their leisure.

Monty from THomaston  

Posted: October 8th, 2015 9:56 AM

I'm OK with praise dancing as long as they wear the long flowing robes like the choir wears. I'm just guessing, but I doubt that would sit well with the dancers. What does that say about them?


Posted: September 27th, 2015 12:25 AM

As soon as I read this I knew that this came out of Texas. What a shame. Dancing has a biblical history but there is no need to answer someone who acts as if Black People, Christians or God has to answer to them? This article wasn't created for the purpose of asking questions about where liturgical dance came from. It is a tactic to exploit.

Apa from Midland   

Posted: September 21st, 2015 10:23 AM

Well I guess the choir at your church is not spirit filled if they have rehearsals or your preacher spirit filled if he plans a sermon. Man makes plans - God establishes them (fills them). I read that somewhere... Remember even Pentecost was not spontaneous. It came after centuries of God's planning and years of man's preparations. Lord bless those praising You with All there body, soul, mind, and strength.

TRELL from Detroit  

Posted: September 18th, 2015 8:48 PM

I have danced professionally outside of the church & that is MY God given talent. & on Sundays I'm not up flailing my arms or thrusting. I'm up dancing to celebrate & share my talent.

Keara from Dallas  

Posted: September 17th, 2015 9:50 AM

Although I see and understand the writer's point of view I would like to disagree to it. Simply because you can not judge the way someone chooses to praise God for the things he has done in their life. Just as you do when singing you must rehearse what ever you do for God, to do you best. Along with that you can not judge the way some one gives thanks. There is a purpose in every thing done. You may be able to minister to some one better when dancing than when singing. No matter what minister!!


Posted: September 16th, 2015 8:27 AM

of worship to God, then your dancing is really false, the same in other areas as well.


Posted: September 16th, 2015 8:26 AM

It is very apparent that as Christianity, and I use this loosely, continues to water down scripture for its own design, that you will see many worldly practices come into the church. Dance in the Bible is not the same as many perform today. It is more like a spontaneous celebration, or run. Remember, God killed many in the Bible for dancing the wrong way. He called it revelry! We also define worship in worldly terms. Worship is in everything we do for Christ. If dancing is your only expression

Nicky from Ontario  

Posted: September 12th, 2015 2:50 PM

I agree with the writer's comments. I am also not a an of praise dancing. It is boring to me. I get nothing from it. When I'm at a church service and they start praise dancing. I think do i really have to sit thru this. No one is never singing

Brooke from Louisiana  

Posted: September 8th, 2015 11:01 AM

This article, while I understand where you are coming from, is offensive. Why? Because you have just judge my praise and worship style. Did you know that the bible speaks more of dancing, spinning and shouting more than it does of clapping? Why is it ok to " practice singing songs" but not dance? There is a balance in spontaneous dance and sing alike


Posted: September 2nd, 2015 9:59 AM

I've been praise dancing since 2006 and I was led by the Spirit to praise dance. My experience with praise dance is a ministry where chains were broken and hearts have been renewed and restored. According to Romans 12:1, we are to present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable unto God. And that scripture has been with me ever since I've started.

zelda from houston  

Posted: August 31st, 2015 11:24 AM

My children don't praise and mime dance for fame or people but to glorify on how much they love God!The reason for the hours of practice bc they are doing it for God and what you do for God you shouldn't want to cut corners on! I Can't speak for anyone else but mime dance has worked wonders in my 14 yr old son life.He has Autism and mime is his testimony because the drs. said he wouldn't be able to talk,walk,or do anything. Go to Facebook, look up KingJames Mime and you will witness a miracle!

zz james from houston  

Posted: August 31st, 2015 11:07 AM

I am not here to judge anyone on their beliefs.I decided to comment solely on my experience with praise dance and mime.I have children 16,14,and 12 yrs old.My children mime and praise and they love what they do.Many people have been delivered and recieved their breakthrough when they see these children perform.We are african american and my two sons and daughter are already considered a statistic in society eyes.what about the fact that they're not stealing,joining gangs,teen pregnancy etc.?

mel from palm bay  

Posted: August 29th, 2015 2:51 PM

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? You keep using the term "black people" as if they are the only one that does "praise dance" and to infer that they don't have talent is both biased and ignorant. I would be rude and ask where did you get your stupid but I don't need to know. Praise dance is a form of interpretive dance that gives praise to God. Who are you to judge the hearts and motives of these people and whether or not it honors God? You are not God's spokesperson you do not get to speak for him.

Loving from Sc  

Posted: August 26th, 2015 8:51 PM

I want to say this I'm not coming religiously bc I don't do religion. I am a christ follower who is being transformed day after day. I will say this, I was a stripper and when I surrendered my life to Christ he transformed my behavior and habits....for over a year I couldn't dance or listen to music if it wasn't for God...and I tell you my walk, praise and worship speaks volumes dancing is a visual testimony some people don't understand sermons or singing but movements to music speaks volumes.

BJ from Houston  

Posted: July 29th, 2015 11:18 AM

I initially had a problem with praise dancing because I'm from a traditional baptist church where women sit and be seen not heard. However, I have danced since high school and am now working on a curriculum for my church to inform them where dance comes from biblically. Also, a lot of the worship material is thick - it depends on the team and the knowledge that they have. Let's just pray for the team(s) because many people do not believe we should shout in church because it is an "emotion".


Posted: July 24th, 2015 10:55 PM

there is a blueprint in the Word for how God wants his church to run. we must be Spiritual and not emotional. many confuse emotion with the anointing. if one is so upset, one has to question themselves as to what was touched. cain was upset, too, when he found out that his offering was amiss.


Posted: July 6th, 2015 10:19 AM

Firstly--the "black people"? Pom-pon" squad? No "true" talent? Wow. There's a lot of unchristlike judgment and venom in those words that you should probably address. Second--It's not that you are wrong for disliking praise dancing. The problem is that your opinion does not appear to come from a rational, godly place. It appears that you simply have very little understanding of the arts and creative expression and are harshly judgmental in that misunderstanding.

Anfaani from Brooklyn  

Posted: July 5th, 2015 7:45 PM

I's not The Problem, it's more like Your Problem. Instead of criticizing, what are you doing to improve the situation? Hmmm ...

cliff from tustin  

Posted: June 27th, 2015 10:50 AM

I thought it was just me. I find praise mimes to be completely creepy...

B Muncy from Duluth, MN  

Posted: June 25th, 2015 2:43 PM

I am in total shock as to the venom that has been written here. Not only in the article but also in the comments! FIrst of all I am a WWF and I live way up north and I have been a Praise Dancer/Leader for over 14 years. There are over 300 scriptures that have something to do with movement/dance and praise through out the Bible. God created us to move our bodies and worship him. Modesty and anointing are very imnportant. Critisism not. The problem is with us, not the dance. Let's show love!


Posted: June 9th, 2015 1:06 PM

She is racist and I don't see how anyone can take her seriously..The fact you called it "blk churches" and blk ppl didn't have a true talent speaks volumes.. "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. " Comparing Miming to Blk face??? Dance is a talent just like singing.. The annoiting makes the difference in the way you receive it..


Posted: June 2nd, 2015 10:12 AM

Praise Dancing is a expression showing thankfulness,Love and gratitude to the Lord whether its rehearsed or spontaneous as long as it comes from a pure heart the anointing will flow because your focus is the Lord. I praise praise dance, worship, flag and people get healed set free and delivered. If it was something that is not suppose to be in the church the anointing will not flow, certain movements and expressions break yokes off of people. All things must praise the Lord.

yoshi from atlanta  

Posted: May 24th, 2015 5:13 PM

Their is no problem with praise dance. The problem lies with ignorant whites who assume they have any place commenting on other cultures, and how those cultures express themselves. People with a culture based on hatred and several forms of bigotary, should concern themselves with their own dark hearts, instead of attacking the people they've spent a lifetime trying to destroy. The fact that black people are praising God with dance instead of being hateful bigots like you, says a lot.

Don from Raleigh  

Posted: May 17th, 2015 2:14 PM

How many churches have you been too that the service can't end till someone falls down or speaks on tounges? The sermon is planned and so is the music. To say dancing requires no talent or is too sexy is silly. This is a prime example of the Church tearing down the Church. Focus on silly things like trashing dancing and you sound like the old man who told me that drums are of the devil...unless it's Southern Gospel Music of course.

Donquetta from Cleveland   

Posted: April 30th, 2015 1:40 PM

But When You Come Across A Real Praise Dance You Will Experience A Totally Different Feel The Spirit Of God Is On The Move.. Awesome Feeling People Are Crying Out To God And Being Delivered..

donquetta burton from cleveland  

Posted: April 30th, 2015 1:35 PM

I Believe That Many People Hear Songs And Think Hey That's A Great Worship Song. Sometimes Seeing A Dance Can Paint A Clear Picture For Some Who Might Not Get It By Just Hearing Alone,Which Can Bring Deliverance In The Person Life! Also Everyone Who Dance May Not Be Anointed To Dance. So The Performance Will Be Flat Or Just Boring Or The Clothes Are Too Sexy Just Makes It Seem So Terrible...


Posted: April 30th, 2015 10:32 AM

Exodus 15:20 Exodus 32:19 2 Samuel 6:16 Psalm 149:3 Psalm 30:11 Psalm 150:4 All mention dancing and worship /Read your word please


Posted: April 30th, 2015 10:25 AM

Psalm 149:3 ESV / 211 helpful votes Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre! Psalm 150:4 ESV / 134 helpful votes Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Jeremiah 31:13 ESV / 129 helpful votes Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry. I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow. 2 Samuel 6:14 ESV


Posted: April 30th, 2015 9:00 AM

have seen. I myself can tell when someone is anointed by God to praise dance, because it doesn't come across as entertainment. That is how you know when someone is doing it with the right intentions. All the talk about dancing needing be left out in the world. You may need to research. There is nothing new under the sun. These kids these days have taken from the church and have tainted it, not the other way around.


Posted: April 30th, 2015 8:56 AM

I pray that it is God who flows through me to reach out to his people. Each and every time, my dance is never what I rehearsed. I rehearse for a stable foundation, but God leads me. People have told me, that my dance has drawn them near to God. God gets the Glory, not me. I have been to white churches where I have seen praise dancing as well. Mime face is different from white face or black face , so that comment was absurd. You cannot judge a whole body of people based off of only what your eyes


Posted: April 30th, 2015 8:53 AM

You are allowed to your opinion. However, all praise dance and mime are not the same. Yes, praise dancers rehearse. Does the choir not rehearse? Does the Pastor not study and prepare for his sermon? God wants things done in decency and in order. I have done praise dancing and I my calling is mime. I do not paint my face, yet wear an oversized black jumper, that flows with movements and cover my entire body in order for the words to be translated. Yes, I do prepare, but each time before going out


Posted: April 20th, 2015 6:34 PM

I am a worshipper who dances. I have been praise dancing for about 10 years now. But it was in the last 4 years that I see myself differently. I worship God, praise God, pray to God and I dance for God. If you could see the garments that I wear, you would see very little skin. My face, my hands and my feet. That's it. As for mime, I do that to. The makeup takes me out of the dance, so you only see the worshipper in me.


Posted: April 20th, 2015 3:17 PM

The bible talks about spiritual gifts in Corinthians, Romans,and Ephesians. God gives us all talents and talents should be used to glorify Him. One of my talents is dance, one of my spiritual gifts is teaching. I use dance to teach young ladies in the church. We do not just dance and rehearse. We have devotion and scripture, prayer, and worship. God knows my heart and only He knows if it is true worship. My heart delivers worship to God through this ministry. How are you using your talents???


Posted: April 16th, 2015 11:07 AM

I agree with everything said in this article. Churches have wandered away from true Biblically strong teaching and have resorted to an hour of entertainment each week. That is why our country is in such a moral decline. I wonder if the children learn anything from the dancing or if they truly are acting in praise. To each his own...but as I said, this is why we're in the shape we're in. The church no longer reaches out to save the lost & hurting, they preach feel good messages & entertain.


Posted: April 13th, 2015 4:35 PM

Christian plays are considered "entertainment", people are watching that too. Yet they tell the message of Christ. What about the word the pastor speaks on Sundays? People watch that too. Just as the pastor speaks God's word, Praise dancers can visually show and demonstrate God's word and message too. God wants EVERYONE to be saved. So lets reach everyone.


Posted: April 13th, 2015 4:31 PM

Also, I must add people are reached in different ways. Some things minister/resonate in some that in others do not. People have been saved by listening to christian rap music(are you going to say this is not real music too because it doesn't follow the rules you place on the artform?). It is real music, and praise dancing is real dancing. BUT even if you disagree with this, are you going to say that something that is an avenue that reaches people and brings them to Jesus, shouldn't be done?

Veronica from Miami  

Posted: April 13th, 2015 4:24 PM

Doesn't the choir hold rehearsals? Do they not sing songs that were preplanned on Sunday? This is the same for praise dancers. In my church, we did improv praise dancing on Sunday mornings. We no longer do this as the season for it had passed. As for seeing praise dancing as some form of medicore excuse for dance. I took ballet classes and so did other girls who were praise dancers. I also took modern dance too. Which is much more expressive and wasn't considered actual dancing in the past.

T. Messenger from illinois  

Posted: April 7th, 2015 8:11 AM

King David danced to praise the Lord. My parents, born in the south in the early 1900s had praise dancing in church. It isn't anything new, just new in the north. When Black people moved north they forgot the worship of their fathers.


Posted: April 4th, 2015 10:03 AM

My only question is WHY is this such a big debate? I mean seriously!


Posted: March 31st, 2015 3:20 AM

What purpose before God? versus what purpose before Man? Does God view my dance the way He viewed David's dance? Is my dance in purpose and context and trueness of heart like the dance David submitted to God? Or does dance just make me and others "feel" good? I used to lead a praise dance group until I STUDIED GOD'S WORD on the subject and asked Him to show me. When He did, I was convicted and no longer teach it or do it.God is not pleased with it, true praise can never be performed or practiced


Posted: March 31st, 2015 3:14 AM

For every truth Satan has a counterfeit. What has come into the churches is counterfeit praise.Research its origin and commercialization.It is beautiful to the eyes, but beyond the elation of feeling, what true change is in the souls of those "performing" and "watching". Praising dancing, simply stated- is entertainment. David did not dance before the church, it was not for men's eyes, but for God alone. The question to ask is "Is God pleased with what I am doing when I "dance" in his sanctuary?


Posted: March 31st, 2015 3:06 AM

One must understand the CONTEXT why David & others danced. God had allowed David to do something that had never been done- bring the token of God's presence back to Israel, the Ark of the Covenant. Uzziah had just died for trying to keep the Ark from falling. When the Ark was safely with Israel, David's gratitude to the Most High God overwhelmed him. God spared His life.His dance was not pretty, not choreographed.True praise is not a planned performance! Is your experience with God like David's?


Posted: March 30th, 2015 11:24 PM

Oh and All dances do not show skin.. Mine have either long flowing pants and quarter length sleeves or long dresses with leggings under it with quarter length sleeves. It upsets me when people automatically group things or people in a certain category like everything is bad. Everybody doesn't do certain things in the same ways. (look at my last post and move up for these to make since. I had way more then 500 words to say)


Posted: March 30th, 2015 11:21 PM

Oh and I am a WHITE 21 year old girl. Why do you keep saying "black churches". This whole thing disturbed me. I am really going to have to go pray hard now.


Posted: March 30th, 2015 11:19 PM

with testimonies in it and awesome singers and dancers, you should really get out more. I know people have there right to be right in their own opinion and thats fine but as a dancer this offended me very badly. I am just going to pray to not have hard feelings about this. Dance has been my life and to be able to tell other people about the lord through dance is amazing to me. We need to use all the outlets we can to tell people about the lord. We can't start limiting ourselves.


Posted: March 30th, 2015 11:16 PM

in front of people is god given. You see... I have danced since I was two years old but I am very shy when it comes to talking to people. I would not be able to even get up in front of people and say a testimony if god didn't help me. I feel like your saying that only people who can't dance are praise dancer and that is not true. If you think that then you really need to get out and do research and get out into the world. There are awesome drama teams out their that tell a whole story with ....


Posted: March 30th, 2015 11:12 PM

and so the point you made about there not being technique in praise dancing is not valid. Sure there may be some without technique but you haven't seen all of them. Also, singing is a talent that you have to practice in order to perform it well... but it is also a gift. THERE IS a lot of talent in praise dancing. I believe it is a god given thing to even be able to get up in front of a lot of people and do anything. Even being able to stand up and give your testimony in front of people is god..


Posted: March 30th, 2015 11:08 PM

I am a Dance instructor that is now putting together a praise team for kids. I am planning on visiting different churches and performing. Dancing is praising the lord when doneright. The praise dances that we do WILL have technique and many of the dancers will be dancers from my studios competition team. I am assuming you are not a dancer and you do not understand how it is to be able to express things through dance. God has given me this gift and I am an awesome dancer and so (ran out of room)

Verna from Sacramento   

Posted: March 29th, 2015 5:03 AM

I feel praise dancers are a blessing but I feel they should Minster in praise dance attire nit jeans.

Kamri Johnson from Desoto  

Posted: March 26th, 2015 4:58 PM I am a Praise dancer who is Anointed by God. I don't play about it either. Tell me is this not pleasing to God? Also you are entitled to your own opinion, but Dance is worship. David Danced and me and my liturgical Minister do nothing provocative.

Rev. Susan Webb from Bronx New York  

Posted: March 24th, 2015 8:05 AM

I totally understand every concern you have above. I believe the dance should express holiness from garment to movement. Dance should preach the music. The reason a person delivers it should be evaluated. No it's not for everyone. I am a gospel mime...I don't paint my face to mock anything about white people but so I can use my expressions as a preaching tool. See me on YouTube The Master Mime Rev Webb. I have been called and anointed for the task. Will to talk

Dave from West Palm Beach  

Posted: March 18th, 2015 11:06 AM

I am a white 51 year year old musician and have visited/attended and am a member of a (predominantly) black churche since my youth. We want to engage the youth of this next generation (that we've seemingly lost). Jesus said "If I be lifted up...I will draw all men unto me."


Posted: March 14th, 2015 6:11 PM

I've seen a lot of "sacred dance". I've never been moved in the spirit while watching any of it. I've seen girls gyrate and thrust their hips while performing this form of "worship". Some of them just walk around the stage and wave their arms. They're usually wearing tight low-cut leotards. How is any of this "sacred"? We're supposed to worship God in spirit and truth. but I think a lot of this is flesh and error.

Anfaani from Brooklyn  

Posted: March 6th, 2015 1:11 AM

This is your view and your opinion. In America we supposedly still have the right of free speech so you are exercising your right. Apparently you haven't seen dance done well in a church and because of your training you already have an opinion as to what it should look like. That's neither right or wrong but i think a lot of people love to jump on the judgmental bandwagon because that's what church folk love to do. Take me to the King...

pesha dullet from dallas  

Posted: March 2nd, 2015 10:26 AM

Ok, Personally I am not interested in praise dancing. It is out of context in morning worship in a sanctuary. To me it is just plain cheesy. Why can't this be reserved for other church events? Where the children of Israel dancing in or outside the temple?

debo from rushville  

Posted: March 1st, 2015 10:09 AM

Amen to your article! I know alot will be offended by it. The Word of God tells us to come out from among the world. The world has impacted the church far more than the church impacting the world. We have to be so careful and guard ourselves. Satan will sneak into the church anywhere he can . The Bible has already warned us what would happen in the last days. I saw a dance in a church, it was shameful and my boys watched as a young girl was throwing her body every which way.

Demetrius from Stockton  

Posted: February 26th, 2015 11:57 AM

This has to be the most absurd opinion piece I've ever read! To think anyone would take the time to respond is even more annoying...

Rolana from Raeford  

Posted: February 15th, 2015 6:34 PM

I am part of a dance ministry and we allow the holy spirit to use us to minister to others. We don't do perform, we minister. We make sure we're covered in garments with no flesh showing, no curves showing, no cleavage showing so the audience can be ministered to by our dance and not our appearance. Our movements are appropriate for church, not the same movements that you do in a club. Our dance coordinator fine scripture to support the music that we use in our ministry.


Posted: February 9th, 2015 12:11 AM

I understand that a lot of churches use praise dance as a way of engaging the youth and talented dancers. The problem I have is that it truly can be an awesome ministry of deliverance and healing...IF the dancers were taught that just like the pastor they need to live a holy life in obedience to the word. Otherwise it's just entertainment and emotional expression: He that worship me must worship in Spirit and in truth. How are they speaking in walking out their daily lives?

jessica robertson from silsbee  

Posted: February 3rd, 2015 1:10 AM

I am a "praise dancer" i travel and have a youtube page but i also would like to be a traveling messenger God places a song on my heart and the dance moves just come to me and I've never taken a dance class so tell me where is it coming from? I do my praise dances to help explain a message i want to speak on. And the whole mime thing is a symbol. they hide the dancers face so the audience can picture them self's. I randomly start dancing during worship and its not a learned routine. So.....


Posted: January 28th, 2015 5:26 PM

I'm not sure if anyone has made this comment, but I believe that dancing is just as much a God-given talent as singing. No one would ever dispute that ballet dancers have talent, just like no one would dispute a singer's talent. Singers practice, and dancers practice for their performance. Also, if choirs practice their songs for Sunday worship, what's the difference if praise dancers want to practice for Sunday worship as well? We all have a special talent, we shouldn't judge others' talents.

Jenni from Bedford  

Posted: January 21st, 2015 6:56 PM

How about do something useful, like build the body of Christ up, realizing that He will not return for His church if it is spotted, stained, blemished, and dis-unified because of criticizing each other all the time...

Jenni from Bedford  

Posted: January 21st, 2015 6:53 PM

Ok, so I got in on the convo a few years late, in researching something else, but by the standards you are using to judge "dancing" in response to praising God/Jesus/Holy Spirit, the person giving the sermon (preacher, pastor, teacher, whatever they happen to be in your particular setting) should always give the sermon/message impromptu, as led by the Spirit of God, no rehearsing, nothing thought or planned out beforehand. Evidently, in your book, God is not a fan of preparation?

Carolyn from San francisco  

Posted: January 20th, 2015 8:27 AM

Praise dance is a form of young people expressing their self this is the way of bringing young people to church and understanding the word of God through music we are in the 21st-century and we are losing our children we need to find some way of getting our young people to go to church


Posted: January 16th, 2015 10:16 PM

"Leave the dancing at home or at a juke joint. Praise the Lord in spirit and in truth. On Herod's birthday, Herodias's daughter (whom Josephus identifies as Salome) danced before the king and his guests. Her dancing pleased Herod so much that in his drunkenness he promised to give her anything she desired, up to half of his kingdom"


Posted: January 16th, 2015 2:21 AM

You do realize that most of the people in the bible who were recorded as having "danced" before the Lord, were Jews. His chosen people. Right? We are "adopted" into the family as Gods children. Gentiles. Therefore what came naturally to them, we have to learn...thus the Holy Spirit, our comforter. The Holy Spirit teaches, guides, edifies. God does not expect us to go through life ALREADY knowing everything. Practicing is the way we Perfect our gifts! Why then would God test us, constantly?......

Andrew Mangialino from Los Angeles  

Posted: January 1st, 2015 11:21 PM

You know what this article is kind of disgusting and exemplary of the hypocrisy many Christians produce. White non-believer here, but I had the unfortunate honor of being a pallbearer at my friends homegoing, the first I've ever attended. Knew what a praise dancer was, but my, was I surprised to see a clown miming to a sermon on the blood of Christ. A great uplifting performance at that! I know this is old, but you should be ashamed being do judgmental. Also, mimes, not like blackface, weirdo.


Posted: December 22nd, 2014 8:18 AM

Sorry, but I messed up my email in the first post and want to be sure I receive any emails to follow the comments.


Posted: December 22nd, 2014 8:09 AM

We say that God gives some the gift of song, and they practice their songs. So I cannot understand why God wouldn't also give the gift of dance that too would need to be practiced. Whether they do it to the glory of God and think on what they're doing in His light is where God receives glory, not whether or not it is spontaneous. Psalms covers dancing in the sanctuary and praising God with dance as well as music. And they do not say it is spontaneous.


Posted: December 16th, 2014 7:52 PM

What amazed me about the article is when you discussed the dance being rehearsed. Choirs also rehearse and are still able to reign in the holy spirit. Although the basic steps may be rehearsed, when and where the spirit leads the dancer also should follow. You shouldn't call praise dancers untalented, they probably chose to praise and worship in that manner. As belivers, we should respect all types of worship. If it is not heartfelt, this is between God and that person, not us to dictate.

Lawrence from greensburg  

Posted: December 9th, 2014 6:13 PM

i agree wholeheartedly. Every phase of worship should be drawing attention to Jesus Christ. And I am totally against clowns in worship as well. The gospel message is proclaimed not interpreted through a group of clowns and so called praise dancers.

Sha-Rose from Richardson  

Posted: November 25th, 2014 12:34 PM

before the Lord until He calls me home. Romans 11:29 "For the Gifts and callings are without repentance". Ministry NOT entertainment!!!!

sha-rose from Richardson  

Posted: November 25th, 2014 12:31 PM

I began to listen to music that fed my spirit worship music. I began to look up words that explained the hand movements and why use banners, flags. I researched what God wanted me to do. It was a gift I had t dance as a child. I dance under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. There is no choreography my moves of worship are led by God I feel as though I am dancing with my Angels. I was healed from cancer and have been dancing for 23 yrs. My worship is ministry not entertainment. I will dance

sha-rose from Richardson  

Posted: November 25th, 2014 12:24 PM

I stumbled on this post and read it entirely. I looked at other comments and questioned if I wanted my spirit to be involved with this topic. As I prayed before responding I thought of why I even began to "praise" God in the dance. Several years ago at age 40 I was told that I had cancer and having a 4 year old new to Christ I felt afraid but remembered God is a healer. I read every scripture regarding healing. One night in prayer God said to me spirit man praise me in the dance I said Huh

disappointed helpmate  

Posted: November 20th, 2014 12:40 PM

I am a wife of a grown man that mimes when his mother asks him too. He needs to be a Christian man and take care of home instead people pleasing and miming at momma's request. My point is momma's man does not mime. I dont know how to see makeup and miming on my husband, its not sexy grown. Im not less Christian for lack of understanding. I do understand now why most churches full of women. The face paint historically is of men and women that are homosexual or prostitutes hiding identity.Blkface

Andre from Bloomngton   

Posted: November 12th, 2014 9:30 PM

The word of God says it is the holy spirit that quickens the flesh profits nothing! The problem with praise dance is that it is fleshly, sensual and carnal in nature. You praise dancers need to read the word, deny your flesh and get get it right with God!


Posted: November 12th, 2014 8:54 PM

I feel sorry for you.You are very misinformed about praise dancing and mime dancing.I am a Minister of Mime dance.I am no different than a preacher who uses the word of mouth,I just show Christ through faciel and body expression.the white paint is only used to enhanced the faciel expressions.This all seems to be yours and anybodiesignorance of knowledge of God.


Posted: November 5th, 2014 7:55 AM

I am appalled at the general lack of application and fervour I see masquerading as praise; people murmuring lyrics lazily in less than half hearted voices; jerky, awkward, ugly movements termed dancing. Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Give Him your all. Mouthing words or occasionally raising an arm while worrying about appearing foolish must make God sick. If you have a problem with people in skimpy clothing, ask the Lord to help you deal with your problem and stop blaming others.

Detra from Green Pond   

Posted: October 27th, 2014 7:40 PM

Thanks for sharing. I totally agree with you, it's not spontaneous when it's rehearsed. Personally I don't care to see adult women jumping and dancing in skimpy outfits.

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 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 energy for ignorance. ....but I'll be praying for you.....follow me on youtUBE. My name or jtproverbs 31 and 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


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.


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.


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 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!


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 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


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.


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.


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. 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.


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!!!


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


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


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 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

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?


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.


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:

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:

Raymond Louis Ivy from Charleston, Missouri  

Posted: May 20th, 2014 12:00 PM


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.


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.


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!!!

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


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.


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"...


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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


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.


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!


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!


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.


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!


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!


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


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.


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!


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 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


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.


Posted: January 13th, 2014 10:00 PM

Coming soon to the West Side: PRAISE TWERING!


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.


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.


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.


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 team uses sign language and dance and its way harder then cheerleading and they also see Gods people praising him while dancing


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.


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.


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 !


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..


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 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


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!


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.


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'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."


Posted: June 24th, 2013 9:48 PM

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


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.


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


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.


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 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  

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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.


Posted: March 14th, 2013 6:15 PM

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


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.


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?

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