Liturgical Dance

Written by Jill Morrison
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Liturgical dance allows for people to glorify God through dance and movement. Dance has been used as a form of worship for countless years and is documented in the early scriptures of the Bible. Sacred dancing has been used by many different cultures and in many different churches. Liturgical dancing is a specific way to glorify God through movement and it can be seen in various churches across the country and world.

Qualities of Liturgical Dance

Liturgical dance is different from theatrical or performance dance. Instead of performing to an audience, as you would with secular dancing, you are performing to God. The sole purpose of liturgical dancing is to express your love, devotion, and appreciation for God. Unlike secular dancers, you do not have to be trained extensively to perform liturgical dance. The only requirement in this form of dancing is a willingness to dance completely for God rather than for your own glory.

In liturgical dancing, you do not have to be a professional dancer to perform the style. However, some knowledge of dance technique can be helpful in expanding your ability to communicate through movement. Dance training may help you with liturgical dancing because your body will have a greater knowledge of dance movements that can be performed. If you have extensive dance training, you must focus on God, rather than yourself when you are participating in the liturgical form of dance.

Props and costumes can enhance the spiritual experience for dancer and viewers of liturgical dancing. Common props include streamers, banners, and flags. They can be used to symbolize spirit, defense, dedication, and beauty in spirituality. Props and costumes should not be used for spectacle, but should rather reflect spirituality to a greater degree.

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