Liturgical Dance Research Paper

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Liturgical Dance of Theology

Liturgical Dance Ministry of Theology dates back centuries ago and is represented inside many churches today. No one culture can place a claim on Liturgical Dance Ministry, because it’s often time portrayed unaware. The purpose of this article is to identify Jesus in movement through a hermeneutical approach. This paper highligthts the spiritual form of movement and its representation.

Liturgical Dance Minister began in the fourth century during the era of Augustine. “Christian dance activism began in the fourth century, when the Church grew increasingly ambivalent about bodily expression. This attitude dominated Christianity for centuries and led to repeated prohibitions, yet dancing persisted in churches across Europe for devotional, communal, healing, and catechetical purposes” (Telesco, p.447).

There are many different dancers that are known in the world of Liturgical Dance Ministry, one being Margaret Taylor Doane (1908–2004), was one of the most influential figures in the Liturgical Dance Ministry. Margaret experimented with “movement choirs,” dance groups
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We incorporate intense training through bible study, dance, diet and exercise. The most common dance of study is ballet which teaches a dancer to learn their angles and lines. We minister to the edification of the body of Christ, before we go forth in Ministry. We purify ourselves spiritually, physically and mentally before we minister. Each ministry piece tells a story, rather it’s a story of overcoming, defeating the devil or just praising the Lord through movement and worship. Each dance minster must go through a rigorous training of biblical study before a dance ministry piece is introduce and practiced. Each dancer understand why we are ministry a certain piece and many times we are able to relate to the message which pours out unto the congregation, from the dancer’s
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