April 14th, 2014
Have you hit a rut? Do you feel limited in your ability to express yourself creatively in dance? Here is a tip that can help kick start you…
Take a few rehearsals and just have fun. I would bring my iPod, with its eclectic mix of music (children’s songs, Christmas tunes and praise/worship), and have everyone gather into our rehearsal space. I would then have a volunteer (aka frightened dance team member) stand up on the stage and then announce to the group that we were going to pick a random song. At that time, the ‘volunteer’ would act out movements to the song that came on. Without warning, I would switch team members – even in mid song. Or, I’d change it from something serious to something lighthearted. This is so much fun once the jitters start to fade. This is a great time to review how the fear of the faces of men is nothing more than pride…if we care more of what others think than what God thinks, our hearts are out of order. How we look is not why we dance.
In 2 Samuel 6:16 we see Saul’s daughter, Michal, look on scornfully at David as he leaped and danced before the Lord as they brought back the Ark of the Covenant. Was David embarrassed? Look at his reply in verses 21 and 22…And David said unto Michal, It was before the Lord, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel: therefore will I play before the Lord. And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour.
He did not regard her opinion, but rather set his sights on things above. That should be our response. God is more concerned with your heart than your art. So, go ahead and play. Go ahead…who cares if you look silly or fall down? Just have fun in Him. Once that joy has returned, your ability to express it will be even more anointed.