All that we do in dance ministry must be with purpose. There has been the great debate over whether or not dancers should sing along with the songs as we dance. We must ask ourselves whether or not what we are doing serves a purpose. In the traditional dance setting, the emphasis is on the movement. In the ministry arena, the emphasis is on the Word. How do we marry the two?
We are all not going to do things the same way. There were times that the Lord instructed His prophets to provide visual demonstrations of His decrees. We must always keep things in perspective. There is a difference between dance and visual demonstration. Dance is a visual demonstration, but a visual demonstration may not be a dance. The key is that we must not rely on the strength of the song to get the message across. The total picture (movement, music, and ministry) should bring the Word to life before the eyes of the people. The recorded and live music that we minister to should be based on the Bible and be clearly heard.
If mouthing the words while dancing causes us to be lax in creativity and leads to neglect of our discerning direction from God, then we must pray concerning what we are to do for each and every song. All of our dance renderings should not be predictable and look alike. I have experienced many presentations when I thought, "I have definitely seen that somewhere else." Let us to continue to glean, learn, and grow as we follow the Lord concerning what He wants us to do specifically.
Job 22:22 (NKJV)
Receive, please, instruction from His mouth, and lay up His words in your heart.
Psalm 19:14 (NKJV)
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.
Ecclesiastes 5:2 (NKJV)
Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few.