Dance incorporates more than our hands and feet. Each part of the body is important to unify the whole. As we are all many members, but one body, our own bodies are a representation of how the Lord has a purpose for every part of us. Using our entire beings in movement allows us to experience the many joys of dancing for the Lord.
Using our shoulders in dance can be very symbolic. The shoulder in the Bible is a place where burdens were borne. It is also a place where things were carried or transported. This symbolizes strength and responsibility. We can include movement that highlights the shoulder in these ways. Our shoulders function in a greater capacity than the lifting of our arms. Let them demonstrate the strength that is in them.
When we study the Word in depth, we will discover more movement than we thought imaginable! We should not neglect any opportunity to glorify the Lord in our bodies. He created each joint to function together. Let us submit ourselves completely as members for His Divine use.
Psalm 81:6 (NKJV)
“I removed his shoulder from the burden; His hands were freed from the baskets.
Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 22:22 (NKJV)
The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; So he shall open, and no one shall shut; And he shall shut, and no one shall open.
“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.