Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Elements of Dance

God is a creative God that made creative beings. When we become students of His Word, we are exposed to rich symbolism and mutliple instances of visual expression. Dance ministry will be boring if we present every movement and story in a literal manner. If every person that expresses the word "heart" points to the chest, then movement ministry will begin to matter little as it will all appear to be the same. All flowers do not look the same, and neither should all dance ministries.

We can express words by the emotion or way that one feels when experiencing love, instead of pointing to our hearts or making the heart symbol with our hands. Just as many point to a cross when expressing the name of Jesus, we can show Who He is by the many miracles and works that He has done. When we allow the Lord to direct creative choreography during our rehearsals, our ministries will take on new life and have a lasting impact beyond the limits of our own interpretation.

Many options are available to us when dealing with fire, rain, wind, sunshine, etc. Beyond flags and banners, we can use fabrics, artwork, dance garments, stage lighting, projection screens, and more to get the message across. When we only do what has been done, we find ourselves in danger of copying others instead of relying on the Lord. Though dance ministers share many things in common, we do not have to move according to the rhythm of the dancers next door. When we feast on the word of the Lord, He gives us visions and dreams that become reality when His Divine creativity is set in motion.

Isaiah 41:20 (NKJV)
That they may see and know, and consider and understand together, that the hand of the LORD has done this, and the Holy One of Israel has created it.

Hosea 12:10 (NKJV)
I have also spoken by the prophets, and have multiplied visions; I have given symbols through the witness of the prophets.”

Amos 4:13 (NKJV)
For behold, He who forms mountains, and creates the wind, Who declares to man what his thought is, and makes the morning darkness, Who treads the high places of the earth— The LORD God of hosts is His name.

Colossians 1:16 (NKJV)
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

Please be inspired by the creativity of the Acrodramance Theater Company(TM):

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