Discovering the Lord of the Dance
I love to dance. I have been dancing as since my eyes were at my knees. For me, dancing is as natural as breathing. However, I never considered dancing as a ministry until I attended a lunch hour meeting while in college and there I saw two ladies who ministered in dance. I was surprised and blessed by their graceful movements as they danced under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
Seeing these ladies dance gave me a totally new perspective on dancing.
After graduating from college, seven friends and I formed a dance group at my former church. Even though we did not understand many aspects of the ministry dance, we stepped out in faith. It was a very challenging situation since dancing was not very prevalent in traditional churches. Further, we did not have the training and experience to choreograph dances. So we looked to the hills from whence cometh our help (Psalm 121:1) and sure enough the Lord provided us with Olga Williams, a Christian dance instructor.
“Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.” Psalm 149:3 (KJV)
For several years, our dance instructor under the direction of the Holy Spirit transformed our dance group into a dance ministry. She went to great lengths to explain 1 Corinthians 6:19 with emphasis on “…your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost.” Along with learning the Word of God, she developed our dance technique and taught us about health and nutrition. We became a mighty company of dancers, instruments of praise as we use our gifts and talents to glorify the Lord. The art of dance is an effective medium of worship, evangelism and discipleship.
Training, training and more training.
Dance training was not easy. At times, it was downright grueling. But, it was worth it. Training not only developed my talent but gave me discipline, grace, poise, and balance. A wonderful perk that came with being a dancer is that I gained many more wonderful “sisters” of all ages. (Side note: I have always wanted a younger sister.)
A few years after additional formal dance training, I began to lead and teach our dance ministry. In that office, the Lord continued to give me great illumination and insight into the ministry of dance. An anointed dancer is first and foremost a true worshipper and therefore must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He/She becomes a vessel that God uses to transmit His message to His people. A dance has no power, effectiveness, or impact if it has no anointing. Being skillful is just not enough to positively impact lives.
Over sixty members strong, our dance ministry became integral in the praise and worship life of our church. We also ministered through several dance and drama productions both locally and overseas. Our ministry was devoted to the artistic, social and Christian development of its members, producing anointed dancers who witnessed to Non-Christian, fellowshipped with and encouraged Christians and promoted creativity and the development of the creative process in others.
Dancing is extremely liberating, just great for the soul. Try it! The experience is priceless. I guarantee you that the Lord will use you mightily. You will see your life transformed and enriched through the ministry of dance.
Come discover the Lord of the dance. Hope to see you at our next rehearsal.
Ann Marie Bryan
CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design
Author of Unforgettable, My Love Has Come Along