Sabrina B: Liturgical Dance Instructor and Workshop facilitator
Liturgical dance, often called Praise dance, incorporates music and movement as a form of worship rather than as an expression of art or as entertainment. Praise dancers use their bodies to express the word and spirit of God. Praise dancers can be old or young, male or female, experienced or novice. Anyone who feels spiritual joy and wants to express it through dance can join in. That said, some praise dance performances are prearranged as choreographed pieces for a select group of dancers in a congregation. Praise dances can also feature a soloist, who may perform with or without set choreography, depending on whether he or she chooses to dance a previously arranged routine, or prefers to dance spontaneously.
Praise dance, as opposed to other forms of worship dance, is typically performed to a faster, more upbeat music tempo . Modern dance seems to be the most popular, but other styles that are used include ballet, jazz, and hip-hop, among others. Historically, dance has been an important part of worship for many cultures and religions around the world. As praise dancing grows in popularity, more and more churches are incorporating it into their services. As with choirs and prayer teams before them, praise dance teams are becoming church ministries.