Choosing music for praise and worship dance choreography
Below is an excerpt from my ebook Phenomenal Choreography for Worship
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I encourage openness and use of many music styles for worship and praise dance choreography. From a personal perspective, I have long held a preference of Sandy Patty hymns for dancing. Once at a church, a young person approached me with a request. “Sister Jocelyn,” he said, “listen to this music.” The music was that of an artist widely known as a performer with a kind of contemporary gospel music idiom. Viewing the image of the singer on the cover, through a pre-judgment I replied, “Thank you very much. Yet, within my heart, I had immediately determined not to listen to or dance to that style of music.
Months later, I found myself at a loss as to music for an upcoming dance ministry assignment. I visited Christian music stores. Nonetheless, I could not find music that spoke to me. Suddenly, I caught sight of a tape of the music that the young person had presented to me. I put aside pre-judgment and heeded the sudden desire to hear the music I had rejected listening to. I discovered the music lifted up Jesus. Instantly I realized that had I not opened myself to the music I would have passed up a blessing from the Lord who I’m sure had directed the young person and thereby enabled our paths to cross. The point is, as far as music is concerned, be open. Of itself, music is not good or bad. God created music before the world changed it in directions contrary to His intentions. Therefore, in listening to music, be attentive to be sure the lyrics point to Jesus. The music can be, Christian contemporary, worship and praise, traditional hymns or jazz. Be open and listen to the music without prejudging. Consider music suggested or offered to you by others. Always take care that the music is clearly talking about Jesus. Otherwise your search for music will be fruitless.
In the link below is that dance to Yolanda Adam's music. "Let us worship Christ the Lord." Please forgive the quality of the video. This was recorded about
20 years ago at a Christmas celebration in NYC hosted by Rev. Jackie McCullough.