Praise dancing is an expression of faith. It uses music, dance, and sometimes specific costumes to emotionally and spiritually connect with people. Often referred to as liturgical dancing, it gets its roots from Christianity, in which gospel songs provide the backdrop of one's movement, and facial expressions tell many stories of trials and tribulations as well as joy and celebration. Praise dancing is also personal, as it is your interpretation of your faith from words of a song that really moves you. You end up wanting to close your eyes to it and dance to it. Personally, praise dancing has reminded me that no matter what's happening in the world right now, everything is still okay, because I believe that God is still in control. Belief in faith is such a positive thing--it keeps hope alive. These songs are from some of my favorite artists: Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Tamela Mann, and Tasha Cobbs, just to name a few, and the movements "preach" a message that is intentional. Therefore, every time we perform, it's not really about ourselves, although we are part of it. It is truly about making a genuine connection with the audience during the few minutes we have.
Arnelle Williams '17