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above all: worship dance wednesday

The dance starts 50 seconds in.

About the videos chosen for worship dance Wednesday: Unless otherwise noted, I am not in these videos, neither do I know anyone in them. If you have a video that you’d like me to consider posting on my blog, send it my way! I’m always looking for good quality sound and picture, and although the choreography doesn’t need to be perfect, it does need to be a blessing to watch.  ~ballet you say

c me dance

Do you ever make it to the final credits of a movie and wonder WHY did I just spend waste an hour and a half watching that? Maybe you keep watching, thinking it just has to get better, but it never does? Or maybe you keep watching because it’s SO bad and you’re laughing hysterically at how horrible it really is.

I just watched a movie like that. Browsing the dance titles on Netflix, I chose “C Me Dance.”  The movie opens with an odd highway scene, cutting between the terrified driver of a car, a baby in the back seat, and the front grill of a truck barreling down the road.  I had to pause the movie, thinking I had accidentally started a weird horror flick because it surely didn’t seem like a dance movie.

I had the right film. I should have moved onto a different movie right then and there, but if I had done that, I wouldn’t be writing this blog post, you lucky people.

First of all, I’m sure there’s someone somewhere that was blessed or touched by this movie. I am not one of those people. This is one of those films that gives Christian media a bad name with its sub-par acting combined with a ridiculous script. Before I started watching, I didn’t even realize it was a religious piece. Jesus lyrics blaring at the shopping mall–that was the giveaway.

I liked the dancing and most of the music was pretty good too.  During one of the scenes, I thought I recognized a couple of the dancers. I thought, no, it can’t be. Well, maybe it could be. Then I saw their names scroll by in the previously mentioned credits. Well, I’ll be! Hot diggedy dog. It was the Ballet Magnficat dancers. They were the best part of the movie.

The story line was absurd and unbelievable. I leave you with the official trailer so you can see for yourself.

liturgical costumes: the sarcasm and the serious

I came across a seven year old post about liturgical costumes and I laughed the whole way through it and all 47 comments so then I had to go read the post again.

My favorite sarcastic descriptions:

“Also, please note the versatility of this costume, as it also allows you to wear again if ever you had to double as medieval court jester in a pantomime. Glorious!”

“Please also note the flattering V-shape of the blouse, which succeeds in bringing your bosom to the region of your waist ”

“Highly recommended for roles which require you to play the angel atop the Christmas tree.”

To read more and to see the costumes being described, go here.

no more sarcasm, my serious opinion

Liturgical dance costumes should be both modest and flattering. As we focus on worshiping God, our clothing should reflect the intent and rhythm of the dance whether it’s reverent worship or joyful upbeat praise. Modesty doesn’t have to equal frumpy or ugly (what I would consider most if not all of the costumes at the above link.) Wearing something unattractive would be as much of a distraction for the audience as dressing immodestly. Our garments of praise can and should be beautiful since the One who gave us dance and the One we dance for is a God of beauty.

messiah by twila paris: worship dance wednesday

About the videos chosen for worship dance Wednesday: Unless otherwise noted, I am not in these videos, neither do I know anyone in them. If you have a video that you’d like me to consider posting on my blog, send it my way! I’m always looking for good quality sound and picture, and although the choreography doesn’t need to be perfect, it does need to be a blessing to watch.  ~ballet you say

worship dance wednesday: you raise me up

It’s a bonus day. I couldn’t decide between these two videos, so I posted them both. I even posted a 3rd version of this song on my facebook last week. For those of you waiting on pins and needles to read about my recent class and rehearsals (you know, all three of you) I’ve been working on it and it’s coming later today.

Just a note about this second video: the zoomed in action doesn’t start until 40-50 seconds into the song. So wait out the intro or fast forward. These dancers are in sync and are beautiful.