A Brief History of Dance in the Church

Dance in the church has had an interesting and somewhat tumultuous history. Although dance was very much part of the roots of Christian spirituality coming as it did from Jewish roots, the place of dance in the church was nevertheless questioned and at times rejected outright.

During the middle ages for example, many church edicts outlawed dance as part of Christian worship. This went as far as threatening with excommunication (rejection from the church family) of any who dared to dance inside or even in front of churches. The Synod of Cahors (France) 1206).

The Council of Wurzburg (W.Germany) threatened heavy punishment for anyone who participated in church dance, and described dances at night watches and saints feasts as “grevious sin”. [Read more…]