Dancing in church, a new kind of praise | KALW

Dancing in church, a new kind of praise

Apr 9, 2018

In some churches when the music starts, so does the praise dancing.

Dancers stand near the choir or the pulpit and perform choreographed routines that mix ballet, modern, and jazz. They are often young girls, who practice every movement and their focus is to praise.

Their movements sometimes literally interpret the songs. Churchgoers watch on sometimes nodding, clapping, sometimes looking a little annoyed at the spectacle of dancing in church.

At the New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Palo Alto, instructor Jamila Wright leads a rehearsal for young praise dancers.

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