DEALING WITH OBJECTIONS TO DANCE
We may sometimes find Christians who object to dance in worship. In these situations it is important that we aim to maintain fellowship and "agree to disagree agreeably". I have found three basic grounds for objection.
1. Specific objections - they may have had a bad experience with dance in church in the past. Areas which may give grounds for complaint include lack of modesty in costuming, poorly presented choreographed dances that were not rehearsed enough, and dancers hearts not being right with God. These are areas that we should aim to get right, in order to glorify God.
2. Some claim it is not scriptural - some Christians may not know about the scriptural references to dance. Few people know of the original physical meanings of the greek and hebrew words translated "rejoice". Some know about the "dance" references but dismiss them as "not for today", particularly the old testament verses. They believe that dance was OK as a form of worship in ancient Israel, but not today.
3. They don't like it - this is at the root of a lot of objection to Christian dance. People often feel threatened by change, and feel comfortable with "routine". Dance as something new can pose a threat. When I first danced in church, the Lord gave me choreography to traditional hymns. I think this was to help the older members to accept dance, and it worked well. Dance is a visual and powerful means of expression, and is used as a means of the Holy Spirit touching and convicting people. It is possible that an individual may resist this, and it may manifest as opposition to the dance group. Sometimes jealousy can come from individuals with low self esteem, who may see the dance group as being what they are not.
In all these situations it is important to pray for the Lord's guidance, and for those who oppose us - Matthew 5 v 44. He will show us how to love them. In some situations He may direct us to introduce dance with sensitivity and wisdom, so that we may bring greater glory to His name.