Our Lord will dance with us

Because dance is an embodied art, it can act as a powerful illustration of the truth of Christ’s incarnation, offering us another language and vocabulary with which to communicate and experience God. Through Christ’s incarnation, even our earthly bodies – though not yet existing in the form they will have in heaven – are given a measure of glory. The art of dance gives us another way of celebrating this mysterious truth. In the same essay, Fujimura continues:

 Christians should be the first in line to see and applaud this fusion of body and

soul. Christ is not an ideology, a sentiment, or a mental image, but a fusion of

body and Spirit. Scripture speaks of how God turns our “wailing into dancing”

(Psalm 30:11). Our bodies are not empty shells to be filled with souls but are

mysterious and inexplicably tied to our redemption. Our Lord will dance with us

in the coming age, and we should begin to prepare for that day.

PRAISE HIM WITH THE DANCE:

INCARNATION, CREATION, AND THE SACRED ART OF MOVEMENT

 

A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of Baylor University

In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the

Honors Program

By Mariah Sky Franklin

Waco, Texas

May 2015

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Acknowledgments…………………………………………………………………………………………….iii

Dedication……………………………………………………………………………………………………….iv

Chapter One: Introduction ………………………………………………………………………………….1

Chapter Two: Sacred Dance ……………………………………………………………………………..11

Chapter Three: Historical Evidence of Christian Dance………………………………………..32

Chapter Four: Dance as Christian Art…………………………………………………………………69

Chapter Five: Sacred Dance, C. S. Lewis, and the Life of the Spirit ………………………84

Appendices……………………………………………………………………………………………………..95

Appendix A: Easter Procession ………………………………………………………………..96

Appendix B: “Divine Romance” ………………………………………………………………97

Appendix C: “C. S. Lewis Song”………………………………………………………………98

Appendix D: Interview with Sheila Kogan……………………………………………….102

Appendix E: Arts Organizations……………………………………………………………..111

Bibliography …………………………………………………………………………………………………112

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“Divine Romance” Performed at the Baylor Dance Company Spring Showcase, April 2012 Choreography: Mariah Sky Franklin Music: Phil Wickham

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