Welcome back all. I hope you are ready for some more fun and games. This blog I want to talk about a specific sector of recreation where I find a lot of energy and fun: dance. No, I’m not talking about ballet or contemporary, but rather dance without rules, the kind of dance where you can just let loose.
This summer I worked at a camp called Massanetta where they hold Presbyterian conferences for middle school youth. I plan on writing a later blog where I go into more depth about what I did in Massanetta Springs, Virginia, but for this blog I want to focus solely on the dances we lead. Presbyterians call them “energizers” — and for good reason.
The beat of the music and excitement gets everybody’s enthusiasm up to start the morning off on a positive note. When we lead them, of course there is a little pressure not to screw up the moves in front of hundreds of kids, but at the same time I feel like I can let myself get really into the dances and let the music move me. I feed off of the energy the ‘middlers’ give when they join in full force and you can see them light up eager to participate. I have added a video below where I teach one of my favorite energizers called Open Your Heart to “Face in the Crowd” by The Nylons.
I also have linked a Spotify playlist that contains a line up of other energizers to a wide variety of songs from current hits to classic jams.
Even the Bible mentions dance. You may know the story from 2 Samuel about David dancing in his linen ephod. He dances and shouts to praise the Lord, and what better way than in pure joy?
Below are two other verses from the Bible about dance.
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens: […]
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
“Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!”
So get your heart rate up, check out some other energizers, and praise Him all at the same time. Until next time, never stop playing.