LeAnne Martin
Beauty and the Beholder

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Dance

On Sunday, our church launched a new arts series. The service had almost every type of fine art represented, including dance. Two wonderful dancers, who are also my friends, performed to a song called "Perfume." They use their bodies to praise and worship God, the Creator of the human body. Each of them have been dancing their whole lives. One of my favorite things about seeing them dance is they smile throughout the performance. The beauty of the dance given in worship, along with the beauty of their smiles, add a special and meaningful element to the service every time.

My daughter took dance when she was in preschool. She and her fellow ballerinas were so cute in their tutus, it was almost painful--I knew those precious moments would not last forever. And they didn't, of course. She quit dance at the end of pre-K.

At our house now, dance involves the two of us boogie-ing to her music in her room and an occasional freestyle shuffle/tango that ends with me dipping her in the finale. Which reminds me, we haven't done that in a while. I'm going to suggest it after school today. After all, moments like that will not last forever.


jhand said...

Joshua and I had a moment like that today. It was not dancing, but we stopped at a park on the way home today so we could walk through the woods in the gentle rain and splash in puddles. We stopped on a bridge and tried to play "Pooh Sticks" but our sticks never made it to the other side. When we got home, we changed into some dry clothes, drank hot tea, and cuddled under a blanket on the couch to get warm. A very precious day. I hope that your dancing was just as enjoyable and memorable.

Brenda Leyland said...

Oh, I am so glad to know your place of worship also includes dance as a way to express our love to God.

I would have loved to see the piece entitled "Perfume".....

I grew up in a circle where 'dance' was considered a 'bad' thing, so I never learned to dance. But I'm learning now.... and I love it. More free form in worship, but I'd love to learn some ballet and ballroom. To me, they are both so graceful.

I hope you got a chance to dance with your daughter after school that day!

LeAnne Benfield Martin said...


Loved your moments with Joshua. Sounds like a truly magical day.


LeAnne Benfield Martin said...


Every time I see ballet, I wish I could do it too. I took a ballet/exercise class for a while until the instructor had to give it up. I learned a few things and felt almost like I could do some of the simple stuff someday. I did walk out of class feeling more graceful.

Good for you for learning, too. It's never too late, I think.



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