Abstract: Movement Aesthetics & Universal Representation


Lisa Wilson

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Dancing the Goodness of God: A rainbow of movement aesthetics or a universal representation?

This paper aims to unpack and provoke critical examination of the hegemonic messages and assumptions laden in some widely practiced models of Christian dance ministry. In this paper the author argues that some Christian dance ministry practices are antagonistic to indigenous movement aesthetics as appropriate doxologies, and only serve to maintain the church’s historical relationship with non-western dance expressions as that of the persecutor and critic rather than the preserver and celebrator of them. The paper contends that these practices dangerously promote a monolithic notion of movement worship antithetical to God’s cultural declaration that every tribe, tongue and nation will proclaim his goodness and which stands to alienate many of God’s creation.


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