Posted by: drjamm | November 19, 2008

Dance as prayer

To the universe belongs the dancer, who ever does not dance does not know what happens. – Jesus


Today I received a wonderful email with links to two dance performances that showed how dance can be used to build community and raise Spirit across the planet. In the first video (, Mathew Harding travels the world dancing a magic spell that captivates and delights everyone he encounters. In the second video ( two light-hearted dancers give directions on how to dance as a form of prayer — more specifically on how to do the Gratitude Dance. The “Gratidudes,” Brad Morris (BradiDude) and Matthew Ashdown (MattiDude) have put together a video and web site ( dedicated to living the Grateful Life.

I was so moved to Happiness and Delight after seeing these two videos that I had to write up a blog entry of appreciation and share it with you. What I admire most is how these artists use dance as a moving spiritual prayer to show our connections to and deepen our relationships with each other — and all the while making me laugh with the Joy they create.

When I searched for a photo that most expressed the power, delight, and exuberance contained in the quote and 2 videos listed above, there was no topping Chiara Caruthers in her press release ad (photographed by Marc Hauser) for the So Happy Dance in Chicago.

So along with these dancing treasures, I am sending along my wishes that your day — and mine — are filled with Dance, Delight, and Laughter. Blessed Be.

Credits and links:

Quote credit: Above quote from is from Jesus, from the Round Dance of the Cross, Acts of John, 95, 16-17, New Testament Apocrypha, Henneck-Schneemelcher Philadelphia 1964 Volume 2.299

Photo credit: SO HAPPY Dance Chiara Caruthers prepares for this year’s big Dance Chicago festival. Photo: Marc Hauser

(bright heart singing, copyright 2008 – jamm. Creative commons attribution, non-commercial sharing only (translation: feel free to quote me in context or use this entry but please always credit me for my work, thanks.)


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