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  1. Deborah J. Buchanan

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0387

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Buchanan, D. J. 2011. Dance. The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Dance may be broadly understood as spontaneous or intentional bodily movement of an individual or group often used to express emotions, to transmit cultural practices or rituals, and in a religious sense to worship or otherwise acknowledge the divine. Within the Christian tradition, attitudes toward dance have varied across history and throughout the different strains, denominations, and cultures that have embraced the Christian faith.


  • intentional bodily movement;
  • dance, in the old testament;
  • dance, as part of Hebrew worship;
  • NT christians and old testament practices, into worship;
  • gospels, on use of dance as a means of celebration;
  • dance in christian history;
  • dance in the new testament;
  • dance in medieval church history, and the reformation;
  • celebratory dances of Miriam