The history of dance in the Church

We are in a dance culture in the twenty-first century with shows like Strictly Come Dancing, X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and Dancing on Ice regularly hitting the leading places for popular viewing. Dance in the Church as an act of worship has become controversial, although some charismatic, Messianic (Jewish Christians) and orthodox churches practice this. On the other hand dance outside of the Church has become acceptable by most Christians today. This article attempts to show the view on dancing throughout church history.