Disclaimer: I am treading on thin ice because religion is a very sensitive subject. I want to say that I am not trying to force my beliefs on any of my readers whatsoever. Rather, this post will concern the relationship of my faith and ballroom dancing. The two frequently intersect.
Dancing is an escape for me. I can be truer to myself when I dance. I’m more open when I dance because I’ve released the weight of self-expectation and feel the need to “perform” less. Dance is a release, plain and simple.
Welcome to another post in my Tango Argentino series. I’ve been chewing on this subject for a while, but I wasn’t sure how to address it. Please bear with me. I promise to go about this as carefully as I can. Here’s the question: How do I approach and handle ballroom dancing as a single, Christian woman?
This is where I would insert the Baptist or Puritan jokes, if I liked them. For the record, there are dance companies with Christian affiliations. An example is Ad Deum, based in Houston. However, the company’s roots are in modern and contemporary dancing. That kind of dancing does have partnering but not the kind I’m addressing. You meet on a person-to-person basis when you dance socially. It’s not colleague to colleague, and you’re more vulnerable. Think about it. In what other situation, medical ones excepted, would you allow someone you don’t know that well to hold you close? That’s the beauty of it and the main reason I love it so.
Still, 1st Corinthians 6:19-20 says that my body is a temple for the Holy Spirit and that I must honor my Lord with my body. That’s why I believe in maintaining physical purity. So, why do I enjoy the Rumba, Bachata, and Tango Argentino? Does it not compromise my physical purity? To be blunt, I may be a Christian, but I’m not dead. I refuse to deny things I know He created for a reason. Of course, that doesn’t mean I’ll be going to bars and trying to pick up either. I find the balance, my golden mean, in dance.
Dance allows me to act. Acting allows me to release all my urges. I may be conveying a persona when doing so, but the feelings I channel are very real. It’s not too different from working out when you’re in a foul mood. It all leaves your body with the sweat. Yeah, I hear what you’re saying, but do you really have to dance? Yes, I do. It is my unique way of worship. But, can’t it go wrong? Again, yes. But, anything can go awry. And I have to ask myself “Is it worth it?” Is ruining my relationship with my partner and spoiling the atmosphere worth a potential romantic fling? Not in the least. What is worth it is continuing to worship through dance while maintaining my integrity.