In my opinion, spiritual dance in all styles is indeed a necessary form of worship, if it satisfies three things:
1. Cultivates relationships.
This is a spirit led reward that is received as a symbol that God was in the midst of the style of dance that was ministered. It cultivates the relationship between God and the community receiving it, as well as the servant who is serving through their ministry of dance. It bridges the gaps of multi-cultural worship by allowing movement and the spirit to impart a message beyond words alone. It creates imagery that brings us to a sense of gratitude, and congers memories that an individual can identify with for that particular moment.
2. Is used for edification and not entertainment.
The opportunity to dance for Christ is a gift, not a given. It should not be used for entertainment purposes, as that will only impede the wrong type of attention and focus. When the focus is on an individual, other prejudices cloud the mindset, bringing it to a state of worship that will not edify.
3. Mirrors the message of the Messiah.
Through dance the message can be mirrored without words sometimes better than it can be mirrored with words. It was St. Francis Assisi who said, “Preach the gospel at all times and when necessary, use words.” Dance shows others that we do not always have to utilize our words to bring someone to Christ, or show them that we are Christian. It shows that kindness, a genuine spirit and a relationship with Christ seep through a person in other ways that we do not often recognize.