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Should Christians Go Out Dancing

I want to know if it is wrong to be a christian and go out dancing. There are not any christian music dance halls that I know of but I really like to dance.

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i think there is nothing wrong with dancing, i love to dance and i dance all kinds of music, salsa merengue, cumbia etc. (not necesarily christian music)I think dancing non-christian music does not define who you are or what you stand for. I do a lot of voluntary, missionary work becasue is in my heart to do it. I help people in need. The fact that i love to dance does not make me less of a christian, in fact I know christians that attend church every day but yet wont help their own family. So I say if you enjoy dancing, as long as is not vulgar is ok.
---isabella on 2/10/10

Exzucuh, my question was honest. No angle to it. You see, you did not mention the indian tribe were made up of born again Christians. In history we know many tribes believed the buffalo was a god, and so on. That was all. Exzucuh, I am not trying to discredit you. I oppose many things you say, and tell you why. I have heard you say a lot of things that are very good also. That make a lot of sense, but I have heard you interpret very bad, and put different meanings in passages that the passage does not convey. You are doing the same to others. When a discussion is open the Truth comes out. Has nothing to do with you personally. I am happy you are native american, I am a tejano, chicano, hispanic, or latino. I am happy with that too.
---MarkV. on 2/9/10

1 Peter 4:3
For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

Look at the word REVEL and see how it relates to dancing.
---francis on 2/8/10

Markv you are not fooling me at all. you do not care about what tribe I belong to. you are feeling around trying to find some other angle to discredit me. like this man is a heathen angle so what could he know about the Bible.
I have Native American blood but I am not in a tribe.
---exzucuh on 2/8/10

Go ahead! However, I would watch my moves. If dancing close, I would stand back a little.
---catherine on 2/8/10

Markv what god does your tribe dance to?
---exzucuh on 2/8/10

Exzucuh, to what god does the tribe you belong to dance to? This is not a trick question, but an honest one. And please, I don't have a stiff neck. Those were bad choice of words for anyone. If I don't agree I will tell you what I feel and why, it has to agree with Scripture.
---MarkV. on 2/7/10

---MarkV. on 2/6/10 I never said that there was anything wrong with dancing I said people should come out from the world. I am an American Indian and I know something about dancing. We do not dance our tribal dances clutching and groping for lust and pleasure but the dance is an expression of worship and creativity to get God's attention or express
our feelings and history. sometimes tell a story. Godly dancing has never been expressed with a partner, in a seductive manner or in the presence of drunkenness and partying.
---exzucuh on 2/7/10

Not necessarily wrong to dance but the choice of music is the thing. Why not dance to christian music. There is plenty of that around. Dancing is good exercise also. Only the intents and actions make dancing improper and perhaps,ungodly.
---Robyn on 2/6/10

Exzucuh, I also disagree with your views. Those passages do not have anything to do with dancing unless the dancing a person is doing is for a sexual purpose. It's the intentions behind our actions that really count.
I believe dancing can open a door to a lot of trouble. I understand your feelings because I have first hand on the subject of dancing. My former wife when she left me, she was at all kinds of dances. Drinking, dancing with everyone and I took her out of those places two times, my oldest son once. She told me never to do that again. She found her refuge at the dance instead of home. But God who is Almighty took her out for good one day, and she found her refuge in Christ along with me. A great story of God working in our lives.
---MarkV. on 2/6/10

---Donna66 on 2/5/10 They are about being worldly acting like the world.

James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Is what you are doing of faith? Anything not of faith is sin. If it is worldly it is not of Faith. If it is ordained of God it is of faith.
Jesus said that the pharisee's religion was not of Faith. If their is religious things that are not of God then there are things we count as nothing like dancing like the world dances that would be sin.
---exzucuh on 2/5/10

exzucuh-- Your assumption is that all these verses somehow refer indirectly to dancing
(indirectly, since none of them infers any specific activity) and that dancing is therefore a sin.

It's not a convincing argument.
I accept all these scriptures, but not that they necessarily have anything to say about dancing
---Donna66 on 2/5/10

Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you,

1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
---exzucuh on 2/5/10

There is nothing wrong with dancing, King David danced to show his joy.

Your problem is that you don't have a good place to go dancing. If your church has a social hall that could be a good location. Pick the type of dancing you want, Ball Room, Ballet, Square or line get some appropriate music for the type desired and enjoy a wonderful evening or afternoon on a weekend. You don't have to hang out in Bars to have fun or dance. If your church does not have a social hall another one may. Or try renting a school gym for a night and hire off duty police for security. Soft drinks only and enforce it.
---Friendly_Blogger on 2/4/10

Music and dance are powerful. They either bring glory to God or Satan. It is black and white. God inhabits the praises of His people and the great imitator,Satan, does as well. If you do go to a non Christian facility, be of good discernment regarding what types of songs you will dance to. If they are unGodly or abominable, then sit it out (if your spirit allows you to even listen to it). If your conscience does not condemn you and you have faith for this then by all means, engage. Be careful though that you don't get swept up in a spirit of Jezebel in the process. Peraonally, much secular music is offensive to me and actually hurts my spirit. I simply can't listen to it.
---jody on 2/4/10

Lawrence -- "abstain from such earthly plrasures"?
Earthly pleasures such as...your scripture doesn't say. No mention of dancing or anything like it.

EARTHLY PLEASURES is a very broad catagory!
Included under this topic could be activities such as eating, sleeping, exersizing, reading, skiing, swimming, knitting, writing, using a computer, learning new things. Abstinance from some of these "earthly pleasures" could surely be harmfull (as could their over-indulgence). None is sinful in themselves.
---Donna66 on 2/4/10

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Following Christ is not a set of rules. It's a personal relationship with Him.

I appreciated Sandy's response.

However, if one thinks it is wrong to dance, s/he shouldn't. Let every one be convinced in s/he own mind.
---Rod4Him on 2/4/10

A True Christian Is to obstain from such worldly pleasures because it says so here, 1st. John 2 v's 15-16. God Is Strict.
You either serve The God of creation or the god of this world(satan) & his worldly pleasure. The Man-made relid-org's churches are trying to have 1 foot in for God & the other foot in with satans realm. You canNot serve 2 masters.
---Lawrence on 2/4/10

I have read the blogs and wanted to put in my personal situation. We are snowbirds and began coming to Fla in 04. As a teenager, danceing was our main social activity. In the RV parks, dances are popular and we started going to them. I have been a Christian since I was 12. My husband and I only dance with one another and the music is the 50's or big bands. They teach ballroom danceing. It's very good exercise and we have an enjoyable evening. I don't feel any guilt or feel the Holy Spirit is grieved. When applicable, I have danced before the Lord in Church and many times in my own living room.
---Sandy on 2/4/10

If you are married, why not set aside an evening, prepare a favorite beverage and some snacks, roll back the carpet and dance to your hearts content. You and your spouse can have a romantic evening at home dancing to your favorite music. It costs almost nothing.

If your honey thinks he or she is a poor dancer, they have nothing to be self-conscious about. Nobody is watching!
---Donna66 on 2/3/10

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Thank God you know that those dance-halls are not Christian. Christian dancing is only done in worship, praise & glorifying God. Non-Christian music, dancing & dance halls are to lure you into something else (seduce you into doing things that displeases God). Do you ever wonder why most (if not all) of those non-Christian musicians have to use performance enhancing hard-drugs?
---Adetunji on 2/2/10

I think the answer is in the question! And he is the one you should ask. Christians have been dancing for years, As Christians. Soif you are a Christian you would probably have prayed to him before you go out anyway, right!
---Larry on 1/31/10

I dance at home all the time. Its wonderful. Go for it!
---Vicki on 5/11/09

Angela: If you like dancing very much why don't you buy yourself nice videos,cd's to them at home. Also join a church that believe in the holy dance. You can let loose and dance for Jesus,anytime. In the right way and you have nothing to be ashamed of. Dancing is a great exercise and lots of fun. But we as Christians have to be sure we are decent and in order,at all times. Not giving place to the devil and his wordly tactics.
---Robyn on 5/10/09

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I'm a Christian and a ballroom dancer and I believe my kind of dancing is a gift from Yahweh to enjoy life or express yourself
I believe it is more fulfilling and exciting then church sermons
---AlexanderJ on 4/20/09

Dancing itself is not a sin, but going where people drink, curse and set fires of lust is a sin. Don't be entrapped by your love of dancing. Find out where else you could go to have fun.
---Betty on 2/22/09

I am a faithful, Christian woman of integrity who loves to salsa dance. I must confess though that salsa, in particular, is a very sensual dance and I have to really keep myself in check to ensure I am going to dance and dress in ways that promote my decency. I even had to take a break from salsa dancing during a period of lonliness for male attention (I was seeking it in wrong places) Bottom line: be smart and listen to God. If he says take a break, or don't go here- you should trust Him. He doesn't say it to be mean but to guard yor heart and body. But if all is well, dance your heart out girl. :)
---Joyce on 2/22/09

Hi, I'm just guessing here of course, but don't y'all suppose there was dancing at the wedding in Cana? It seems appropriate and maybe they danced up a storm--never know. :)
---Mary on 1/31/09

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1 John 3:21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God. Proverbs 6:16-19 There are seven things God hates, haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that divises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utter lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers. I know we are under grace, but God's personality is revealed in the old covenant. I don't think dancing fits any of the above categories, however gossip does and we know a lot of that goes on in the church. Dancing is ok with God, but be careful with your feelings if they start getting fleshly!
---Bob on 1/30/09

Well, I know David danced before the Lord. I don't know. Just go with what is going on inside of you. Make sure it's God. Some of us God just expects more from. I for one do not believe that it would be right for me. Before someone quotes a scripture, I will. "More is given more is required". There. Have a good day.
---catherine on 1/30/09

I dont think that dancing is a sin, but when you dance at your church off of worldly music it feels sinful to me, because there are so many gospel groups that has music that sounds just as good and you sure can dance off of that and feel really great. Where do we draw the line when it comes to music as far as being a true christian.
---ANGELA on 1/30/09

Why don't you dance at church. That is our domain(Christians).Why go out to a noisy,smoky, stinky dance hall or honky tonk to dance? The music is not the right kind and does nothing for your spirit. Look into other areas to feed your desire for dancing. Perhaps ballroom dancing would be ok. But some of it gets raunchy.
---Robyn on 10/13/07

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Christians are afraid of the world when we need not be. True Christians have the power of the Holy Spirit guiding them to the light while being in the dark. A word of advice for my Christian brothas and sistas: all eyes are on you. There are many people in the world that would love to see you fall. Its all right to go out, but with each breath you take, remember who gives you life. Like the Scripture says, in all ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

---CHARLES on 10/11/07

I do a lot of my dancing at church. Also at home. Why don't you try a nice praise and worship tape/CD at home and dance to it. Great excercise,too! We as Christians do the Holy Ghost dance at church. I always loved dancing before re committing to Christ. I still dance but I have changed the music and my dance partner. My partner is now...King Jesus.
---Robyn on 7/27/07

I love 2dance 2 and I see it as a form of exercise.Some however see it narrow mindedly. If one love to participate for health benefit, I dont see anything wrong in it.If someone criticises, they r seeing it in the narrowmind. God gave us beautiful bodies to b kept in tune,and suitable for a Temple for the Lord. No, its not wrong for christians to dance if for the right reason as above..keep dancing..
---jana on 7/27/07

It depends on where you dance. those dance clubs in LA area are full of drugs, drunks, and fornicators. However if you go to church dances or socials you will probably get a better group of people. So dancing is good..where you dance isn't...and if you are doing the "dirty dancing" that I've seen in most clubs...NO IT IS NOT GOOD TO DANCE LIKE THAT. you will see the pop stars dancing this way too.NOT GOOD.
---Lisa on 7/23/07

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Ex. 15: 20
Luke 15: 23-25
Matt. 11: 14-19
Ecc. 3: 4
I Sam. 18: 6
I Sam 30: 15-16

It would seem like there are a lot of verses which address dancing in a positive way.
---DavidOr on 7/22/07

Did the Bible say we should? Dancing is one of the most provocative excercises u can is suggestive, can be insulting and not Christian..If u want 2go dancing, your not ready to take up your cross..once u take up that cross, your Christ's all the way, the devil cant have u in dance halls..
---jana on 3/21/07

no i dont think is is wrong to do out dancing if you are a christian, as along as it is not provocative. they have teen dances and adult dances, so no , go out and find one and enjoy yourself
---irene7395 on 3/21/07

David danced
---alan_of_UK on 3/20/07

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Check this out: I was taught that Athletics was a sin. The reason is because it leads to other things. Athletics is a way of showing off your body and using your body to get another's attention. I know in many churches now they have Athletics in their youth groups. The same church I grew up in that said Athletics was a SIN, now has Athletics in youth group. They have gone to worldly ways which I do not believe God is happy about. Athletics is of the world not of God.
---John on 3/20/07

I just did a "Cut & Paste" into Word and then replaced Dancing with Athletics.....
---John on 3/20/07

I was taught that dancing was a sin. The reason is because it leads to other things. Dancing is a way of showing off your body and using your body to get another's attention. I know in many churches now they have dances in their youth groups. The same church I grew up in that said dancing was a SIN, now has dancing in youth group. They have gone to worldly ways which I do not believe God is happy about. Dancing is of the world not of God.
---M. on 3/20/07

Christians can do whatever they want... Ask God how he feels... If he says go dance at a party then by all merans DO IT. If you cant get an answer... youre probably not mature enough to engage in a dance with another person that would not anger God anyway.
---saul on 7/20/06

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i think jewish music can be kind of lively with its percussion of timbrels or tambourines, and tabrets or finger cymbals and castanets. And many times i find my insides being inspired to move in rhythm with the music. For the same reason i really like spanish music alot which is similar, and i prefer assemblies that manifest this kind of life. And there are times when the Holy Spirit will move me to Holy Ghost jigs, so yes, don't quench the Spirit, christian dancing is ok.
---Eloy on 10/17/05

I tripped on a hymnal on the floor of the church once, somebody saw it, called the Pastor and I was accused of dancing. I danced right out of that church for good! I guess you self-destruct if you dance too much. At least in some churches.
---Barry on 10/16/05

IF one dances with their spouse, or dances apart from another while refraining from sexual or provocative movement, and in a place that does not offend a Christian walk then how can it be wrong. Much has to do with appearance of evil, performing in an immoral way, or being in a position to offend (turn one away from God). Just see today at how much "dancing" looks like sexual activity, or animal movements. From such turn away my sister.
---mike_fl on 10/14/05

Those of you who said dancing is wrong is because that is what you were taught. I call it hand me down religion. Last year on Valentines Day my church had a dance for couples in a Boy Scout Hall. We had alot of fun. there is nothing wrong with it. God doesn't want a bunch of prunes he wants a joyfull, full of life bunch of people.
---Rebecca_D on 10/14/05

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The Bible says David danced before the Lord.
---Heather on 10/14/05

There are dances with bars held on Friday nights especially for the under 18s. These are run by churches, sometimes at their own premises and sometimes in rented halls. The difference between these and other dances is that the bar is a non alcoholic one. They sell fizzy drinks, still fruit juices, bottled water & snacks. Evening begins with a prayer. The kids have a good time and it ends with a short epilogue. They are all home by 11 p.m. We need more of these if we don't want our kids going elsewhere.
---M.P. on 10/14/05

God love's His creation,nothing wrong to be a christian, the benefits of your soul and for your future to have everlasting life (John 3:16) "FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONE AND ONLY SON,THAT WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE".
Dancing either in the house or church,It can be special number in service, you can give an offering to GOD through your skill by dancing.
---Ma.theresa on 10/13/05

Dance Dance Dance! Dance with Joy! Dance unto the Lord! Praise Him and give Him the glory due His name! God bless you all!
---Jimmy on 10/13/05

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In larger cities thereare non-alcohalic clubs and alot of chrisitan young kids go to those. I have gone too. And I have gone to other clubs like when my sons band was playing
---rache on 10/13/05

Nah, they should go out Praising the Lord.
(You are talking about going out like going home aren't you?)
You have to think about the place, environment, the crowd you will be around, the activity, your testimony, the type of music and even if it is worth it or not.
---Elder on 10/13/05

NKJV Ecc 3:1-8
"To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under Heaven..." (v4) "... A time to mourn, and A TIME TO DANCE..."
Dancing is not sinful unless done in a sinful way - with lustful moves, thoughts, or intentions.
---Marilee on 10/13/05

Madison, that was a great experience at my son's wedding. The bride and her dad had the first dance, then my son and I danced to "Time in a bottle." I love the pictures, especially the smiling close ups. He looked so happy, its something I'll never forget.
---NVBarbara on 10/13/05

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John: I hope you will enjoy the dance with your daughter at her wedding. When my son gets married next year, I look forward to dancing with him.

To everyone else. Dance is not a sin. If it were, then the Bible would not have told us that David danced in front of the ark (naked). Dance is an expression of joy and loving life. Dance to your heart's content.
---Madison on 10/13/05

People have been dancing for the Lord for thousands of about David when he was rejoicing by dancing naked before the Lord, in the streets no less! However, If we dress provocatively and add sexual moves to the dance, then that certainly doesn't please God. Some churches have praise dancing incorporated into the worship service.God is probably clapping in heaven while you dance for Him!
---Elsie on 10/13/05

Nan ... if you study ballet, you will know that all the different moves mean something and some of those are very naughty.

And whilst dancers flesh is covered, dress is very revealing.
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/13/05

Thanks to Mike for your excellent answer, I think you pretty well summed it up. It's not the dance itself that is sinful....what's wrong with a husband and wife doing a lovely waltz? What about ballet? Or a lively tap dance or a soft shoe? If the music is clean, and the participants are pure of heart in what they're doing, I see nothing wrong with dancing.
---Nan on 10/13/05

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Dancing is not a sin. However, what are you dancing too? Are you dancing to worldly music with lyrics that are contrary to God's truth or are you dancing to music that glorify God? Beware of the soft love songs that don't represent "true" love at all.
---Tonya on 10/13/05

People don't be judgemental, rather look at the word for your answers. The bible does not say dancing is a sin. I have been to dances that only play good uplifting music and have been a ballroom dance instructor and know that dances can be fun and a good place for fellowship. Dancing does not have to be lewd or provacative. The olympics is considering dance sport as an event. It is graceful and beautiful just like figure skating. It all depends on your attitude and your motive.
---Mike on 10/13/05

2. Some dances are done to very gentle music with the dancers very elegantly clad from top to toe, face and hands being the only flesh you'll see. There might be many non-Christians at these dances but if that is your other worry (and we cannot avoid mixing with unbelievers anyway) then a dance of this nature could be organized by the church.
---M.P. on 10/13/05

Where does scripture say that dancing is wrong? Isn't it the way we do things and the reason why we do things that is wrong rather than the action itself (in many instances)? If we want to dance we do not have to go where there is alcohol, tobacco etc. Only certain types of dancing are designed to show off the body.
---M.P. on 10/13/05

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It is not dancing that is the problem, it is what is associated with it. The Bible tells us to keep ourselves unspotted from the world. If you cannot see the worldliness and lust associated with the modern dance today then you are blind. People get out on the stage and throw their bodies around in a very seductive way, that is what is wrong with dancing, and it is just as wrong to watch it. Remember the innocent John the Baptist lost his head because of a seductive dance.
---William on 10/13/05

Dancing is a form of entertainment & NOT a sin. Its whats in your mind, if any, that is sinful while dancing, this is what you will be accountable for.It is true while dancing your temptation is greater.Dancing with your Daughter at her weding is an honour & a pleasure to be daddys little girl once again--Go for it John.
---Emcee on 10/13/05

First off, DANCING IS NOT A SIN! There is nowhere in the bible that says that dancing in general is a sin. David danced for the Lord and didn't sin and he was naked!
---Mary on 10/13/05

So are you telling me that it will be a sin to dance with my daughter at her wedding this Saturday? These are hangups that modern religion imposes on God's people. Of course I don't think it's right to go out and hang with the wrong crowd, dance in a lewd manner and carouse, but David danced unto the Lord and some people hated him for it. But if you think it's a sin to dance and you go out and dance than you have sinned.
---John on 10/13/05

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I dance for exercise, it's fun and I see nothing wrong with it. I don't go out dancing, the only real place to do that around here is in bars, not someplace I go. But look at the Bible, David danced, Miriam also danced. Dancing is not wrong, maybe how you do it and where could be a problem.
---bethie on 10/13/05

Hi, its a good question. It says in the bible that everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial. it also says that we should also relate but it depends on how you will do it. Its also about your intention in doing such. For me, theres nothing bad about it as long as you know where you stand and you know your limitation.
---Lorelie on 10/13/05

Dancing in itself is not a sin. The Bible even says there is a time to dance! However look at the atmosphere in the dance clubs. In that environment you are greatly unequaly yoked and Satan's perversions are everywhere. You stand a great chance of being deceived into going down the wrong path there and it's NOT worth it! Put on some Christian music you like at home and dance your heart out for Jesus! Invite other Christian friends if you want!
---Marilee on 10/13/05

When we became christians it did not say we could not have fun it said change from you wicked ways and avoid the appearance of evil start a dance club with your church youth group and use it draw more people find a clean place where there is no drinking and smoking even if the music is a mix as long as it isnt bad lyrics God allows us to have fun as long as we keep it clean and Godly dancing is not a sin it is the nature of the dance that is the sin keep it clean
---andre9789 on 10/13/05

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Dancing is wrong for Christians. dancing leads to all sorts of things. The world goes to bars to drink and dance. It is a worldly activity which Christians should not take part in. I know many churches hold dances and I believe this is wrong. The music played at dances is often about sexual things. Dancing is for showig off your body which is wrong in God's eyes. WWJD
---Craig on 10/13/05

I believe dancing is a sin. It is a worldly activity that has no place in a Christians life. I know many churches now adays hold dances right in the church! This is God's house. Listen to the music and words you dance to. Listen to the message of music. It is all about sex and things. your body is a holy sacrifice not a tool to attract someone and lead them astray by dance moves.
---Shaz on 10/13/05

It depends on where you are going and why you are going and how you dance. Say you go to a club that has a bar in it and it is nothing but dirty dancing? that is not exactly a good idea.
---Kaleo on 10/13/05

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