The Theology of Dance Institute
- The Theology of Dance Institute is a Not-for-Profit Educational Institute dedicated to creating a network of instructors and resources including educational kits and presentations for parishes and schools to experience the joys and benefits of dance.
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The 129 Papal Audiences
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Resources & TOB Classes
- Katrina Zeno
Women of the Third Millennium
Katrina is a longtime national speaker on TOB and a dance instructor
Want to have TOD classes or workshops at your parish or school? Questions, comments or suggestions?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-287-0652
Welcome to Theology of Dance!
What is the Theology of Dance?
Each and every person yearns for purpose and for authentic relationship in his or her life. We want to know what we are made for, to know that what we do has meaning. We also want to be loved by others, to be appreciated for who we are. We also want to express love, to share with others who we truly are.
These needs are met in the Christian faith; in a God who became man and died for us so that we might become his children, his beloved, a new creation in him. In a God who is a family, a communion of persons. Our purpose is clear- we are made to love God with all our heart, all our soul and all our strength, and our neighbor as ourself. He gave everything, knowledge of himself, his Church, the world even our existence, our bodies. Despite what the world may try to tell us, even despite what some in the Church may imply, the human body, male and female, is good, a blessing, so much so that God himself took on human flesh. In understanding what it means to be made male and female in the image and likeness of God we come to understand how to love.
The Theology of Dance is not something made up by man; I know this because it "discovered" multiple times. It is discovered by reflecting on the truth of being made male and female in the image and likeness of God while coming to love the relationship found in dance. The rules of dance are not arbitrary- no one came up with a bunch of rules and said "Let's call this Waltz!" The rules of dance are grounded in the truth of who we are as man and woman, and are based on our bodies and spirits, our biology and psychology as an integrated whole. Partner Dance is both a chaste, intimate, and beautiful friendship as well as a living, breathing form of art. As a friendship it is one of the most practical and effective trainings in Chastity around. As a form of art is a profound analogy for our relationship with God. In fact some of the most moving theology I have ever heard was uttered not by theologians but by dance professionals, who were completely unaware the truths they were conveying as they taught me how to dance. In dance we find highly excellent relationship, almost a return to the Garden of Eden, a rediscovery of what God meant relationship to be.
Then God said: Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness...God created mankind in his image;
in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, saying:
“Be fertile & multiply, fill the earth & subdue it.”
The Human body and it alone has the ability to make the invisible visible, the spiritual and the divine.
Pope John Paul II, The Theology of the Body 19.4
"I should like balls infinitely better" said Carolyn Bingley" if they were carried on in a different manner…It
would surely be much more rational if conversation instead of dancing were the order of the day."
..."much more rational, I dare say" replied her brother, "but it would not be near so much like a ball."
"And this parallel between the Church and the Ball is not so fanciful as some would think. The Church ought to be more like a Ball than it is like a factory or a political party. Or to speak more strictly, they [politics and factories] are at the circumference and the Church at the Centre and the Ball comes in between. The factory and the political party are artificial creations…in them we are not dealing with human beings in their concrete entirety…such artifices are necessary: but because they are artifices we are free to shuffle, scrap and experiment as we please. But the Ball exists to stylize something which is natural and which concerns human beings in their entirety; namely, courtship. We cannot tamper or shuffle so much. With the Church we are farther in: for there we are dealing with male and female not merely as facts of nature but as the live and awful shadows of realities utterly beyond our control and largely beyond our direct knowledge."
C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock
What People are saying about Theology of Dance
"I admit I was Skeptical at first, and I dance, but you had me convinced after 5 minutes. I was blown away."
Colleen, Catholicfest 2013
"A fabulous night! ... I learned more at his class than I did at any other of the reputable dance classes I've
been to over the past few years. He is a skilled professional!"
Ben H., Dinner & Dance Lesson
"Everything Theology on Tap should be!"
Doug, TOT Archdiocese of Chicago 2013
"I've been waithing a long time for someone to create this program. Dance is one of the best ways to
experience and understand the Theology ofthe Body."
Fr. Thomas Loya