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Should all forms of dancing be banned?

Yes, all dancing arouses the passions.
No, folk dancing should be allowed.
No, only dirty dancing should be banned.
No, see my reply below.
I am not sure.

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Should all forms of dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?

Personally, I see nothing wrong with modest traditional Greek folk dancing as is done in Greek Orthodox Churches.
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Re: Should dancing be banned?
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2013, 06:07:05 PM »
Banned in what way and for whom?
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Re: Should dancing be banned?
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2013, 06:08:42 PM »
And who is doing the banning?
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Re: Should dancing be banned?
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2013, 06:10:45 PM »
And who is doing the banning?

Good question. The parish council and the priest? The hierarchs?

Frankly, I do not see anyone banning dancing of any kind.

This whole idea of banning dancing would become too delicate an issue. If people feared that they might be tapped on the shoulder and asked to leave a dance, this action might chase people away from the church permanently.

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Re: Should dancing be banned?
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2013, 06:11:05 PM »
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Re: Should dancing be banned?
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2013, 06:11:59 PM »

It would be too delicate, and would chase people away.

IOW, the ban itself would create a dance?
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Re: Should dancing be banned?
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2013, 06:12:12 PM »
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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2013, 06:14:00 PM »
Is the prohibition on any dance on church property or anywhere and at all times?
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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2013, 06:16:54 PM »
Is the prohibition on any dance on church property or anywhere and at all times?

Hey, this is not a scientific poll.

But if you read the thread title, you would know that I referred to church events on church property.
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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2013, 06:25:10 PM »
on church property, in early fifties, stalinist romania:

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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2013, 06:34:22 PM »
on church property, in early fifties, stalinist romania:


Oh man, those ankles are riling up my passions real bad.

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Re: Should dancing be banned?
« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2013, 06:42:10 PM »

It would be too delicate, and would chase people away.

IOW, the ban itself would create a dance?

I bet it would! Now they would need a band to play this banned.
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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2013, 07:05:59 PM »
on church property, in early fifties, stalinist romania:


Definitely 50s in style. Nice shot.
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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2013, 07:11:40 PM »
If you don't like dancing, you're way too conservative.

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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2013, 07:13:09 PM »
If you don't like dancing, you're way too conservative.
conservative of what? way too stupid, rather.

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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #15 on: October 22, 2013, 07:27:04 PM »
If you don't like dancing, you're way too conservative.
conservative of what? way too stupid, rather.

Many Baptists do not think that dancing of any kind is acceptable for a Christian.

Did not some of the Church Fathers also condemn dancing?
Or was dancing related to prostitution at that time?
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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #16 on: October 22, 2013, 07:28:37 PM »
Many Baptists do not think that dancing of any kind is acceptable for a Christian.
Nor drinking, but they do both in secret.
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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #17 on: October 22, 2013, 07:29:25 PM »
it's bc dancing leads to sex; and sex to dancing.

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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #18 on: October 22, 2013, 07:35:43 PM »
If dancing was the worst thing we had to worry about, we would be in paradise.

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Re: Should dancing be banned?
« Reply #19 on: October 22, 2013, 07:54:33 PM »
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« Reply #20 on: October 22, 2013, 07:55:20 PM »
As clarification, what is "dirty dancing"?  I assume you are not referring to the movie?
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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #21 on: October 22, 2013, 08:22:38 PM »
As clarification, what is "dirty dancing"?  I assume you are not referring to the movie?

What is your definition of dirty dancing?

If you have ever watched Dancing with the Stars, whenever the judges rule a dance to be hot and sexy and fall off their chairs, that is probably dirty dancing.
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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #22 on: October 22, 2013, 08:23:35 PM »
If that ever happened in a festival at my parish, I'd be pretty surprised.
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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #24 on: October 22, 2013, 08:25:50 PM »
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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #25 on: October 22, 2013, 08:26:58 PM »
As clarification, what is "dirty dancing"?  I assume you are not referring to the movie?

What is your definition of dirty dancing?

If you have ever watched Dancing with the Stars, whenever the judges rule a dance to be hot and sexy and fall off their chairs, that is probably dirty dancing.
I've never watched the show.  Perhaps I shall do so now for research purposes.
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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #26 on: October 22, 2013, 08:29:50 PM »
If that ever happened in a festival at my parish, I'd be pretty surprised.

At our local Greek Orthodox Church, at the worker's party which follows the festival, some wild dancing occurs as the party winds down. Since the priests have left, some couples really go at it. Nobody does anything.

However, worse than dancing at church, are the movies that Hollywood continues to pump out. Movies with a PG or PG-13 rating make some Orthodox Christian grandma's and great grandma's blush. When I talked with our Greek Matriarch a few weeks ago, she said that she refuses to watch the recent movies. She finds that they lack entertainment value with all the shocking incidents portrayed.
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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #27 on: October 22, 2013, 08:32:50 PM »
If that ever happened in a festival at my parish, I'd be pretty surprised.

At our local Greek Orthodox Church, at the worker's party which follows the festival, some wild dancing occurs as the party winds down. Since the priests have left, some couples really go at it. Nobody does anything.

However, worse than dancing at church, are the movies that Hollywood continues to pump out. Movies with a PG or PG-13 rating make some Orthodox Christian grandma's and great grandma's blush. When I talked with our Greek Matriarch a few weeks ago, she said that she refuses to watch the recent movies. She finds that they lack entertainment value with all the shocking incidents portrayed.
This happens at your Greek Festivals?!?!?  :o :o :o



I would probably have an issue with that.
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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #28 on: October 22, 2013, 08:33:53 PM »
As clarification, what is "dirty dancing"?  I assume you are not referring to the movie?

What is your definition of dirty dancing?

If you have ever watched Dancing with the Stars, whenever the judges rule a dance to be hot and sexy and fall off their chairs, that is probably dirty dancing.
I've never watched the show.  Perhaps I shall do so now for research purposes.
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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #29 on: October 22, 2013, 08:34:26 PM »
If that ever happened in a festival at my parish, I'd be pretty surprised.

At our local Greek Orthodox Church, at the worker's party which follows the festival, some wild dancing occurs as the party winds down. Since the priests have left, some couples really go at it. Nobody does anything.

However, worse than dancing at church, are the movies that Hollywood continues to pump out. Movies with a PG or PG-13 rating make some Orthodox Christian grandma's and great grandma's blush. When I talked with our Greek Matriarch a few weeks ago, she said that she refuses to watch the recent movies. She finds that they lack entertainment value with all the shocking incidents portrayed.
This happens at your Greek Festivals?!?!?  :o :o :o



I would probably have an issue with that.

Just during the Weddings. They put their clothes on for the receptions.
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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #30 on: October 22, 2013, 08:36:52 PM »
Orthodox Jews separate dancing by sex; they even put up a screen to prevent the one sex (the men) from peaking on the other sex.

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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #31 on: October 22, 2013, 08:38:04 PM »
Orthodox Jews separate dancing by sex; they even put up a screen to prevent the one sex (the men) from peaking on the other sex.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't there also a rule about hearing the opposite sex sing?
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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #32 on: October 22, 2013, 08:39:39 PM »
As clarification, what is "dirty dancing"?  I assume you are not referring to the movie?

What is your definition of dirty dancing?

If you have ever watched Dancing with the Stars, whenever the judges rule a dance to be hot and sexy and fall off their chairs, that is probably dirty dancing.
I've never watched the show.  Perhaps I shall do so now for research purposes.

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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
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« Reply #34 on: October 22, 2013, 08:42:35 PM »
Orthodox Jews separate dancing by sex; they even put up a screen to prevent the one sex (the men) from peaking on the other sex.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't there also a rule about hearing the opposite sex sing?

Men cannot hear women sing, but women can hear men sing.

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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #35 on: October 22, 2013, 08:42:43 PM »
If that ever happened in a festival at my parish, I'd be pretty surprised.

At our local Greek Orthodox Church, at the worker's party which follows the festival, some wild dancing occurs as the party winds down. Since the priests have left, some couples really go at it. Nobody does anything.

I saw my first "twerk" at a GOA parish hall.  I will never forget it: I've tried.
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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #36 on: October 22, 2013, 08:43:11 PM »
Orthodox Jews separate dancing by sex; they even put up a screen to prevent the one sex (the men) from peaking on the other sex.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't there also a rule about hearing the opposite sex sing?

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« Reply #37 on: October 22, 2013, 08:46:48 PM »
If that ever happened in a festival at my parish, I'd be pretty surprised.

At our local Greek Orthodox Church, at the worker's party which follows the festival, some wild dancing occurs as the party winds down. Since the priests have left, some couples really go at it. Nobody does anything.

I saw my first "twerk" at a GOA parish hall.  I will never forget it: I've tried.

Wow. That's something else.

I mean, I don't always conduct myself well in my parish hall, but whenever the urge to say something wildly inappropriate comes (as it does often), I can at least remind myself that I'm at church... maybe that isn't so much of an assurance anymore?

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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #38 on: October 22, 2013, 08:49:50 PM »
Yes, all dancing arouses the passions.    - 2 (14.3%)
No, folk dancing should be allowed.    - 3 (21.4%)
No, only dirty dancing should be banned.    - 6 (42.9%)
No, see my reply below.    - 3 (21.4%)
I am not sure.    - 0 (0%)
   
Total Voters: 11

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Two said that all dancing arouses the passions. Really?
Even folk dancing?
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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #39 on: October 22, 2013, 08:54:38 PM »
If that ever happened in a festival at my parish, I'd be pretty surprised.

At our local Greek Orthodox Church, at the worker's party which follows the festival, some wild dancing occurs as the party winds down. Since the priests have left, some couples really go at it. Nobody does anything.

I saw my first "twerk" at a GOA parish hall.  I will never forget it: I've tried.

Wow. That's something else.

I mean, I don't always conduct myself well in my parish hall, but whenever the urge to say something wildly inappropriate comes (as it does often), I can at least remind myself that I'm at church... maybe that isn't so much of an assurance anymore?

Nope.  The twerking occurred directly in front of me, and I was seated with priests.  

I've also seen married couples cuddling excessively on the line for Communion.  By excessive, I mean it was arguably the initial phase of foreplay.  But that was a different EO jurisdiction.

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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #40 on: October 22, 2013, 08:56:04 PM »
Two said that all dancing arouses the passions. Really?
Even folk dancing?

I suppose it depends on how restrictively you're defining "the passions".  Lust isn't the only one that could be aroused by dancing. 
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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #41 on: October 22, 2013, 08:56:26 PM »
If that ever happened in a festival at my parish, I'd be pretty surprised.

At our local Greek Orthodox Church, at the worker's party which follows the festival, some wild dancing occurs as the party winds down. Since the priests have left, some couples really go at it. Nobody does anything.

I saw my first "twerk" at a GOA parish hall.  I will never forget it: I've tried.

Wow. That's something else.

I mean, I don't always conduct myself well in my parish hall, but whenever the urge to say something wildly inappropriate comes (as it does often), I can at least remind myself that I'm at church... maybe that isn't so much of an assurance anymore?

Nope.  The twerking occurred directly in front of me, and I was seated with priests.  

I've also seen married couples cuddling excessively on the line for Communion.  By excessive, I mean it was arguably the initial phase of foreplay.  But that was a different EO jurisdiction.

Sometimes, I'm scared of being in communion with you all.  :P      

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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #42 on: October 22, 2013, 08:56:57 PM »
That does remind me of a joke folks used to tell about how Baptists frowned on pre-marital sex because it might lead to such carnal desires as dancing.
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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #43 on: October 22, 2013, 08:57:57 PM »
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Except they ain't dancing.  Is that you in the center?
what do you think they dressed up for? every sunday-lent excluded- there was dancing in the churchyard.

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Re: Should dancing be banned in Orthodox Christian Halls and Festivals?
« Reply #44 on: October 22, 2013, 08:58:28 PM »
Two said that all dancing arouses the passions. Really?
Even folk dancing?

I suppose it depends on how restrictively you're defining "the passions".  Lust isn't the only one that could be aroused by dancing. 

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