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Church’ ‘Dance Your Shoes Off’ video goes viral
Michael Foust, Baptist Press
April 22, 2011
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Church’ ‘Dance Your Shoes Off’ video goes viral

Church’ ‘Dance Your Shoes Off’ video goes viral
Michael Foust, Baptist Press
April 22, 2011

HOUSTON — It’s

unlike any Baptist-produced Easter video you’ve ever seen, and it’s gotten more

than 300,000 views on YouTube — and lots of positive feedback from around the

world.

It’s a high-energy music video called “Dance Your Shoes Off,”

and it shows 2,000 members of Second Baptist

Church in Houston

dancing and worshipping to a song about Christ’s resurrection. With the Houston

skyline in the background and with hundreds of curious people watching, the

members move their arms, legs and feet to the choreographed dance steps that

took about a month to learn. At the end of the five-minute video, they point to

the sky, and then walk off the field without their tennis shoes, and we learn

all the shoes — brand new — were collected for people in need.

A video showing 2,000 members of a Houston Baptist church dancing en masse to a song about the resurrection has gone viral on YouTube, with more than 300,000 viewers. See video.

“It’s become much more global and bigger than we had ever imagined,” said Second

Baptist associate pastor Steve Seelig, who got

the idea for the video after watching a similar video in 2010 made by a church

in Hungary. That one was called “Resurrection Sunday Dance,” and involved about

1,300 people dancing in downtown Budapest.

“I was so inspired by that, and I thought, ‘If an Eastern bloc country can do

that, how much more should we in the Bible Belt be able to get out and

celebrate our beliefs?” Seelig told Baptist Press.

The song — called “Rise Up” — may be just as popular as the video and is

available on iTunes with a user rating of five out of five stars. It was

written by Josh Moore, a church member who also is member of the Christian

contemporary group Caedmon’s Call. Lauren James Carney, a worship leader at one

of the church’s five campuses, sang it.

LifeWay Worship has made the video and song available for churches to download

at LifeWayWorship.com.

“The global response to this has been amazing — the number of churches from all

around the world that have contacted us and are going to use this in their

Easter worship services,” Seelig said. “People all over the world are calling

us and saying, ‘This has been such a blessing to us.’”

The video also was intended as a “creative way to invite people to our Easter

services,” Seelig said.

The video includes people from all five campuses dancing, but they didn’t come

together en masse until the day the video was shot. Instead, they practiced at

their respective church campus or at home. The dance steps were made available

on DVD and online. The weekend before the video was filmed, everyone learned

where they would be standing on the field, which had grids. It was shot at

Discovery Green, a downtown Houston

park that the church reserved.

“We had several thousand people there just watching,” Seelig said.

The event produced several inspiring stories. The oldest dancer in the video is

a man in his 80s who had a heart transplant in the past five years and was

saved shortly thereafter. There are children in the video as well as people of

many races.

Not everyone could afford the shoes, but God provided, Seelig said.

“We had a lady who walked up to one of our pastors one Sunday and said, ‘I’ve

learned the dance and bought the tennis shoes but I’ve hurt my leg and I can’t

dance.’ The pastor said, ‘Well, let me work on that.’ He turned around and a

lady walked up to him and said, ‘I’ve learned the dance but we’ve had some

financial hard times so I can’t afford the tennis shoes.’ They put those two

ladies together, and they wore the same size shoe.

“I love stories like that.”

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Foust is associate editor of Baptist Press.)

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