When I think of jazz dance, I think of exuberant, energizing joy. This joy lights up the face and expresses itself in every movement, right to the tips of the fingers. This verse, from 1 Peter 1:8-9, comes to mind:
8 Though you have not seen him [Jesus], you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Inexpressible and glorious joy. Maybe it's not inexpressible if you're doing jazz!
I'm also reminded of the story of Nehemiah, whom God called back to Jerusalem to rebuild the broken walls around the city. The Israelite people had been far from God and when God's Word was read to them, they began to weep. Instead, Nehemiah instructed them to celebrate with all sorts of good food and drink and to set apart that day to God, telling them, "the joy of the Lord is your strength".
v.12 "Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them."
There is great joy in knowing God and experiencing his salvation. That's the joy of the Lord. It's our strength, too.
As we remember Jesus' death and celebrate his resurrection and all that means for your life, may you be filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. And may that joy come out in your dancing and daily living.