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The Lord has said, “Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly” (D&C 121:45). The natural follow on principle is found in the thirteenth Article of Faith “… if there is anything virtuous, lovely or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”
Each dance event should provide variety and the opportunity for everyone to socialise and interact in a wholesome way, e.g. progressive dances, ballroom dancing, bush dances, floor shows etc.
“In dances for youth and adults, dress grooming, lighting, dance styles lyrics, and music should contribute to an atmosphere where the Spirit of the Lord can be present … Lights should be bright enough for people to see across the room” (Church Handbook of Instructions, Book No.2 (1998), p.277).
It is important that there is consistency from stake to stake in the accepted dress standards. Examples of modesty and appropriateness of dress are clearly taught in “For the Strength of Youth”. The type of dress should be suitable for the occasion. All grooming and apparel should be neat, clean and modest. Extremes in dress or grooming should be avoided.
“The beat of the music, whether instrumental or vocal, should not overshadow the melody. Music volumes should be low enough so two people standing side by side can hear each other as they carry on a normal conversation”. (Church Handbook of Instructions, Book No.2 (1998), p.277).
Music should be carefully selected well in advance to ensure that the lyrics and beat are appropriate. A designated priesthood leader should approve the play list in advance.
Each stake should provide a member of the stake presidency or high council and at least one other priesthood leader to be in attendance before commencement of the activity and remain for the full duration of the activity.
There should be adequate, mature adult chaperones for the number of youth/young adults involved in the activity (see p.277, Church Handbook of Instructions, Book 2 – English version).
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