Saturday, April 23, 2011
By Michael Foust
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.
"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.