Our name, "Tabernacle of Praise", is in reference to the Tabernacle of David, a place and period in the Bible when people were welcomed into the presence of God, not by blood sacrifice and fear, but by the sacrifice of praise and love.
Praise and worship were offered to God continuously and anyone could come freely into the presence of God. This period lasted some forty years, and probably ended when Solomon's temple was built. But God promised in Amos 9:11-12 that he would rebuild David's Tabernacle so that all of mankind could rejoin His family and seek Him.
In Acts 15 we see that this promise refers to Christ and the Church. As people who believe in Jesus, we no longer come into God's presence by blood sacrifice - there was one Sacrifice for us; but we come by the Blood of Jesus Christ, offering the sacrifices of a broken, repentant heart and of grateful praise.
Most of the Psalms were written during the time of the Tabernacle of David, and we see in them, amid references to the many musical instruments used, that dance was an integral part of praising and worshipping the Lord.
We believe that dancers can inspire people to praise the Lord and even lead them to dance before the Lord themselves. But even more importantly, we believe that God takes pleasure when we dance before Him. That is our highest calling and our reason for existing - To Please God!
Everything that "Tabernacle of Praise" does centers around dance. Although we use tambourines, flags, streamers, and banners, they are all part of the dance. We dance with tambourines, flags, streamers, etc.. Dancing is used all over the world as an expression of joy and celebration. In the Bible, when David needed to express his joy to God, he "danced before the Lord with all his might" (2 Samuel 6:14). The Bible says, "There is a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance" (Ecclesiastes 3:4). Serving the Lord fills us with joy, and we express it through joyous dancing. It also seems clear that dancing can also be used to express sorrow and brokenness. In these times, dancing is more about a personal intimacy with God, and less about making a proclamation. Be that as it may, proclaiming God's goodness, love and power, etc. is our primary goal.