• Oliver Hodgson

Cumbria’s Dancing Reverend



During times of doom and gloom, a dancing reverend during your Sunday service should lift your spirits.

Reverend Becky Gibbs at St Bee's Priory performed Moky Fit’s routine to ‘Faith’ on Sunday at the weekly Sunday service.

The fun and energetic Becky said: “Last week a Facebook post viral of Catholic Priests dancing an Irish jig to the hymn tune “Lord of the Dance” after Mass. It was so jolly and uplifting that I decided I would give it a go. Not an Irish jig though, I wanted to do something a bit more relevant to St Bee's, so I chose a Moky routine.

“MokyFit is a keep fit class with a difference, Shameem teaches the classes across west Cumbria and before lockdown I was regularly attending classes in Egremont.

“Lockdown is affecting everyone and some light relief and entertainment are much needed. Seeing a Reverend at a Church service finish with a lively MokyFit routine streamed live is quite unexpected but so entertaining and heart-warming. I can't imagine there weren't some nerves but Becky's smile says it all and I'm sure all the congregation watching online thoroughly enjoyed it.

“I chose to do a routine to a song called “Faith” by Stevie Wonder and Arianna Grande because it seemed appropriate considering the setting. Katy loved it and I’m looking forward to the day when we can all dance together again.”

Shameem Arnold of MokyFit added: “Becky has been a regular at my MokyFit classes for 2 years. She's an amazing dancer and I love watching her dance at classes. With the current situation all my classes have moved online, and Becky has continued with the sessions.

“I was thrilled when she messaged to ask me if she could do my Faith dance workout routine at her Sunday service especially as it was inspired by a mutual friend Katy.

“Lockdown is affecting everyone and some light relief and entertainment is much needed. Seeing a Reverend at a Church service finish with a lively MokyFit routine streamed live is quite unexpected but so entertaining and heart-warming. I can't imagine there weren't some nerves but Becky's smile says it all and I'm sure all the congregation watching online thoroughly enjoyed it.

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