Dance, when you're broken open.
Dance, if you've torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance, when you're perfectly free.
-- Jelaluddin Rumi
Rumi was a 13th century mystic poet who expressed his love for the Divine in terms of romantic love for the Beloved.
The general theme of Rumi's thought, like that of other mystic and Sufi poets of Persian literature, is that of union with the primal root from which he has been cut off and become aloof – and his longing and desire to restore it. Creative love, or the urge to rejoin the spirit to divinity, is the goal towards which every thing moves.
Rumi believed passionately in the use of music, poetry, and dance as a path for reaching God. For Rumi, these arts helped devotees to focus their whole being on the divine, and to do this so intensely that the soul was both destroyed and resurrected. It was from these ideas that the practice of "whirling" dervishes developed into a ritual form. The ritual dance represents a mystical journey of spiritual ascent through mind and love to the Divine. In this journey, the seeker symbolically turns towards the truth, grows through love, abandons the ego, finds the truth, and arrives at the Divine. The seeker then returns from this spiritual journey, with greater maturity, to love and to be of service to the whole of creation without discrimination with regard to beliefs, races, classes, and nations.
(Adapted from Wikipedia By Karen R. Smith.)