The Dance Steps and Meaning
Davidic dance steps can be basic for congregational use or more complex depending on the type of worship.
The Davidic worship dance, popular among Messianic worshippers, follows the patterns of Israeli folk dancing over the years which has, as well as from Israel, adapted dances from the various diaspora settlements.
Traditionally, dance is meant to unite communities in rejoicing; in the joyous worship of God/Elohim. The circle dance, holding hands, moving together as one, represents unity in worship.
The dance is another way of praying. It is worshipping with body, mind and soul.
Dance for Joy honours and thanks all of our teachers and contacts who have passed on their knowledge to our group so that we may now also pass on the knowledge to those who join us and the readers of this page.
Some of the worship dance steps we use (in alphabetical order) are:
Balance - Balance/sway right-balance/sway left – resting/trusting in Elohim. Arms bent at the elbow, hands facing partner/outward. Can also be linked at elbows - hand to elbow.
Chasse - RF steps forward or to the side, LF steps next to right foot, RF steps in place (stomping) ie. watchmen on the wall, standing guard.
Tcherkessia - RF steps/leaps forward, LF lifts and steps in place, RF steps back, LF steps in place – worshipping Elohim. Arms thrown high in worship.
Coupe - Half a mayim (lift back foot and replace) step back feet together - bending at the waist - bowing before Elohim. Arms bend at waist. There are several variations of this step.
Circle - Drawing a circle with the foot - God’s covenant with His people.
Palm to palm - assists balance and implies unity with worshippers. The palm of our hands represents our volunerability.
Holding hands - unity. Usually one palm upward, the other palm downwards in a gesture of giving and receiving.
Davids - Leaps to the side - these can be fast, or slow and worshipful accompanied by bending from the knees. Arms extend out as feet step or leap to the side and cross as legs cross. Joy and worship.
Full turns - Can be two, three, four step travelling turns ,or tight step together step turns, claiming Elohim reigns over all the world – He is everywhere and everything to everyone.
Kibbutz - Mayim 3 steps R, on fourth step LF places heel down, usually 4th step with hands up - a joyous celebration of victory in Elohim .
Mayim - A grapevine type step, travelling, one foot in front, the next step behind, the next step in frong - repeated - mayim is Hebrew for water and water is symbolic of the flow of the Ruach Ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit).
Walking/Running - Usually a strong heel walk (goose step) to symbolise strength and joy. Runs can include high back kicks.
Yemenite - RF steps back (or to the side), LF joins, RF returns to position, LF joins. This step is frequently used in many varietes - back yemenite, left yemenite, right yemenite, hopping, fast, slow etc. It is symbolic of our need to frequently step back, pause, and rest in the word of God/Torah - Bible, before going forward as Elohim's servants.
Dancing the Davidic worship dance in a circle is our favourite form, although the dance can also be performed as a line dance, with partners and individually as free dance.
It can also be prophetic.
Props include chiffons, ribbons, flags and tambourines.
While the above represent the basic Davidic dance steps (based on Israeli folk) used by Dance for Joy there are many variations of each step and its meaning. Dances can be joyous and energetic, or slower and worshipful. Worshippers may also interpret the significance of each step differently as they bless HaShem (God) in their dance. We believe the heart is the key to worship and that HaShem is blessed by all types of dances offered to Him with a worshipping heart.