Davidic Dance Steps

These dancing terms are known as either Davidic or Levitical. These terms are international.  Davidic comes from King David who danced before the Lord.  Levitical refers to the dancing that the priests did in Israel as part of the worship. .

KEY: R= Right  L=Left  F= Forward  B=Backward  H=Hop  Ct=Counts  Pt=Point  x=Times  RF=Right Foot  LF=Left Foot  CW= Clockwise  CCW=Counterclockwise)

Balance: (2 cts)  Lean R, Lean L

Box: (8 cts or 4 cts without hops)

Facing center, step forward on RF & Hop, cross LF over RF & Hop, Step backward on RF & Hop, Step to Left on LF & Hop

Cherkessia (R)  (4 cts)

Rock Forward on RF (Picking up LF),  Rock backward on LF (Picking up RF), Rock further back on RF (Picking up LF),  Rock forward on LF.

Cherk or Coupe (R) (2 cts)

Rock forward on RF (Picking up LF)  Rock back on LF and place RF next to LF.

Cherk or Coupe (L) (2 cts)

Rock forward on LF (Picking up RF)  Rock back on RF and place LF next to RF.

Double Cherk:  (6 cts)

R Cherk to Left, L Cherk to Right.

Kibbutz (R)  4(cts)

RF steps Right, LF crosses behind RF, RF steps Right, place LF heel down & toes up (Or Hop on RF & kick LF up).  Repeat to Left.

Half Kibbutz (2 cts to R, 2 cts to L)

Step on RF, place LF heel down & toes up, Step on LF, place RF heel down and toes up.

R Yemenite

(3 or 4 counts)  RF steps Right, LF step backward, RF crosses over LF (Pause or hop to make 4 cts.)

L Yemenite

(3 or 4 counts)  LF steps Left, RF steps Backward, LF crosses over RF (Pause or hop to make 4 cts)

Schlep Step or Step together Step (R) (2 cts)

RF steps Right, LF crosses behind RF (Can Repeat)

(Schlep step variation is the same as: Step together Step)

Step together Step (R)  (4 cts)

RF steps forward, LF steps forward next to RF, RF steps forward again, LF steps next to RF with toes only touching floor and pause.  (Can be repeated starting with LF)

Debka: (2 cts)

Both feet together jump in place to the Right, then to the Left.

Cross Mayim:  (4 cts)

RF crosses over LF, LF steps Left, RF crosses behind LF, LF steps Left again.

Open Mayim (5 cts)

LF steps Left, RF crosses over LF, LF steps Left, RF crosses behind LF, LF steps Left.

Hopping Mayim (R)  (8 cts)

Facing CCW Hop RF, Hop L & Pivot 180 degrees over Left shoulder, CCW Hop RF backward, Hop LF Backward.

Backwards Hopping Mayim: (8 cts)

Face CW – Travel CCW  RF step Back & Hop, Face out & Hop on LF,  RF crosses over LF & Hop, Pivot in over R shoulder & Hop on LF to Face Center;  Chasse (3 cts)  Step Forward R-L-R, Back Chasse (3 cts) Step Backward L-R-L

Moshav (R) (2 cts)

RF steps Right, LF slides to the Right and Kicks R heel.

Polka (R) (3 cts)

RF steps Right, LF steps next to RF, Pick up RF and step down in place.

Polka (L)  (3 cts)

LF steps Left, RF steps next to LF, pick up LF and step down in place.

2 pt turn Right (2 cts)

RF steps Right, Turn over Right shoulder on to LF

3 pt turn Right (3 cts)

RF steps Right, Turn over Right shoulder on to LF, Continue turning and step on RF.

4 pt turn Right (4 cts)

RF steps Right, Turn over Right shoulder on to LF, Continue turning and step on RF, then lean Left to LF

7-Up Mayim (R) (8 cts)

Mayim 2x to Right & Hop on 7th ct, Repeat to Left.

3-Up Mayim (R)

(8 counts) – Mayim 2x to Right and Hop on 3rd ct.

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