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Davidic Dance Steps

Inner Court Dancers

Davidic comes from King David who danced before the Lord; and the dancing around his Tabernacle. Levitical refers to the dancing of the priests in Israel as part of Temple worship, and they danced before the Ark of the Covenant before going into battles. During Sabbath services at the Western Wall in Jerusalem everyone dances: men, women, soldiers, and those of the nations who join them.

These dance terms and steps are international. Any Messianic congregation that worships with dancing, you can usually join a circle. Messianic means ‘of the Messiah.’ If you are a gentile who believes in Yeshua, you are grafted into the Messianic Jewish family and can enjoy the blessings of millennial of Biblical history.

The steps below are in alphabetical order, not order of difficulty. One star indicates easier steps that are used more often; more stars become more difficult.

R= Right, L=Left, F= Forward, B=Backward, H=Hop, Pt=Point, x=Times, RF=Right Foot, LF=Left Foot, CW= Clockwise, CCW=Counterclockwise

*Balance: (2 counts)
Lean or rock R, Lean or rock L

Box: (8 counts or 4 counts 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

***Backwards Hopping Mayim: (8 counts)
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 counts) Step Forward R-L-R, Back Chasse (3 counts) Step Backward L-R-L

*Cherkessia (R) (4 counts)
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 Coupé (R) (2 counts)
Rock forward on RF (Picking up LF) Rock back on LF and place RF next to LF.

*Cherk or Coupe (L) (2 counts)
Rock forward on LF (Picking up RF) Rock back on RF and place LF next to RF.

**Double Cherk: (6 counts)
R Cherk to Left, L Cherk to Right.

***Debka: (2 counts)
Both feet together jump in place to the Right, then to the Left.

*Kibbutz (R) (4 counts)
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.

*Kibbutz (Half) (2 counts to R, 2 counts to L)
Step on RF, place LF heel down & toes up, Step on LF, place RF heel down and toes up.

*Cross Mayim: (4 counts)
RF crosses over LF, LF steps Left, RF crosses behind LF, LF steps Left again.

*Open Mayim (5 counts)
LF steps Left, RF crosses over LF, LF steps Left, RF crosses behind LF, LF steps Left.

*Grapevine
Mayim with any number of counts.

***Hopping Mayim (R) (8 counts)
Facing CCW Hop RF, Hop L & Pivot 180 degrees over Left shoulder, CCW Hop RF backward, Hop LF Backward.

*Moshav (R) (2 counts)
RF steps Right, LF slides to the Right and Kicks R heel.

**Polka (R) (3 counts)
RF steps Right, LF steps next to RF, Pick up RF and step down in place.

**Polka (L) (3 counts)
LF steps Left, RF steps next to LF, pick up LF and step down in place.

**Schlep Step or Step together Step (R) (2 counts)
RF steps Right, LF crosses behind RF (Can Repeat)
(Schlep step variation is the same as: Step together Step)

*Step together Step (R) (4 counts)
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)

*2 pt turn Right (2 counts)
RF steps Right, Turn over Right shoulder on to LF

*3 pt turn Right (3 counts)
RF steps Right, Turn over Right shoulder on to LF, continue turning and step on RF.

*4 pt turn Right (4 counts)
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 counts)
Mayim 2x to Right & Hop on 7th count Repeat to Left.

*3-Up Mayim (R) (8 counts)
Mayim 2x to Right and Hop on 3rd count.

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

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

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Davidic Dance Study

Davidic comes from King David who danced before the Lord; and the worship dancing that happened around his Tabernacle for 40 years. The Bible references many different accounts of ‘dancing’ for the Lord. Below, you will find a few with a small explanation of what was happening that caused the dancing.

1.  Exodus 15:20: The Hebrews had been set free from bondage in Egypt, but the Pharaoh pursued them and they were caught between his armies and the Red Sea. After their deliverance through the Sea, there was dancing.

“And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.”

Question: The Hebrews, had “timbrels” or tambourines. Did they have them while enslaved in Egypt? Could they have danced while living in Egypt?

2.  2 Samuel 6:14: David, a man, a warrior and a King, returned the abandoned Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem with dancing. He placed the ‘throne of Adonai’ in a ‘tent’ next to his palace where worship for the God of Isra’el took place 24 hours per day, seven days per week for 40 years. The Hebrew word karar used for ‘danced’ does not imply chaotic dancing, but a choreographed dance of whirling and twirling that was characteristic of community joy in the presence Adonai.

“Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.”

Question:   How was King David dressed when he brought the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem. Do a little research on ‘linen ephod.’ Why did David’s wife react the way that she did?

3.  Psalm 149:3, Psalm 150:4: King David was a ‘man after God’s heart’ because of his love for worship and praise. He wrote many love Psalms to Adonai that were used at his Tabernacle to worship the King of Kings. The Hebrew word for ‘dance’ in the Psalms is machol and means ‘circle dance.’ In order to have a ‘circle dance,’ there needs to be several people making up the circle.

“Let them praise His name with timbrel and dance.”

Question: Read Psalm 30:11. How is the ‘circle dance’ used in this verse?

4.  Jeremiah 31:4: Jeremiah prophesies of a day, when Isra’el will be rebuilt and there will be rejoicing with instruments. On that day everyone will want to go to Mount Tziyon to worship the Go of Isra’el. That ‘day’ is the Messianic Era when Yeshua will reign from Mount Tziyon in Jerusalem.

“Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel!  You shall again be adorned with your tambourines, and shall go forth in the dances of those who rejoice.”

Question: Read Matthew 25:1-13, Romans 2:29-30, 11:11-24; and Ephesians 2:11-21. Who is ‘virgin Israel?’ What will you be doing as the Virgin of Isra’el?

Dancing was not just an ‘old testament’ activity. There are several accounts of dancing in the new testament, too.

5.  Luke 15:25: This dancing account is found Yeshua’s Parable of the Prodigal Son, a parable about a son who was lost, but then found his way back to his father.

“Now his elder son was in the field and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing.”

Question: What was happening that people were dancing? What was the elder’s son reaction?

6.  Acts 6:5: As the Messianic congregation added more gentiles to the Jewish community, there were complaints that gentile widows were not receiving their daily needs. The apostles suggested choosing seven men to help with the work. They chose a man named Prochorus to be a deacon. In Greek, this man’s name means ‘leader of the dance.’

“Prochorus was chosen to be a deacon.”

Question:  When did this event happen? Why was a man the ‘leader of the dance?’

7.  There are no prohibitions against dance in the Bible.  There are examples of dance taking place in a negative context, but in each instance, dance is be being misused either as a form of worship towards other gods or in drunken orgies.  There is most definitely a difference between dancing as worship and dancing for ourselves and our sensual desires.

8.  One specific word, ‘rejoice’ is found throughout the Scriptures. ‘Rejoice’ means ‘to be glad and filled with joy.’   In Hebrew, ‘rejoice’ is gil and means ‘to turn about.’ This is a spin, a turn, as in dancing.

Questions:  Read James 1:2. Replace ‘joy’ with dance. How does this change your perspective of a trial.

Read Philippians 4:4.  What is Paul saying?  Should we always be ready to dance or always be dancing?

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