Interpreting Dance Moves

*From the founder*

This article was written by Katrina Davenport.  I found it to be very interesting and informative.  I hope you will be blessed by this article & be sure to visit her website.

Kyle

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What do your Worship (Hebraic/Messianic/Liturgical) dance movements mean?
Just as your words have power, so does your movements. It is important to realize the power that dance possesses. It has the power to move anyone to tears, and the power to make anyone feel uncomfortable.
As dancers, we have the ability to tell stories with our bodies. At times we can become silent storytellers.

“Our GOD” by Chris Tomlin – New Heights Dance Ministry

As liturgical dancers, we have the power to convey the message of God. We have the ability to express worship through our dance, salvation, warfare, and peace.
While dance movements can be in various combinations to interpret a song or music, there are specific movements that liturgical dancers use that have Biblical meaning.

Bow

“Our GOD” by Chris Tomlin – New Heights Dance Ministry

When you bow you can bend at the waist with your head down, lay prostrate, or bend on one knee in a lunge.
In the Bible when someone was in the bowing position it was in reverence before the Lord. To bow means to worship and to bless the Lord.
Psalms 95:6 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
Genesis 24:48 I bowed my head, and worshiped God, and blessed God, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me in the right way to take my master’s brother’s daughter for his son.

Raised Hands

“Our GOD” by Chris Tomlin – New Heights Dance Ministry

When a dancer is raising their hands it is a surrendering position. It is a motion that is also used to bless the Lord in praise and adoration. Lifting your hands in a dance means you are praising the Lord.
Psalms 134:2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord.

Turning

Turning always means change. There is so much beauty in turning in liturgical dance.
(If you’re a girl)  The fluidity of dresses or skirts creates wind underneath them as they turn, revealing the fullness of the skirt. The ruffles and waves that turning creates reminds me of change. Turning means change.
Psalms 30:11(NIV) You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.

Leaping

“Our GOD” – Chris Tomlin – New Heights Dance Ministry

Leaping denotes joy and celebration. When children are joyous and begin to dance, majority of the time they jump up and down, skip, or gallop. All of these movements are leaps. Though there are many ways to leap, it still expresses celebration and rejoicing. King David, one the most famous dancers of the Bible leaped, danced and skipped as the ark of the covenant returned to Jerusalem.
2 Samuel 6:16 As the ark of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she despised him in her heart.
1 Chronicles 15:29 As the ark of the covenant of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David dancing and celebrating, she despised him in her heart.

So when we dance, let us know what we mean when we move our feet, arms, and body.  Let us remember who deserves all glory and praise while honoring Him with our bodies.  Have you not heard your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit?

So no matter where you are in life…  Just worship

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One comment

  1. Hebraic Dance · October 24, 2012

    I love this article thanks!

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