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What do your praise dance movements mean?

Interpreting Dance Movements

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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. 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.


When you bow you can bend at the waist with your head down, lay prostrate, or bend on one knee in a
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lunge. Also, doing a plie will express the same message as a bow. 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 24:48bowed 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 

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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 always means change. There is so much beauty in turning in liturgical dance. The fluidity of the 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. 
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Psalms 30:11(NIV) You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,


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. 

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  1. Wow! That was really great information. Thanks for posting!

  2. really great thanks

  3. This is wonderful information. Please pray for us as we begin our new dance ministry at Living Word Bible Fellowship Church in Columbus Ohio!

    1. Father, I pray for the dance ministry at Living Word Bible Fellowship Church in Columbus Ohio. I pray that your glory will upon the dancers as they dance for you. I pray for unity within the ministry between the dancers and the leaders. I pray that YOU show them the dances and movement that YOU want them to have. Amen. Be blessed

  4. is there a site I can find out more moves, like power, jesus?

  5. Hello, I am just seeing this comment. I am not sure if there is a site that will show you "Power, Jesus." My suggestion is to pray and let the Lord show you what movement He wants you to use. Another good tip would be to think of all the synonyms of power. You can actually use a thesaurus for it. See which words you can portray with movement. Bless you.

  6. absolutely loved it keep posting more for more to learn about the real meaning of this dance

  7. Thank you. This is a blessing I will share with our ministry.

  8. Thanks the info it is very helpful.

    1. Thanks for the info. It is very helpful.

  9. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!


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