What is Worship Dance?
Webster’s Dictionary defines dancing as “to move the body, especially the feet, in rhythm, ordinarily to music.” The Hebrew word used in the Old Testament carried with it the idea of whirling and turning. Greek words used in the New Testament have to do with lifting up the feet or leaping with regularity of motion. Also, Hebrew words that have meanings related to physical movement were translated into English as “rejoice”.
Worship dance is simply dance in the form that God created it to be. It is movement that expresses, communicates, and prophesies love and praise for Jesus our Savior.
Basileia is committed to dance that is from and for God. We dance in praise and worship of our Maker, and call upon His manifest presence always.
Scripture concerning dance:
They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.
And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and she was his only child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter.
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.
And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of music.
1 Samuel 18:6
And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.
2 Samuel 6:14
Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness.
Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry.