“Let them praise His Name with dancing…”
Davidic dance has been a pillar of the Hebraic religious experience for centuries. Judaism has combined prayer with music, singing, beating of drums and/or dance. There is frequent reference in the Old Testament (Tenach) and the New Testament (Brit Chadasha) to dancing. Processions, ritual dances, dances of thanksgiving and warfare are just a few dances done by the Jewish people in the ancient times, the Middle Ages and today.
The purpose of Davidic dance is simple – to praise and worship. At the Harvest, we dance many of the traditional Israeli dances and have choreographed new Messianic dances to current praise and worship.
Like worship songs, dances fit with the spirit of worship – some are slow and reverential, and others are fast-paced and joyful. Whatever the theme, Davidic dance provides an opportunity for people in the community to come together to worship God. There is no emphasis on one dancer in particular, but we come together as a whole to offer praise to God and lead the people into worship along with the worship team. Dances are an integral part of the worship experience at the Harvest. In particular, at the feast days the dancers minister specially choreographed dances that emphasize the spiritual message of the festival.
The Harvest dance ministry offers the following:
· Congregational dance every Shabbat
· Shabbat circle dances for dancers involved in dance classes (intermediate level and above)
· 2 Shabbat classes per year for intermediate Shabbat dances
· 2 Shabbat classes per year for beginning congregational dances
· Festival dances for Passover, Shavuot, Sukkot
Please join us on Shabbat to join in Davidic dance during the corporate worship time (ages 7+), where together we offer praises to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!