As a pre-requisite to this discussion on dance may I mention that The word ‘Dance’ or ‘Dancing’ is used between 19-21 times in the King James Version of the Bible. Verses: Dance; – 2 Samuel 6:14 – Matthew 14:6 Dancing; Ex 15:20 – Ex 32:19 – Ex 32:25 – Jdg 11:34 – Jdg 21:19-21 – 1Sa 18:6…1Sa 21:11 – 1Sa 30:16 – 2Sa 6:14-16 – Job 21:11 – Ps 30:11 – Ps 149:3 – Ps 150:4 – Eccl 3:4 – Jer 31:4 – Jer 31:13 – Lam 5:15 – Mat 11:17 – Luke 15:23-25 – Mark 6:22
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. The word “dance” was first used in Exodus 15:20 when Miriam took up the *tabret and danced in celebration of the Hebrew people crossing the Red Sea, escaping the enemy that “they would see no more.” The Hebrew word used for dancing in the Old Testament refers simply to whirling and turning or a more experienced, technical dancer may say chaine or PK turns.
The Biblical framework in the bible, for dance includes dance as being used for celebrations, weddings, and funerals. But dance was also used for seduction. However, this is NOT something that dancers as “instruments of praise” should model. Some people did it as an expression unto The Lord as David when he fervently danced before The Lord. This [praise] dance was after he retrieved the ark of the covenant using a tabret. The tabret was also used by Miriam in celebration after the Israelites crossed the Red Sea – Exodus 15:20. It can be also employed to prepare the atmosphere for the Spirit of Prophecy – I Samuel 10:5-6 or an instrument of beauty – Job 17:6. Now for a few scriptures references, these are not ALL of the references on dance, they are just a few:
*A tabret a small round one-sided drum (percussive instrument) with tinsel (mylar) and noted as one of the first instruments (along with the pipe) created by God to be used to glorify Him – Ezekiel 28:13. The Tabret is also known as the tabor, glory hoop, tambourine, topheth or timbrel. The tabret serves a dual function: 1.An instrument of praise to God 2.An offensive weapon of war based on the symbol that is on the face of them – Isa. 30:32. The Lord is restoring the tabret to His bride before – Jeremiah 31:4.