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Worship Dances

Clap Your Hands

Please let me know more about this dance! I do not know its choreographer.

The entire dance is done facing inward, not holding hands.

Each numbered step takes four beats of music.

Part A

  1. Mayim L (starting with R foot crossing in front of left foot)
  2. Sway R-L-R-L with hopping shifts of weight
         [repeat]

Part B

  1. Step to the side with R, bring L foot in front of right foot, step to the side with R, bring L foot behind right foot (also called an "open Mayim R")
  2. Three-count turn over right shoulder, cross L foot in front of right foot
  3. Return weight to R foot, sidestep L, cross R foot in front of left foot, return weight to L foot
  4. Sway R-L-R-L with hopping shifts of weight
         [repeat]

When done to its original tune this dance had Part A repeat four times instead of twice. When used as an interchangeable, follow the verse and chorus of the song.

Notice in Part B there is a "coupé R, coupé L" spread across two different 4-count segments.

The only variation I have seen is replacing the first four counts of Part B with hopping sideways: do a hopping-sidestep R, bring L foot to right foot, hopping-sidestep R, bring L foot to right foot.