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Religion
Worship Dances

Mayim

This song has a traditional dance. The original choreographer is unknown.

This dance is unusual for having three parts!

The entire dance is facing inward, holding hands.

Each numbered step takes four beats of music.

Part A (Oo'shavtem...)

  1. Mayim to the left (starting with R foot crossing in front of left foot)
  2. Mayim to the left (starting with R foot crossing in front of left foot)
  3. Mayim to the right (starting with L foot crossing in front of right foot)
  4. Mayim to the right (starting with L foot crossing in front of right foot)

Part B (Mayim, mayim...)

  1. {Raise hands higher with each step} Walk four steps R-L-R-L into the center
  2. Clap while stomping R foot. Then hold hands again, and walk backwards L-R-L to your original place.
  3. {Raise hands higher with each step} Walk four steps R-L-R-L into the center
  4. Clap while stomping R foot. Then hold hands again, and walk backwards L-R-L to your original place.

Part C (Hey...)

  1. Sidestep R, then bring L foot next to right foot. Again sidestep R and bring L foot next to right foot.
  2. Hop on L foot 4 times while R toes alternately touch in front of left foot and out to the right.
  3. Hop on L foot 4 times while R toes alternately touch in front of left foot and out to the right.
  4. Hop on R foot 4 times while R toes alternately touch in front of right foot and out to the left.
  5. Hop on R foot 4 times while R toes alternately touch in front of right foot and out to the left.

There are several small variations for this ancient dance. Some people do not reverse direction in Part A and do a Mayim L four times. In the beginning of Part C, some people stomp the sidesteps when the song goes "hey, hey, hey, hey", or sway R-L-R-L then, or do something else entirely.