Davidic (2 Samuel 6:14)
Generally this is the scripture used as a basis for the first Biblical celebratory dance (Macholat). Actually, the first is the dance of joy after the Red Sea crossing (Exodus 15:20) led by Miriam, the elder sister of 80-year-old Moses, on Timbrel. Therefore to me Davidic Dance is the first Hebraic style dance worship to the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob by His chosen people Israel.
Israeli (Psalm 148:3)
The next term used today is Israeli, also referred to as Hebraic or Jewish. Other forms of Israeli or Israeli Folk Dance, according to the Encyclopaedia Judaica can be traced back to Moldavia and Eastern Europe where a woman began teaching in the courtyards of the synagogues after the Shabbat meetings. There is no record of it being used as worship. Therefore, it may have been of a social nature. I however, have difficulty believing that dance by those attending a synagogue can be secular considering the Biblical history of dance as worship.
.. is from the understanding that any dance style was acceptable as long as it pointed to Messiah Yeshua. Messianic Dance must have a strong message pointing to the Messiah not just a dance that worships G-d; preferably that there be something Jewish in Messianic Dance. Though the term Messianic Dance does have some creative license, it needs a strong Biblical base pointing to the Messiah.
Trust this will help you to understand why there are so many descriptions. Choose yours.
Author: Vera Chierico
ICDF Network Joint-Coordinator “Messianic Dance & Tambourines”
(Excerpt taken from 2005 Newsletter article)