7 Signature Church Vocalist Moves
We’ve catalogued thousands of hours worth of footage of vocalists leading worship. And in our research, we’ve identified seven main vocalist moves that are rather ubiquitous throughout christendom. Here we’ve presented our findings for your consideration. Enjoy seven signature moves you’ll see from vocalists in almost every church.
The Wet Willie
You’ll see The Wet Willie when a vocalist either can’t hear themselves or someone’s singing out of tune. The vocalist will stick their finger in their ear and concentrate really hard on their part.
The Thigh Clap
You’ll most often see The Thigh Clap when a singer doesn’t know what to do with his hands in a fast song. They don’t feel comfortable raising their hand and they want to exude energy. So they’ll slap their thigh in rhythm with the snare.
The Mime Clap
Vocalists perform The Mime Clap when they want to force the congregation to clap along but don’t want to hit their microphone. The intensity of the movement depends on how little the congregation is clapping in response.
The Hair Flip
Female vocalists are the biggest users of The Hair Flip. Though some males have been known to practice the act under a different name: The Bieber. Look for younger vocalists who have aspirations of being rock stars when they grow up to do The Hair Flip.
The Skip-in-Place Dance
You’ll see The Skip-in-Place Dance when worship teams perform Hillsong United songs (the group who made this move famous). The Skip-in-Place Dance pays homage both to the Hosanna Hop and the ska dance, skanking.
When a vocalist squints, staring at the back wall as they sing, they’re performing The Squint-and-Sing. Usually the focus of their squint is a confidence monitor on the back wall. Though in rarer instances, there might be a sound guy motioning for them to sing louder.
The Waiting for My Part
When a vocalist has an upcoming solo or is awaiting their time to harmonize, you’ll see them practice The Waiting for My Part. It’s generally a wandering movement. They’ll look at the band, the worship leader, and even the screens behind them. Be assured when you see this movement, you’re about to hear their awesomeness.